I’ve passed my test. What are the next steps?

Have you passed the Life in the UK test and need to finish you application for settlement (ILR) or citizenship? Find out here where to get the forms to complete your application.

If you’ve passed your test, then congratulations! You now need to concentrate on gathering all the required documentation so you can start the process of filing your application. The next steps will vary depending on whether you are applying for British citizenship or settlement in the UK (known as indefinite leave to remain or permanent residency). Check the After your test section for more information.

You must not lose your pass certificate under any circumstances. The Home Office and test centres cannot issue replacement certificates. If you lose yours you will have to take the test again.

Be careful that you correctly submit your application. It is not possible to get a refund for incorrect applications. Thousands of citizenship applications are rejected each year for reasons that could have easily been avoided. All forms come with a set of detailed guidance notes to help you complete your application.

Once you’ve completed your application form you need to send it. The traditional method has been to post your application to the Home Office for processing. This requires you to send valuable documents with your application.

An alternative way of sending your citizenship application is to use the Nationality Checking Service (NCS). For applications for settlement or indefinite leave to remain you should use the Settlement Checking Service (SCS). The services have two major benefits:

  1. Your application is checked to make sure it has been completed correctly and that all required supporting documentation is attached.
  2. Valuable documents (such as passports) are photocopied and returned.

The services are offered by many local councils and are very popular. It should cost about £40 to submit your application using the NCS service.

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