This service is available, by appointment only, to both Knowsley
residents and non-residents who wish to make an application for
What is the Nationality Checking Service?
The Nationality Checking Service is offered by Knowsley
Council’s Registration Service in partnership with the Home
It was set up to help ensure that your application for British
citizenship is completed properly and submitted with the correct
Our advisers are trained and registered to check and forward
They will photocopy and certify your passport and other valuable
documents so they remain in your safekeeping and send your
application and correct fee to the Home Office by special delivery
Using the NCS is entirely optional and just gives you greater
freedom of choice. You can apply directly to the Home Office
yourself or use a solicitor or other agent.
How do I use the Nationality Checking Service?
The NCS operates on an appointment only basis and you will not
be seen without an appointment.
To make your appointment, you should contact our Register Office
on 0151 443 2900.
This service is available to both Knowsley residents and
non-residents who wish to make a citizenship application.
What should I bring to my appointment?
When you book an appointment we will give you
more information on what you must bring with you. But in
- You must make your application in person. If
you are married or in a civil partnership and want to make a joint
application, then both of you must visit in person. If you have
children under 18 years old, they do not have to be present.
You must bring the following documents with
- Completed citizenship application form.
- ‘Life in the UK’ test certificate or English
for speakers of other languages (ESOL) certificate along with the
letter from the college.
- All the necessary documents as explained in
the application form guideline notes.
- The citizenship application fee payable to
the Home Office.
Will Knowsley Council give me advice about nationality?
We will not be able to give advice on
If you need advice you can call the Home
Office helpline on 0845 010 5200; lines are open from 9am until 5pm
Monday to Friday.
Home Office website also offers nationality advice.
Will my application be dealt with more quickly?
NCS is not a priority service for processing
your application with the Home Office.
However, complete and accurate forms are dealt
with on average, more quickly than those that are incomplete or
which need further enquires.
Do I have to pay for the checking service?
The prices for using Knowsley’s Nationality Checking Service
- £42 for a child
- £66 for an adult
- £90 for a couple
- £102 for a family of two adults and two children
- £19.80 for each additional child in a family application
All prices include VAT.
In addition, you must also pay an application fee directly to
the Home Office.
We always welcome feedback and suggestions to improve the
quality of our service.
If you wish to contact us with feedback,
complete an online form or telephone 0151 443 4031.
This service is regulated by the Office of the
You can provide feedback and suggestions by
writing directly to:
The Office of the Immigration Services
53 Tooley Street