Nationality Checking Service and Citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies

Every adult applying for citizenship is required to attend a citizenship ceremony as the final step to becoming a British citizen. During the ceremony, participants are required to swear an oath or affirm allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and make a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom, after which they are awarded with a certificate of naturalisation.

If your application for British citizenship is successful, you will receive a letter from the Home Office inviting you to attend a citizenship ceremony. The telephone number for booking your citizenship ceremony will be given on the letter.

Citizenship ceremonies take place at the Central Bedfordshire Register Office in Ampthill, and you will need to bring a form of photo ID - ideally, this will be your passport, together with your invitation letter from the Home Office.

Once you have attended a ceremony and received your certificate of naturalisation, you will be able to apply for a British passport. Passport application forms are available from your local post office. You should keep your certificate of naturalisation in a safe place. Do not laminate your certificate: if you do this, it will no longer be valid.

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