You need to attend a citizenship ceremony if you're 18 or over and have successfully applied to become a British citizen.
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.
Usually you must attend a citizenship ceremony within 3 months of receiving your invitation from the Home Office. Because of coronavirus, this has been extended to 6 months.
Do not book a ceremony until you've received your invitation letter. Because of coronavirus, it can take up to 3 months from being told your application was successful to get your letter.
How to book a citizenship ceremony
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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.
During the ceremony
You swear an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and pledge loyalty to the United Kingdom. (or an affirmation if you prefer not to swear by God) This means you promise to respect the rights, freedoms and laws of the UK.
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
Once you've got your certificate of British citizenship, send your biometric residence permit back to the Home Office.
You must send your permit back within 5 working days of either:
- going to your citizenship ceremony
- getting your certificate of British citizenship
Cut your biometric residence permit (BRP) into 4 pieces and put it in a windowless envelope. Include a note saying you're returning your permit because you've become a citizen. The note needs to include your name, date of birth and the document number (located on the front of the card).
Send it to:
- Address Naturalisation BRP 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.