If you are aged 18 and over and are accepted for naturalisation as a British citizen, you are required by law to take part in a citizenship ceremony.

The ceremony helps applicants gain a full understanding of the rights and responsibilities that come with British Citizenship. It also makes sure the applicant is properly welcomed into the community.

Please note that the Home Office continue to deal with the backlog of Citizenship Certificates (in date order) and we are only able to schedule Citizenship Ceremonies where the certificate has been received by us and you have an Invitation Letter from the Home Office to contact us.

For new citizens in receipt of a Home Office Invitation letter, please call 01324 506580 to arrange a Citizenship Ceremony.We are currently conducting virtual online citizenship ceremonies, however, there may be an option to join a group ceremony if there is enough interest.

You will be asked for your Home Office invitation and photographic ID at the start of your ceremony.

After the ceremony your certificate will be posted to you by Royal Mail Tracking Service. Your certificate will be posted to the address we have on file for you, if the address is for a lawyer, solicitor or immigration company it will be sent to their address and you will have to arrange with them to receive your certificate. If you have recently changed your address please notify the Home Office as soon as possible so that we can receive instruction from them regarding your new address. If you attend a group or individual ceremony you will be given your certificate on the day.

Becoming a British Citizen