Citizenship Ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonyUpdate October 2020 – CITIZENSHIP CEREMONIES HAVE NOW RESUMED

If you have successfully applied to become a British Citizen and you are over the age of 18, you are required by law to take part in a citizenship ceremony to complete the process.

Under 18’s are not required to have a ceremony but are welcome to take part if there are other members of the family who are attending a citizenship ceremony.

 

 

We offer two types of ceremonies:

Virtual ceremony – done over Zoom and you can invite your family and friends to watch

In person ceremony – carried out at your local registration office but only the prospective citizen and the registrar are currently permitted to attend (in line with covid-19 restrictions).

Further information on becoming a British Citizen is available from the Home Office

How do I become a British Citizen?

The Home Office deals with enquiries about the requirements and qualifications are on becoming a British Citizen. You can contact them here.

How to book a ceremony?

Once you have received your Home Office invitation letter please call 01546 602251 (option 1) to arrange a Citizenship Ceremony, enquire online or email us registrationenquiries@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Please note: the Home Office is currently working their way through the back log and we are unable to hold your ceremony until we receive the naturalisation certificate. When you contact us to let us know that you have your invitation letter, we will hold your contact details and let you know once we have received your certificate and so can progress with your ceremony.

Where can I have my ceremony?

During the COVID pandemic we are able to offer virtual citizenship ceremonies, if this does not suit you then a ceremony at your local registration office can be arranged with only yourself in attendance.

When can I have my ceremony?

Virtual Ceremonies can be arranged within 10 working days of us receiving your certificate from the Home Office.

In person ceremonies can be organised within 20 working days.

What do I need for my ceremony?

Before a citizenship ceremony can take place you are required to provide the Home Office invitation letter and photographic ID.

What happens at the ceremony?

Registrar conducting ceremony

Virtual – For a virtual ceremony held over Zoom please connect into the call at the time agreed with the Registrar.  The Registrar will check your Home Office invitation letter and your photo ID.  During your ceremony you will be asked to make either an oath or affirmation and then to pledge allegiance to the United Kingdom.  The ceremony will last 10-15 minutes and the end will be signified by the playing of the National Anthem.

In person – Please arrive at the office 10-15 minutes before the start time of the ceremony and bring your Home Office invitation letter and photo ID.  During your ceremony you will be asked to make either an oath or affirmation and then to pledge allegiance to the United Kingdom.  The ceremony will last 10-15 minutes and the end will be signified by the playing of the National Anthem.  No guests can be present at the ceremony or hospitality provided during the COVID pandemic.

What happens after the ceremony?

If you have a virtual ceremony then we will post your certificate to you within 3-5 working days to the address provided by the Home Office.  When attending the ceremony in person we will give you the certificate in person.

You will then be able to apply for your British Passport and register to vote