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Citizenship ceremonies

Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 anyone wanting British citizenship must attend a citizenship ceremony. New citizens must take an oath or affirmation of allegiance to the Queen and make a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom.

How do I book a citizenship ceremony?

If your application has been successful the Home Office will contact you to invite you to attend a citizenship ceremony. Please call 0113 222 4408 to arrange a date for your ceremony.

You will need to attend a ceremony within 3 months of receiving your letter. If you cannot attend within this time the Home Office may withdraw your invitation and you will have to apply and pay the fee again.

Frequently asked questions

Where should I go for the ceremony?

Please check your ceremony invitation letter sent to you by the register office. This confirms the date, place and time of your citizenship ceremony. Ceremonies take place on a regular basis in either the Banqueting Suite at the Civic Hall, or in the Albert Room or Brodrick Suite at Leeds Town Hall.

Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD

Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

How much does a citizenship ceremony cost?

The fee which you pay to the Home Office when applying for citizenship includes the cost of the ceremony, which is normally conducted in groups to reinforce the community nature of citizenship. Personal ceremonies are available, although there will be additional costs for these. Most private ceremonies are held at Leeds Town Hall.

What should I bring with me?

Please make sure you bring your Home Office letter stating that you have had your application granted as well as the invitation that we send to you. You can bring one guest with you to ceremonies to be held at the Town Hall and up to three guests to ceremonies to be held at the Civic Hall. Everyone attending the ceremony should arrive half an hour before the ceremony is due to start, and register at the booking-in desk

What happens at a citizenship ceremony?

Everyone attending the ceremony should arrive half an hour before the ceremony is due to start, and register at the booking-in desk​

The ceremony takes about forty minutes, depending on the number of people attending.

The standard group ceremony will normally comprise the following:

- Introduction and welcome.

- Address by local dignitary.

- Taking or affirming of the oath and pledge.

- Presentation of citizenship certificates by local dignitary.

- Closing speech and the playing of the national anthem.

Children under 18 who have applied with their parents for citizenship can attend the citizenship ceremony. They do not have to take the oath or pledge, but they can receive their certificate as part of the ceremony.