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.
A 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.
In the Isles of Scilly citizenship ceremonies are provided by the Council of the Isles of Scilly and the arrangements currently in operation are as follows:
When an applicant receives their letter of approval from the Home Office they should contact either the Register Office 01720 424501, leave a message at the One Stop Shop 03001234 105 or email - email@example.com to organize a time when the ceremony may take place. Citizenship Applicants are required to attend a ceremony within three months of the approval being given by the Home Office or they may find that they need to make a new application.
Citizenship Ceremonies are carried out in the Porthcressa Beachside Ceremony Room adjacent to the Register Office.
Citizenship ceremonies occur no cost.
You are welcome to bring guests to your ceremony but numbers are restricted depending on the number of attendees at the ceremony; you may discuss this with the Superintendent Registrar when you make your appointment.
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 The Registration Office know as soon as possible if children wish to attend.
Applicants and guests should arrive 15 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 of the Isles of Scilly (or their representative)
The Home Office will send a copy of the Oath and Pledge to all applicants and there are also copies available at the Register Office.
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, and some form of photographic identity (this can be either a passport or driving licence, we will 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 the Isles of Scilly Registration Service - 01720 424501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.