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Everything you need to know about British Citizenship Ceremonies

Attending a British Citizenship Ceremony is the final step in becoming a British citizen. As part of the ceremony, you will receive your important certificate of citizenship.

For more information about British Citizenship, living in the UK and how to settle here, reach out to one of our expert immigration advisers for more information. Call us on 0333 305 9375, or contact us online today

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    The Ceremony and Becoming a British Citizen

    Once your British Citizenship application has been approved you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony. This invitation letter will be sent by the Home Office and will give details of how to book your ceremony. Each ceremony is organised by your local authority/council.

    There is a time limit on your invitation so you must arrange your attending a ceremony before this expires otherwise you could have your British citizenship application revoked.

    Anyone aged over 18 years of age must attend a British citizenship ceremony – this also applies if you have turned 18 during the application process. Those younger than 18 do not have to attend a ceremony if they do not wish to. If this is the case, then a family member is allowed to collect their certificate of British citizenship in their absence.

    Cost of British Citizenship Ceremony

    Usually, British Citizenship ceremonies take place in groups. However, there is the option to have a private ceremony. This must be arranged with the local authority directly and there is an additional charge.

    The cost of standard group ceremonies is included in the cost of the Home Office application fee for British citizenship that was paid at the type of submitting your application form.

    If you wish to have a private individual ceremony then the cost could be around £200 – although this varies depending on the local authority and the time/date you wish to hold the ceremony.

    Documents to take to your British citizenship ceremony

    When attending your citizenship ceremony you will need to ensure your bring the following with you otherwise you will not be able to take part and obtain your citizenship certificate:

    • Your Home Office approval letter
    • The invitation letter given by your local authority/council
    • A form of ID that has a recent photograph such as a passport or driving licence

    What happens at a British Citizenship Ceremony?

    An important part of the ceremony is the Oath or Affirmation of allegiance to the Crown and a Pledge of loyalty to uphold the values, customs and laws of the UK. This is a formal promise to Her Majesty the Queen and the UK.

    Oath of allegiance

    I, (name), swear by Almighty God that, on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors, according to law.

    Affirmation of allegiance

    I (name) do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that on becoming a British Citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her Heirs and Successors, according to law.


    I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom and respect its rights and freedoms. I will uphold its democratic values. I will observe its laws faithfully and fulfil my duties and obligations as a British citizen.

    At the end of the ceremony you will be given your Certificate of British citizenship and a welcome pack. You can also have your photograph taken to remember this important step.

    Contact us today if you require assistance with your British citizenship application.

    How Can IAS Help?

    A certificate of British Citizenship is an important document that proves your right to live and work in the UK indefinitely without being subject to any immigration restrictions.

    IAS can help with any immigration issue.  We are expert legal advisers specialising in UK immigration law, with years’ worth of experience helping individuals achieve UK Citizenship. We can help establish your eligibility for a certificate of entitlement, assist you throughout the application process, and even liaise with the Home Office to keep track of your application as it gets processed.

    For more information about the services we offer and how we can help you, get in touch with us today on 0333 305 9375, or talk to us online today.

    We’re here to help with your British Citizenship immigration issue.

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