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Our Registrars Service is currently operating a reduced service. All existing non-priority appointments - birth registration, Citizenship ceremonies, Notice of Marriage and Notice of Civil Partnership - will be rescheduled and no new bookings will be taken at this time.

Check if you can become a British citizen: www.gov.uk/british-citizenship

To apply for citizenship please visit the Home Office website or telephone the Home Office Information line on 020 7035 4848.

It is the Home Office and not Hillingdon Council who will deal with your application and make the decision on whether or not to grant British Citizenship to you.

When your application for citizenship has been approved, you will receive an invitation letter from the Home Office to attend a Citizenship Ceremony.

Each applicant pays a fee to the Home Office for a ceremony, which must take place within three months of the applicant receiving confirmation that their application has been successful.

For information

Before ceremonies were introduced in 2004, the process of attaining British Citizenship was purely bureaucratic and everything was done through the post. However, the government was keen that becoming a British Citizen should be a memorable and enjoyable event and the introduction of ceremonies to celebrate this important occasion was designed to further this aim.

The government also decided that the ceremony should take place in the local authority area in which the applicant lives. This enables the local authority to include suitable local content in the ceremony, which is intended not only to welcome the new citizen to the United Kingdom but also to the area in which they have decided to live.


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