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Citizenship ceremonies

If your application to become a British citizen has been successful you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony.  You must attend a citizenship ceremony within three months of receiving your invitation or you may need to apply again.

For more information about becoming a British citizen, visit the Home Office website.


Citizenship ceremonies are currently suspended until further notice.

You would normally be expected to book your citizenship ceremony within three months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office. Due to the current pandemic circumstances UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) have extended this period to six months and will keep this under constant review.

We will update this page when we receive more information.

Group citizenship ceremonies in Norfolk take place at County Hall in Norwich once a month. You will join a large number of other recipients to receive your certificate with the ceremony being conducted by a citizenship officer and representation by county dignitaries.  The ceremony celebrates the significance of becoming a British citizen and welcomes you to the local community. 

You can bring up two guests with you to the ceremony, where you will be asked to swear an oath to the sovereign and pledge allegiance to the United Kingdom.

You will then be presented with your citizenship certificate and an information pack from the Home Office.

If you are unable to wait for the next available monthly ceremony to take place, you may be interested in an express or a private ceremony – see below.

Once your application has been successful, you will receive a letter inviting you to make an appointment with us to arrange attending a citizenship ceremony. The letter will give information about the ceremony, and a phone number to call to make an appointment.

You must have received your invitation letter before making an appointment.

There is no charge to attend a group ceremony as this is included in your citizenship registration fee you paid to the Home Office when you applied.

If you would prefer, you can arrange for an express or a private ceremony to be held at the Norwich Registration office.

An express ceremony is held weekly subject to availability and will usually include a smaller number or citizenship recipients, there is an additional fee payable for this ceremony and the number of guests is limited.

A private ceremony to receive your citizenship can also be arranged subject to availability and at this ceremony, you will be able to bring as many guests as the room size will allow.

There is an additional fee payable for this ceremony.

For general enquiries about British citizenship, please visit the Home Office website.

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