Checking your application documents Click to get info
Over the next months, the majority of paper application forms will be withdrawn and you will need to apply online.
For this reason, we no longer provide the following services to check paper documents:
- nationality checking service
- national document return service
The government’s new UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UKVCAS) provides a range of services to help you with your online application.
Citizenship ceremony Click to get info
If your application is successful, the Home Office will inform us. We’ll then contact you to confirm the date and time for your group citizenship ceremony which will be held at the Town Hall. It’s a legal obligation for anyone over the age of 18 to take part in their ceremony.
- organise and host the citizenship ceremony
- present you with your certificate of naturalisation
If the date is inconvenient for you, or if you’d prefer, we can arrange a private citizenship ceremony.
Private citizenship ceremony Click to get info
A private citizenship ceremony costs £100 per person. A Saturday private citizenship ceremony costs £150 per person. There is no charge for children under 18 years of age.
If you live in a different borough, you can have your ceremony in Waltham Forest, with approval from the Home Office.
Naturalisation certificate Click to get info
A naturalisation certificate proves you’re a British citizen with the right to have a British passport and vote. You will be presented with your certificate at the citizenship ceremony.
European passport return service (EPRS) Click to get info
Our European passport return service (EPRS) allows you to keep your passport while your application is being processed.
It is only for EEA, Swiss nationals and their family members, who have applied online for a registration certificate or a document certifying permanent residence.
The EPRS is available as a walk-in service at:
- Register Office: Monday to Friday: 9am to 12 midday
- Walthamstow Library: Monday to Friday: 9am to 2pm
- Leyton Library: Monday to Friday: 9am to 2pm
- Leytonstone Library: Monday to Friday: 9am to 2pm
The cost is £21 plus packaging.