Citizenship Ceremonies

Citizenship Ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies - after 19 July 2021

Small group ceremonies will continue until August 2021.  We hope to resume large group ceremonies from September 2021.

Private ceremonies are available on request.

We do not offer virtual citizenship ceremonies.

The Home Office will send out a ceremony invite to each applicant via post or email and The Register Office will be notified.  Please do not contact the Register Office when you receive your invite - we will be in touch to invite you to the first available ceremony.

Usually you must attend a citizenship ceremony within 3 months of receiving your invitation from the Home Office. Because of coronavirus, this has been extended to 6 months.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

It is important to remember that Covid -19 has not gone away.  To protect you, your fellow guests, our staff and the wider community we are asking you to comply with the following guidelines when you attend a Citizenship ceremony:

  • You should not attend a ceremony if you, or anyone in your household, feels unwell. If you or anyone in your household have shown symptoms of Covid-19 within the last 10 days, you should not attend unless you have had a negative PCR test result.
  • You should not attend if you have been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, even if you have no symptoms or have had a negative Covid-19 test.
  • All guests are strongly encouraged to carry out lateral flow testing twice a week, before and after the ceremony.  Do not attend if you test positive.  You can collect free testing kits from local pharmacies and community sites, or order online or by phone for home delivery: www.nhs.uk/gettested

Lateral flow tests should only be used by people without symptoms.  If you develop symptoms, you must arrange a PCR test straight away and self-isolate until you get the results - even if your lateral flow test is negative.

  • Unless you are medically exempt, we would encourage that a face covering be worn when you are not seated i.e. entering and leaving the venue and in public areas such as toilets and stairways.
  • Please sanitise your hands using the dispensers provided and avoid touching your face, as well as handles, railings etc., wherever possible.  Always cover your face if you need to cough or sneeze and wash or sanitise your hands immediately after.
  • If you develop Covid-19 symptoms while at a ceremony, notify the nearest member of staff immediately and put your face covering on.
  • In the event of a fire alarm sounding, follow the instructions given to you by event staff and make your way to the nearest available exit.  A face covering can be worn if this is to hand but this should not delay evacuating the building.

Citizenship Ceremonies

Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, all applicants aged 18 years or over who are accepted for naturalisation by the Home Office as a British citizen must take a citizenship Oath or Pledge at a citizenship ceremony. Children under 18 who have applied with their parents are also invited to attend a ceremony with other members of their family.  For more information about the Life in the UK test or becoming a British citizen visit the GOV.uk information pages.

 

Attending a Ceremony

Oath or Affirmation?

Where and when will the ceremony take place?

What will happen at the ceremony?

 

Attending a Ceremony

When you are accepted for naturalisation the Home Office will send you a letter via post or email.  At the same time your local Register Office will receive your naturalisation certificate and other documents. Please do not contact us to book onto a ceremony as we will automatically write out to you inviting you onto our next available group ceremony once we receive your documents.

Your local Register Office will automatically send you a letter confirming the date of the next group ceremony.  We will also send you a form which you should complete and return to us.  The form will ask you to confirm if you wish to Swear the Oath or Affirm the Oath of Allegiance. 

Once we receive your completed form we will send you your official invitation.  You should bring this to the ceremony with you as well as your letter from the Home Office.

 

Oath or Affirmation?

Details of the wording of the oath and affirmation of allegiance as well as the pledge of loyalty are included in your letter.  It is your personal choice whether you swear the Oath by Almighty God or make an Affirmation.  Both forms of words accomplish the same thing, promising that you will give your allegiance to the Crown.  The difference between the two is that the Oath is based upon religious principles and the Affirmation is not. The words used for the pledge of loyalty will be the same whether you swear or affirm allegiance. 

Where and when will the ceremony take place?

Group ceremonies are usually held once a month in Newcastle Civic Centre.

Private ceremonies can take place Monday to Friday 9am to 3.30pm in The Leazes Room at the Civic Centre. Details of the charges made for a private ceremony can be found on our fees page.

 

What will happen at the ceremony?

  • You will be welcomed into the community by the Lord Mayor of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • If you are over the age of 18 you will take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and the pledge of loyalty
  • You will be presented with your certificate of naturalisation
  • You will receive a small gift from the Newcastle City Council
  • You will be asked to sign the Newcastle City Council Register of Citizenship
  • You can have a formal photograph taken with the Lord Mayor if you wish
  • The National Anthem will be played
  • Light refreshments will be served at the end of the ceremony

 

For further information, queries or if you want to book a private ceremony please contact us.

 

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