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  • Useful Information Your citizenship ceremony

    All successful nationality applicants aged 18 or over need to attend a ceremony, this includes those who register as British using forms T, UKF and UKM if they are 18 or over when their application is decided, as well as those who apply for naturalisation as adults using form AN.

    Minors who are still aged under 18 at the time their application is decided do not attend a ceremony.

    A standard group ceremony costs £80, this fee is included in the adult naturalisation (AN) fee, but applicants obtaining their citizenship via another route (such as registration) may need to pay it separately. It is also possible to book a private ceremony at extra cost.

    Most councils allow you to take up to two guests to a group ceremony. If you want to take more, you may need to book a private ceremony at extra cost.

    Contact your local authority for specific details regarding guests and other arrangements, such as photos. Some councils sell photos and videos of the event.

    You will get your naturalisation certificate at the ceremony, which is proof of your British Citizenship. You will need this to apply for your first British passport.

    You will have to make either an oath of allegiance or an affirmation, and a pledge. This means you promise to respect the rights, freedoms and laws of the UK. An affirmation is a non religious option for those who prefer not to swear by God.

    It is possible to have a ceremony abroad, you need to ask the embassy or consulate in the country where live about having the ceremony there. If you’re only abroad for a short time, you might be asked to postpone the ceremony until you return to the UK. You must still book your ceremony within 3 months of getting an invitation.

    In some cases, you might have to prove you’re planning to live in the UK permanently if you’re going to be abroad for more than a few months.

    For more details about booking the ceremony, see post below.

    If you have a BRP, you need to return it within 5 days of your ceremony or face a hefty fine.

    If you are not sure whether you have a BRP or not, see: Returning Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) after the ceremony - UKCEN Citizenship and Residence for European Nationals and their families

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    British citizenship is only officially acquired after attending the ceremony, not when the Home Office makes a decision to accept the application.

    The ceremony has to be booked within three weeks of the date of the approval letter, that's where the 14 days mentioned in the letter come in, because the letter often takes a week to arrive.

    The home office reference number is the number you receive when you submit the application, your application reference number.

    Please note that your council's records may not be updated as soon as you receive the approval letter from the Home Office, it may take some time for the council to get your details on their system, and they cannot make a booking until they have your details on record.

    Some councils send a separate invitation which gives a date and time, while others expect the person to phone and book direct.


    It may be worth speaking to the council to see how they handle things and whether they can book a provisional place in anticipation of them being notified by the Home Office and receiving your naturalisation certificate.

    It is possible to book a private ceremony, but an extra fee will be payable for this, you need to contact your council to ask.

    What happens if there is no availability with the local authority in the next 3 months?

    Answer from one of our lawyers:

    I don’t think it’s a problem to take the ceremony just after 3 months as long as it’s arranged in time and you get something in writing from the local authority confirming that they are fully booked in the next three months and the next ceremony you can attend is a bit later than that. The local authorities liaise with the Home Office regarding preparation of the naturalisation certificates, so they should explain that your should be ready when your ceremony is booked.
    Changing the ceremony date

    If you have booked your ceremony, or it was booked for you by the council, you need to contact the council in first instance. They may ask you to contact the Home Office.

    I am the Site Manager and Webmaster, please refer to our Admin Team, Roles and Responsibilities. If you think we have helped in any way, please support us so we can keep helping others secure their status, it is now more important than ever as the deadline approaches.

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