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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.

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.

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.

Private ceremonies

We are currently undertaking private ceremonies at no charge. Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, you are only allowed to bring one guest from the same household or bubble. Unless you are medically exempt, you must wear a face covering whilst in the building.

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 Citizenship Ceremony Invitation letter we cannot organise your ceremony.

The Home Office have confirmed that prospective citizens now have six months in which to take their ceremony during the pandemic period.

You can book your ceremony date by emailing, with the following information:
1. Your full name
2. Your Home Office reference number
3. Your contact telephone number

A member of the team will then contact you to book a date for your citizenship ceremony. Please note that our office is extremely busy during the pandemic, so we appreciate your patience in awaiting a response. 

What to bring with you

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

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