Cambridgeshire County Council offers a National Checking Service to assist people who wish to become British citizens.
In addition we are now able to offer those applying for nationality an opportunity to apply for a British passport at the same time. This is called “Joint Citizenship and Passport” (JCAP). Both of these services are a partnership between Cambridgeshire County Council and the Home Office.
Using our service is entirely optional. You can apply directly to the Home Office yourself or use a solicitor or other agent. You do not need to be a resident of Cambridgeshire to use our service.
What are the benefits of using this service?
Our advisors are registered with the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (registration number F200700046).
Using our checking service for British citizenship applications and passport applications at the same time will minimise the risk of mistakes and the possibility of having your application put on hold due to incompleteness.
You are able to keep your original documents, including passports, so you are still able to travel while an application is under consideration at the Home Office. Please note the one original document that we are required to submit to the Home Office is your Life in the UK test certificate.
We will submit your applications to the Home Office via special delivery post. We will give you the Royal Mail tracking number so that you can check online that these have been received at the Home Office.
The checking service is not a priority service for processing your application with the Home Office. However, complete and accurate forms are processed, on average, more quickly than those that are incomplete or which need further enquiries.
What the checking service does not include
Applicants must check their own eligibility against the government guidelines before completing an application form. Cambridgeshire County Council does not check this for you as part of this service.
We cannot and do not guarantee as part of this service that your application will be successful.
The service we provide is only to check, as far as we are able to do, that your application is complete and accurate. We also cannot guarantee the time your application will take to be processed by the Home Office.
How do I use the National Checking Service or the Joint Citizenship and Passport Process?
The service is by appointment only. We hold our checking service at our Registration office in:
Cambridge every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 9am and 4pm
Huntingdon on one Wednesday of the month between 9am and 4pm
All appointments are subject to availabilityTo make an appointment please call our citizenship team on 01223 715500. Our lines are open between 9am and 4pm Monday to Thursday and 9am and 3.30pm on Friday. Please note that our lines do get very busy, so if the line is engaged when you call please leave a message and we will call you back. There are currently no appointments for at least one month ahead.
When you make an appointment, you will be required to pay for your appointment at the time of booking. A list of our fees and cancellation policy are below.
We will also send an email confirming your appointment. This will also give further information regarding our cancellation policy.
How do I apply for British Citizenship?
We suggest that all applicants read information at GOV.UK prior to applying for British Citizenship. If you have any questions regarding the citizenship process, please contact the Home Office on 0300 1232253 as we are unable to offer any advice regarding applications.
What should I bring to my appointment?
There is further detail on the application form, guidance notes and booklet. All documents MUST be originals and there is no requirement for you to photocopy any of these documents before you attend the appointment as we will do this for you.
The onus is on the applicant to ensure that they bring all the correct documentation.
Which Citizenship forms do you check?
The most common citizenship forms are the AN form for adults and the MN1 form for children. We do also offer the checking service for the following citizenship forms - Form T, UKM, B(OTA), B(OS), EM, RS1, S1, S2, S3, MN3, MN4, MN2, RS2, RN1, RN2, ROA. Please note that we do not currently offer the checking service for the UKF Form.
The onus is on the applicant to ensure that they are using the correct form.
Joint Citizenship and Passport (JCAP) Service
We now offer an additional optional service, where applicants can now apply for their British Passports at the same time as their naturalisation applications. The advantage of this additional service is that the UK passport application form or photographs do not need to be counter-signed by any referees due to them already supporting the naturalisation forms. Although this is not a priority service or a guarantee that the application will be successful, it will mean that the passports will be automatically posted within a few weeks to the successful applicants once the citizenship ceremony has been attended.
Please note that we do not offer passport application form checking as a standalone service, it can only be done in conjunction with the naturalisation application.
What Sections do I need to complete on the Passport application form if I am using JCAP?
You must bring all your nationality checking papers, as well as a completed original passport application form (not downloaded or scanned). You can obtain the United Kingdom Passport Application form from the Post Office. Please be aware that:
- Applicants should complete sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 (if applicable) and 9 of the passport application form in standard black biro ink. 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.
- 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.
- Section 1: Any applicant within 6 months of their 16th birthday at the time of application must attend the appointment in person.
- Section 2: Please 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.
- 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.
- If you are unsure about any requirements leave the section of the form blank and complete it at your appointment.
- The referee for the passport and nationality form will have to be the same person therefore they must be a professional and a British national. You will have to pay for the passport application when you come for your appointment.
Does my child need to attend the appointment?
Applicants under the age of 18 years old do not need to attend a Nationality Checking Service appointment.
However if the child is using JCAP and they are over the age of 15 ½ at the time of the appointment they must attend the appointment in person.
What are the fees for the Nationality Checking and JCAP Services and what is the Cancellation Policy?
Fees for 2017-18
Nationality Checking Service per adult - £90
Nationality Checking Service per child - £40
JCAP – An additional charge of £10 per applicant. (In addition to passport fees)
Please note that there are no joint or family application fees. We are unable to hold any appointments without payment. Our cancellation policy is as follows –
Applicants are able to reschedule the appointment once free of charge as long as this is at least two working days in advance of the appointment.
Our fee is non-refundable in the following circumstances
- late arrival if we are then unable to see you due to other appointments
- re-scheduling with less than 2 full working days notice
- re-scheduling for a second time
- failure to attend the appointment
- non-eligibility or attending the appointment with incomplete application forms or insufficient documentation.
Settlement Checking Service
We offer the Settlement Checking Service for applicants who are using the SET (M) form to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as the husband/wife/civil partner or unmarried/same sex partner of a British Citizen or someone who is settled in the UK. Please note that this is not a priority service and you will not get a decision on the day as to whether or not the application has been successful.
The charges for the Settlement Checking Service are as follows –
£110 for the main applicant
£30 per dependant.
Please see the Nationality Checking Service fees section for further information regarding our rescheduling and cancellation policy.