Get help applying for British citizenship

 We offer a Nationality Checking Service to help you apply for British citizenship. You will need to make an appointment and there is a fee.

An additional service is available called the Joint Citizenship and Passport checking service, where you can apply for your first UK passport at the same time as your citizenship application.

1. Nationality Checking Service (NCS)

There are many benefits to using the Nationality Checking Service:

  • we will check that your application meets the requirements of the Home Office before you submit it
  • unnecessary delays in the process are reduced
  • you don’t need to send off your passport and original documents
  • Westminster registrars are trained and registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner to carry out the Nationality Checking Service

However, please note:

  • this is not a fast track service
  • we cannot guarantee your application will be approved by the Home Office
  • Westminster registrars cannot provide immigration and nationality advice
  • you do not have to use this service when applying for British citizenship
  • if you're applying for a family of 4 or more, please contact the Westminster Register Office directly to book your appointment
It is your responsibility to ensure you meet all of the criteria stated in the application guidance notes before attending your appointment.

2. Joint Citizenship and Passport (JCAP)

This new easier and more efficient service has been developed in partnership with the Home Office.

If your citizenship application is successful, and a ceremony is attended, your new passport will be dispatched to your home. This new service costs an extra £10.

There are a few differences that you need to be aware of:

  • Photographs for the nationality and passport must be identical and comply with photo standards – 1 photo is required for nationality and 2 for passport application.
  • Section 1: For passports, an adult application is required from 15 years and 6 months and applicants of this age must therefore attend the checking appointment. For nationality, a minor form is used if under 18.
  • Section 2: Please do not write your mobile number in section 2 of the passport form, instead write it in section 8. This is so you do not have 2 biometric appointments.
  • Section 4: Grandparent's section is not required.
  • Section 10: Please leave the counter signature blank as their details are taken from the nationality application form.
You will need to collect a passport application from your nearest Post Office and ensure this is completed before attending the appointment.

3. What you will need to bring

You will need to bring the following to your appointment: 

  • your completed citizenship application form - visit the Home Office website to find out which application form you need to complete
  • the required documents listed in the application form guidance notes - all documents must be original; copies are not permitted
  • your original Life in the UK test certificate
  • proof that you meet the English language requirements

4. On the day

All applicants over 18 years old must attend in person.

On the day of your appointment, you will meet with one of our registrars who will: 

  • make sure that your application form has been completed correctly
  • check, copy and certify your passport and other original documents
  • ensure that you have enclosed the right payment for the Home Office
  • send your application to the Home Office by special delivery post

Please allow 55 minutes for your appointment.

Westminster NCS appointments are held Monday to Friday and occasionally take place on Saturdays.

Most appointments are held at The Registration Office, 317 Harrow Road, London, W9 3RJ.

5. Fees

The fees for the Nationality Checking Service are: 

Appointment Day

Fees

Monday to Friday (before 5pm)

Adult - £85

Child - £32

Monday to Friday (after 5pm)

Adult - £135

Child - £32

Saturday 

Adult - £125

Child - £32

Home or Office Visit (weekdays only) Adult - £500

There is an additional cost of £10 for the Joint Citizenship and Passport checking service:

Appointment Day

Fees

Monday to Friday (before 5pm)

Adult - £95

Child - £42

Monday to Friday (after 5pm)

Adult - £145

Child - £42

Saturday 

Adult - £135

Child - £42

Home or Office Visit (weekdays only) Adult - £500

Passport fees

The cost of the your passport application can be found on the GOV.UK website.

6. Book your appointment

You will need to book an appointment for the Nationality Checking Service or the Joint Citizenship and Passport service.

Book online


Last updated: 15 March 2017
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