Citizenship ceremonies

Every applicant for British citizenship is required to attend a citizenship ceremony to swear an oath of allegiance to the Crown and make a pledge to uphold the values and laws of the UK.

If the Home Office approves your application for British citizenship, they will send you an invitation letter which will tell you who to contact to book your citizenship ceremony. This must be completed within 3 months of the date stated in your letter.

The ceremony

Solihull ceremonies are performed in the Council Chamber at the Civic Suite, unless stated otherwise. An access guide for the Civic Suite is available at AccessAble.

This group event starts with booking in and refreshments from 6.30pm - 7.00pm.

The ceremony starts at 7.30pm and finishes at approximately 8.30pm on the following dates:

2019

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  • Wednesday 5 June
  • Wednesday 17 July
  • Wednesday 21 August
  • Wednesday 18 September
  • Wednesday 23 October
  • Wednesday 13 November
  • Wednesday 11 December

How to book

Once you have received your home office letter you can:

Apply online

If you wish to cancel or amend the date of your booking please view our citizenship fees.

What does the ceremony involve and who can attend?

The ceremony takes the following format:

  • you will be welcomed into the community by the Registration team
  • you will be required to swear the oath or take the affirmation of allegiance, and the pledge of loyalty
  • you will be presented with your Certificate of Naturalisation
  • the National Anthem will be played

We respectfully ask for no photographs to be taken throughout the ceremony, however there will be ample opportunity to take your own photographs at the end of the ceremony when the presiding dignitaries will return to the chamber for photographs. Registration staff will also be on hand to assist in taking those special photographs for you if requested.

We do have an official photographer, who will take a photograph when you are presented with your certificate, and you will have an option to purchase this at the end of the ceremony.

Every adult applicant may bring two guests to the ceremony.

How do I arrange a private ceremony?

If you would prefer a more intimate ceremony, then please telephone 0121 704 8002 and this can be arranged for you.

Individual ceremonies will take place during office hours at the Register Office and last approximately 15 minutes. There is an additional fee for this service.

How do I become a British Citizen?

You should contact the Home Office who will be able to advise you, please telephone 0845 010 5200 or email nationalityenquiries@ind.homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

Further information can be found on the Home Office website.

If your preparing for your UK Citizenship test our virtual reference library can help. Life in Great Britain is an online learning resources you can use at home with your Solihull library card - it's free to join!

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