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British citizenship

Citizenship ceremonies

There have been important changes to the way British citizenship is granted to people applying to register or naturalise. Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, we expect successful applicants to attend citizenship ceremonies held in their local communities.

Once you have applied to the Home Office for Citizenship and this has been approved the Register Office will contact you by letter to attend a ceremony.

At the citizenship ceremony, new citizens make an oath or affirmation to Her Majesty the Queen and a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom. After this the citizen receives a certificate.

Applying to become a British citizen

To become a British citizen you will need to apply for British Nationality. For information on how to do this visit the UK Visas and Immigration section of the Home Office website.

As of 30 November 2018 Local Authorities will cease to offer the Settlement Checking Service and Nationality Document Return Service, customers can now apply online via gov.uk.  

As of 31 December 2018 Local Authorities will cease to provide the Nationality Checking Service and customers can now apply online via gov.uk.

Please note: Walsall Register Office has no appointment availability for these services.

To learn more about these services please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ukvis-new-front-end-services-what-you-need-to-know