Citizenship ceremonies

Ceremonies at Kingston Guildhall

Due to the ongoing developments regarding Coronavirus (COVID 19) we are taking increased precautions as a Local Authority to reduce the risk of transmission to the public by restricting our face to face meetings and large group events.

As part of these measures, we regret to inform you that your British citizenship ceremony has been postponed indefinitely until the public health situation in the UK improves. We expect allowances to be made by the Home Office for anyone who risks passing their deadline to attend a citizenship ceremony due to these events but advise you to contact the Home Office for specific advice regarding your application. You can contact the Home Office directly by emailing [email protected] 

Once we are able to resume holding citizenship ceremonies, we will work with the Home Office to contact you and advise how you can rebook a ceremony to attend. Please pay attention to any updates from the Government or Kingston Council regarding future

 

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 new citizens every year here in Kingston upon Thames.
 
All adults have to attend a ceremony; children do not have to attend but we find that they enjoy the celebration.
 
Two citizenship ceremonies are held each month; one on a Saturday and one on a weekday. They are held in the Guildhall, High Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1EU. If you live in the borough or have specifically asked to attend in Kingston then we look forward to welcoming you to your ceremony.
 
Once you have been approved for Citizenship by UK Visas and Immigration you have three months in which to attend a ceremony. You will receive your Home Office Invitation Letter with your unique Home Office reference number and then you will be ready to book your ceremony.

 

Booking your ceremony

In order to book your ceremony, please email [email protected] with the following:
  • Full name 
  • Phone number
  • Home Office Refernce Number
You must bring your Home Office invitation letter to the ceremony for all those receiving their certificate. This also applies to children even if they are not present.
 

The private ceremony

Private ceremonies are held at the Guildhall and these can usually be arranged at short notice dependant on availabity. There is an additional fee of £110.00 for a private ceremony.
 

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.