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Citizenship Ceremony

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As of January 2004 everybody over 18 applying for British citizenship needs to attend a Citizenship Ceremony as part of his/her application process.

How to apply for British Citizenship

An application for British Citizenship is arranged through the Home Office. Their contact telephone number is: 0845 0105200. Or you can view their website information on Applying for British Nationality.

The Borough of Poole provides a Nationality Checking Service to help you submit your application.

Please note: There is an additional charge for this service.

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The Citizenship Ceremony

Once your nationality application has been approved by the Home Office you will be sent an invitation, from Poole Registration Service, to attend a citizenship ceremony.

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What you need to bring to the Citizenship Ceremony?

Applicants must bring to the ceremony:

  • Home Office approval letter

  • invitation letter issued by the County Council

  • A suitable form of photo ID (passport, travel document, driving license)

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Where a Citizenship Ceremony can take place?

Standard Group citizenship ceremonies happen on a regular basis at the Guildhall. For the list of ceremony dates for the next 3 months contact the Register Office.

If you would like to arrange a private citizenship ceremony, please contact the Register Office on 01202 633744. Please note that there is a fee for this. Private ceremonies can be held Monday to Saturday at the Guildhall subject to availability of the ceremony room.

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What happens at the Citizenship Ceremony?

Applicants and guests should arrive at least 20 minutes before the ceremony is due to start. The number of applicants on each standard group ceremony may vary.

At the standard group ceremony the following happens;

  • introduction and welcome

  • address by local dignitary

  • taking or affirming of the oath and pledge

  • official response

  • presentation of Citizenship certificate and signing of the Register 

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The Oath and Pledge

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 is not something that is needed for the purpose of the citizenship ceremony. If you prefer, allegiance can be affirmed, rather than sworn before God.

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Do children need to attend the Citizenship Ceremony?

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 of age) wish to attend their parents' ceremony and take the oath and pledge then they may do so. Please let the Citizenship Unit know as soon as possible if any children will be attending their ceremony.

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Can guests come to a Citizenship Ceremony?

Whilst you are welcome to bring family and friends to your ceremony, space is unfortunately restricted at the standard group ceremonies. It is therefore necessary to place a restriction of 2/3 guests per applicant. Access to standard group ceremonies will be by invitation only.

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Contact us


01202 633744

The Register Office
The Guildhall
Market Street Poole
BH15 1NF

Opening Times:
Monday - Thursday
9:00am - 4:30pm
9:00am - 4:00pm