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British Citizenship Ceremony

Obtaining a British Citizenship is a life-changing experience that’s worth the wait. The ceremony confirms that you are a legal citizen of the UK and can enjoy all the benefits the government has to offer. The event takes place at a venue in your proximity and depending on it, the ceremony may vary slightly.

Who is required to attend the UK Citizenship Ceremony?

The following people are required to attend the event:-
● Those who are 18 and above. The ceremony is a capturing movement to take a pledge as a citizen of the UK following a successful acceptance and on receiving an authorization/confirmation.

When should you book and attend the ceremony?
● Should book the ceremony within 3 months on receiving an invitation from the Home Office. If a person is unable to attend in the given time, you might have to take a new application.

How do you arrange for the British citizenship ceremony?

You have to book your Citizenship ceremony at the nearest local council and pay the ceremony fee. You can book to be a part of a group public ceremony with your local council which costs £80 and fees may vary depending on the county were as few provide a free service. Individual ceremonies are priced higher than group ceremonies but the procedure stands the same on the day of ceremony.

Please check with the following details regarding price, nearest location and who can attend the citizenship ceremony. You can check for the right council from the official page where it requires to enter your postcode and directs to respective council/reach out to council member for help. Ceremonies will be held at fixed venues. You would usually be asked to bring along the invitation letter from the Home Office and your passport or Photo ID. Two guests are allowed to attend the ceremony and children below 5 years are not allowed to the ceremony.

Private British Citizenship ceremony for individuals and families is also available at a higher cost which should be discussed with your local council.

What happens during the event?

You will be required to swear an oath of allegiance to the Crown following which you make a pledge to uphold the UK laws and values. Some of the venues host the pledge or the oath of allegiance in a group. Other ceremonies require each individual to take the oath separately. Usually, the Lord Mayor or Deputy Mayor holds the ceremony. You get a certificate of British citizenship, a welcome pack and could receive a gift from some councils. You get professional photos clicked as well as videos that can be purchased. This is how the UK citizenship ceremony takes place.

When will you not be required to attend the ceremony?

You won’t need to attend in the following cases:-
If you are registering for:

  • British overseas territories citizen
  • British overseas citizen
  • British subject
Benefits of British Citizenship

Here are some of the reasons why you need to rejoice when you become a British Citizen and attend your UK Citizenship Ceremony. You gain benefits in different categories such as health, travel, work and get to enjoy all the fundamental rights of a British Citizen and protection under the law.

  • You may not need a work permit to be an employee and you do not have to pay international fees to study at UK universities.
  • You are eligible for free treatment on the National Health Service.
  • You can stand for any public office and serve in the armed forces and security services of the UK.
  • Citizenship also offers you all rights and protections under the law of the UK.
  • You get unrestricted access to leave and enter Britain without immigration restrictions.
  • Besides this, you can also travel to member nations of the EU without needing a visa (which may change with Brexit so keep a watch on the new rules).