On this page
- Booking your private citizenship ceremony
- Attending the ceremony
- Documents to bring
- Test and Trace
- Procedure for citizens wanting to change the venue of the ceremony to another district
- Enquiries regarding Citizenship
A Citizenship Ceremony celebrates the significance and responsibility of becoming a British Citizen and welcomes our newest citizens into our community.
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 should be made with the Register Office specified in your invitation letter within 14 days of its receipt.
Due to disruption caused by Coronavirus all citizenship documents received from the Home Office from August 2020 onwards have had their ceremony deadlines extended to 6 months from date of dispatch.
Unfortunately we are only able to offer you a private citizenship ceremony. Should you wish to wait until we are in a position to offer a public ceremony with a dignitary in attendance please contact us once government restrictions are lifted.
Booking your private citizenship ceremony
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 will be undertaken in a covid secure registration office
- 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
- 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 and wait to speak to a member of the team.
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 at your ceremony start time, if early we will be unable to accommodate you. In cases of lateness, we will ask you to leave and contact us by telephone to reschedule. 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 on time. The ceremony is expect to be completed within 15 minutes of its start time.
- 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 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
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.