UK: A guide to British citizenship ceremonies
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The final step in becoming a UK citizen is for you to attend a Home Office UK citizenship ceremony where you will receive a UK citizenship certificate. If you do not live in the UK, you can ask the embassy or consulate to organize your citizenship ceremony. You will not be required to attend a citizenship ceremony if you register to become a British Overseas Citizen, British Overseas Citizen or British Subject.
Booking your UK citizenship ceremony
Following approval of your UK citizenship application, you will receive a letter from the Home Office inviting you to attend a UK citizenship ceremony. The invitation letter will include details of your local authority to contact and book your UK citizenship ceremony. You can also find your local council to hold your citizenship ceremony here. Your UK citizenship ceremony must be held before the invitation expires. You will need to contact the Home Office if your invitation letter expires or if you cannot attend your ceremony before your invitation expires.
The UK citizenship ceremony must be completed by a person who is 18 years of age or older or who turns 18 during the application process. Children under 18 are not required to attend a ceremony. If they do not attend the ceremony, a family member can collect their UK citizenship certificate on their behalf.
Cost of UK citizenship ceremony
British citizenship ceremonies are usually held in groups. If you wish to attend a private ceremony, you will need to arrange it with your local authority when booking your ceremony.
The cost for your UK citizenship ceremony is £ 80 for a standard group ceremony. These fees are included in the cost of the Home Office application fee which is paid when submitting your citizenship application. There is an additional charge of £ 100 + for a private citizenship ceremony. The exact cost will depend on the local authority in which the ceremony is taking place and will vary depending on the day and time of the ceremony.
Preparing for your British citizenship ceremony
You must bring your letter of invitation to your UK citizenship ceremony in addition to an original photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport. If you don’t, your ceremony may be postponed.
What will happen at your UK citizenship ceremony
At your British citizenship ceremony, you will be required to take an Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to the Crown and an Oath of Loyalty to uphold the values and laws of the United Kingdom. This is a formal promise to Her Majesty The Queen and to the United Kingdom.
Pledge of Allegiance
I, (name), swear by Almighty God that upon becoming a British Citizen I will be loyal and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors, in accordance with the law.
Affirmation of allegiance
I (name) solemnly, sincerely and sincerely declare and affirm that, upon becoming a British Citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors, in accordance with the law.
I will give my loyalty to the UK and respect its rights and freedoms. I will maintain its democratic values. I will faithfully observe its laws and fulfill my duties and obligations as a British citizen.
You will receive a UK citizenship certificate and a welcome pack. There will also be opportunities to have professional photographs taken which will be available for purchase, depending on the local authority in which the ceremony is taking place.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.
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