Citizenship ceremonies are required for successful applicants to formally attain British citizenship, and can be attended by family and close friends.
The process starts when you apply to UK Visas and Immigration for British Citizenship.
When your application is successful, UK Visas and Immigration will contact you inviting you to contact your Register Office to book into a ceremony. At the same time, UK Visas and Immigration advises and sends us your citizenship certificate.
You will already have paid for the group ceremony as part of the British Citizenship application.
If you wish, you can choose to pay for an individual ceremony. You might like to do this if you want to celebrate your citizenship with a larger number of family and friends, or wish to have more privacy for your ceremony.
Our ceremonies are held in groups, usually of between 10 and 20 people. You will be invited to bring up to 2 guests with you to the ceremony.
On arrival at the ceremony, please show your invitation and any other documents requested prior to the ceremony. Refreshments are served before the ceremony and you will have the opportunity to meet other new British Citizens.
A pledge card will be given to you, with the words to the oath or affirmation and pledge that you need to say during the ceremony.
The Superintendent Registrar (or deputy) will host the ceremony, and a local dignitary will normally be in attendance to welcome you.
Allegiance Oath or Affirmation
After speeches of welcome, the Superintendent Registrar will invite you to swear the Oath of Allegiance or, if you prefer, to speak the Affirmation of Allegiance (as chosen when you book). If you are going to swear the Oath before Almighty God, you may bring a holy book with you.
The dignitary will then present your citizenship certificate; you will also be presented with a welcome pack and gift from Bracknell Forest Council.
The ceremony is closed with the playing of the National Anthem. The ceremony lasts approximately 40 minutes.