A citizenship ceremony is the final stage in you becoming a British citizen.

Getting a citizenship ceremony

You will receive an invitation letter to attend the ceremony from the Home Office.

Contact UK Visas and Immigration if you lose your invitation letter or you want to have your ceremony outside Kirklees. They may issue you another letter.

We cannot go ahead with the ceremony if you do not not bring your letter when you attend the ceremony.


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How to book a citizenship ceremony

Contact us to book

Clock Completing this form takes around 5 minutes.

Paperclip You must have your invitation letter from the Home Office.

You can choose to attend a group ceremony at either Huddersfield or Dewsbury Town Hall.

Contact us

After you've contacted us

You will receive an invitation letter from Kirklees Council within four to six weeks.

The invitation will tell you the date of the ceremony.

If you are unable to make your ceremony, you have 3 months to reschedule it from the date on the invitation letter from the Home Office.

What to bring to the ceremony

You must bring:

  • The Home Office invitation letter
  • The Kirklees Council invitation letter
  • A form of photographic identity

You can bring a maximum of two guests.

Children receiving citizenship do not have to attend, but are encouraged to do so.

What happens at the ceremony

You swear an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and pledge loyalty to the United Kingdom.

The ceremony lasts for approximately 1 hour.

It is attended by a local dignitary to welcome you to the borough.

At the end of the ceremony you are presented with your certificate of British citizenship.

After the ceremony

You must send your biometric residence permit back to the Home Office within 5 days of your ceremony.

Cut your permit up and put it in a windowless envelope with a note saying you're returning your permit because you've become a citizen.

Send it to:

  • Address POL Returns, PO Box 195, Bristol, BS20 1BT

You'll be fined up to £1,000 if you don't return your permit in 5 days.