Becoming a British Citizen

Apply for British citizenship

Before applying, please visit the Home Office website.

You must make sure you meet all the criteria to become a British citizen. This includes proving:

The onus is on you as the applicant to satisfy yourself that you meet the requirements. The County Council cannot give advice about your eligibility for British nationality. Visit GOV.UK for more information about becoming a British citizen.

Completing your citizenship

Anyone aged 18 years or over who successfully applies for naturalisation or registration as a British citizen must take an oath and pledge at a citizenship ceremony. The ceremony is intended to celebrate the significance of becoming a British citizen and welcome you into the community.

Once your application has been approved the Home Office will write to you with instructions of how to book your attendance at a ceremony.

There are two types of ceremony:

  • Group ceremony - this lasts between 45 to 60 minutes; it is conducted by a Deputy Registrar; and civic dignitaries give speeches of welcome on behalf of the┬áKing and the local communities. These ceremonies are held regularly in West Bridgford, Newark, Mansfield and Worksop. Groups range in size from 15 to 30 people
  • Individual ceremony (additional charges will apply) - this usually lasts 15 minutes and can be arranged at registration offices.

To book your ceremony please ring 0115 9772812 or email


View the guide to your citizenship ceremony [PDF].

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