British citizenship

For those wishing to become a British citizen we have specially trained advisers to assist you with the process. For some this will be straightforward, for others, it may be more complex and lengthy.

Nationality checking service

To begin the process of becoming a British citizen, we offer, in partnership with UK Visas and Immigration a nationality checking service which is available to any applicant, irrespective of where they live.

Our advisers are able to:

  • check that you have completed all application forms correctly
  • check that you have all relevant documents required
  • check that the correct fee has been submitted
  • photocopy valuable documents, such as passports and marriage certificates
  • certify the copies and return any originals to you
  • forward your application to UK Visas and Immigration by special delivery.

While this is not a fast track service, by ensuring that the application form is correctly completed and is accompanied by certified documents should assist with your application process.

Evidence of completion of the Life in the UK test and a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher or an equivalent level qualification is required before any application may proceed.

Further information regarding these requirements can be found at GOV.UK.

To make an appointment with an adviser please telephone 0345 155 1002 and ask for the nationality checking service or email

For details of the fee payable for this service, see Registration fees.

Our advisers are registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) as Level 1 advisers – Nationality and citizenship under UK law.

Advisers are not able to offer advice on other matters such as visas, immigration or asylum, for this please contact the UK Visas & Immigration on 0300 123 2253.

Citizenship ceremonies

At the end of the process you will be required to attend a citizenship ceremony at which you swear an Oath or make affirmation of allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, pledge commitment to the United Kingdom and receive your British citizenship certificate.

Group ceremonies are conducted by a Superintendent Registrar and are strictly by invitation only.

Devon’s group ceremonies take place at Larkbeare House and are attended by a local civic dignitary – Deputy Lieutenant, High Sheriff, Chairman of the County Council, the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Chairmen of District Councils.

It is the attending civic dignitary who presents you with your British citizenship certificate.

The ceremony is followed by a gathering that affords a further welcoming opportunity for you and your guests.