Arranging a citizenship ceremony

Coronavirus Update

Public ceremonies are currently suspended for a temporary period, however you’re still able to book a Private ceremony. In the interim, if you have an urgent query regarding your citizenship ceremony, please contact us on tietheknot@camden.gov.uk. Please review our website for further updates.

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.

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

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: More information here
  • If you want to change your citizenship ceremony please email tietheknot@camden.gov.uk 
     

Please have your Home Office letter to hand when you book your ceremony via the link below.

Book a citizenship ceremony online

Choosing a public or private ceremony

You can choose to attend a public or private 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 Covid 19 no guests are permitted. Attendees MUST WEAR A FACE COVERING.

Private ceremonies are more personal; meaning you and 2 guests from the same household or support bubble can be part of your naturalisation celebration.  Private ceremonies can now be conducted virtually as well through Teams video conferencing. Camden residents who are classed as CEV (Clinically Extremely vulnerable) will be exempt from paying citizenship ceremony fees.  If you have opted for a private virtual ceremony, please e-mail Camden Register Office: tietheknot@camden.gov.uk to confirm date and time 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. These ceremonies can be arranged within a more flexible timescale. The programme usually lasts no more than about 30 minutes.

Private ceremony fees

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

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 Camden Learning Centre where there will be a display of an official portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Union Jack flag.

Due to new Covid-19 restrictions we are temporarily conducting group ceremonies at The Camden Learning Centre, Charrington St, Somers Town, London NW1 1RD. 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”.