UPDATE REGARDING CITIZENSHIP CEREMONIES

We have now resumed Citizenship ceremonies in Gloucestershire.

To be able to book and attend a Citizenship ceremony you will need to have been issued with an Invitation letter from the Home Office. When they issue your Invitation letter they will also dispatch your Citizenship certificate to the local authority where you plan to attend your ceremony.

Once you have received your Invitation letter, which will include your Home Office reference number, you will then be able to make arrangements to book your ceremony with your local authority.

Please do not contact us to arrange your ceremony until you have received your Invitation letter – thank you.

For any further help and guidance please email GRSCitizenship@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Marriage and Civil Partnership Ceremonies in Gloucestershire

From Monday 28th September the number of people permitted to attend a marriage or civil partnership ceremony has been reduced to 15. This maximum number must include the couple, witnesses and guests.  This number no longer includes anyone working and therefore no longer includes our Registration Staff. The venue and the room must be suitably risk assessed as COVID secure and the number of people in the room must comply with social distancing rules.

Please click here for full details how a ceremony will look in Gloucestershire with the current government restrictions.

We will be contacting couples in priority order if these restrictions affect your planned ceremony date.

We are currently unable to take any new bookings for Ceremonies to take place during the remainder of 2020. This is due to the need to accommodate bookings that have been unable to go ahead due to the Government restrictions

If you need to contact us about a ceremony, please email ceremonies@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Face coverings guidance (Effective from 31st August 2020)

Anybody attending a registration office for an appointment must wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so under Government guidelines.   

NHS Test & Trace

NHS Test and Trace is a key part of the country’s ongoing COVID-19 response. As of the 24th September all visitors to Gloucestershire County Council premises will be asked to voluntarily supply their details to NHS Test and Trace by the way of scanning a QR code on site. You will need to use the NHS Covid 19 App to allow you to do this. If you use an iphone, please download the App via the App store, if you use an Android phone please use Google play. It would be advisable to download prior to your visit to us.

If you are unable to download the App, your details will be requested on the day of the appointment by our staff.

Citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies give added significance to attaining citizenship and provide an occasion at which you, your family and close friends can celebrate a life defining moment.

In Gloucestershire we understand becoming a British citizen is a significant event in your life. As a British citizen, you are joining a community made up of many different backgrounds, cultures and faiths.

Who attends a ceremony?

It is mandatory for all new British Citizens over 18 years old to attend a citizenship ceremony.

When your application for British Citizenship is successful the Home Office will send you a letter to confirm this and invite you to attend a ceremony. This letter will tell you how to contact us about attending a ceremony.

You must bring your Home Office letter, along with the confirmation of your ceremony booking, with you to the ceremony. Please also bring a form of photographic identification (passport, travel document, or photo card driving licence).

Group Ceremonies

   

Usually you will attend a group ceremony with other new British Citizens. Group ceremonies are held twice a month at the Corinium Suite, Gloucester Coroners Court, Corinium Avenue, Gloucester. A registration officer will conduct the ceremony. A local dignitary and either the Chairman or Vice Chairman of the County Council will also be present to welcome you to Gloucestershire, and remind you of the rights and responsibilities associated with being an active member of your local community.

At the end of the ceremony you will be presented with your certificate of British citizenship and a welcome pack.

There is no charge for this ceremony as it is included in the fee that you paid when making your application for British Citizenship.

For a group ceremony Citizens may invite up to two guests

Individual Ceremonies

You can choose to have your own individual ceremony, where you can invite two guests or more. Individual ceremonies are held every Wednesday morning at Cheltenham Register Office, St. Georges Road, Cheltenham at a fee of £140.  For more information please contact our team at the Cheltenham Register Office cheltro@gloucestershire.gov.uk or on 01242 532465. 

Please note that you must arrange your ceremony before making a payment

To pay for your individual ceremony click here.

Please follow the instructions to make your payment. You will receive an automatic receipt once payment is made.  Please be advised that your ceremony will be cancelled if payment is not received.

 If you have any problems with the online payment system, please email us immediately, using your home office number as reference at cheltro@gloucestershire.gov.uk  so that we can resolve issues and avoid cancellation.  Please note that any issues raised will be dealt with on the next working day.

 

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