Citizenship ceremonies were introduced in 2003 to celebrate the occasion of becoming a British Citizen.

All citizenship ceremonies have now resumed virtually via Microsoft Teams due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Home Office have extended the time required to attend a ceremony from three months to six months and will be constantly reviewing this. Please be assured if you have received an invitation letter to attend a Citizenship Ceremony in Wolverhampton we will be in touch with you via letter as soon as we receive your paperwork from the Home Office.

The ceremony is a means of formally welcoming citizens into their local community in Wolverhampton. Invitations to a citizenship ceremony, normally held in the Mayor's Parlour, are sent upon receipt of successful applications to the Home Office.

The Mayor of Wolverhampton normally attends each ceremony and The Lord-Lieutenant or one of his Deputy Lieutenants are also invited to attend to welcome new citizens (the Lord Lieutenant represents Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Wolverhampton and the surrounding districts). During the ceremony, prospective citizens are required to make an oath or affirmation to Her Majesty the Queen and a pledge of commitment to be a loyal and faithful citizen and to observe the values, laws and freedoms of the United Kingdom. 

Depending on the location of the ceremony, prospective citizens may invite up to two guests. They are also required to bring current photographic identification, the Home Office invitation letter and the Register Office invitation letter. A citizenship ceremony is the final step towards becoming a British Citizen.

The cost of the group ceremony is included in the price of the application to the Home Office and includes the presentation of a certificate. For a private ceremony led by the Superintendent Registrar or her deputy, these can be arranged enabling prospective citizens to invite family and friends. 

The fee for a private ceremony, which can be held in the Register Office, is £190. Please contact the Register Office on 01902 555777 for more details.

Once you have been awarded British citizenship you will receive a letter from the Home Office inviting you to attend a ceremony at the Register Office you indicated on your application.  If your letter invites you to attend at Wolverhampton, you do not have to do anything else, you will receive a letter from us inviting you to attend our next available group ceremony.  If for any reason you do not receive a ceremony invitation letter from us within two weeks of receiving your letter from the Home Office please do contact us at the Register Office on 01902 555777.