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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.

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.

We are currently undertaking private ceremonies at no charge and once you receive the Home Office Invitation letter stating that you must contact us to organise a ceremony please email registrars@islington.gov.uk.

Please be aware that the confirmation letter/email from the Home Office is not the invitation letter to organise the ceremony and until you receive your Home Office Invitation letter we cannot organise your ceremony. Please bear with us as we are reorganising ceremonies since the start of the pandemic.

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.

Please wait for our invitation letter before contacting us as we are extremely busy planning new safe ceremony procedures at this time. 

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 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 email us on registrars@islington.gov.uk to rearrange. Please note we are currently not undertaking public ceremonies and you can contact us to arrange a private ceremony at no charge.

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. Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, please note guests are not permitted at private ceremony and we recommend you wear a face covering at the ceremony.

See the table below for fees (currently no fee applied for private ceremonies).

To book a private ceremony please email us on registrars@islington.gov.uk (once you have received the Home Office Invitation letter). 

Day Fee for one person Fee for a family 
Monday-Friday
£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.

Please only contact us if you have received a letter from us or the Home Office invitation letter.

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