Citizenship ceremonies

During the pandemic, citizenship ceremonies are being held at the Civic Office on a monthly basis

Coronavirus information - January 2021 lockdown

During the 6 week national lock down commencing 5th Jan 2021, citizenship ceremonies are unable to go ahead. If you are booked in for 13th Jan or 8th Feb, please email us to re-arrange at Registrars@doncaster.gov.uk

 

Everyone who applies for British citizenship is required to take an oath or affirmation of allegiance to the Crown, and make a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom.

The government places great importance on ensuring those who settle here understand the rights and responsibilities that come with British citizenship. 

The Home Office, which administers all applications for British citizenship, believes that all new citizens should be encouraged to feel a sense of belonging to the wider community.

A ceremony of a public and celebratory nature helps to foster this.

Applications for British Citizenship are arranged via the Home Office.

As your application process nears completion, the Home Office will send you a letter inviting you to attend a citizenship ceremony along with:

  • guidance notes explaining what to do next
  • the wording of the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and Citizenship Pledge
  • your personal details to check
  • the telephone number and address of your local registry office

Once you have received your ceremony invitation letter you should contact Doncaster Register Office as soon as possible to arrange a date for your ceremony:

  • email: registrars@doncaster.gov.uk
  • tel: 01302 735222
  • address: Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration, The Register Office, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU

You have 11 weeks in which to attend a ceremony - this is currently extended to 6 months due to COVID-19

If you cannot attend within this time, your invitation may be withdrawn and you will be required to apply and pay the fee again.

What happens at a citizenship ceremony?

During the pandemic, we are holding ceremonies at the Civic Office, Waterdale, DN1 3BU. We will hold ceremonies for 2 new citizens together, each new citizen can bring 2 guests. These ceremonies will be held on one day per month.

During the ceremony you will make an oath of allegiance (or you can make an affirmation if you prefer not to swear by God) and a pledge. This means you’ll promise to respect the rights, freedoms and laws of the UK.

Afterwards, you will be presented with your certificate of British citizenship and a welcome pack.

If you wish to have a private ceremony, we can arrange this for you for a fee of £145.

Further information:

 

Last updated: 05 January 2021 09:47:29