What is a citizenship ceremony?
If an application for citizenship is approved by the Home Office and the applicant is over the age of 18, attending a citizenship ceremony is the final stage in the process of becoming a British Citizen.
The applicant will receive an invitation letter from the Home Office with details about booking the citizenship ceremony at Richmond upon Thames Register Office. A ceremony cannot be booked until the applicant has received this letter.
Each citizen must attend a citizenship ceremony within the borough stated in the letter. This will usually be the borough where you live, unless you stated a different one when you made your application for naturalisation.
Please contact us to book an appointment.
During the citizenship ceremony each citizen will be required to repeat the words of the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen, and the Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom.
The types of ceremonies available
The options are to have a group ceremony or an individual ceremony.
Regular group citizenship ceremonies are held with the Mayor or Deputy Mayor in attendance to welcome new citizens. Each citizen can invite up to two guests to witness this celebration. Refreshments will be served.
There are a limited number of spaces for each ceremony, and they are booked on a strictly first come, first served basis.
The ceremony will start at 3pm, so please arrive at York House between 2:30pm and 2:45pm. As this is a group ceremony please note that there will be no admittance once the ceremony has started.
Whenever possible there is an official photographer attending the ceremony. If a photo is not required, please inform us on your arrival.
Light refreshments will be available on arrival and after the ceremony. The ceremony itself will last for approximately thirty minutes.
Individual ceremonies can be arranged, on payment of a fee. The Mayor or Deputy Mayor will not be in attendance.
The necessary documents to bring to the ceremony
Please remember to bring the following documents:
- Your letter from the Home Office
- Your passport or photo ID
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that a ceremony is attended within 3 months of receiving the Home Office letter.
The ceremony cost
The group ceremony fee is included in your application to the Home Office. See registration service fees for the price of the individual ceremony. Please note, the fee is non refundable if you do not attend the ceremony or cancel without sufficient notice.
Further information about British Citizenship
If you need a replacement of your Nationalisation Certificate you need to contact the Home Office. This is the certificate given to you at your Citizenship Ceremony.
For all general enquires regarding applications for British Citizenship, please visit www.uknationality.gov.uk.
For all enquiries regarding the Life in the UK Test, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and citizenship classes, please go to www.lifeintheuktest.gov.uk, or call the Life in the UK Test Helpline on 0800 0154 245.