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Citizenship ceremonies

If your application to become a British Citizen is accepted you’ll be invited to a citizenship ceremony by your local council. This is the last step in becoming a British Citizen.

Everyone aged over 18 who is accepted to become a British Citizen is required to attend a ceremony to finalise their citizenship.

During this ceremony you will take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and make a Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom.

Children don’t have to attend a ceremony or take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance. However, if they do wish to attend and participate in the ceremony they are very welcome to do so.

Please be aware that the confirmation letter/email from the Home Office is not the invitation letter to organise the ceremony, and until you receive your Home Office Citizenship Ceremony Invitation letter we cannot organise your ceremony.

The Home Office have confirmed that prospective citizens now have six months in which to take their ceremony during the pandemic period.

Group ceremonies

Group ceremonies are usually held every Monday in Islington Town Hall’s Council Chamber. You do not need to pay to attend the group ceremony, which lasts around two hours.

Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, you can bring a maximum of one guest with you. You and your guest must wear a face covering whilst in the building (unless you are exempt).

Private ceremonies

We offer private ceremonies so you can celebrate your citizenship in an intimate setting at Islington Town Hall. This can give you more choice over the date and is often quicker, although the number of private ceremonies available may be limited.

Due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, you can bring a maximum of one guest with you. You and your guest must wear a face covering whilst in the building (unless you are exempt).

See the table below for fees:

 Day Fee for one person Fee for a family
 Monday to Friday  £120  £180
 Saturday  £150  £225

Booking your ceremony

Please be aware that the confirmation letter/email from the Home Office is not the invitation letter to organise the ceremony and until you receive your Home Office Invitation letter, we cannot organise your ceremony.

Once you have your invitation letter, you can book your group or private ceremony date by emailing registrars@islington.gov.uk, with the following information:

  1. Your full name
  2. Your Home Office reference number
  3. Your contact telephone number
  4. Whether you would like a group or private ceremony

A member of the team will then contact you to book a date for your citizenship ceremony. Please note that our office is extremely busy, so we appreciate your patience in awaiting a response. 

What to bring with you

Attend the ceremony with photo ID (e.g. passport or driving licence) and your Home Office invitation letter.

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