Update: 21 July 2021
From 26 April 2021, group ceremonies recommenced at the Burgh Court Hall with physical distancing requirements in place.
Please note that the Home Office continue to deal with the backlog of Citizenship Certificates (in date order) and we are only able to schedule Citizenship Ceremonies where the certificate has been received by us and you have an Invitation Letter from the Home Office to contact us.
For those new citizens in receipt of a Home Office Invitation letter, please call 0141 287 7658 (9.00 am to 5.00 pm - Monday to Friday) to arrange a Citizenship Ceremony. Due to the continuing impacts of COVID-19, the Home Office have advised that you now have 6 months from your Poll Date to arrange your Citizenship Ceremony date.
Work to clear the backlog means we are now receiving higher numbers of Citizenship Certificates than usual from the Home Office, and so our ceremony diary is booking up quickly. We are also receiving requests for earlier Citizenship Ceremony dates.
Requests for an earlier appointment cannot be guaranteed. These should only be made where circumstances dictate i.e. ill-health or a family death.
To help manage the number of requests, we have made additional Citizenship Ceremony spaces available. This extra capacity also offers the possibility for those who have already booked a ceremony to bring their date forward.
Any new citizens who have already booked a ceremony and wish to be considered for an earlier date (within the next few months) should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org their Full Name, Poll Number, ceremony date booked and email address. We will then contact you in due course to offer an invitation to an earlier ceremony where possible.
Whilst we have created additional spaces to help ease the backlog, we continue to work through a high number of requests for ceremonies and it will take several months to catch up. Please be reassured however that our team are able to offer ceremony dates within the 6-month period required by the Home Office from Poll Date.
Please note we are unable to offer Private ceremonies at this time.
We thank you for your patience during this time.
The Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 includes provisions that require all applicants, aged 18 or over, for naturalisation or registration as a British citizen to take a citizenship oath and pledge at a citizenship ceremony conducted by a Registrar.
Attending a citizenship ceremony is the final step in the process of becoming a British citizen. The ceremony is a formal occasion that welcomes those who wish to attain full citizenship of the United Kingdom.
When you receive your Invitation letter from the home office you should contact the telephone number provided and make arrangements for your ceremony date.
During this pandemic period no guests can be permitted to the ceremony.
You must bring along your Home Office Invitation Letter with you.
A private Citizenship Ceremony can be arranged but will be subject to an additional charge.
All matters relating to application and qualification for British citizenship are dealt with by the home office, Immigration & Nationality branch in Liverpool.
All enquiries/applications for citizenship should be directed to:
Immigration and Nationality Branch
The fees for naturalisation and citizenship are set by the British Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2003 and are payable to the Home Office, Immigration and Nationality branch in Liverpool.
The Burgh Court Hall
40 John Street
Please note: Citizenship ceremonies are private and not open to the public.
For those new citizens in receipt of a Home Office Invitation letter, please call 0141 287 7658 (9.00a.m.until 5.00p.m. - Monday to Friday) to arrange a Citizenship Ceremony.