Last updated:
22 January 2018

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Nationality Checking Service

Find out about our optional service where we can check your application if you are applying for British citizenship.

1 What is the checking service?

The Nationality Checking Service is an optional service if you are applying for British citizenship.

We check that you have completed your citizenship application correctly, ensure you have enclosed the correct fee, provide certified copies of your original documents, so that you can keep the originals, and send your application by secure post to UK Visas and Immigration.

We cannot check applications for EEA (European Economic Area) Permanent Residence Cards - for details see the GOV.UK website.

The joint nationality and passport checking service is suspended with effect from 18 January 2018 until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

2 Before you make an appointment

Make sure you have:

  • completed the application for naturalisation as a British citizen form (each applicant must complete a separate UK Visas and Immigration application form)
  • gathered all the relevant supporting documents (detailed in the relevant application form)
  • a valid credit or debit card, as a non-refundable payment will be taken in order to confirm your appointment.

3 Where to go

The Nationality Checking Service can be completed at Crawley register office.

Alternatively, you may book your appointment at any other local authority in England that offers a checking service for UK nationality applications.

4 Book an appointment

Book your appointment online (external link)

Please note that the online booking system cannot be used on a mobile or tablet. 

Alternatively you can book an appointment by phoning 01243 642122.

This is a checking service only and we do not provide general immigration advice. Details on how to complete the form can be found on the Home Office's UK Visas and Immigration website.

Checking fees

Each applicant is charged a fee of £85.00, irrespective of whether they are an adult or a child. This does not include the UK Visas and Immigration fee.

We also offer a joint nationality and passport application checking service.

Please ring our office on 01243 642122 and we will take your additional payment for this service. You need to do this before attending your appointment.

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