Nationality Checking Service
The Nationality Checking Service (NCS) is only for people applying to become British Citizens. This service is not for people applying for permanent residence, settlement or Indefinite Leave to Remain. We are unable to offer refunds for people that attend NCS appointments that are not eligible to use the NCS service. Haringey Council does not offer the Settlement Checking Service (SCS) or the European Passport Return Service (external link) for people that are applying for permanent residence / settlement.
Please read through this page carefully and refer to the Home Office if you need further help and support. We regret that we are unable to offer immigration advice or help people complete their forms by law.
Did you know only 2% of nationality applications submitted through NCS are rejected, compared to around 10% of applications sent directly to the Home Office? We also conduct two Citizenship Ceremonies each week cutting down your wait once applications are approved.
We offer the Nationality Checking Service (NCS) for British Citizenship applications at our central location at Haringey Civic Centre, only five minutes from Wood Green Underground Station on the Piccadilly Line.
This service includes:
- making sure your application is correctly filled in
- checking, copying and certifying your documents so that you can keep originals including your passport
(NB Original Life in UK test, ESOL or medical reports must be sent)
- submitting your application by secure post
Please note: if you fail to bring any of the relevant documents, you will be required to book another appointment. Please prepare by fully completing your application form. You must also read and understand both of the following documents:
- Home Office Guidance Notes
- The Requirements Booklet
Please also read any other information that the Home Office supplies. Everything you need can be accessed on the Home Office website (external link)
- You can book an appointment online or by calling 020 8489 2605.
Unfortunately we do not offer the Settlement Checking Service
Please note that we do not offer NCS appointments at weekends. If you choose a weekend date you will be offered the next available date which may be the following Monday.
Please have your payment card details to hand when you book. You will not be seen without an appointment. Current waiting time for an appointment is up to two weeks.
On the day of the appointment all adult applicants will need to come with their completed application forms and all the supporting documents.
Home office fees must be paid by Cheque, or Credit card.
- Adult Application: £55 each Monday to Friday,
- Minors application (children under 18 years): £40 each (£10 will be collected per child at the time of appointment if not collected already)
- Payment is collected at time of booking by card
You can find out more information about gaining British citizenship and the application form by visiting the Home Office website (external link)
Enquiries can be sent to the Home Office to Nationalityenquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
For help booking a Life in the UK Test please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (external link) or call 0800 015 4245.
Assuming that your NCS application is successful the Home Office will write to you asking for you to arrange a Citizenship Ceremony. This ceremony will take place in the borough where you live unless you opt on your application form to have your ceremony elsewhere. If you would like your ceremony in Haringey at our Wood Green Council Chamber please write this on your application form. Our venue is situated 5 minutes from Wood Green Underground Station which offers a quick journey into Central London should you need to go to work afterwards.
Avoiding long waits
Benefit from one of our weekly Citizenship Ceremonies. Get your Certificate of Naturalisation without a long wait for a ceremony.
To book Haringey as the venue for your Citizenship Ceremony and avoid a possible long wait for your Citizenship Ceremony please write, Haringey Register Office, Civic Centre, High Road, Wood Green, London, N22 8LE when completing your citizenship application form. You can do this even if you use the NCS service of another borough or if you do not live in the borough.
Contact and where we are
Book online or by calling us on 020 8489 2605. Appointments take place at the Haringey Register Office within Haringey Civic Centre on Wood Green High Road. Our postcode for use in SatNavs is N22 9SB. We are only 5 minutes walk from Wood Green Underground Station on the Piccadilly Line.
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