Citizenship ceremonies

Introduction

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.

How to book your citizenship ceremony

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.

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

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.

Please note: Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are now holding virtual citizenship ceremonies. If you have received your invitation letter from the Home Office, please contact us on 01733 864646 to book a place. Details of how to join your virtual ceremony will be sent to you after you have made your booking.

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 2022 is £200 for a weekday, or £260 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.