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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 has 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 invitation with you to the ceremony, and a form of identification (passport, travel document, or photo card driving licence).

What happens at a ceremony?

Usually you will attend a group ceremony with other new British Citizens. Group ceremonies are held once or twice a month at the Corinium Suite, Gloucester Coroners Court, Corinium Avenue, Gloucester. A registration officer will conduct the ceremony. A local dignitary and the 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.

For a group ceremony Citizens may invite up to two guests, however the registration office must be informed prior to the ceremony.

You can choose to have your own individual ceremony, where you can invite more than two guests. You can choose to have your ceremony in a registration office or an approved venue. Fees will apply.

Next step

For more information please contact our team at ceremonies@gloucestershire.gov.uk or 01242 532465.

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