The citizenship ceremony is the final stage in the process of becoming a British Citizen. If your application for citizenship is approved by the Home Office you will need to attend a citizenship ceremony.
All successful applicants for naturalisation or registration as a British Citizen, aged 18 or over, are now required to take an oath to Her Majesty the Queen, along with a formal pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom.
Each applicant pays a fee to the Home Office for a ceremony, which must take place within three months of the applicant receiving confirmation that their application has been successful.
The following information is an overview of the steps you will need to gain British citizenship. Please remember that it is the Home Office and not Hillingdon Council who will deal with your application and make the decision on whether or not to grant British Citizenship to you.
For detailed information about applying for Citizenship please visit the Home Office website or telephone the Home Office Information line on 020 7035 4848.
The Home Office has produced a book 'Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship' which has lots of useful information about becoming a British Citizen. It is available from book shops or you may be able to borrow it from the Hillingdon Library Service.
Before you can apply to become a British Citizen, you will need to show that you know about life in the UK. You must do this in two ways:
For more information about the test and the classes, visit Life in the UK
Enquiries about your application progress or the decision should be made to the Home Office
There may be exceptional cases where the Home Office agrees to waive the Life in the UK test or requirement to attend language classes. For further information please contact the Home Office on 020 7035 4848.
After the successful completion of the test and course, you will receive a certificate, which will enable you to proceed on to the next stage of your application.
When your application for citizenship has been approved, you will receive an invitation letter from the Home Office to attend a Citizenship Ceremony.
Each citizen will be required to repeat the words of the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen, and the Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom. The oath and pledge are led by the Superintendent Registrar and must be spoken by all new citizens.
The Mayor, or the Mayor's representative, will then present you with your citizenship certificate and a gift. As part of the proceedings the Mayor also makes a speech of civic welcome to Hillingdon to all the new citizens.
The Union flag and National Anthem enhance the dignity and celebration for new citizens and their guests alike.
Photographs are taken with the Mayor to round off a special, meaningful and enjoyable occasion.
Citizenship is granted to you at the ceremony and once you have received your Citizenship certificate you can apply for a British passport immediately. A passport application form is included in your welcome pack.
Our ceremonies are primarily for residents of the Borough of Hillingdon, but those living outside the Borough are also welcome to have their ceremonies here.
Personal ceremonies, for individuals/families, may be booked at an additional cost. Alternative days/times are available for those sessions.
Fees for a private ceremony
For further information, or to book, please contact the Register Office
For information: Before ceremonies were introduced in 2004, the process of attaining British Citizenship was purely bureaucratic and everything was done through the post. However, the government was keen that becoming a British Citizen should be a memorable and enjoyable event and the introduction of ceremonies to celebrate this important occasion was designed to further this aim.
The government also decided that the ceremony should take place in the local authority area in which the applicant lives. This enables the local authority to include suitable local content in the ceremony, which is intended not only to welcome the new citizen to the United Kingdom but also to the area in which they have decided to live.
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