When and where?
When the Home Office grants permission for you to become a
British citizen, you are invited by letter to contact us on
We will make arrangements for you to attend a special group
ceremony in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall in Peterborough.
We usually hold our ceremonies every three weeks on a Tuesday at
2.00pm. Citizens will need to arrive between 1.00pm-1.15pm so that
the necessary checks and documentation can be completed before
the ceremony starts.
The cost of this has already been included as part of the fee
you pay to the Home Office.
If the dates are inconvenient for you, we can offer an
alternative ceremony at the register office. For further details on
this and the costs involved please see below.
When you telephone you will need to have your letter from
the Home Office with you as we will need to refer to it when
booking your ceremony.
We will then make all the arrangements for you to attend a
ceremony. On the day of the ceremony, you may bring a maximum of 2
guests (this includes children). It is very
important that you remember to bring your letter
from the Home Office and photo-identification (e.g. passport or
driving licence) as you will not be able to receive your
certificate without these.
Applicants less than 18 years of age do not have to attend a
ceremony as their certificates may be collected by their
What happens during the group ceremony?
You are warmly welcomed and received. The Superintendent from
the register office leads the ceremony for the new citizens and
their guests. During the ceremony you will be asked to either swear
or affirm your loyalty to the United Kingdom followed by a pledge
of allegiance to the Queen (you may bring a holy book with you to
the ceremony if you wish).
The Mayor of Peterborough and a Dignitary are invited to attend.
There will be speeches and you will be presented with your
certificate of naturalisation by the Mayor at the end of the
ceremony. You will receive a gift from the Register Office and an
information pack which includes how to make a passport application
and how to vote. A photographer will be in attendance and you may
have your photograph taken if you wish. We aim to make the ceremony
special and memorable for you in honour of the importance of the
Afterwards you and your guests may take more photographs before
joining The Mayor for tea and cake in the Reception room. A DVD
showing what Peterborough has to offer will be playing and live
music is usually provided by local schools. You are welcome and
encouraged to talk and mix with other new citizens, the
registration staff and the dignitaries. It is important to us that
you enjoy the occasion so we do provide a questionnaire to receive
What happens during a register office ceremony?
The warm welcome you receive is just as important. When
ceremonies are held at the register office, they are for your
convenience. The Mayor of Peterborough, a Dignitary or a
photographer will not be in attendance and we do not offer
refreshments afterwards. However, everything else will be
incorporated to make the ceremony special and memorable for you in
honour of the importance of the occasion.
The fee for a citizenship ceremony at Peterborough Register
|For ceremonies held:
|Up to 31 March 2014
|1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 (proposed)