Nationality checking service
How does the Nationality Checking Service help you?
Gloucestershire County Council works in partnership with UK Visas and Immigration. Gloucestershire Registration Service's Nationality Checking Service is relevant to those applying for full British Citizenship.
We check your original documents, verify and copy them and forward them securely to UK Visas and Immigration where your application will be considered. Please note that we are not able to give advice on immigration matters or criteria.
We can help make sure your application for British Citizenship isn't delayed because of wrong or missing information. We do this by:
- checking your forms to make sure everything is filled in correctly
(these should be completed prior to the appointment and on the correct and up-to-date form)
- making sure your documents and fees are attached before the application is sent to UK Visas and Immigration
- certifying and photocopying your documents, like passports and marriage certificates, so you don't have to send the originals
How much does it cost?
The cost per application is:
- £75 per adult
- £40 per child
You will need to pay in full when you book an appointment. The fee is non refundable unless you cancel/rearrange at least 48 hours before the appointment date. Please note: you will need a credit or debit card to pay this fee when you book your appointment.
This fee does not include fees that UK Visas and Immigration will charge for processing your application.
How do I book an appointment?
Contact us on 01452 425060 (option 4) or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact details and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
About your appointment:
Your appointment will last for approximately 1 hour. The appointment will take place at
Gloucestershire Register Office,
St George's Road,
Cheltenham, GL50 3EW.
If you are an adult, you will need to come in person. Children under 18 do not need to attend.
Documents that you must bring with you
- Completed citizenship application form
- Original copy of your successful 'Life in the UK' test certificate
- All relevant documents which are explained in the application form guideline notes
- The citizenship application fee which must be paid by debit or credit card
Please note that if you do not bring the correct paperwork or the paperwork is not completed correctly and you need to return with further information or another appointment is needed to complete the process, further fees will apply.
Passport check and send service
We are now able to offer customers who go through the Nationality Checking Service a supplementary service that allows them to apply for a British passport at the same time as making the citizenship application.
At present the citizenship application and the subsequent passport application are completely separate processes. An application for a British passport can only be made once the nationality application has been decided and a citizenship ceremony has been attended. This two stage application process does mean a time delay between obtaining British Citizenship and getting a passport.
Our new service, which has been developed in partnership with the Home Office, enables both applications to be submitted together. The passport application is held until the citizenship application has been decided and a ceremony attended. The passport is then released by HM Passport Office and is dispatched to the applicant's home address shortly after the ceremony thereby making the whole process more efficient and easier for the customer.
The cost of this new service is an additional £15. Please contact us for an appointment on 01452 425060 (option 4) or email email@example.com with your name and contact details and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
You must bring all your nationality checking papers as set out above as well as a completed passport application form. Please be aware that:
The photographs for the nationality application and passport must be identical and comply with photo standards - (1 photo for nationality and 2 for passport application).
If you are making a passport application at the same time as your nationality application, the passport photographs do not need to be countersigned by a witness.
Assistance with your passport form
Any applicant who is over the age of 15 years 6 months at the time of the application must attend the appointment in person. An Adult is 16 or over (or if you are going to turn 16 within the next 3 weeks).
Ensure the name is exactly the same as the name on the Citizenship Application Form and official document i.e. passport birth certificate. Please do not enter a mobile phone number in Section 2 of the application form. Enter it in Section 8 instead.
Grandparents' details are not required.
If the child is aged 12 to 15 they must sign and date this section inside the box. If the child is aged 15 years & 6 months they are required to attend the appointment.
Please put mobile number here and any other additional information.
Signature must be inside the box.
You do not need to complete section 10.
You will have to pay for the passport application when you come for your appointment. The fees are set out below:
Passport Application Fees
- Standard adult passport (32 pages) - £72.50
- Jumbo adult passport (48 pages) - £85.50
- Child passport - £46
Cheque: payable to Her Majesty's Passport Office
Credit or debit: Complete mandate at the back of the purple guidance leaflet
Please note that if you do not bring the correct paperwork or the paperwork is not completed correctly and you need to return with further information or another appointment is needed to complete the process and further fees will apply.
Please note: we do not offer a settlement checking service. For further information on settlement checking services offered in your area please visit the Settling in the UK page, or passport checking service see Passport Check & Send service.