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Arrange your citizenship ceremony

Read how to book and attend a ceremony.

Published: 7 January 2021

Last updated: 11 August 2021

You can now make a booking for a group or private citizenship ceremony in a face to face setting.

If you have not yet received an invitation letter from the Home Office you will not be able to make a booking and must wait until you have received it before attempting book.

Although your Home Office invitation letter states that you must book a citizenship ceremony within 21 days, you can book a ceremony as long as it is within 6 months from the date of the letter.

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 or an email version if you’ve only received an email from home office
  • your passport or photo ID
  • face covering – you must wear a face covering while in the building

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

In line with covid-19 safety measures that we continue to observe and due to high demand for group citizenship ceremonies, we are unable to allow any guests to attend group ceremonies at this time.

However, if you arrange a private ceremony you may bring up to 8 guests. Please be aware that when you make your booking on line, the booking portal currently states that you are unable to bring any guests to a private ceremony - but this can be ignored.

Private ceremonies

Private ceremonies are held at The Old Marylebone Town Hall on weekdays, or virtually via zoom depending on availability during the week. Weekends can be considered upon request, but this will be dependent on availability. Please note there is a fee for this service. 

Private citizenship ceremonies are also offered virtually through Zoom on a limited basis if you are not able to attend a ceremony in a face-to-face setting. Prior to the virtual private citizenship ceremony you will receive the Zoom ceremony meeting link to access on the day. Please email us at [email protected] to request a virtual ceremony explaining why you cannot attend a ceremony face to face.

If you attend a ceremony via Zoom, after the ceremony your naturalization certificate will be posted to the address shown on the Home Office Invitation Letter within 5 working days (please note that if you have moved you will need to contact home office with your change of address and wait for home office approval before the certificate can be posted out to you, it cannot be posted to an address abroad). There is a fee 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.

Ceremony Days Individual Family
Monday to Friday (before 9am) £155 £190
Monday to Friday (after 9am, before 5pm) £120 £140
Monday to Friday (after 5pm) £155 £190
Saturday £145 £180
Sunday £180 £250