Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, all applicants over the age of 18 who are accepted for naturalisation or registration as a British citizen are required to attend a citizenship ceremony.
When you receive your letter of approval from the Home Office you should
contact the Northamptonshire Registration Service to obtain details of which citizenship ceremony you may attend. Attendance at a citizenship ceremony must be within 3 months of the date your application for British citizenship was granted.
You will be advised as to the date and time of your ceremony when you contact us. If this is not convenient we will try to book a date and time that suits you. However, it is most important that you attend a ceremony no later than 3 months from the date you were granted Home Office approval. Please see our fees page for more information.
The citizenship ceremony
Attendance is by invitation only and details of the ceremony venue will be in the invitation.
Applicants and guests should arrive at least 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to start to allow for registration and administration activities prior to the ceremony. In addition you should allow at least an hour and a half for the ceremony.
There are two types of citizenship ceremony available through the Northamptonshire Registration Service:
Group citizenship celebration
This is where up to 25 other people wishing to be granted British Citizenship attend. There is no additional fee for a group celebration.
Individual citizenship celebration
If you would prefer a more intimate celebration for family, personal or cultural reasons an individual celebration can be organised at the ceremony room in the Guildhall Northampton. As this is a bespoke service, an additional fee of £160 applies to this option.
In addition, we also may be able to offer private ceremonies out of term time to allow younger members of the family to attend.
Private ceremonies are subject to staff/accommodation availability and the Home Office deadline for your ceremony to take place. To obtain further information or to book a private ceremony, please contact the Registration Service on 01604 362420
What happens at the citizenship ceremony?
The ceremony begins with a formal welcome and introduction to you and your guests by a member of the Registration Service team. At the appointed time, the hosting dignitary will address the applicants and audience alike on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. This is followed by the swearing or affirming the oath of allegiance and the taking of the pledge to Her Majesty the Queen.
Following this crucial part of the celebration, the Queen's representative begins the presentation of signed citizenship certificate and a gift from the Northamptonshire Registration Service to you, the new British citizen.
You are welcome to bring guests to your ceremony to share the celebration experience, however space is restricted so we ask that you limit your number of guests to two guests per applicant. Access to group ceremonies can only be by invitation only.
Where does the ceremony take place?
Citizenship ceremonies are held in the grand and appropriately appointed surroundings of County Hall in Northampton. Individual citizenship ceremonies are held at the ceremony room Guildhall, Northampton.
Can children of applicants attend?
Where an application includes your children, there is no legal requirement for children to attend a citizenship ceremony. However, if they wish to attend their parents' ceremony and take the oath and pledge then they are welcome and encouraged do so at the same time. Where this is the case the citizenship ceremony truly becomes a family celebration. Please also see above regarding private ceremonies allowing children to attend out of school term time.
For any further advice or information about making an application for British citizenship, please
contact Northamptonshire Registration Service or alternatively visit
GOV.UK: Citizenship ceremonies.