A Citizenship Ceremony celebrates the significance and responsibility of becoming a British Citizen and to welcome our newest citizens into our community.
Public Citizenship Ceremony
Following a successful application to become a British Citizen the Home Office issues an invitation letter to the individual concerned advising them of who they should contact to arrange their ceremony.
Contact must be made with the Register Office specified in your invitation letter within 14 days of the receipt of the letter. A ceremony must be attended within three months.
During the ceremony citizens will swear or affirm an oath to the Sovereign and will make the pledge of Citizenship. The certificate of British Citizenship is presented at the ceremony by the guest of honour (where able to attend).
Booking your ceremony
We are now able to offer public Citizenship Ceremonies in line with government guidance. The ceremony will be a little different under the circumstances and therefore it is your choice whether you wish to proceed this way or wait until a full formal ceremony is available.
How we have made our premises / the ceremony Covid-19 Secure
- The ceremony room is restricted in capacity. For this ceremony numbers are restricted to 9x which includes yourself, 5x other new citizens, 2x members of staff to officiate and the Mayor (if able to attend).
- Minors cannot attend the ceremony but you will be able to collect their certificate when you receive yours if applicable.
- In line with government guidance ceremonies will be concluded in the shortest reasonable time.
- There will be no opportunities to take photos.
- The national anthem will be played in the ceremony but we ask that you do not sing along.
- Additional guests cannot be invited to congregate outside of the building for the duration of the ceremony or afterwards to congratulate you to prevent people gathering and congregating together and to ensure that the entrance to the building is free for people to enter and exit safely
If you wish to proceed with your ceremony booking please telephone 0345 4 852 888.
Attending the Ceremony
If you become symptomatic or are isolating you must contact us to reschedule your ceremony.
You must attend the ceremony alone and are unable to bring guests.
You must comply with social distancing measures put in place in the building.
You must arrive 15 minutes before your ceremony start time, if early we will be unable to accommodate you. In cases of lateness, the Register Office will not allow access to the ceremony and you will have to contact the team by telephone to reschedule to a later date. If driving to the ceremony, please note that parking is limited around the Town Hall please ensure you leave enough time to locate parking and walk to the building to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time. The ceremony is expect to be completed within 30 minutes of its start.
In line with government guidance we request that you wear a face covering to your ceremony, unless exempt due to age, health or equality reasons. When wearing a face covering you should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting your face covering on and after taking it off and it is important that you don't touch your face covering when wearing it, where possible, to avoid hand to mask transmission of the virus. Photos cannot be taken inside the Town Hall, outside of the ceremony rooms or at the front of the building as it is imperative the entrance is free for people to enter and exit the building whilst maintaining a social distance.
On arrival you will be asked by reception if you are well: if you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough, loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste. If you are unwell you will be asked to leave.
On arrival you will be reminded to wear a face covering.
You will be asked to use alcohol hand gel (at least 60% alcohol content) before the ceremony.
There will be no opportunities to take photos.
The national anthem will be played in the ceremony but we ask that you do not sing along.
You are welcome to take the information provided for you to use in the ceremony home, if you wish.
Documents to bring
You are required to produce:
Your application approval letter from the Home Office
Photographic identification (such as passport, travel document or driving licence)
Failure to bring your identification to the ceremony will result in you being asked to leave and contact us to reschedule another ceremony.
Test and Trace
The Registration Service will record the following information about you when attending the Town Hall for your ceremony;
Name and contact details e.g. telephone number, OR email address, OR home address
This information will be used to maintain correct records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace service.
NHS Test and Trace is a key part of the country's ongoing COVID-19 response. The idea is to rapidly detect people who have recently come into close contact with a new COVID-19 case, and then take swift action to minimise transmission of the virus.
Containing outbreaks early is crucial to reduce the spread of COVID-19, protect the NHS and social care sector, and save lives. This will help to avoid the re-introduction of lockdown measures and support the country to return to, and maintain, a more normal way of life.
The information will only be shared with NHS Test and Trace only where it is necessary, either because someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 has listed a place they visited recently, where you were present at the same time, or because those premises have been identified as the location of a potential local outbreak of COVID-19.
Procedure for citizens wanting to change the venue of the ceremony to another district
If a citizen wishes to change the venue of the ceremony to another district, you must contact us to arrange for the necessary paperwork to be returned to the Home Office. They will then re-send the paperwork to the new register office conducting the ceremony. This will delay when the citizen can have the ceremony and receive their certificate.
Enquiries regarding Citizenship
A prospective citizen who has not yet received an invitation letter or a member of the public with an enquiry about British citizenship and citizenship ceremonies should write to:
PO Box 306
Or telephone 0845 010 5200.
Further information may also be obtained from the
Home Office website.