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Ceremonies in East Sussex

Citizenship Ceremonies

What is a citizenship ceremony?

If you have received a letter from the Home Office confirming that your nationality application has been successful - Congratulations!

Becoming a British Citizen is a major event in someone's life. Successful applicants are awarded Citizenship after making the Oath of Allegiance to the Queen and promising to be a loyal citizen.

The final part of the process is a celebratory ceremony where new British Citizens receive their certificate of naturalisation.

Booking your Citizenship Ceremony

You must attend a Citizenship Ceremony within 11 weeks of receiving your ceremony invitation letter from the Home Office. Guidance on how to book your ceremony will be included in your letter.

Please do not contact the register office until you have received your citizenship invitation.

Group Citizenship Ceremonies

Attendance at a Citizenship Ceremony is strictly by invitation only, therefore you must bring your invitation with you on the day. You should also bring your letter from the Home Office and photographic I.D.

You are welcome to bring a maximum of two guests to a group ceremony. Children under 12 are not permitted at Group Citizenship Ceremonies.

At a group ceremony the format is as follows:

  • Formal introduction and welcome from the Deputy Superintendent Registrar
  • Local dignitary speech
  • Swearing or affirmation of oath
  • Pledge of allegiance
  • Presentation of certificate

Attending a Group Citizenship Ceremony is free of charge.  

To book your place at a Group Citizenship Ceremony call us on 0345 60 80 198.

Upcoming group ceremony dates




Eastbourne Town Hall

20th November 2019


Southover Grange

17th December 2019


If you would prefer to receive your naturalisation certificate at a private ceremony we can arrange this for you. An extra fee is charged for this service.

Private Citizenship Ceremonies

A private Citizenship Ceremony is the perfect way to complete your journey to becoming a British Citizen.

Unlike the group ceremonies, you are able to choose where and when you would like your private ceremony to take place.

Meaning you could:

  • Have your Citizenship Ceremony as soon as possible, once you’ve been granted UK Citizenship
  • Hold your ceremony at any location in East Sussex, including our four Register Offices
  • Include all of your family and friends
  • Children are welcome, whether to take part as new citizens or just to watch
  • A private ceremony is ideal if you would prefer your ceremony to be conducted without the distraction of other people

Please note attendance at Citizenship Ceremonies is by Home Office invitation only

To book your Private Citizenship Ceremony call us on 0345 60 80 198.


Monday to Friday at any East Sussex Register Office (between 9am-5pm) £100

Any time, any place* £250

*Private Citizenship Ceremonies cannot be conducted in private homes or on religious premises.

Contact us now to book your ceremony 0345 60 80 198.

Full details about the process of applying for UK citizenship are available on the Home Office Website.

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