Arranging a citizenship ceremony

Coronavirus Update

Public ceremonies are now taking place in-person. Ceremonies will take place in the council chamber at the Crowndale Centre, with social distancing measures in place. Due to these requirements no guests are permitted. If there are no appointments available, it means we are fully booked. Ceremony slots are opened on Wednesdays from 9am.  

You are able to book a private ceremony in-person, or request this to be virtual. If you have an urgent query regarding your citizenship ceremony, or you want your private ceremony to be a virtual one, please contact us at tietheknot@camden.gov.uk.

If the Home Office approves your application for British citizenship they will write to you and send you an invitation letter to book your citizenship ceremony slot, which will contain details of the local authority to contact to book a citizenship ceremony.

Useful information

  • If your letter says you have to have a ceremony within 21 days of the letter please ignore this. You have up to 3 months to attend a ceremony in some cases this has been extended to 6 months. Please check with the Home Office if your running out of time.   
  • You are required to return your BRP card to the Home Office
  • If you want to change your citizenship ceremony please email tietheknot@camden.gov.uk 

Please note, you will only be able to book your ceremony slot, once you have received the Home Office invitation letter. 

Notice: If you are to have a virtual ceremony you must be in the UK. If you are abroad, the ceremony can’t take place virtually.

Choosing a public or private ceremony

You can choose to attend a public or private ceremony.

Public ceremony

The public ceremony will be in a group setting where you will attend with other citizens. These are on set dates usually on a Wednesday. There is no additional charge for attending a public ceremony.

Due to social distancing requirements no guests are permitted to join you.

To book a Public Ceremony use the link on this page. If you are told the public ceremony is virtual please disregard this as it is an auto confirmation from our bookings system.

Until further notice all public ceremonies will be in person. 

Book a public ceremony

Private ceremony

Private ceremonies are more personal; meaning you and 2 guests from the same household or support bubble can be part of your naturalisation celebration.

Virtual Private Ceremonies can also be arranged and up to 2 virtual guests also be permitted onto the Teams Call. 

Private ceremonies can be arranged within a more flexible timescale. The programme usually lasts no more than about 30 minutes.

If you have opted for a private virtual ceremony, please e-mail Camden Register Office: tietheknot@camden.gov.uk to confirm date and time you have booked so that we may contact you with the relevant links to join video conferencing call.

If you are to have a virtual ceremony you must be in the UK. If you are abroad, the ceremony can’t take place virtually.

Book a private ceremony

Private ceremony fees

 

Private ceremony cost is £165 for each adult, and they take place between Monday and Saturday depending on availability. 

Camden residents who are classed as CEV (Clinically Extremely vulnerable) will be exempt from paying citizenship ceremony fees.

Attending a group Citizenship Ceremony

You must bring your Home Office invitation letter and a form of photo identification, for example a passport or driver’s licence, to the ceremony. You will attend the ceremony at the Crowndale Centre where there will be a display of an official portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Union Jack flag.

You will either swear the Oath (swearing to God) or the Affirmation (not mentioning God) and say the Pledge of Loyalty to the UK together.

You will be presented with your citizenship certificate once you have sworn/affirmed the Oath, and said the Pledge of Loyalty. 

Example of Oath

“I (name) swear by Almighty God that on becoming a British citizen I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Heirs and Successors according to law”.

Example of Affirmation

“I (name) do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that on becoming a British citizen I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her Heirs and Successors according to law.”

Example of Pledge

“I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom and respect its rights and freedoms. I will uphold its democratic values. I will observe its laws faithfully and fulfil my duties and obligations as a British citizen”.