Book a citizenship ceremony
COVID-19: Further to Government announcements on the easing of lockdown restrictions, some services have now resumed on limited basis. Please go to the individual service webpage for further details.
Admission to the office is by appointment only. Customers without an appointment will not be admitted and should not travel to the office. Please contact us via email or telephone.
Restarting ceremonies after COVID-19 lockdown
Small, socially distanced citizenship ceremonies have now resumed.
Before you book please note:
- Attendance is limited to new citizens only. No guests are permitted at present. If booking online, you will be prompted to enter the number of guests attending and must enter ‘None’ as guests will not be admitted on the day
- Please do not bring children to the ceremony
- A face covering must be worn, except for identification and oath making purposes, unless medically exempt
- To ensure social distancing within the building we may not be able to admit you if you arrive too early. Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time
- Late arrival will result in non-admission and rebooking
- If you have tested positive for coronavirus, are unwell or exhibiting symptoms, self-isolating or shielding, please contact us to arrange a virtual ceremony or rebook.
Book a citizenship ceremony
If your application for British Citizenship has been successful, the Home Office will send you a letter inviting you to attend a Citizenship ceremony. Please note that if you have received a decision letter you must await the invitation letter before booking a ceremony.
Customers would normally be expected to book their citizenship ceremony within three months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, UKVI has extended this period to six months and will keep this under constant review.
Customers should be advised that no adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by coronavirus.
Before you start
If you have just received your Home Office letter and your details are not recognised when booking online, please be aware that:
- It can take up to two working days for us to input new citizens onto our system so please try again, giving time for this to happen
- If after two working days it still does not work, please try entering your Home Office reference number without the first zero
- Location: Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London, SW18 2PU
- Parking: Parking is available at the Southside Shopping Centre NCP and Sainsbury’s car park on Garratt Lane, both a short distance from the Town Hall.
If you would prefer to have a private ceremony during the day, please call us on 0208 871 6120 to arrange your booking.
- Price: £100 for one person and £150 for couples and families
You must bring:
- The invitation letter from the Home Office, and
- Photo ID (your passport or photo driving licence)
During the ceremony you will need to:
- Take either the oath or affirmation
- Say the pledge of loyalty to the UK
Taking the oath means that you will be swearing to God. If you do not want to swear to God, you can take the affirmation which has no religious words.
At the end of your ceremony you will be presented with a naturalisation certificate. You can then use this to apply for your British passport.
Naturalisation certificates are issued by the Home Office. If you there is a mistake on your certificate, or you need to have a duplicate reissued, you can order a replacement certificate on GOV.UK.
It's important to remember that your certificate is a legal document. You cannot laminate it or alter it in any way. This will result in the certificate becoming invalid.
Requesting a transfer to a different local authority
If you would like to have your ceremony in a different council, you will need to contact the Home Office and ask for a transfer request. If the transfer is approved, you will be contacted by the Home Office to arrange your ceremony.