Last updated:
12 October 2017

Citizenship ceremony

Book your citizenship ceremony on one of the available dates.

1 Book your citizenship ceremony

The ceremony is the final step to becoming a British citizen. It is a way of formally welcoming you into your community, as well as a new British citizen.

The ceremony is a legal requirement if your application to become a British citizen has been accepted and you are over 18. Under-18s are welcome to attend if they wish. 

You will receive a letter from the Home Office confirming that your application has been successful. You must then attend a ceremony within 3 months of receiving your invitation letter.

Group ceremonies

Group ceremonies are usually held once a month on a Wednesday, alternating between Chichester and Crawley.

There is no additional charge for this ceremony, as this is included in the fee you have already paid for your British Citizenship Application.

Individual ceremonies

If you are unable to attend any of the group ceremonies within the 11 weeks, we can arrange an individual ceremony for you and your family at a more convenient time.

These ceremonies require an additional payment, which is taken when the ceremony is booked.

You will need to contact us to arrange your ceremony.

2 Ceremony fees

Group ceremonies

No charge (included in your citizenship application fee).

Individual ceremonies

Mid-week

  • Single citizen - £90
  • Family group - £132

Saturday

  • Single citizen - £100
  • Family group - £140

Individual ceremonies are subject to availability and are only available in Crawley.

Please complete our online citizenship ceremony form and a member of staff will contact you in due course.

3 During the ceremony

You must take your invitation from the Home Office with you when you go to your ceremony, as well as an additional form of photographic identification, such as your passport or driving licence. 

You are allowed to take two guests with you.

You will be awarded UK citizenship after making an oath or affirmation of allegiance to the Queen, pledging to be a loyal subject and to observe the laws of this country. If you object to swearing an oath you may instead make a 'solemn affirmation'.  

There will be an official photographer taking photographs of you receiving your Certificate of Naturalisation, which you will be able to purchase.

Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

4 Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs)

The Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is issued to foreign nationals granted permission to live in the UK for more than six months.

When you become a British citizen you are no longer entitled to the BRP and it must be returned to the Home Office.

Secure destruction of BRPs

New British citizens must normally return their BRPs to the UK Visas and Immigration Office within five days of attending their citizenship ceremony.

From 1 September-30 November 2017 we will be trialling a service at our registration offices in Crawley and Edes House, Chichester where cards can be handed in for secure destruction and disposal.

We will notify UK Visas and Immigration that you have handed it in, so that you do not receive a financial penalty from the Home Office.

This will save you the responsibility of having to send your BRP directly to the Home Office after you have become a British citizen.

Further information on BRPs and travelling overseas can be found on GOV.UK.

Complaints

Any complaints on the requirement to hand in your BRP should be made to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

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