Documents you need to bring

Please check the following lists carefully. If you are attending a Settlement Service appointment you will need different documents from a Nationality Service appointment.

These documents are required for our council checking services. If you are applying directly to the Home Office you will need to follow the guidance notes provided by the Home Office.

Nationality Checking Service appointment

Type of applicationWhat you need to bring
Single adult application
  • Passport/travel document to cover past 5 years (if passport or travel document does not cover past 5 years you will require alternative evidence, see below)
  • Life in UK and either

    • ESOL B1 from an approved test centre or any degree taught in English.  If degree completed abroad you will need two covering letters from NARIC UK stating equivalent to a UK degree and taught in English.
    • Educated to degree level and provide confirmation that it is taught in English. If done abroad you need to get a covering letter from NARIC UK on 0871 330 7033
    • A pass via an English language test which meets Home Office requirements.
  • Confirmation of indefinite leave to remain (held for 12 months or more)
  • A completed Adult AN application form for each adult (this is available from the Home Office website)

If an EEA national

All EEA Nationals are required to apply for Permanent Residency Card through the Home Office directly before fulfilling the criteria below to apply for Nationality.

  • If you are an EEA national you must exercise your treaty rights and show proof of this
  • If you are an A8 EEA national (entered the EU in 2004) and are working, you must have the workers registration and/or a student you must have comprehensive sickness insurance.

Failure to do so will result in a failed application.

Single adult application - married to a British citizen
  • Passport/travel document to cover past 3 years (if passport or travel document does not cover past 3 years you will require alternative evidence)
  • Life in UK and either

    • ESOL B1 from an approved test centre or any degree taught in English.  If degree completed abroad you will need two covering letters from NARIC UK stating equivalent to a UK degree and taught in English.
    • Educated to degree level and provide confirmation that it is taught in English. If done abroad you need to get a covering letter from NARIC UK on 0871 330 7033
    • A pass via an English language test which meets Home Office requirements.
  • Confirmation of indefinite leave to remain
  • Marriage/civil partnership certificate (accompanied by an official translation if not in English)
  • Husband's/wife's British passport or naturalisation certificate
  • ESOL entry level 3 and above or any degree done in English, if done abroad you need to get a covering letter from NARIC UK on 0871 330 7033
  • confirmation of indefinite leave to remain/marriage/civil partnership certificate (accompanied by an official translation if not in English)
  • husband's/wife's British passport or naturalisation certificate

Life in UK for all countries

 plus

  • ESOL B1 from an approved test centre or any degree taught in English.  If degree completed abroad you will need two covering letters from NARIC UK stating equivalent to a UK degree and taught in English.
  • confirmation of indefinite leave to remain
  • marriage/civil partnership certificate (accompanied by an official translation if not in English)
  • husband's/wife's British passport or naturalisation certificate
If an EE national
  • If you are an EEA national you must exercise your treaty rights and show proof of this
  • If you are an A8 EEA national (entered the EU in 2004) and are working, you must have the workers registration
  • If you are a student you must have comprehensive sickness insurance
  • Failure to do so will result in a failed application
If you are an EEA national you must exercise your treaty rights. If you are an A8
EEA nationaI (entered the EU in 2004) and are working, you must have the workers registration. If you are a student you must have comprehensive sickness insurance. Failure to do so will result in a failed application.
Alternative evidence for adults
  • P60
  • Letter from employer
  • Letter from college/university
  • Statement of taxes from Inland Revenue
  • Child/Family tax credit statement
  • Child benefit letter
  • Jobseekers allowance letter
  • Income support letter
  • Housing association letter
Minor documents required
  • A completed MN1 form for each child
  • Passport/travel document to cover past 2 years (if passport or travel document does not cover past 2 years you will require alternative evidence)
  • Confirmation of indefinite leave to remain for child and parent
  • Birth certificate
  • School letter to cover past 2 years for children over 13 years old
  • Marriage certificate (if father is applying for child, accompanied by an official translation if not in English)
  • If an EEA national the parent must show that they are exercising their treaty rights for six years
Alternative evidence for minor (to cover past 2 years)
  • School letter
  • Child benefit letter
  • Child tax credit
Countries which only need life in the UK test are
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • The Bahamas
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States of America

Settlement Checking Service appointment

Who needs to attendWhat you need to bring

You and your partner must attend the settlement checking service appointment in person.

If you have children under 18 years old, they do not have to be present.

The completed SET(M) application form
Two recent photographs of the applicant and one of their partner
Passports of applicant and their partner
  • Life in UK and either
    • ESOL B1 from an approved test centre or any degree taught in English.  If degree completed abroad you will need two covering letters from NARIC UK stating equivalent to a UK degree and taught in English.
    • Educated to degree level and provide confirmation that it is taught in English. If done abroad you need to get a covering letter from NARIC UK on 0871 330 7033
    • A pass via an English language test which meets Home Office requirements.
Marriage or civil partnership certificate
Financial documents such as bank statements, payslips, tax returns
Cohabitation documents such as joint bank accounts, mortgages and council tax (six to ten pieces of evidence for the same address must be provided over the two-year period. This could be several addresses if the couple have moved in the two-year period)
The full correct fee payable to Home Office Leave to remain
If dependants - their passports, photographs and birth certificate