The ceremony welcomes new citizens into the community, celebrates the significance of becoming a British citizen and is the final stage in granting British citizenship to foreign nationals.
Hampshire citizenship ceremonies last about 45 minutes and include
- Introduction and welcome
- Address by local dignitary
- Taking or affirming of the oath to observe the laws of this country and pledge allegiance to the Queen
- Presentation of citizenship certificate and signing of the register
- Photographic opportunities
There may be a professional photographer at your ceremony. Photographs will be available to purchase on the day. £11 for a ceremony photograph and £7 for passport photographs. If you do not wish for your photograph to be taken please make this known to a member of staff on the day.
Make an appointment
The Home Office will send your paperwork to the Local Authority where you have chosen to attend your ceremony. This does not need to be the office where the Nationality Checking Service has been completed.
The ceremony must take place within three months of notification from the Home Office that your application for citizenship has been successful.
Within 5 days of receiving your letter from the Home Office you will receive an invitation to attend a ceremony at a register office near you. There is no need to call Hampshire Registration Service as the invitation letter is automatically generated from Hampshire Registration Headquarters. The letter will contain contact details if you require further advice.
These ceremonies take place in some Registration Offices and involve small groups of citizens – children are welcome to take part. The cost of the group ceremonies is included within the Home Office British Citizen fee which you will have already paid.
Individual ceremony or private citizenship ceremony in a Register Office Monday - Friday.
It costs £150 (including £60 non-refundable booking fee).
Individual citizenship ceremonies can also take place at approved venues or other suitable venues, for which alternative ceremony fees apply.
tel 0845 603 5637 call charges
Phone lines open Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm, Saturday 9.30am - 4pm
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.