Nationality checking service

Aberdeen City Council now offers a nationality checking service.  This service will ensure that your application form is correctly completed and that the required documentary evidence is submitted and correct.

Our trained staff are registered to provide certified photocopies of your supporting documents, allowing you to keep the original documents in your possession.

Using the nationality checking service is optional. You can apply directly to the Home Office or use a solicitor or other agent. You can find out more about applying for British Citizenship by visiting the Home Office website

Our Office of Immigration Services Commissioner Registration number is F201300722 and we comply with current regulations.

The Nationality Checking Service is unable to provide advice on nationality matters. Please contact the Home Office on 0300 123 2253 or visit the Home Office Website.

Appointments are held Monday to Friday at Marischal College. You must contact the Registrars service in advance to book an appointment.

All applicants over 18 years old must attend an appointment. Applicants under 18 years old do not need to attend an appointment.  

Appointments can take up to two hours.

You should bring your completed citizenship application form.

Form AN for adults and form MN1 for under 18s. Application forms are updated regularly, please complete the latest version before attending your NCS appointment.

You can download these forms from the Home Office website.

You should also bring your evidence of 'Settled Status'. This will be your 'Permanent Residence Card' for Europeans or your 'Indefinite Leave to Remain' for non-Europeans.

We will require to see your 'Pass Notification Letter' that confirms successful completion of the 'Life in the UK' test. This test does not apply to applicants under 18 or over 65 years old. Please note that the original will be retained and forwarded to the Home Office with your application.

We also need to see evidence of residence in the UK for the previous five years prior to the date your application will be received by the Home Office or three years for those applying based on marriage to a British Citizen. For example, for an application received by the Home Office on 10 March 2016, a passport or alternative evidence is required for 10 March 2011 (or 2013) to 10 March 2016. 

Primary evidence of residence is a passport. If your passports were not valid for all of the five years (or three years) then you must produce alternative evidence of residence. Please see the final three pages of Form AN for more information.

Further information on supporting documents will be provided when you contact the Nationality Checking Service to book an appointment.

At the appointment, your supporting documents will be photocopied and certified, ready for sending with your application to the Home Office. All of your original documents will be returned to you at the appointment, except your 'Life in the UK' test, which is retained.

You must pay fees in advance when booking your appointment.

The fees are:

  • Single adult - £90
  • Single person under 18 - £48
  • Couples - £144
  • Family - £216 (2 adults and 2 under 18s)

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment a minimum of five working days notice is required. For cancellations, you will receive a refund less a £15 administration fee for each applicant. The first reschedule is free of charge, after which a £15 administration fee is added to all subsequent reschedules.

If you do not attend the appointment or arrive late resulting in the appointment not being able to proceed (at least 60 minutes is needed for a single applicant) then no refund will be made.

Please note that this fee is separate from the Citizenship Application Fee (payable to the Home Office).

Nationality Checking Service

Aberdeen City Council
Marischal College
Broad Street
AB10 1AB

01224 522322

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