If an application for citizenship is approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) 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.
Local Authorities may now reintroduce citizenship ceremonies where safe to do so and in accordance with health and safety guidance.
Planning and risk assessments are now being undertaken to determine the way citizenship ceremonies can be safely managed. Details will be confirmed shortly.
We are working towards resuming citizenship ceremonies from mid-August.
Priority will be given to prospective new citizens who received their Home Office letters before lockdown.
We will contact you to invite you to a ceremony in due course. Your continued patience is appreciated. We ask that you do not contact us unless urgent, whilst we undertake this initial planning stage.
The applicant will receive an invitation letter from UK Visas and Immigration with details about booking the citizenship ceremony. 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.
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.
To book your ceremony please complete our online form, and the Registration Services team will contact you within 5 working days to book your ceremony.
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. These ceremonies are usually held at York House in Twickenham. 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 ceremony itself will only last for approximately 10-15 minutes.
The Mayor or Deputy Mayor will not be in attendance and there will not be an official photographer present, but you are welcome to bring a camera. Refreshments are not available.
Each citizen can bring up to a maximum of 40 guests.
Please remember to bring the following documents:
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that a ceremony is attended within 3 months of receiving the UK Visas and Immigration letter.
The group ceremony fee is included in your application to UK Visas and Immigration. 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.
If you need a replacement of your Nationalisation Certificate you need to contact UK Visas and Immigration. This is the certificate given to you at your Citizenship Ceremony.
Further information about applications for British Citizenship can be found on the GOV.UK website.
For all enquiries regarding the Life in the UK Test, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and citizenship classes, go to www.lifeintheuktest.gov.uk, or call the Life in the UK Test Helpline on 0800 0154 245.
Updated: 16 July 2020