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Arrange your citizenship ceremony

Read how to book and attend a ceremony.

Published: 7 January 2021

Last updated: 24 February 2021

Due to the current lockdown public group citizenship ceremonies have been suspended until further notice.

Private citizenship ceremonies are currently being offered virtually through Zoom and not in a face-to-face setting. Make a booking for a virtual private citizenship ceremony. Prior to the virtual private citizenship ceremony you will receive the Zoom ceremony meeting link to access on the day.

During the ceremony you will need to show your Home Office Invitation Letter and your passport. If you haven’t received your Home Office Invitation letter, but you have received an approval letter (email or paper) we can accept this instead. If you haven’t received an approval letter, we won’t be able to offer you a ceremony.

After the ceremony your naturalization certificate will be posted to the address shown on the Home Office Invitation Letter within 5 working days (please specify at the time of your ceremony if you want this to go to a different address). There is a postage fee of £10 payable at the time of the booking.

You will need to be physically present within the UK in order to take part in a virtual citizenship ceremony. 

Attending a ceremony

Once your application for British citizenship is approved by the Home Office you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony. This is the final step on the journey to becoming a British citizen.

Full details of citizenship ceremonies are available on the Home Office website.

You must attend a citizenship ceremony if you are over 18 years old and living in the UK.

Children under 18 years old don't have to attend a ceremony but are encouraged to.

When and where Westminster ceremonies are held

Westminster holds public group ceremonies on Tuesday and occasionally Wednesday afternoons. You may also arrange a private ceremony.

Ceremonies are held at The Old Marylebone Town Hall, Westminster Council House, 97-113 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5PT

What you should bring to the ceremony

Please bring:

  • ​your original invitation letter from the Home Office
  • your passport or photo ID

During the ceremony

You will:

  • swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to the Crown and make a pledge to uphold UK values and laws
  • the ceremony will be held by the Lord Mayor or Deputy Mayor
  • be presented with a certificate of British citizenship and a welcome pack
  • receive a gift from The City of Westminster
  • have professional photographs taken which will be available to purchase

Guests

Due to the government restrictions on number of people who can attend a ceremony, we are unable to allow any guests to attend the ceremony at this time.

Private ceremonies

You can also arrange a private ceremony. Private ceremonies are held at The Old Marylebone Town Hall on Tuesday mornings. Other days can be considered upon request, but this will be dependent on availability. Please note there is a fee for this service. 

Ceremony Days Individual Family
Monday to Friday (before 9am) £135 £180
Monday to Friday (after 9am, before 5pm) £100 £110
Monday to Friday (after 5pm) £135 £180
Saturday £125 £145
Sunday £145 £215
Home or Office Visit (weekday only) £800 £900