Find out about the citizenship ceremony and what to do before and on the day.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

New citizens would normally be expected to book their citizenship ceremony within three months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office. Due to the current pandemic circumstances UK Visas and Immigration have extended this period to six months and will keep this under constant review. UK Visas and Immigration have advised us that no adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by Coronavirus.

All new citizens must attend a citizenship ceremony within 90 days of being invited to attend.

The ceremonies, led by a registrar, usually take place in one of our register offices. The council chairperson will usually make a short welcoming speech before citizens swear or affirm an oath and pledge of allegiance.

There is no charge for the citizenship ceremony if you take part in a group ceremony at a registration office; the fee you pay to the Home Office includes the cost. If you wish to have a private citizenship ceremony, you must contact the office where you would like to attend. Private ceremonies have an additional cost. For more details, see our registration service fees.

Preparing for the ceremony

You will be asked to decide on the options for your ceremony. You will also be asked if you wish to bring guests. Room sizes differ, so we ask you to bring up to two guests. If you wish, please bring a holy book of your choice.

The day of the ceremony

On the day of the ceremony, bring the letter of invitation from the Home Office. Without this, we will be unable to go ahead. The ceremony takes about 30 minutes. Please arrive at least half an hour before the ceremony, as we will have a short interview with all new citizens before the ceremony starts. You have a choice of either swearing an oath or affirming your allegiance, and you will also be asked to make a pledge of commitment. All new citizens will be called forward at the end to receive their citizenship certificates, information pack and a small gift from us. There is time for photographs at the end of the ceremony.

Frequently asked questions

A citizenship ceremony may vary slightly depending on where it is held but all ceremonies will contain several common elements, such as a speech made by the registrar, an oath of allegiance or affirmation of an oath and a pledge of commitment.

The oath

All new citizens will be asked to either swear the oath or affirm the oath. If you decide to swear the oath you will be swearing to God, while affirming the oath does not have any religious context.

Swearing the Oath:

I (your full name) swear by Almighty God that on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs and successors according to law.


I (your full name) do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that on becoming a British Citizen I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs and successors according to law.

Pledge of commitment

After swearing or affirming, you will then make the pledge of commitment:

I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom and respect its rights and freedoms. I will uphold its democratic values. I will observe its laws faithfully and fulfil my duties and obligations as a British citizen.

The group will repeat both the oath and pledge after the registrar, so you do not have to memorise anything.