Every year in Harrow we welcome new British citizens through our citizenship ceremonies.
All applicants receive an invitation letter direct from the Home Office, inviting them to contact us to arrange a ceremony date and time. The ceremony should be booked within three months of receiving the letter.
You must attend a citizenship ceremony if you:
- are 18 and over
- have successfully applied to be a British citizen.
We can provide group and private ceremonies.
At the ceremony
At the ceremony applicants for British nationality make their citizenship oath or affirmation and pledge to Her Majesty the Queen in the presence of the Superintendent Registrar or Deputy Superintendent Registrar.
At the end of the ceremony applicants are presented with their certificate of naturalisation. Following a group ceremony there is an opportunity to purchase a photograph of the dignitary presenting the certificate to the applicant. A group ceremony can take up to two hours.
To arrange a private ceremony please contact us when you have received an invitation letter. The ceremony will be held in the Moat Room.
What to bring to the ceremony
You will need to bring the following documents:
- your invitation letter from the Home Office
- your passport or photo ID
|Group ceremony||No charge|
|Individual private ceremony||£125|
|Couple's private ceremony||£200|
|Additional adult family member||£75|
Citizenship ceremony photograph
Citizenship and nationality frequently asked questions
- I have dual nationality. Does this affect my voting rights?
No. As long as you meet one of the criteria and you are registered to vote, then you can vote.
- Can British Citizens living abroad vote?
British citizens living abroad can vote in the UK parliamentary election but not in local elections.
- I have lived abroad for more than 15 years does this affect my right to vote?
British citizens living abroad for more than 15 years are not eligible to register to vote in UK elections.
- I have just become a British Citizen what do I do?
You should apply to be put on the electoral register, otherwise you will not be eligible to vote.
Information on how to register is available on the Electoral Commission's website.