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Nationality Checking Service

The Nationality Checking Service is a partnership between the Home Office and the City and County of Cardiff.

 

The service provides you with the opportunity to have your documents and application form checked when applying for British Nationality.

 

Our staff are trained and registered to check and forward your application to the Home Office. They will photocopy and certify your documents and return them to you at the appointment so they remain in your safe keeping.

 

Who can use the Nationality Checking Service?

Providing you meet the criteria as set out by the Home Office, full details of which can be found at www.gov.uk/types-of-british-nationality​​​​Link opens in a new window then you can make an appointment with the Checking Service.

 

Why should I use the service?

Staff will check to ensure that your application form is completed correctly and that you have provided the correct supporting documents, as required by the Home Office.

 

All documents, such as your passports, certificates, P60’s etc will be returned to you at the end of the appointment so that, in most circumstances, you will be able to travel while your application is being considered by the Home Office. However, if you have a “Life in the UK” test certificate the original document will need to be sent to the Home Office.

 

The Checking Officers are trained by the Home Office and are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).

 

Booking an appointment

You will need to book an appointment by contacting 029 20 871 680 / 684.

 

The fee for the appointment will depend on how many people are applying via the Checking Service so please check with us before making your booking.

 

The total fee for the Checking Service is payable at the time of making your appointment and is payable by credit or debit card. The fee paid for the Checking Service is not refundable.

 

Fees

  • Single Adult: £90
  • Single Child: £60
  • Each additional child: £30

 

The Appointment

Please arrive promptly for your appointment at the Register Office, City Hall, Cardiff

 

You must have completed the relevant application form(s) in full and your documents must be in order.

 

You will need to show that you know about life in the UK and have English Competency. You need to provide the Life in the UK Test certificate and either:

 

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at entry level 3 or above
  • Educated to degree level and provide confirmation that it is taught in English or the equivalent to an English degree
  • A pass via an English Language test which meets Home Office requirements

 

For more information about the test and the classes visit the 'Life in the UK' website.

 

A member of staff will meet you in the reception area and take your documentation for checking and copies will be made by the member of staff.

 

You will then be invited to a private office to complete the appointment and your documentation will be returned to you.

 

Your application and supporting documents will then be sent by first class recorded delivery to the UK Border Agency for you.

 

For full details on how to apply and to download the application form please see www.gov.uk/types-of-british-nationality​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window .

 

Joint citizenship and passport application service


You are now able to apply for your UK passport at the same time as your citizenship application.


This easy, 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.


If you choose to use the Joint citizenship and passport application service, please follow the steps below when filling out your passport application:


 

  • Complete sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 (if applicable) and 9 of the passport application form. You don't need to complete section 10 or have your 2 photographs certified as details of referees will be collected as part of your citizenship application
  • The photographs you submit with both applications must be identical (i.e. from the same sitting) and comply with the photo standards in the application guidance. You don't need to get these photos certified as details of referees will be collected as part of your citizenship application
  • Section 1 - if you are within 6 months of your 16th birthday at the time of application, you must attend the appointment in person
  • Section 2 - do not enter a mobile phone number in section 2 of the application form. Please enter it in Section 8 instead
  • Section 4 - grandparents’ details are not required
  • You must complete the payment mandate on Page 25 of the application guidance. Please ensure that the security number of the card is entered in the appropriate box.


The service costs an additional £15 per application. 


For more information on the service and to make an appointment please call the office on 02920 871680.

 

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