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Nationality Checking Service

We are part of the Nationality Checking Service which, for a charge, allows us to check your completed application.

If you wish to apply to become a British CitizenOpens new window you must first check whether you are eligible and complete an application form. 

It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure they meet all the requirements for citizenship. We cannot give nationality advice.

If you need immigration or nationality advice you can go to an immigration/nationality advisor registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) before applying.

The City and County of Swansea are not responsible whatsoever for the outcome of the application.

About the Nationality Checking Service

We will

  • make sure you have paid the correct fee to the accounting officer at the Home Office
  • make sure all the right documents are enclosed
  • photocopy your passports, travel documents and any other documents requested by the Home Office and certify that they are true copies
  • inform you of any outstanding documents required
  • send your completed application, certified photocopies of your passports and all other documents and fees to the Home Office
  • return passports and other documents to you at your appointment

Please note:

  • An application form must be completed for each adult and each child who is applying for British Citizenship
  • All applications must be completed before you attend your checking appointment
  • Each adult must attend the checking appointment but children under the age of 18 need not attend
  • The Nationality Checking Service is not able to provide immigration advice. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are eligible to apply for British Citizenship
  • Using the Nationality Checking Service is not a guarantee that your application(s) will be successful.
  • The Joint Checking and Passport Service is not available with this service.

Please see our fees page for details of the fees for this service.

Nationality Document Return Service (NDRS)

The nationality document return service allows you and your family to take your documents to a participating local authority for copying, and for the local authority to then send the copies to the Home Office on your behalf. This allows you to keep your documents while your application for British citizenship is being processed.

If you want to use this service you must apply onlineOpens new window (you will not be able to use the paper form). 

Every person included in the online application over the age of 18 should attend the appointment at the Register Office in person.

Applicants wishing to use this service must attend an appointment within 10 days of submitting their online application. To avoid disappointment  it is important that you check appointment availability with us before submitting your application online.

You will need to bring:

  • your original passport or identity document
  • all your original supporting documentation
  • a copy of your checklist - this will be available to you on completion of the online application
  • the original referee page with photographs attached

The fee for NDRS is £50 per application for adults and £30 per application for children.

Joint Checking and Passport Service (JCAP)

If you are using NDRS you can also apply for your British passport at the same time.  If your citizenship application is successful and a ceremony is attended, your new passport will be dispatched to your home.

Please note if your current details do not match your identity document you cannot apply for a passport at the same time. Any application made where details do not correspond may be refused a British passport.

Paper application forms are available from local Post Offices that provide a Check and Send service. You can find your local Post Office branchOpens new window on their website. Remember your form will be checked as part of the JCAP and you should not have to pay the Check and Send fee at the Post Office as well.

  1. Applicants should complete sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 (if applicable) and 9 of the passport application form. They do not need to complete section 10 nor have the 2 photographs certified. Details of referees will be collected as part of the citizenship application.
  2. The photographs submitted with both applications must be identical (i.e. from the same sitting) and comply with the photo standards as described in the accompanying guidance. Applicant's name should be written on the back of the photographs.
  3. Section 1: Any applicant within 6 months of their 16th birthday at the time of application must attend the appointment in person.
  4. Section 2: Please do not enter a mobile phone number in section 2 of the application form. Please enter it in Section 8 instead.
  5. Section 4: Grandparents' details are not required.
  6. The payment mandate on Page 25 of the Application guidance must be completed. Please ensure that the security number of the card is entered in the appropriate box
  7. If you are unsure about any requirements leave the section of the form blank and complete it at your appointment.
  8. The fee for us to check and submit passport application forms is £15.00 per application.
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