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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 you will take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to His Majesty the King 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.

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

Group ceremonies

Group ceremonies are usually held every Monday in Islington Town Hall’s Council Chamber. You do not need to pay to attend the group ceremony, which lasts around two hours.

You are able to invite one guest to your ceremony.

Private ceremonies

We offer private ceremonies so you can celebrate your citizenship in an intimate setting at Islington Town Hall. This can give you more choice over the date and is often quicker, although the number of private ceremonies available may be limited.

You are able to invite one guest to your ceremony. 

See the table below for fees:

 Day Fee for one person Fee for a family
 Tuesday to Thursday  £125  £185

Booking your ceremony

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.

Once you have your invitation letter, you can book your group or private ceremony date by emailing, with the following information:

  1. Your full name
  2. Your Home Office reference number
  3. Your contact telephone number
  4. Whether you would like a group or private ceremony

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, 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 invitation letter.

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