The citizenship ceremony marks the final step in becoming a British Citizen.
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 are usually held once a month at the Mayor's Parlour in the Civic Centre and are attended by the Mayor or Sheriff.
How many guests can I bring?
You are able to invite a maximum of two guests 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.
What documents do I need to bring?
- Your letter from the Home Office confirming your British Citizenship
- Photograph ID
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.
How long does the ceremony last?
You will need to allow an hour and a half for a group ceremony. This includes arriving 30 minutes before the ceremony begins.
For a private ceremony you will need to allow 30 minutes. This includes arriving 10 minutes before the ceremony begins.
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 the form from GOV.UK
Replacement citizenship certificate application form
Citizenship ceremony - Terms and conditions
Rescheduling a group or private ceremony is subject to a £35 administration fee. Cancellation or non-attendance of a private ceremony is subject to 50% of the fee retained, providing seven days' notice is given. There are no refunds for late cancellation (less than seven days' notice) or non-attendance.