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Hampshire Registration Service

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, you can bring up to two guests with you. 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.


Contact us

tel 0845 603 5637 call charges
Phone lines open Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm, Saturday 9.30am - 4pm

Emergency only

Outside office hours
For weddings/civil partnerships involving someone terminally ill, or a funeral to comply with a religious burial requirement
tel 075 0777 7534.

Application forms

  • By post
    Nationality Enquiries Team
    Customer Services Directorate, PO Box 36, Liverpool L2 0QN
  • Download from Home Office website

Nationality Helpline

  • tel 0300 123 2253

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