Citizenship ceremonies are the final step in the process for people who have been successful in gaining British citizenship.
Successful applicants aged 18 or over have to take part in a ceremony where they swear or affirm an Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and pledge loyalty to the United Kingdom. It is a way of formally welcoming new citizens into our community. There is no legal requirement for those under 18 to attend, however they are welcome to attend to receive their certificate.
Once your application has been successful, the Home Office will confirm this to you in writing and at the same time forward your paperwork to your local Register Office.
Although the Home Office letter does request that you contact your local Register Office to make an appointment for your ceremony, this is not necessary. Here at Buckinghamshire Register Office we will contact you, in writing, within 3-4 days to offer you an appointment at the next available ceremony.
Ceremonies last 40 minutes and take place in the Judges Lodgings in central Aylesbury. Ceremonies are held twice each month. Please arrive half an hour before the ceremony starts to register your details with a member of our staff. You may bring two guests with you.
We can also arrange private ceremonies outside these times.
Please note all new citizens are required to present a Citizenship Ceremony Invitation provided by UKVI (letter or email format can be accepted) and a form of photographic ID (Passport / Travel Document /Driving licence / Biometric Residence Permit card.) If the customer does not provide both of these documents they are not permitted to attend the Citizenship Ceremony at that time.
The ceremony is conducted by a Registrar. This is what happens:
- At the start, the Registrar welcomes everyone
- A local dignitary makes a speech on behalf of the local community and the Queen
- You take the Oath and Pledge of Allegiance. You swear or affirm the oath depending on your personal wishes or religious belief
- You are presented with a Certificate of Naturalisation and welcome pack
- There are photographic opportunities
- Everyone stands for the National Anthem
- Refreshments will be served after the ceremony
If you choose to have a private ceremony, we will try to arrange your ceremony at a date and time to suit you. Private ceremonies can take place in either our Aylesbury or Beaconsfield offices. Please call us on 01296 382604 to arrange and confirm the fee payable for this.
You need to bring the letter sent to you by the Home Office and one item of photo ID e.g. a passport or driving licence, Home Office document or other form of official identity.