Citizenship ceremonies

You’ll be invited to book a place at a citizenship ceremony if your application is successful and you’re over 18.

You’re usually allowed to take 2 guests with you and you must take your invitation with you when you go to your ceremony.

There is a ceremony fee of £80.

Citizenship Ceremonies in the UK

Your ceremony will usually take place close to where you live.

Citizenship ceremonies are organised by your local council and are usually done in groups. Book your citizenship ceremony with your council. You can ask for a private ceremony.

Ceremonies outside the UK

If you’re registering to become a British citizen and you can’t be in the UK, your citizenship ceremony will take place at the embassy or consulate in the country you’re living in.

You’ll need to make an oath or affirmation of allegiance but you won’t need to attend a citizenship ceremony if you’re registering to become a:

British overseas territories citizen
British overseas citizen
British subject
During the ceremony
You’ll have to make an oath of allegiance (or you can make an affirmation if you prefer not to swear by God) and a pledge. This means you’ll promise to respect the rights, freedoms and laws of the UK.

Citizenship certificate
You’ll be presented with your certificate of British citizenship and a welcome pack.

Some local councils take photographs or videos of the event for you to buy.