How to take part in a ceremony celebrating your British citizenship.
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, they 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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. If you cannot attend within this time, your invitation may be withdrawn and you will be required to apply and pay the fee again.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 a citizenship ceremony?
You must bring your invitation with you when you go to your ceremony. You are usually allowed to bring up to 5 guests.
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.