Citizenship Ceremonies

Information about Citizenship ceremonies

Once you have been approved and have received your Home Office invitation letter you can book your citizenship ceremony.

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You must arrive half an hour before your ceremony is scheduled to begin. The ceremony takes about one hour. Please bring the original Home Office invitation letter with you; if you do not have this then please bring an appropriate form of identification, such as your passport, national identity card or valid driving licence.

Group ceremonies

A group ceremony is free of charge and generally takes place on a Tuesday morning at Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX, with around 25 citizens. An elected official or retired mayor is usually in attendance to welcome you on behalf of the local community. An official photographer is also present. There are set dates for the group ceremony and we will offer you the earliest date we have available.

You are welcome to bring up to 6 guests to a group ceremony. Guests do not need to bring any identity documents with them and they can arrive with you or at any time before the ceremony begins. 

Private ceremonies

A private ceremony is an exclusive ceremony which takes place at Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London SW3 5EE. You can bring family and friends or attend by yourself. You can choose a date and time which is convenient for you and slots are usually available on the next working day.

The fee for a private ceremony is £200 per person Monday to Friday between 8.20am and 4pm, or £225 per person on Saturdays.

 

Frequently asked questions about citizenship ceremonies

The Home Office letter states I have to book within 21 days but my ceremony date is after this time frame. The letter states that you need to contact the local authority within 21 days from the date of the letter but you have up to 3 months to attend a ceremony.

 What is my Home Office reference?  Your Home Office reference can be found on your Home Office invitation letter, normally on the top right-hand side, beginning with a letter followed by numbers.

After the ceremony, I need to return my biometric card - can I still travel? You cannot use your naturalisation certificate for travelling, and you should bear in mind when booking for your ceremony that you may not be able to travel until you have received your new passport. 

Once you have attended your citizenship ceremony you will need to return your biometric card within 5 days to the address printed on the Home Office invitation letter or you may be liable for a fine of £1,000.

If you do not have a biometric card and have a stamp in the passport, you will not need to do anything.