Citizenship ceremonies

Book a British Citizenship Ceremony COVID-19

In line with the Government’s roadmap to easing lockdown rules civil registration offices will continue to provide the majority of public services and British Citizenship Ceremonies are permitted.

As COVID infection numbers in Solihull remain high, we are urging people to wear face coverings when attending a ceremony and continue with COVID-safety measures.

For the most up to date COVID-19 guidance please visit the Gov.UK website.

The Register Office is only open for pre-booked appointments.

Every applicant for British citizenship is required to attend a citizenship ceremony to swear an oath or affirmation 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:

Civic Suite
Homer Road
Solihull
B91 3QZ 

Unless stated otherwise.

An access guide for the Register Office is available at AccessAble.

This group event starts with booking in and refreshments from 2.15pm to 2.45pm.

The ceremony starts at 3.00pm and finishes at approximately 4.30pm on the following dates:

2022

  • Wednesday 12 January - (Held at the Register Office)

How to book

Once you have received your home office letter you can:

Apply online

If you would prefer to book a private ceremony this takes place at Solihull Register Office and is subject to a fee, room and staff availability.  To book a private citizenship ceremony please contact us by email connectcc@solihull.gov.uk or by telephone on 0121 704 8002

Change or cancel your booking

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

Due to Covid-19 the ceremony will be shorter than usual and subject to social distancing rules. You will be required to wear a face covering during the ceremony except when repeating the oath or affirmation and pledge.

We regret that we are unable to allow you to bring guests to your ceremony at this time. Please note there are currently very limited toilet facilities in the building.

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.