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Citizenship ceremonies

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.

Fees

You will already have paid for the ceremony as part of the British Citizenship application.

The 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 and after the ceremony.

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.

Citizenship certificate

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.

Contact information

Bracknell Forest Register Office

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