Nationality Checking Service and Citizenship ceremonies

What you need to bring

You must bring a completed application form (link opens in new window) for each applicant.

  • for adult applications, complete the form 'AN'
  • for minor (under 18 years old) applications, complete the form 'MN1'

These application forms can be downloaded from UK Visas and Immigration (link opens in new window) together with comprehensive guidance notes, and it is advisable to read through these carefully before completing your application forms.

Other application forms for registering as a British citizen can also be checked using our service. For example: UKM, Form T, etc.

Please ensure that you have had each form signed by two referees and that you have attached a photograph to the relevant page.

All adult applicants must attend the Nationality Checking Service appointment in person.

You must also bring the following supporting documents*:

For a single adult application:

  • passport or travel document which covers the past five years. If your passport or travel document does not cover the past 5 years we will need to see alternative evidence
  • Life in the UK test certificate AND a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or an equivalent level qualification
  • evidence of Indefinite Leave to Remain (held for 12 months or more)

For a single adult application for a person who is married to a British Citizen:

  • passport or travel document which covers the past 3 years. If your passport or travel document does not cover the past 3 years we will need to see alternative evidence
  • Life in the UK test certificate AND a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or an equivalent level qualification
  • evidence of Indefinite Leave to Remain
  • marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • husband or wife’s British passport or citizenship certificate

For a single adult EEA application:

  • passport or travel document
  • valid national identity card (if applicable)
  • Life in the UK test certificate AND a speaking and listening certificate in English at Level B1 CEFR or higher, or an equivalent level qualification
  • free of immigration time restrictions
  • exercised treaty rights, for example
  • P60s for the previous 6 years, or 5 years if married to a British citizen
  • payslips (if P60s do not cover the whole period)
  • self employed applicants, require self assessment statements for each year of the 6 / 5 years
  • pension statements for each year of retirement to ensure it covers 6 / 5 years
  • students require letters from school, college or university

*Any documents not in English must be officially translated and must be brought to the appointment along with original documents.

This list is not conclusive. For further information please refer to GOV.UK (link opens in new window).

Alternative evidence for adult applicants:

  • P60s
  • letter from college / university
  • letter from employer
  • statement of taxes from Inland Revenue
  • child benefit letter
  • child / family tax credit statement
  • jobseekers allowance letter
  • housing association letter
  • income support letter

For a minor applicant born outside the UK:

  • passport / travel document to cover past 2 years
  • confirmation of Indefinite Leave to Remain for child and parent
  • birth certificate
  • school letter to cover past 2 years (if minor is 12 years or over)
  • if submitting through the father, a marriage certificate is required

Alternative evidence for minor applicants (to cover past 2 years):

  • school letter
  • child benefit letter
  • child tax credit

For a minor applicant born in the UK:

  • full, original birth certificate
  • confirmation of either parent's Indefinite Leave to Remain

You also need to bring your payment details for the Home Office fee, and this can be paid by card or by cheque. Cheques can be made payable to 'The Accounting Officer, Home Office.'

For further information, please refer to the Home Office (link opens in new window) website.

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