Citizenship ceremonies

Group citizenship ceremonies have now resumed.

We have now resumed group citizenship ceremonies, please call our contact centre on 0203 7266300 and follow the options.

Due to the government restrictions we have to limit the number of attendants and this unfortunately means we cannot accommodate guests.

If you would prefer to make a booking for a private citizenship ceremony you can do this by emailing CitizenshipCeremonies@croydon.gov.uk

Please note that if you have received a letter from the Home Office confirming that your application for citizenship has been successful you will still need to wait until you have received a Home Office invitation advising you that you may book your ceremony. 

You would normally be expected to book your citizenship ceremony within 3 months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office. Due to Coronavirus, UKVI have extended this period to 6 months. Please be advised that no adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by Coronavirus.

Attending a ceremony

Once your application for British citizenship is approved by the Home Office you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony. This is the final step on the journey to becoming a British citizen.

Full details of citizenship ceremonies are available on the Home Office website. You must attend a citizenship ceremony if you are over 18 years old and living in the UK.

Children under 18 years old don't have to attend a ceremony but are encouraged to.

When and where Croydon ceremonies are held

Croydon holds public group ceremonies on Wednesday and occasionally Tuesday evenings and Saturdays. 

Ceremonies are held at The Town Hall, Fell Road, Croydon, CR0 1NX.

Guests

Due to the government restrictions on number of people who can attend a ceremony, we have to limit the number of attendants and this unfortunately means we cannot accommodate guests during group ceremonies. However, you may be accompanied by a maximum of 2 guests for a private ceremony.

What you should bring to the ceremony

  • your original invitation letter from the Home Office
  • your passport or photo ID

During the ceremony

  • you’ll swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to the Crown and make a pledge to uphold UK values and laws
  • you’ll be presented with a certificate of British citizenship 
  • professional photographs will be taken and will be available to purchase

Private ceremonies

If you would prefer to make a booking for a private citizenship ceremony you can do this by emailing CitizenshipCeremonies@croydon.gov.uk

Please note there is a fee for this service.