Nationality Checking and Citizenship

Please note: Peterborough City Council will no longer be providing the Nationality Document Return Service (including Joint Citizenship and Passport Applications) from the end of November 2018. The Nationality Checking Service will be offered until 20 December 2018, subject to availability.

For details of appointments prior to the end of these services, please contact us on 01733 864646. See below for information on the replacement services to be offered by the Home Office.

For information on the new services offered by the Home Office, please visit their website.

The European Passport Return Service and citizenship ceremonies will be unaffected and will continue to be available in Peterborough. 

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We now offer two different services if you are applying for British citizenship.

The Nationality Checking Service is used for applications for citizenship that have not been made online. We can check your application form, copy your supporting documents, and send these to the Home Office.

The Nationality Document Return Service is used for applications for citizenship that have been made online. We can copy your supporting documents, and send these to the Home Office. We can also send off an application for your British passport. However, we cannot check or offer any guidance on your application form or documents as part of the Nationality Document Return Service.

Find out more about the Nationality Document Return Service.

Please make sure that you choose the service which applies to you, and request this if you choose to book an appointment with us.

Nationality Checking Service

In partnership with the Home Office, Peterborough Register Office offers a checking service to help people who want to apply for British Citizenship. We can: 

  • check that your application form has been fully and accurately completed
  • photocopy and certify your valuable identification documents, allowing you to keep the originals
  • send your application to the Home Office by secure special delivery.

Unfortunately we can no longer send off your application for a British passport as part of your Nationality Checking Service application. For more information, see below.

The Nationality Checking Service is not a fast-track service and we can only check applications for citizenship - we can’t help with applications for settlement or with any other nationality or immigration enquiries.

Please note: that the Nationality Checking Service is different to the Nationality Document Return Service. The Nationality Checking Service cannot be used for citizenship applications that have been made online. If you are applying for British citizenship online, and wish to use our services, you must choose the Nationality Document Return Service.

There's more information on the replacement services offered by the Home Office on the government website.

Assistance with using the new Home Office services may be available to some applicants – for more information please visit the gov.uk website. 

You can also:

  • Call 03333 445675
  • Text “VISA” to 07537416944
  • Email visa@we-are-digital.co.uk (if possible, please include a telephone number you can be contacted on).

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Things to check

Please make sure that you have visited the Home Office website before making your appointment with us. This website contains essential guidance on the requirements for citizenship, contact details for the Home Office and a downloadable application form.

Before your appointment with the Nationality Checking Service, please check that you:

  • are eligible to apply for citizenship. If, during the appointment, it is discovered that you are not eligible, we will not be able to refund your appointment fee
  • can bring all of the documents required by the Home Office to your appointment. We need to see the originals and cannot accept photocopies
  • have a fully completed and up-to-date application form for each applicant, including children
  • bring a means to pay the Home Office fee, as this will be sent to the Home Office with your application. This fee can be paid by credit or debit card, or by cheque. We cannot accept cash. The Home Office fee is payable in addition to the fee for your Nationality Checking Service appointment
  • are not applying for citizenship online

All applicants aged 18 or over on the date of their appointment must come to that appointment in person.

If, during your appointment, it becomes apparent that your application is incomplete in any way, we will not be able to hold your application while you take steps to correct it. If you would like to return to us with the missing documents or information, you will need to book a new appointment and pay a new fee for it.

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Joint citizenship and passport applications

We can no longer send off your application for a British passport as part of a Nationality Checking Service appointment, unless you booked that appointment with us before 30 January 2018.

However, passport applications can be sent as part of the Nationality Document Return Service.

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Fees

Type of application

Fee (inclusive of VAT)

Each adult application

£100 Monday to Friday

Each minor application 

£50 Monday to Friday

A minor is a person aged under 18 years old at the time of their appointment.  

You will also need to pay a fee to the Home Office for your citizenship application. Details of the Home Office fees can be found on their website.

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Making an appointment

If you want to book an appointment with the Nationality Checking Service please contact Peterborough Register Office on 01733 864646. 

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Moving your appointment

If you would like to move your appointment please contact us at least two working days before the original appointment date.

Please note: that we cannot move your appointment more than once without a new appointment fee becoming payable.

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Cancellation policy

You have the right to cancel your appointment and obtain a refund of your appointment fee provided that you send us a cancellation request in writing or by email within 14 clear days of receiving our customer care letter.  The customer care letter is sent to you when your appointment booking is processed by us.

Please include your name(s), contact details and the date and time of your appointment in your cancellation request form (see right). However, an email or any other written form is equally acceptable. You can find our full contact details on the cancellation form or on our Peterborough Register Office page.

Cancellation request form

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Please remember that you are not required to apply for citizenship through the Nationality Checking Service.

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Citizenship ceremonies

The final requirement for anyone who becomes a new British citizen is to attend a citizenship ceremony.  This ceremony marks the end of a long journey for people from many parts of the world, and is both a celebration of their new status as British citizens and a warm welcome from the local community.  In Peterborough, these ceremonies are organised by Peterborough Register Office.

When the Home Office approves your application for British citizenship, they will invite you to contact us and book onto a ceremony. The ceremony date that you choose must be within three months of the Home Office approval date.

Most citizens will attend a public ceremony, usually held at Peterborough Town Hall. The cost of this is included in the fee paid to the Home Office when you apply for citizenship. Alternatively, some new citizens choose a smaller private ceremony at Peterborough Register Office, for an additional fee. Details of both types of ceremony are given below.

New citizens who are less than 18 years old do not have to come to a ceremony as their certificates can be collected by their parents, although they are welcome to attend if they would like to.

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Public ceremonies

If you choose a public ceremony, you will be granted British citizenship alongside a group of other new citizens.  We aim to make this a memorable event, in recognition of the importance of the occasion. 

The ceremony will be led by the Superintendent of Peterborough Register Office, and will also be attended by the Mayor of Peterborough and other local dignitaries. As a group, you will all be asked to give a pledge of allegiance to the Queen, invited to join us in singing the British national anthem, and the Mayor will then present you with your naturalisation certificate. A photographer will also be in attendance to capture the presentation of the certificate. 

After the ceremony the new citizens and their guests are invited to join the Mayor, the dignitaries and the Superintendent for refreshments. 

Unfortunately, space restrictions mean that only one guest can be brought to the ceremony.

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Private ceremonies

If you would prefer not to attend one of the public ceremonies, it is possible to arrange a private ceremony at Peterborough Register Office. These are held on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. Family members and friends are welcome to join you as guests. The Mayor, dignitaries and photographer will not be present, and we are unable to provide refreshments; however the ceremony is otherwise very similar to the larger public ceremonies, and is an equally special occasion.

The fee for a citizenship ceremony at Peterborough register office is:

Citizenship ceremonies held:

Monday or Friday

Saturday

Up to 31 March 2018

£170

£230

Up to 31 March 2019

£175

£235

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Contact us

If you have any questions about the Nationality Checking Service or citizenship ceremonies please contact Peterborough Register Office.

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