Citizenship & nationality

Citizenship ceremonies

Before carrying on, here are some things you need to know

  • if your application for British Citizenship is approved by the Home Office, a Citizenship ceremony invitation letter is sent to you 
     
  • all adults must attend a Citizenship ceremony and take an oath and pledge once the Home Office have informed you that you have been successful in gaining British Citizenship
     
  • only the applicant can book a ceremony and you will need your Home Office Invitation letter with you when you contact the office to book a ceremony
     
  • there is only a charge if you wish to book an individual ceremony
     
  • group ceremonies are free

Where citizenship ceremonies are held

From Monday 2nd October the Register Office will be relocating to Sutton Civic Office while a new marriage and conference room is built.

In Sutton, citizenship ceremonies are normally held in a group but, for an additional fee, you can arrange for an individual ceremony.

What happens at ceremonies

Ceremonies begin with a speech of welcome by the superintendent registrar. The ceremony also includes welcome speeches by local dignitaries, who give information about the local community.

The taking of a new citizenship oath and pledge is a legal requirement and the key moment at which citizenship is granted. New citizens are then called up one at a time to receive their certificate, information pack and commemorative gift.

The nationality certificate is presented by a local dignitary on behalf of the Home Secretary and can subsequently be used to support passport applications and to prove the individual is a British citizen.

The ceremony will end with a closing speech and the playing of the national anthem. Afterwards, there may be an informal celebration with light refreshments.

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