British citizenship

Nationality and Settlement Checking

The Nationality and Settlement Checking Service is a partnership between the County Council and the UK Border Agency, to enable you to have your application form and documentation checked when applying for citizenship and settlement in the UK.

The Council's Citizenship Team is registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner as a member of the Nationality and Settlement Checking Service.

For both services the council does not give advice or answer queries regarding your application. Any queries you may have about eligibility, documents, forms etc should be directed to the Home Office.

Who can use this service?

You do not need to live in Cambridgeshire to use the Nationality or the Settlement Checking service.

You can use the Nationality Checking Service for all nationality applications.

You can use the Settlement Checking Service if you are applying on form SET(M) for settlement in the UK as the husband, wife, civil partner or unmarried/same-sex partner of a British citizen or someone who is settled here.

Booking an appointment

  • contact our Citizenship team on 01223 715 500 or
  • appointments are offered at (Huntingdon on Wednesday) (Cambridge on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)
  • You must attend a nationality checking appointment in person. You and your partner must attend the settlement checking service in person. Children under 18 do not have to attend either type of appointment

Appointments can only be rescheduled once, free of charge, provided the council is given at least two working days notice. No refunds are made once appointments are booked.


Nationality checking fees are £70 per adult and £35 per child (VAT included).

Settlement fees are £95 for the main applicant plus an additoinal £20 per dependant (VAT included).

Payment by debit or credit card is due at the time of booking, which is in addition to the fees charged by the Home Office. Fees are subject to change.

Do I have to use this service?

No, this is an optional service and the council cannot guarantee that your application will be successful, however it has been shown that applications sent this way are generally quicker to process with fewer rejections.

Other ways of submitting your application are to use a solicitor, registered immigration advisor, or submit your application direct to the UK Border Agency by post or to one of their public enquiry offices.

At your appointment

  • your documents will be checked, copied and the copies certified so you will not need to send original documents with your application. The reduces the risk of important documents being lost in the post and you will be able to retain your passport and marriage certificate
  • your application will be checked for accuracy, and, together with the Home Office fee, will be sent by secure mail to the Home Office
  • applications through the checking service will arrive containing all the necessary details and will be dealt with more quickly than those that are incomplete.

Citizenship Ceremony

To find out how to book a ceremony, what you need to take with you and what happens at the ceremony please see the citizenship ceremony page.


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