What is a citizenship ceremony?
Citizenship ceremonies are the final step in the process of becoming an official British Citizen. Once the Home Office have sent you a letter confirming the success of your application we will contact you to invite you to the next available ceremony. You do not need to contact us, the home office will send us confirmation at the same time as it is sent to you and we will contact you directly, usually within 7 days to arrange a ceremony.
Wherever possible applications for members of the same family are processed together so they can attend a ceremony at the same time. You may also invite guests, but there may be a limit on the number you can invite.
What happens at the ceremony?
The following will happen:
- a welcome speech and speeches on what it means to become a British citizen.
- An oath and pledge will be taken, which is a legal requirement and is the point at which citizenship is granted.
- You will then receive a certificate, information pack and gifts. This certificate can be used to support passport applications and prove you are a British Citizen.
- The ceremony closes with a speech and the playing of the national anthem.
- There may then be a celebration where new citizens can have their photographs taken with guests and the dignitaries.