Citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies

Coronavirus COVID-19 update

  • We are currently holding all our ceremonies virtually via Google Meets. 
  • If you have received a decision letter from the Home Office, this may ask you to wait for the invitation letter to arrive in the post before you contact your local authority to arrange the ceremony. 
  • The Home Office is still clearing their backlog of certificate printing, therefore you may be waiting for some time before you get your invitation.
  • ​​You would normally be expected to book your citizenship ceremony within 3 months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office. Due to the current pandemic circumstances UKVI have extended this period to 6 months and will keep this under constant review.
  • Please be advised that no adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by Coronavirus.

Please note that if you do not provide your contact details to us using the form below, we will be unable to book you in for a ceremony and your certificate will be returned to the Home Office after the attendance deadline.

Ceremonies at Kingston Guildhall

Attending a citizenship ceremony and being presented with your British Naturalisation Certificate is the final step in the process of becoming a British citizen. We welcome 1,000's of new citizens every year here in Kingston upon Thames.

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.

Booking your ceremony

To book your ceremony please complete our online form, and the Nationality Services team will contact you within 15 working days to book your ceremony. Please note there is a delay in contacting you. Only fill in the form once as this can cause dfurther delays 

Book your ceremony

Certificates

Ceriticates are posted out within 2 weeks of ceremony attendance. We are unable to expedite any requests to post out certificates sooner.  

Certicate are posted to the address provided to us by the Home Office. If you have moved or would like it sent to a different address you will need to contact the Home Office directly. This can delay the posting of your certificate. 

Certificates are sent via special delivery. 

What you should bring to the ceremony

  • ​your original invitation letter from the Home Office
  • your passport or photo ID

During your ceremony

  • You will be asked to either swear (I swear by Almighty God) or affirm (I do solemnly sincerely and truly declare and affirm) your oath of allegiance. You will also give a pledge of loyalty to the Queen.
  • At the ceremony you will be presented with a welcome pack which will contain your Certificate of Naturalisation and a letter about joining the Register of Electors.
  • In addition to your children you can bring a maximum of two guests.
  • We aim to make these events enjoyable and meaningful, giving you an opportunity to celebrate your citizenship.

Private ceremony

Private ceremonies are available virtually however this is dependant on availabity. There is an additional fee of £110.00 for a private ceremony.

Further information about British Citizenship

If you need a replacement of your Nationalisation Certificate you need to contact UK Visas and Immigration. This is the certificate given to you at your Citizenship Ceremony.

Further information about applications for British Citizenship can be found on the GOV.UK website.

For all enquiries regarding the Life in the UK Test, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and citizenship classes, go to www.lifeintheuktest.gov.uk, or call the Life in the UK Test Helpline on 0800 0154 245.

Last Modified: 02/06/2021 12:42:03

Nationality service

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm.

Address: Guildhall
High Street
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 1EU