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.
Coronavirus COVID-19 update
Local authorities have now reintroduced citizenship ceremonies where safe to do so and in accordance with health and safety guidance.
If you have received a decision letter from the Home Office it asks you to wait for the invitation letter to arrive in the post before you contact your local authority to arrange the ceremony. If this is the case, please wait for this to arrive and then contact us.
If you have received your invitation letter, please continue through this page to request a call back.
What is a citizenship ceremony?
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 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. These ceremonies are usually held at York House in Twickenham.
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 normally start at 3pm, so please arrive at York House between 2.30 and 2.45pm. As this is a group ceremony please note that there will be no admittance once the ceremony has started. Ceremony start times may vary depending on the volume of new citizens processed with the UKVI.
The ceremony itself will last for approximately 30 minutes.
Whenever possible there is an official photographer attending the ceremony. If a photo is not required, please inform us on your arrival.
Individual ceremonies can be arranged, on payment of a fee. The ceremony itself will only last for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. This can be held in person or via Microsoft Teams.
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.
Citizens can bring up to a maximum of 40 guests for a private in-person ceremony.
The necessary documents to bring to the ceremony
Please remember to bring the following documents:
- Your letter from UK Visas and Immigration
- Your passport or photo ID
- Proof of your home address (bank statement, driving licence or Council Tax bill dated within the last three months)
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 ceremony cost
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.
Further information about British Citizenship
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.
Up to: Registration Services
Updated: 16 August 2022