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Citizenship ceremonies

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.

Oath of allegiance

If your application for citizenship is approved by the Home Office you will need to attend a citizenship ceremony.

If you live in the borough of Hillingdon you will be asked to contact the Register Office within two weeks of receiving your Home Office invitation letter.
Please call the Register Office on 01895 250418 where you will be booked on the next available ceremony.

The Home Office will normally expect you to have your ceremony within 11 weeks from the date of receiving your notification.  Council Chamber If you do not think you will be able to attend a ceremony within this period, you may apply to the Home Office for an extension.

Our ceremonies are primarily for residents of the London Borough of Hillingdon, but those living outside the borough are also welcome to have their ceremonies here if you stated this on your application form for British Citizenship.

You can have your ceremony in any area of your choice. If you would like to have a ceremony in a different district you should state this on your application form. If you do not do this, the Home Office will only consider changes after the application has been made under exceptional circumstances.

Do I need to bring anything?

You need to bring the invitation letter sent to you by the Home Office. If you do not provide this document as a security measure you may be refused entry to the ceremony.

You will already have paid for the ceremony as part of the fee paid when you made application for British Citizenship.

Guests are welcome, but are usually restricted to two per applicant.

You and your guests are free to dress however you feel most comfortable, although the ceremony is a formal occasion therefore smart casual wear is recommended. Alternatively, traditional national costume of your origin is welcome to reflect the cultural diversity of the borough and of the United Kingdom.

Allow two hours for the ceremony:

  • You are required to report at least 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony to register.
  • The ceremony itself will take approximately one hour.
  • You may want to take photographs at the end of the ceremony. 

What happens in the ceremony?

Ceremonies are held in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre with approximately 60 citizens per session.

Each citizen will be required to repeat the words of the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen, and the Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom. The oath and pledge are led by the Superintendent Registrar and must be spoken by all new citizens.

The Mayor, or the Mayor's representative, will then present you with your citizenship certificate and a gift. As part of the proceedings the Mayor also makes a speech of civic welcome to Hillingdon to all the new citizens.

The Union flag and National Anthem enhance the dignity and celebration for new citizens and their guests alike.

Photographs are taken with the Mayor to round off a special, meaningful and enjoyable occasion.

Children who have attained British Citizenship with you are welcome to attend a ceremony although they do not have to. If they do not attend, either parent can collect their certificate(s) on their behalf.

Citizenship is granted to you at the ceremony and once you have received your Citizenship certificate you can apply for a British passport immediately. 

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