Nationality checking service

The nationality checking service is an optional service if you are applying for British citizenship. We check that you have completed your application to the Home Office correctly, with all the necessary documents and the right fee.

We will take copies of your supporting documents to send to the Home Office so that you can keep hold of your original documents.

Although this isn't automatically a faster application process, applications that are submitted to the Home Office correctly are usually processed faster.

Please note that if you have submitted your application online you cannot use the Nationality Checking Service. This service is available for paper applications only.


The application fee is £80 per person. You pay this when you make your appointment and it is in addition to the fee charged by the UK Visa and Immigration Service.

The fee will not be refunded if:

  • you fail to attend the appointment
  • you amend the appointment with less than 24 hours notice (you will need to pay the fee again for a new appointment)
  • the application doesn't meet requirements.

If you cancel the appointment with more than 24 hours notice, £40 of the fee will be refunded. There is no charge to amend the appointment if you give more than 24 hours notice.

Make an appointment

You can make an appointment with the nationality checking service by using our online booking tool.

You can call us for more information about the service and the booking process, However, we can't give information about eligibility. Visit GOV.UK for more information about becoming a British citizen.

You can contact our offices below for further information and advice.

  • Canterbury - 03000 41 50 50
  • Bexley - 03000 41 11 03
  • Maidstone - 03000 41 40 04
  • Ramsgate - 03000 41 19 19
  • Tunbridge Wells - 03000 41 22 34