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Citizenship Ceremonies

If you're 18 or over, the final stage in becoming a British Citizen is to attend a citizenship ceremony.

Citizenship ceremonies are private and not open to the public.

Adults

For adults aged 18 and over:

  • Once the Home Office has approved your application for British Citizenship, they'll send your details to us
  • When we receive your details, we'll write to you to offer you the earliest date and time for you to attend a group citizenship ceremony
  • If you can attend on this day, you don't have to do anything - your ceremony is booked. If you can't attend on this day, please contact the Registrars Office to re-arrange.

Under 18s

Children aged 17 and under don't need to attend a ceremony to become a British Citizen so we won't arrange one for them automatically.

If you would like your child to attend a ceremony anyway, you'll need to contact the Registrars Office.

Items to bring to your ceremony

Please bring:

  • Your invitation from the Home Office - this is either a letter in the post or an email including the PDF attachment
  • Your confirmation email or letter from the Register Office
  • One form of photo identification, such as your driving licence, passport, biometric residence permit card or travel document

If you don't bring all these things with you, your ceremony will be postponed.

What to expect at your ceremony

This is what usually happens at a group citizenship ceremony:

  • You will need to arrive between 30-60 minutes before your ceremony so you can complete your registration. If you arrive less than 15 minutes prior to your ceremony, you will not be permitted into the ceremony and you'll have to rearrange
  • The ceremony normally lasts around 30 minutes
  • The Superintendent Registrar or their deputy, will conduct the ceremony. They will start with a brief explanation on the significance and commitments of the promises you'll make before being granted British citizenship
  • The Mayor will then give a welcoming speech on behalf of West Northamptonshire Council and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant will speak on behalf of His Majesty the King
  • You'll then be asked as a group to repeat an oath of allegiance and a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom
  • The Mayor will then present you with your British nationality certificate and an information pack. Your guest can take photographs of you receiving your certificate from the Mayor if you wish
  • The ceremony ends with the playing of the national anthem
  • There's usually a photographer present at group citizenship ceremonies. You can purchase these photographs after the ceremony
  • You can bring 1 guest to a group citizenship ceremony. If you're having a private ceremony, you can bring up to 40 guests.

Last updated 28 December 2023