The aim of the citizenship ceremony is to enable applicants to gain a full understanding of the rights and responsibilities that come with the acquisition of British citizenship, and also to ensure that they're properly welcomed into the community. It's intended to ensure that the acquisition of citizenship isn't a purely bureaucratic process.
Anyone over the age of 18 who successfully applies to become a British citizen must take part in a citizenship ceremony.
We're responsible for organising ceremonies for successful applicants living in the county. There's usually one group ceremony per month held at the Shirehall. If the date is inconvenient, it's possible to arrange an individual ceremony for an extra charge. We can also provide a nationality checking service to assist you with your application.
If you're participating in a group ceremony organised by us, there's no fee. Private ceremonies do, however, carry fees.
Following a successful application for British citizenship, we'll contact the applicant by letter to establish further details including:
- Whether the applicant wishes to swear or affirm the oath at the citizenship ceremony
- Whether any guests will be attending the ceremony
- When they wish to attend a ceremony from a range of dates
Once these details have been received, invitations will be sent to the applicant approximately one week prior to the chosen ceremony date.
The ceremony begins with a welcoming speech, and the applicants then swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and give a pledge of loyalty to the UK, before being presented with their citizenship certificates. The presentation of the certificate marks the point at which British citizenship is conferred. There's an informal reception following the ceremony by way of sealing the occasion.
If you'd like any further information about citizenship ceremonies, take a look at the information attached to this page, or call us on 0345 678 9016.