Applying to become a British citizen
If you are applying for naturalisation as a British citizen you will need to show that you know about life in the UK. You must do this in two ways:
- by taking the Life in the UK Test and
- by having a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or an equivalent level qualification.
If you are under 18 years or 65 years and over, you will be exempt from taking the Life in the UK test and the speaking, listening qualification.
For more information about the test and the classes, visit Life in the UK »
Enquiries about your application progress or the decision should be made to the Home Office. If you require further advice, you should contact the Home Office »
Joint Nationality Checking Service and Passport Checking Service
You are now able to apply for your UK passport at the same time as your citizenship application. You can pick up the passport application form at your local Post Office.
This new 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 address.
This new service costs an additional £15 per person. Please call us on 01895 250418 to book your appointment or you can book your appointment online.
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 for the nationality and passport must be identical and comply with photo standards - (1 photo for nationality and 2 for the passport application).
- Section 1: For the passport, an adult is from 15 years and 6 months and they must therefore attend the checking appointment. It is still a minor form for nationality if under 18.
- Section 2: Please do not place your mobile number in section two of the passport form, we request this is placed in section 8. This is so you do not have two biometric appointments.
- Section 4: Grandparents section is not required.
- Section 10: Please leave the counter signature blank as their details is taken from the nationality application form.
Details of the current passport application fee can be found online (opens in a new window).
How we can help
We ensure that your form is correctly filled in and we submit your application to the Home Office. This helps reduce unnecessary delays when applying for British citizenship. Completed applications are checked for accuracy (with the documents you have provided and fees). Please note that the Nationality Checking Service does not ensure that a client's application will be approved or that the Home Office will not request further documents.
Our advisers are trained and registered to check and send your application. They will:
- photocopy and certify your passport and other valuable documents so these remain in your possession
- send your application and correct fee to the Home Office by special delivery post
Using the NCS is optional. You can also apply directly to the Home Office or use a solicitor or other agent.
The NCS does not offer:
- a priority service
- advice on nationality or documents required other than in relation to the completion of the application form
- advice on other matters such as visas, immigration or asylum
- we cannot act as agents for the applicant.
- Enquiries about your application progress or the decision should be made to the Home Office. If you require further advice, you should contact the Home Office via their website.
Our advisers are registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), an independent body established by parliament, which regulates organisations offering services of this kind.
Make an appointment
Telephone: 01895 250418
Nationality/Passport Checking Service fee policy
Payment in advance of your appointment is required by credit or debit card.
- Adult: £60
- Child: £30
- Additional £15 to check each passport application form.
Payment in advance of your appointment is required by credit or debit card. Two full working days notice must be given to re-arrange an appointment and two full working days notice are also required to cancel any appointment before a refund will be considered.
There will be no refund for non-attendance or if the appointment is abandoned by the Registrar.
The London Borough of Hillingdon will not accept responsibility for any loss of fees paid in respect of the checking service or to the Home Office, should you decide to send your application through the Nationality Checking Service against the recommendation of the Nationality Checking Officer.
Furthermore, fees will not be refunded in the event that your application is either refused by the Home Office or is withdrawn by you.
Documents you need to bring
|Type of application||What you need to bring|
|Single adult application|
- Completed application forms
- Passport/Travel Document to cover past 5 years (if passport or travel document does not cover past 5 years you will require alternative evidence, see below)
- Life in the UK test pass
- If not from a majority English-speaking country, a language qualification. A secure English language test from Trinity College, IELTS or a degree. The minimum level for the English language test required is B1. Please check the list of acceptable approved secure English language tests and test centres on the Home Office website. The old ESOL certificates will no longer be accepted by the Home Office. If the degree was taken abroad you need confirmation from UK NARIC of the level of English.
- Confirmation of indefinite leave to remain (held for 12 months or more)
|Joint adult application - husband and wife||For this you will need all of the above as well as:|
Marriage/Civil Partnership Certificate (accompanied by an official translation if not in English).
|Single adult application - married to a British citizen|
- Passport/travel document to cover past 3 years (if passport or travel document does not cover past 3 years you will require alternative evidence)
- Life in the UK test pass
- If not from a majority English-speaking country, a language qualification. A secure English language test from Trinity College, IELTS or a degree certificate. The minimum level for the English language test required is B1. Please check the list of acceptable approved secure English language tests and test centres on the Home Office website. The old ESOL certificates will no longer be accepted by the Home Office. If the degree was taken abroad you need confirmation from UK NARIC of the level of English.
- Confirmation of indefinite leave to remain
- Marriage/civil partnership certificate (accompanied by an official translation if not in English)
- Husband's/wife's British passport or naturalisation certificate
|If you are an EEA National you must exercise your treaty rights. If you are an A8|
EEA national (entered the EU in 2004) and are working, you must have the Workers Registration. If you are a student you must have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance. Failure to do so will result in a failed application.
|Alternative evidence for adults|
- Letter from employer
- Letter from College/University
- Statement of taxes from Inland Revenue
- Child/Family tax credit statement
- Child benefit letter
- Jobseekers allowance letter
- Income support letter
- Housing association letter
|Minor documents required|
- Passport/travel document to cover past 2 years (if passport or travel document does not cover past 2 years you will require alternative evidence)
- Confirmation of indefinite leave to remain for child and parent
- Birth certificate
- If the child was born abroad, the UKBA will need in addition the passport of entry into the UK.
- School letter to cover past 2 years for children over 13 years old
- Marriage certificate (if father is applying for child, accompanied by an official translation if not in English)
|Alternative evidence for minor (to cover past 2 years)|
- School letter
- Child benefit letter
- Child tax credit
Find out more on becoming a British Citizen and application forms for British Citizenship