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Citizenship ceremonies

Find out how to book a citizenship ceremony in Newham.

​Citizenship ceremony

The Home Office decided in 2003 that all new British citizens over the age of 18 should participate in a ceremony to welcome them to Britain and into their local community, rather than just signing a document with a solicitor.

When you receive your invitation letter from the Home Office you will need to book your ceremony. You must have your ceremony within three months of receiving your invitation letter.

If you are over 18 you must attend the ceremony.

Children under 18 do not have to attend the ceremony as the parents can collect their certificates on their behalf. However they must be noted in the attendees list below.

You will need to make sure you book your place(s) on a citizenship ceremony before the invitation expires.  If an invitation has expired (or will expire before you or a member of your group can attend a ceremony) the you will need to contact the Home Office.

Please check the attendees detail below.  If there are problems then please contact us.

Group ceremony

We can usually arrange for you to join a group ceremony within a few weeks. Citizenship Ceremonies are usually held in the Ceremony Room in Newham Town Hall, East HamYou should aim to be at the office about 30 minutes before the ceremony starts. If you arrive after the ceremony starts you will not be allowed to join the ceremony and will need to re-book. 

Group ceremonies can be busy, so we only allow two guests per booking.

Private ceremony

If you wish to arrange a ceremony quickly or you would like to celebrate becoming a British citizen in a more personal way, you can book a private ceremony online. 

The private ceremonies are less formal events and do not include the civic dignitary or the National Anthem and we do not provide a photographer although you are welcome to take your own photographs. 

These ceremonies are much quicker and only take about 15 minutes. You can bring a couple of guests with you to your private ceremony if you wish. You should aim to be at the office about 10 minutes before your ceremony time and bring your identification and the Home Office letter with you.

Private ceremonies are held at Newham Town Hall, East Ham, Barking Road, E6 2RP throughout the week. 

You will have to pay a fee of £105 per adult for this service. 

Documents you must bring with you

You will need to bring along to the ceremony:
  • your Home Office citizenship invitation letter
  • an original photo identification document such as your driving licence or passport.
If you don’t bring these documents with you, we will not be able to include you in the ceremony.

Ceremony fee

You do not have to pay a fee if you are part of a group citizenship ceremony as the cost is included in the Home Office application fee. 

If you would like a private ceremony it costs £105 per adult. You must pay using a credit or debit card at the time of booking.


What happens at the group ceremony


You will be welcomed to the group ceremony by a civic dignitary from the London Borough of Newham. He or she will give you a history of the borough. The Mayor, local councillors and local MPs usually also attend ceremonies.

Oath of Allegiance and the Pledge

As a new British citizen, you will be required to swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to the Queen and to make a public pledge to observe the laws of the country and uphold its democratic values.

If you are choosing to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen and pledging to observe the laws of the country, bring your own holy book if desired

Oath of Allegiance

“I swear by Almighty God/ I 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 and 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.”

Nationality Certificate

When you have made your promises, the civic dignitary will present you with your Nationality Certificate.

At the end of the ceremony, we play the National Anthem (some new citizens choose to sing along). 

Book a citizenship ceremony

When you receive your invitation letter from the Home Office you will need to book your ceremony. You must have your ceremony within three months of receiving your invitation letter.
Book your citizenship ceremony
Plese be aware that if you choose to reschedule an existing appointment your original booking will be cancelled automatically.​​​​​​
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Contact us

  • Newham Registration Service
    London Borough of Newham
    Newham Town Hall
    Barking Road
    East Ham
    E6 2RP

    020 8430 2000