In Gloucestershire we understand becoming a British citizen is a significant event in your life. As a British citizen, you are joining a community made up of many different backgrounds, cultures and faiths.
Who attends a ceremony?
It is mandatory for all new British Citizens over 18 years old to attend a citizenship ceremony.
When your application for British Citizenship is successful the Home Office will send you a letter to confirm this and invite you to attend a ceremony. This letter will tell you how to contact us about attending a ceremony.
You must bring your Home Office letter, along with the confirmation of your ceremony booking, with you to the ceremony. Please also bring a form of photographic identification (passport, travel document, or photo card driving licence).
Currently you will attend a group ceremony with other new British Citizens. Group ceremonies are held at Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester. A registration officer will conduct the ceremony. If available, a local dignitary and either the Chairman or Vice Chairman of the County Council will also be present to welcome you to Gloucestershire, and remind you of the rights and responsibilities associated with being an active member of your local community.
At the end of the ceremony you will be presented with your certificate of British citizenship and a welcome pack.
There is no charge for this ceremony as it is included in the fee that you paid when making your application for British Citizenship.
Due to Covid restrictions we are able to accommodate a maximum of 2 guests for each citizen