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

Telephone 0300 555 1392
Phone lines open Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm, Saturday 9.30am - 4pm

Outside office hours
If someone is terminally ill and you need to speak to a Registrar about an urgent marriage or civil partnership, or you need to arrange an urgent funeral to comply with specific religious beliefs, tel 0750 7777 534. Please leave a message outlining the details of your emergency and a contact telephone number, a member of our team will return your call as soon as possible.

Application forms

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

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