The citizenship ceremony marks the final step in becoming a British Citizen, following your Nationality checking.

Once notified of your successful nationality application by the Home Office, we will then invite you to attend a group ceremony at the Mayor's Parlour in the Civic Centre.

Group ceremonies

Southampton Citizenship Ceremony - 20 September 2016

Group ceremonies are usually held once a fortnight at the Mayor's Parlour in the Civic Centre and are attended by the Mayor or Sheriff.

You are able to invite a maximum of three guests to accompany you to your ceremony. The Mayor or Sheriff will present you with your Certificate of British Citizenship.

As part of your group experience you will have the opportunity to have your photograph taken with the Mayor or the Sheriff, which can be purchased at the end of the ceremony.

Before the ceremony begins, the registrar will check your letter from the Home Office, your invitation from us, and a further means of identification, ideally something that includes your photograph such as your passport, travel document or photo driving licence.

During the ceremony you will be asked to swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to the Queen and pledge your loyalty to the United Kingdom.

Once the national anthem has been played, you will be presented with your British Citizenship Certificate and invited to have a formal photograph taken with the Mayor or the Sheriff.

If you are with other members of your family who are being made British Citizens, you can also have a family photograph. A group photograph will also be taken if you would like to be in this.

These photographs will be available to purchase at the end of the ceremony and can be purchased with your debit/credit card or cash.

In addition you may also like to purchase a Commemorative Medal. These beautifully designed medals are available for £15 each and are unique to Southampton city's new citizens.

These can be purchased using your debit/credit card or by cash.

Private ceremonies

If you have specified your ceremony venue to be held in Southampton, we are able to arrange a private ceremony for you at our office in Bugle Street, if you wish to celebrate obtaining British Citizenship in a more personal way or cannot attend a group ceremony.

There will not be any dignitaries nor a photographer at this ceremony, but you can attend with up to six guests and Southampton city will present you with your Certificate of British Citizenship.

The cost of a private ceremony is £95 per person, Monday to Friday, or £150 on a Saturday, both subject to availability.

During a short ceremony, the registrar will ask you to swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to the Queen and pledge your loyalty to the United Kingdom.

At the end of the ceremony, the registrar will ask you to join him/her in standing for the National Anthem.

Any guests will then have the opportunity to take any photographs as you are presented with your British Citizenship Certificate.

In addition you may also like to purchase a Commemorative Medal. These beautifully designed medals are available for £15 each and are unique to Southampton city's new citizens. These can be purchased using your debit/credit card or by cash.

Length of ceremony

A group ceremony lasts approximately an hour and a half. A private ceremony lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Children under 18 years old

If the British Citizen is under the age of 18 they are not required to attend a ceremony, but are welcome to take part if they wish.

Protecting your Certificate of Naturalisation

If you need to replace your Certificate of Naturalisation, you can download a replacement citizenship certificate application form.