Becoming a British Citizen
Becoming a British Citizen is a milestone event in an individual’s life.
As a British Citizen you are joining a community made up of different backgrounds, cultures and faiths. To celebrate the occasion of becoming a British Citizen, the government introduced citizenship ceremonies.
Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, all applicants aged 18 years or over who successfully have their application to become a British Citizen approved must take a citizenship oath and pledge at a Citizenship ceremony.
If you have applied for British Citizenship and have had your application approved you will receive a letter of approval from the Home Office.
You will receive an invitation letter to your home address with a date and time to attend a group citizenship ceremony within 5 days of receiving approval from the Home Office. There is no need to contact the Registration Service. You will be allocated to a group ceremony at the earliest available date. However, you may wish to consider a private citizenship ceremony, the telephone number to call to arrange a private ceremony will be detailed within your letter. Once you have received approval from the Home Office please allow 5 days for the invitation letter to arrive from Hampshire County Council.
Applicants are required to attend a ceremony within 3 months of the approval being given otherwise a new application may have to be made.
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