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.

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 Hall’s Council Chamber. You do not need to pay to attend the ceremony.

In the letter we always offer you the earliest dates. If you are happy with these simply complete the questionnaire 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. 

There is a fee of £180-£225 per family becoming a British citizens (guests are free).  See below table for timings and exact fees.

If you would like to book a private ceremony please call us on 020 7527 6350.

Day Fee  Timings 
Monday £180 per family 4.30 - 6.30pm 
Tuesday-Thursday £180 per family

 9 - 10am

4.30 - 6.30pm

Friday £180 per family 9 - 10am
Saturday  £225 per family Call to check availability

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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