Citizenship ceremonies

About the ceremony

Changes due to COVID-19

Usually you must attend a citizenship ceremony within 3 months of receiving your invitation from the Home Office. Because of COVID-19, this has been extended to 6 months.

While the wearing of face masks is not compulsory on council premises, we respectfully request they are worn by everyone who is not exempt. This protects both fellow citizens and our staff. You'll be required to remove your mask when you are giving your Oath or Affirmation and Pledge.

What you'll need

When you attend a ceremony, you'll need to bring your:

  • citizenship invitation provided by the Home Office (letter or printed email format can be accepted)
  • 1 piece of photographic ID, such as your passport, travel document, driving licence or biometric residence permit card

If you do not bring both of these documents with you to your ceremony, you will not be able to attend will have to re-book.

During the ceremony

The ceremony will usually last around 30 minutes.

During the ceremony, you'll:

  • swear or affirm your allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen
  • pledge loyalty to the United Kingdom
  • be presented with a certificate of naturalisation
  • have your photo taken (group ceremonies only)
  • stand for the National Anthem

There will not be a dignitary or formal photographer at a private ceremony, however, you're welcome to take your own photographs.