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Citizenship ceremonies

People aged 18 and over who are accepted for naturalisation as British citizens, are required by law to take part in a citizenship ceremony arranged by our Registrars. 

The Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 does not legally oblige under 18s to attend a citizenship ceremony but many choose to do so, particularly if other members of their family are taking part.

The aim of the citizenship ceremony is for applicants to gain a full understanding of the rights and responsibilities that come with British Citizenship and also to ensure that they are properly welcomed into the British family.

There are two types of ceremony:

  • you can join a group ceremony that we arrange in the Council Offices, Almada Street, Hamilton about every four weeks
  • you can pay to have a service for just you or your family at the location of your choice (subject to approval by us)