British citizenship ceremonies

Of the 110,000 people who become British citizens each year, Southwark's registration service deals with around 3,000 of them. Our cultural diversity is one of the many great things about Southwark and the citizenship ceremonies are an opportunity for us to encourage new citizens to play an active part in the community

Every applicant is required to swear an oath of allegiance to the Crown and make a pledge to uphold the values and laws of the UK.  Our government have introduced citizenship ceremonies to ensure that the acquisition of citizenship isn't purely a administrative process. They want applicants to have the opportunity to celebrate their final step to becoming a British Citizen.  

Everybody over the age of 18 who has been accepted to become a British citizen should attend this ceremony.  Children are not required to attend, but if they do wish to do so they are very welcome.

Invitation to the ceremony

Provided your application for British Citizenship is successful, you will receive an invitation letter from the Home Office to attend a Citizenship Ceremony.  

On receipt of the invitation letter from the Home Office please call the number provided on the letter to arrange your ceremony date. Please note that you will have three months from the date of the letter to attend a citizenship ceremony.  Our ceremonies are usually held on Mondays and Tuesdays and you may bring up to two guests.

The Citizenship Ceremonies are usually held at The Register Office, 34 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8QA

What to bring with you

Please bring with you valid photo id (eg passport or driving licence) and your Home Office invitation letter.

If you have a Biometric card you are required by the Home Office to return it within  five days of taking your ceremony.  Failure to do this results in a hefty fine.  If you bring it with you on the day of the ceremony we will be able to take this from you and notify the Home Office on the same day.

Private ceremonies

We do offer private citizenships ceremonies for an additional fee starting from £115.  If you would like to book a private ceremony or have further enquiries about this please contact us on registrars@southwark.gov.uk.

Page last updated: 01 December 2017