Citizenship ceremonies are for people aged 18 years or older who have made a successful application for British citizenship.
After your application has been approved, the Home Office will advise you to attend a ceremony within 90 days. If you live in Medway, you should contact the Medway Register Office to make a booking within 14 days of receiving your letter from the Home Office.
During the citizenship ceremony
During the citizen ceremony you will:
- say an oath or give an affirmation of allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen
- make a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom
- be presented with your Certificate of Naturalisation.
Types of citizenship ceremonies
We offer 2 types of citizenship ceremonies:
At the ceremony you make the oath of allegiance and pledge with other new citizens. You can bring up to 4 guests. The fee for a group ceremony is included within your application to become a British citizen.
Group ceremonies are not taking place at Medway at present. Some individual ceremonies are currently being held without an additional fee.
A private ceremony where you can bring a larger number of family and friends. Individual ceremonies cost £225.
Ceremonies are usually held at the Corn Exchange in Rochester or at the Register Office in Rochester.