The Home Office are moving towards a new system of issuing invitation letters. Once the Home Office approves your application for British citizenship, you will now receive an invitation letter by email with the details of the local authority website to contact to book a citizenship ceremony.
What you need to know to book your group citizenship ceremony during the COVID-19 pandemic period
The group citizenship ceremony will be conducted in a manner that shortens the time and reduces the risk of infection, to keep you and the team arranging the ceremony safe.
Once your Citizenship application has been approved by the Home Office you should expect to receive two letters:
- Granted status letter to confirm your citizenship has been granted
- Invitation letter will be sent to you by email to advise you to contact your local authority, the Brent Register Office to arrange a citizenship ceremony
It is only when you have the email with the invitation letter can you call us, to book the ceremony on 020 8937 1010. Please do not call us before you receive the Invitation letter, as we will not be able to book your ceremony.
- Guests will not be permitted to the ceremony during the pandemic period
- Refreshments will not be available during the pandemic period
- Please do wear your masks and gloves to the ceremony. At the registration desk, and whilst taking your oath, you will be asked to remove the mask or face covering.
- Sanitisers will be available as you enter the Brent Civic Centre building
- On the day of your ceremony please bring your invitation letter and photographic ID, without these documents you will not be able to collect your naturalisation certificate.
Help us to keep you and the Registration and Nationality team safe at all times.
Arranging a ceremony date
Please call us on 020 8937 1010 to secure a date and time.
You should contact us at the register office to book your date and time. They will ask you to confirm your details;
- Home Office reference number
- Home address
- Telephone number.
When booking your ceremony you will need to inform the officer if you wish to either swear the Oath (swearing to God) or the Affirmation (without reference to God) and say the pledge of loyalty to the UK.
Oath of Allegiance
“I (name) swear by Almighty God that on becoming a British citizen I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Her Heirs and Successors according to law”.
Affirmation of Allegiance
"I (name) do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that on becoming a British citizen I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her Heirs and Successors according to law".
"I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom and respect its rights and freedoms. I will uphold its democratic values. I will observe its laws faithfully and fulfil my duties and obligations as a British citizen".
Public or Private ceremony
You can choose to attend a public or private ceremony.
The public ceremony will be in a group setting where you will attend with other citizens and the Mayor or Deputy Mayor of Brent will present you with your certificate. There is no additional charge for attending a public ceremony.
Private ceremonies are more personal, only you and any guests you choose to invite attend. They can be arranged within a more flexible timescale. The Mayor or Deputy Mayor will not be present at private ceremonies.
|Standard group ceremony||No additional cost|
|Private ceremony conducted Monday to Friday||£130|
|Private ceremony conducted Saturday or Sunday||£170|
- You are required to attend a ceremony within 90 days of the approval being given otherwise you may have to make a new application. (Please note during the pandemic period the 90 days guidance may vary in accordance to current Home Office policy)
- You must bring your original Home Office invitation letter and a form of photo identification, for example a passport or driver’s licence, to the ceremony.
- Please remember to return your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) within five days following your citizenship ceremony. Failing to do so, the Secretary of State may impose a fine of up to £1,000. Find out more information.