What is the Nationality Checking Service?
The Nationality Checking Service is a partnership between the Home Office Nationality Group and Manchester City Council. The service ensures that applications for British citizenship are completed correctly.
Important documents which need to accompany the application form will be checked, copied and certified so applicants can keep the originals. Completed applications will then be forwarded to the Home Office by secure post. (For up to date information on applying for British Citizenship, including what documents you need to provide, please see the Home Office website)
Correctly completed applications tend to be resolved more quickly than those that are incomplete.
The nationality checking service is by appointment only.
All appointments are held at the Manchester Register Office
To make an appointment please contact our citizenship team on 0161 234 5531.
Due to high demand for appointments at the moment, this telephone line is currently very busy. We apologise if you have difficulty getting through to us. We are in the process of putting more resources in place to improve our ability to answer all telephone calls faster. In the meantime, if you have a problem contacting us by telephone, you can e-mail us at email@example.com , giving us a telephone number we can contact you on, and we will try to phone you back as soon as possible.
The office is open for NCS appointments Monday - Friday 9.00am to 4.30pm.
We are closed from 2.30pm on the first Tuesday of each month, for staff training.
Advice about nationality
The citizenship / nationality checking service team will not be able to provide advice about nationality.
Advice is available from the Home office
Changes to the Knowledge of language and life in the UK requirement for settlement and naturalisation
From 28 October 2013, there will be two parts to the Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK (KoLL) requirement, both of which must be met by all applicants for settlement and naturalisation, unless the individual is exempt.
From this date applicants will be required to:
- pass the Life in the UK test
- have a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or an equivalent level qualification.
For details of the new requirement please see the Changes to the knowledge of language and life requirements for settlement or naturalisation document on the UKBA website.