EU Settlement Scheme and Citizenship

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

Register Office: The office is open for pre-booked appointments only. For all other enquiries please call 01733 864646.

Marriages and civil partnership ceremonies: Due to the national lockdown, marriage and civil partnership ceremonies can only take place if there are exceptional circumstances such as when one partner is seriously ill and not expected to recover. It is not known how long this suspension will continue for. Due to the uncertainty of the situation, existing bookings can only be moved to dates that are from May 2021 and onwards. Bookings for new ceremony dates can only be taken if the date you are requesting is at least 6 months in advance of the time you contacted us.

When ceremonies do recommence, they will be subject to certain restrictions. These restrictions have been put in place in order to ensure social distancing at ceremonies and reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission for those attending. They may affect the number of guests that can come to your ceremony, and what can be offered as part of that ceremony.

Please read the following carefully:

We are only able to take new ceremony bookings for dates that are at least 6 months ahead of your enquiry. If you would like to make a new booking please contact us. Alternatively, if you have an existing booking and want to change the date, please get in touch with us.

Birth registrations: You can continue to register the birth of your baby during the lockdown period. There may be a longer wait than usual for an appointment and we thank you for your patience.

For more information, please go to the Register a birth page.

Death registrations: These take place over the telephone. You must not come to the Register Office. Please ensure the contact number you give us when making your appointment is correct as this is the number the registrar will phone you on to complete the registration. During the call, the registrar will explain the process for the paperwork.

For more information, please go to the Register a death page.

Notice of marriage/civil partnership appointments: If you have an appointment booked with us then please still attend as these appointments are able to continue during the lockdown period. We are contacting, in ceremony date order, those couples who need to give their notice of intention.

Citizenship Ceremonies: Small group citizenship ceremonies are being held. To book a place, please contact us on 01733 864646. Guidance on the restrictions applying to citizenship ceremonies can be read online - please read this carefully.

Certificates: Orders can only be taken for certificates from recently registered births and deaths. The priority service is suspended.

EUSS service: This service is not currently being offered.

Updated: 13 January 2021

EU Settlement Scheme

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you and your family will be able to apply for settlement under the EU Settlement Scheme in order to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. You must have started living in the UK by 31 December 2020, and the deadline for applying for settlement will be 30 June 2021. For more information on settlement, please visit the Home Office website.

As part of a settlement application, applicants will need to provide the Home Office with evidence of their identity. One way to do this is to send a scan of an acceptable identity document to the Home Office using a smartphone app. Currently this app is only available on Android phones.

Help with verifying and scanning your identity document

Peterborough City Council is offering a service to help people use this app. We can verify and scan your identity document to the Home Office if you do not have access to an Android device with near field communication, or if you would just like some help with this part of the application process.

If you wish to use our service, you will need to do this before you make your application for settlement.

Once your identity document has been successfully verified and scanned, the Home Office will email you with details of how to continue with your settlement application. In most cases, you will not need to send your identity document to the Home Office.

Who can use the service?

Our service is available to:

  • EU citizens with a valid EU passport
  • Non-EU family members of EU citizens, with a valid biometric residence card issued by the UK authorities

At the moment, we cannot accept other types of ID document as part of this service. If you wish to use another type of document, please visit the Home Office website.

Please note: We can only verify and scan your ID document - we cannot help with or advise on any other part of your settlement application.

Using the service

The ID scanning service is by appointment only – please contact us on 01733 864646 to make a booking. Appointments are held at the Peterborough Register Office.

The fee for our service is £14 for each person applying for settlement. Payment is taken at the start of the appointment, by card or cash. The appointment will last for approximately 15 minutes per applicant.

Please note: Do not apply for settlement until after your appointment. You cannot use our service if you have applied for settlement before your appointment.

You are not obliged to use this service - you can use another person’s Android device, or send your ID document to the Home Office yourself.

In some cases, the Home Office may ask you to attend a further appointment or to send them your ID document so that a decision can be made on your application.

What to bring to your appointment

If you are:

  • An EU national, please bring a valid EU passport
  • A non-EU family member of an EU citizen, please bring a valid biometric card issued by the UK authorities

Please note: In all cases, please bring a charged mobile phone that can receive text messages and emails. 

The Home Office will send you a text message during the appointment which you will need in order to complete your appointment.

If you do not bring the required items to your appointment, or arrive late, you will need to book a new appointment.

Please note: due to the coronavirus pandemic, group citizenship ceremonies are currently being held for small numbers of citizens at Peterborough Register Office, and not at the Town Hall. If you are eligible to come to a ceremony, please contact us on 01733 864646 to make a booking. Before coming to the ceremony, please make sure that you read our guidance on the restrictions that will be in place, and what do to when you arrive at the Register Office.

Citizenship ceremonies

Anyone who has been granted British citizenship and is aged 18 years or over must attend a ceremony in order to finally become British and to receive their naturalisation certificate.

New citizens aged under 18 years do not need to attend a ceremony – their certificate can be collected by a family member. However, they are welcome to come if they would like to.

When the Home Office approves your citizenship they will send your certificate to us, and will invite you to contact us to book your place on a ceremony. This can be a group ceremony or a private ceremony.

Please note: the Home Office allow a limited period of time between approving your citizenship and when you must attend a ceremony – we would advise that you contact us as soon as you hear from them.

To book your ceremony, or if you have any questions, please call us on 01733 864646.

Group citizenship ceremonies

These are usually held at Peterborough Town Hall every 3 to 4 weeks, on a Tuesday afternoon. We can let you know the available dates when you contact us. The Mayor or Deputy Mayor will be in attendance, and there will be a reception afterwards with tea and cake. There is no additional fee for this ceremony.

Private citizenship ceremonies

These are usually held at Peterborough Register Office, by arrangement. Unfortunately it is not possible for dignitaries to come to these ceremonies, or to have a reception afterwards - however, we still hope to make it a memorable occasion. The fee for a private ceremony until March 2021 is £190 for a weekday, or £250 for a Saturday. A single fee will cover multiple members of the same immediate family. We can discuss available dates when we speak to you.