Citizenship Ceremonies

Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, all applicants aged 18 years or over who are accepted for naturalisation or registration as a British Citizen must take a citizenship oath and pledge at a citizenship ceremony.

The heart of the citizenship ceremony will involve prospective citizens making an oath/affirmation to Her Majesty the Queen and a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom after which their naturalisation certificate will be presented.

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In Cornwall citizenship ceremonies are provided by Cornwall Council.

When an applicant receives their letter of approval from the Home Office they should contact Cornwall Registration Service either by telephone - 0300 1234 181 between the hours of 9am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday and ask for Truro Register Office or email - truroregistrars@cornwall.gov.uk to obtain details of which ceremony they may attend.

Applicants are required to attend a ceremony within three months of the approval being given otherwise they may have to make a new application.

Members of Cornwall libraries can access ‘Life in Great Britain’, an on-line reference subscription site which allows library members to learn, practice and revise for the British Citizenship test.

Standard group citizenship ceremonies are usually held on the first Friday in every month at County Hall, Truro.  Please see the list of ceremony dates below. The maximum number of places available in each standard group ceremony is 16.

Alternatively, you may wish to celebrate the acquisition of citizenship in a personal way - for example by having an individual ceremony at Truro Registration Office.  Citizenship ceremonies cannot be held at private homes. The choice is yours, but you will need to contact Truro Registration Office in plenty of time so that arrangements can be made for this type of ceremony to be held within the 3 month period. Where applicants choose, either for family, personal or cultural reasons, to have a personal ceremony they will have to pay an additional fee. 

You are welcome to bring guests to your ceremony but numbers are restricted to 2-3 guests per applicant.  Attendance at a standard group ceremony will be by invitation only.

There is no legal requirement for applicants under the age of 18 to attend a ceremony and take the oath and pledge. However, if children (under 18 years) wish to attend and take the oath and pledge then they are welcome to do so. Please let Truro Registration Office know as soon as possible if children wish to attend.

Applicants and guests should arrive 45 minutes before the ceremony is due to start.

The standard group ceremony is led by the Superintendent Registrar and includes:

  • Introduction and Welcome
  • Address by local dignitary
  • Taking or affirming of the Oath and Pledge
  • Address by the Chairman of the Council (or their representative)
  • Presentation of Citizenship certificate and a Cornwall Council gift (a lapel badge made of Cornish tin)

The Home Office will send a copy of the Oath and Pledge to all applicants.

As the Oath is made to Almighty God you may wish to bring along a holy book. This is a personal matter and not something required for the purpose of the citizenship ceremony. If preferred, allegiance can be affirmed, rather than sworn before God.

Applicants must bring to the ceremony their Home Office approval letter, their invitation letter issued by Cornwall Council and some form of photographic identity (this can be one of the following: passport or driving licence,  we would not accept an old style driving licence that does not include photographic identity).

Enquiries regarding an application - Home Office Ceremonies Support Team - 0845 010 5200.

Enquiries regarding attending a ceremony - call Cornwall Registration Service - 0300 1234 181 between the hours of 9am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday and ask for Truro Registration Office or email truroregistrars@cornwall.gov.uk

Dates for 2015 : 

Please note.  Ceremonies start at 2:30pm and we ask citizenship attendees to arrive no later than 1:45pm.

DateTime
Friday 10th April  2:30pm
Friday 1st May 2:30pm
Friday 5th June  2:30pm
Friday 3rd July 2:30pm
Friday 7th August  2:30pm
Friday 4th September 2:30pm
Friday 2nd October 2:30pm
Friday 6th November 2:30pm
Friday 4th December 2:30pm
For Non Standard Citizenship Ceremonies Fees
Type of CeremonyDays of week/times of dayCost
Individual ceremony (25 guests plus children) Monday - Thursday £130.00
Individual ceremony (25 guests plus children) Friday and Saturday £180.00
Individual ceremony (25 guests plus children) Sunday £240.00