What is a Citizenship Ceremony for?
Since 2004, anyone over the age of 18 who successfully applies to become a British Citizen must take part in a citizenship ceremony.
Information about becoming a British Citizen can be found on the GOV.UK website (opens in a new window); this includes who can apply and how to apply.
The aim of the citizenship ceremony is to gain a full understanding of the rights and responsibilities that come with the acquisition of British citizenship and also to ensure that you are properly welcomed into the community.
It is intended to ensure that the acquisition of citizenship is not a purely bureaucratic process.
How to enquire about Citizenship Ceremonies
You’ll be invited to book a place at a citizenship ceremony if your application for British Citizenship is successful and you’re over 18.
If you have any queries about ceremonies contact the Citizenship Ceremonies Support Team at the Home Office.
Citizenship Ceremonies Support Team
Home Office, Managed Migration Nationality Group
PO Box 306
3rd Floor, India Buildings
Telephone: 0845 010 5200
Following your Citizenship application
As soon as Worcestershire County Council's Registration Service receives notification that an applicant has been successful, the applicant is contacted by letter and asked to complete a questionnaire.
The purpose of the questionnaire is to establish further details, such as whether the applicant wishes to swear or affirm the oath and whether any guests will be attending the ceremony. The applicant will be given a choice of two ceremony dates.
Where does the ceremony take place?
Worcestershire County Council is responsible for organising ceremonies for successful applicants living in the County. There is usually one ceremony per month and the venue is the Council Chamber at County Hall. Individual Ceremonies are also available for those unable to attend the date scheduled.
What happens during the ceremony?
The ceremony begins with a welcoming speech, and the applicants then swear or affirm the oath of allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and give a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom before being presented with their citizenship certificates. The presentation of the certificate marks the point at which British citizenship is conferred.