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Citizenship ceremonies

Becoming a British citizen

You can apply to become a British citizen on GOV.UK

If you’re granted British citizenship, the Home Office will send you a letter or email to inform you of this.

They will send your naturalisation certificate to us. When we get this, we’ll write to you to offer you a ceremony date. You must attend a ceremony within three months.

What happens at the ceremony

We hold a group citizenship ceremony every month. You may bring one guest with you. There is no charge for this. 

If you prefer, you can contact the Register Office to book a private ceremony. There is a charge for this service.

You'll need to bring to the ceremony:

  • the Home Office letter or email confirming your application has been approved
  • photo ID (such as passport, travel document or driving licence)

During the ceremony you’ll have to make an oath of allegiance (or civil affirmation if you prefer). You'll also make a pledge to respect the rights, freedoms and laws of the UK.

At the end of the ceremony you’ll receive:

  • your certificate of British citizenship
  • a welcome pack
  • information about how to apply for your British passport

 You can find out more about citizenship ceremonies on GOV.UK

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