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Citizenship ceremonies

If your application to become a British Citizen is accepted you’ll be invited to a citizenship ceremony by your local council. This is the last step in becoming a British Citizen. Islington Council offers public or private ceremonies.

In response to the government’s advice on public gatherings to help manage the spread of Coronavirus, we are unable to take any new bookings, apart from to register a birth or register a death. We apologise to all our customers and will return to a full service as soon as it is safe to do so, but we expect this to continue until the end of July 2020. 

Everyone aged over 18 who is accepted to become a British Citizen is required to attend a ceremony to finalise their citizenship.

During this ceremony they take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and make a Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom.

Being invited to a ceremony

  • You will receive a letter from the Home Office letting you know that you are successful and inviting you to contact your local register office. You have three months from the date of the letter to attend a citizenship ceremony.
  • Islington and City of London Registration Service will receive your citizenship certificate from the Home Office and write with a choice of three public ceremonies dates. You can also choose to have a private ceremony.

Children don’t have to attend a ceremony or take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance. However, if they do wish to attend and participate in the ceremony they are very welcome to do so.

Public ceremonies

Public Ceremonies are usually held at 10.30am every Monday in Islington Town Halll’s Council Chamber. You do not need to pay to attend the ceremony.

New citizens are welcome to bring two friends or family members with them to watch. Please note the guests will not be sat with the new citizens, so whilst children are welcome, they will need to be supervised by an adult who is not taking part in the ceremony.

In the letter we always offer you the earliest dates. If you are happy with these simply complete the questionnaire enclosed with your letter and return it to us. If none of the dates are suitable and you want to book on a later ceremony call us on 020 7527 6350 to rearrange.

Private ceremonies

We do offer private ceremonies so you can celebrate your citizenship in an intimate setting with your family. This gives you more choice over the date and is often quicker. Our ceremony room holds up to 28 guests, but please discuss your guest numbers with us at the time of booking so we can be sure everyone can be accommodated. 

See the table below for fees.

To book a private ceremony please call 020 7527 6350.

Day Fee for one person Fee for a family 
£120 £180 
Saturday  £150 £225

What to bring with you

Attend the ceremony with photo id (e.g. passport or driving licence) and your Home Office invitation letter.

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