Citizenship ceremonies

Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, it is a legal requirement that all applicants over the age of 18, who are accepted for naturalisation as a British Citizen by the Home Office, are required to attend a Citizenship Ceremony.

Booking the Ceremony

The Home Office will send you a letter of approval when your application has been successful and you will be asked to contact Slough Borough Council to book a citizenship ceremony. Applicants are required to attend a ceremony within three months of the approval being given, otherwise you may have to make a new application.

Two group ceremonies are held each month at The Curve, William Street, Slough, SL1 1XY. They usually take about one hour, depending on the size of the group. You will need to be at The Centre at least 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to start and you may invite up to two named guests to the ceremony.

People under 18 years of age do not have to attend the ceremony. A parent can collect their Certificate on their behalf. However minors are welcome to attend and take part in a ceremony.

What happens at the Ceremony

  • The ceremony will be conducted by the Superintendant Registrar or deputy. 
  • All new citizens are required to swear an oath of allegiance to the Crown and make a pledge to uphold the values and laws of the United Kingdom 
  • You are presented with your Certificate of Naturalisation/Registration 
  • There are photographic opportunities 
  • Light refreshments are provided after the ceremony

What you need to bring with you to the ceremony

  • The Home Office approval letter 
  • The invitation cards we will send you. 
  • One item of photo ID, such as a passport or driving licence

Private ceremony

If you prefer, or if you can not attend a group ceremony within the time allowed, you can have a private ceremony at the Register Office. For further details please contact the dedicated citizenship ceremony office number 01753 693749.

Additional information for new applicants wishing to apply for British Citizenship.

The Home Office have details of how to apply to become a British citizen.

You may wish to make use of the nationality checking service offered by Slough Borough Council.