Nationality Checking Service

Nationality Checking Service

At the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham we work in partnership with the Home Office to provide a service for any person who wishes to apply for British citizenship.

Our Nationality Checking Service (NCS) will help ensure that your citizenship application is properly completed and submitted to the Home Office with certified copies of all the relevant supporting documents.

PLEASE NOTE Knowledge of Language and Life requirements will change from 28th October 2013. You must read the relevant guidance at https://www.gov.uk/english-language before booking an appointment. For Information about NEW Home Office fees for citizenship application please see Home office website at  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fees-for-citizenship-applications

 

Jumplinkarrow Booking information

Jumplinkarrow Cost of the service

Jumplinkarrow What are the eligibility criteria, and what documents should I bring?

Jumplinkarrow Book an appointment online

Jumplinkarrow Book an appointment by telephone

Jumplinkarrow How to find us

Jumplinkarrow About the service

Jumplinkarrow What we can do

Jumplinkarrow What we cannot do

Jumplinkarrow Requirements for naturalisation

Jumplinkarrow Comments, compliments and complaints


Booking information

The Nationality Checking Service is available by appointment only. It is your responsibility to check that you are eligible for naturalisation before making your application, please see requirements for naturalisation information below

Provided your application is straightforward you can book online - see link below. You should find this the quickest and most convenient way of booking your appointment. If you have any questions about the process, please call our team on 020 8753 5523.

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Cost of the service

Our fees are payable in advance and are not refundable in the event that your application is either refused by the Home Office or is withdrawn by you.

Fees per application

Single adult  £45
Single child (under 18 ) £45
Married couple/Civil partners £85
Each additional child (under 18) £25

Please note that credit card payments are subject to a 1.25% surcharge, whereas debit card payments are not. For full details please see credit card handling fees 

Examples:

  • Our fee for a husband and wife applying with two children will be £135 (£85 for the couple and £25 for each additional child)
  • Our fee for two children will be £70 (£45 for the first child and £25 for the additional child)

If you need to cancel an appointment, you must give at least 48 working hours notice before your appointment time – beyond this point; our fees are non-refundable, regardless of the outcome. You may only cancel or postpone your appointment by ringing us on 020 8753 5523.

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What are the eligibility criteria, and what documents should I bring?

Before booking you should consult the Home Office website and download the requisite application forms and guidance documents at:  http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/

Please also see information contained in the following downloadable PDF files:

» Before you book – document checklists for adult EEA nationals (pdf)

» Before you book – document checklists for adult non-EEA nationals (pdf)

» Before you book – document checklists for children (pdf)

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Book an appointment online

The online booking facility must not be read as offering guidance or indicating the success of your application. You must read the Home Office guidance before booking, and should read our document checklist page before attending your appointment.

You will need to pay for your appointment in advance, and will need to have your credit or debit card to hand. Please note that credit card payments are subject to a 1.25% surcharge, whereas debit card payments are not.

Book an appointment online

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Book an appointment by telephone

It is quicker to book your appointment online. If you have any questions about the process, or wish to speak to a member of our team before booking, please call 020 8753 5523 between 09.30 and 16.30 Monday to Friday, or by emailing: ncs@lbhf.gov.uk

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How to find us

If your appointment is between 9.30 and 15.45 (Monday to Friday) please come to:
Hammersmith & Fulham Register Office 
Hammersmith Town Hall 
King Street 
London W6 9JU
(Entrance on Nigel Playfair Avenue)

If we have arranged an appointment outside of these hours (Monday to Friday) you should come to:
Main Entrance 
Hammersmith Town Hall 
King Street, W6 9JU
Location map showing Hammersmith Town Hall (opens in new window)

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About the service

Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC)

Our advisers are registered with the OISC, an independent body established by parliament, which regulates organisations offering services of this kind.

Nationality Checking Service staff have been provided with a set of desk instructions which set out the precise extent of their duties.

If a client requires advice or services which are outside our remit, the adviser will refer that person to the Home Office and record the fact.

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What we can do

At the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham our staff are trained and licensed to check and forward your application to the Home Office. They will photocopy and certify your passport and other necessary documents, allowing you to retain these items.  Your application and payment details will then be forwarded by our staff to the Home Office by special delivery.

Please note the following:

  • Using the Nationality Checking Service does not mean that the outcome of your application is guaranteed.  The Home Office may request original documents, even though we will have sent them certified copies.
  • All applicants aged 18 and over must attend the appointment.  Children under the age of 18 are not required to attend.
  • Application forms must be completed in full prior to the appointment.
  • You must bring your documents to the appointment.  Please consult the Home Office website for guidance on which documents are necessary.
  • We may suggest that you revisit our office to supply further documentation if necessary.

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What we can’t do

Applicants should note that the Nationality Checking Service does NOT offer:

  • Priority service for processing your application by the Home Office (however, complete and accurate forms are processed, on average, more quickly than those that are incomplete or which need further enquires).
  • Any advice on nationality other than in relation to the completed application.
  • Any advice on other matters such as visas, immigration or asylum.

Please also note that we are unable to act as the agents or representatives of applicants. If you require further advice, you should contact the Home Office via their website.   The final decision on whether your application is successful rests exclusively with the Home Office.

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Requirements for naturalisation

Applications for naturalisation as a British citizen may be complex, and different criteria may apply depending on the nature of your application. Before attending your appointment you should consult the Home Office guidance. 

This may be found under the ‘British citizenship’ section of the Home Office website:
www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk (opens in new window )

Please note that using the NCS is optional. This allows applicants to exercise freedom of choice in selecting providers. You are able to apply directly to the Home Office yourself or to use a solicitor or other agent.

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Comments, compliments and complaints

The Nationality Checking Service is provided by the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham’s Register Office. If you wish to make any comments or complaints, please contact the Nationality & Citizenship Office. All complaints are handled according to the councils complaints procedures.  You may also contact the OISC in writing at the following address:

The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner
Complaints Section
5th Floor, Counting House
53 Tooley Street
London SE1 2QN


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Page last updated: 28/05/2014