Nationality checking service

Citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship Ceremonies are held at The Albert Halls on a monthly basis.  Prior to attending a Citizenship Ceremony you will need to obtain approval from the Home Office to become a British Citizen.  The application for British Citizenship should be forwarded to the Home Office direct or if you prefer you can attend at Bolton Register Office for the Nationality Checking Service.

Once you have received approval from the Home Office to become a British Citizen you will receive an invitation letter which will allow you to book a Citizenship Ceremony.  Within the ceremony you will be required to swear an oath/affirmation and pledge that you will be a loyal citizen to the Queen and Country.  It is only once you have attended a Citizenship Ceremony that you can receive your Certificate of Naturalisation which is needed in order to apply for a British Passport.  This applies to all new citizens aged 18 or over, minors do not need to undergo the Citizenship Ceremony however they are very welcome do so, if they wish.

Group Ceremonies are held at The Albert Halls each month however it is possible to book a private ceremony at an additional cost and this would be held at Bolton Register Office.

Nationality checking service

The Nationality Checking Service is a partnership between Bolton Council and the Home Office. 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. The Nationality Checking Service is by appointment only and a £20 non-refundable deposit is required when booking an appointment.  The balance of the fee is then payable at the appointment (fees listed below).

All of our advisers are registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.

To book an appointment, or to obtain further information on the Nationality Checking Service, please call Bolton Register Office on 01204 331185 and a member of staff will be happy to help you further.  Your appointment will be held at Mere Hall where there is ample free parking for customers.  The citizenship / nationality checking service team will not be able to provide advice about nationality.
Advice is available from the Home office.

Nationality Checking Service Fees

Single adult application                                        £50

Husband and Wife applying at the same time      £70

Parent(s) with up to two children                          £80                        

Extra children included with parents application   £25 each

Child (under 18 years old) applying individually   £25 each


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