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Citizenship Ceremonies

Once your application for British citizenship is approved by the Home Office you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony. This is the final step on the journey to becoming a British citizen. New citizens will receive a letter from the Home OfficeExternal link opens in a new window informing them that their application has been completed, at the same time the Home Office will send us your certificate. Please note we are unable to book you in for a ceremony until we have received your certificate from the Home Office.

Arranging and Attending a ceremony

When you receive your letter of approval from the Home Office, you should contact us at the register office to book your date. Once approved, we will send you written confirmation of the date and time of your ceremony.

You must attend a citizenship ceremony if you are over 18 years old and living in the UK. Children under 18 years old aren’t required to attend a ceremony but are welcome should you wish to bring them.

Please note you are required to attend a ceremony within 90 days of the approval being given otherwise you may have to make a new application.

When and where Cardiff ceremonies are held

Cardiff holds public group ceremonies on designated Wednesday mornings at the Mansion HouseExternal link opens in a new window in Cardiff. If these are unsuitable you may also arrange a private ceremony for a fee, these are held at the City Hall and can take place Monday-Friday during office hours.

What you should bring to the ceremony

​Your original invitation letter from the Home Office .

Your Biometric Residence Permit if you have one or alternatively your passport or photo ID.

Please remember to return your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) within five days following your citizenship ceremony if you did not already return it when you applied to become a British citizen. 

You can return this document by sending it by recorded delivery to the following address.

Returns Unit
PO Box 163
BS20 1AB

Should you fail to return the BRP, or notify the department of the reasons for not being able to do so, the Secretary of State may impose a fine of up to £1,000.

During the ceremony

You’ll swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to the Crown and make a pledge to uphold UK values and laws.

The ceremony will be held in the presence of the Lord Mayor and Lord Lieutenant or their deputies.

You’ll be presented with a certificate of British citizenship and a welcome pack

After the ceremony there will be an opportunity to have professional photographs taken with the Lord Mayor and the Lord Lieutenant and these will be sent to you at a later date free of charge.