Becoming a British Citizen is an important step in many individuals lives. This guide aims to assist you in making this step.
Full information about how to apply for British citizenship and application forms are available to download from the government website
Lambeth Register Office provides a nationality checking service which helps to make applying for British Citizenship as simple as possible, and our regular citizenship ceremonies are an opportunity for applicants to celebrate their new citizenship and for the council to celebrate the borough's cultural diversity.
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1. Citizenship test
To settle in the UK or gain British citizenship, you will have to take the Life in the UK Test. The Life in the UK Test website tells you all about this.
Lambeth Libraries offer a free self-learn course and mock tests to prepare you to take the Life in the UK Test.
2. Nationality Checking Service
Lambeth Register Office provides a nationality checking service that makes applying for British citizenship simpler. The aim of this service is to help reduce unnecessary delays in the process of applying for British Citizenship by ensuring that your application meets the guidelines set by the Home Office.
This service is an additional charge, in additional to the application fees payable to the home office.
If you would like assistance with your application you will need to book an appointment. As part of this appointment we will be able to check your completed application for errors and certify documentation, before sending completed, accurate applications to the Home Office for approval.
3. Citizenship ceremonies
We hold regular citizenship ceremonies at the Redfearn Centre in Vauxhall. This is an opportunity for applicants to celebrate their new citizenship and for us to celebrate the borough's cultural diversity. We ensure that the ceremonies are enjoyable and meaningful, creating a friendly environment for new citizens. It is hoped that the ceremonies will encourage new citizens to play an active part in the community.
The ceremony is held as a group although it is possible to arrange for a private ceremony for a fee. During the ceremony you are required to:
- take either the Oath or Affirmation
- say the pledge of loyalty to the UK.
A Lambeth dignitary (usually the mayor) will present you with a Lambeth 'New Citizen' badge. You will also receive a pack from the Home Office, along with your passport application form.
What I need to bring to the ceremony
When you attend a ceremony you need to bring your Home Office invitation letter and a form of photo identification with you (a passport or driver’s licence).
Oath/Affirmation and pledge
If you decide to take an Oath you will be swearing to God. An Affirmation does not have any religious context.
Example of Oath: "I (name) swear by almighty God that on becoming a British citizen I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors according to law."
Example of Affirmation: “I (name) do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that on becoming a British citizen I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors according to law."
Example of Pledge: "I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom and respect its rights and freedoms. I will uphold its democratic values. I will observe its laws faithfully and fulfill my duties and obligations as a British citizen."
Book a Ceremony
A citizenship ceremony must be booked within 3 months of the date of the letter of invitation from the Home Office. Should this not be done, it will be necessary to re-apply for citizenship which will incur additional fees.
For those who would prefer an individual ceremony, these can be arranged for a fee of £135 for one person or £270 per couple. There is no charge for minors.
If you want to arrange a ceremony in a different town hall you will need to contact the Home Office and request a transfer. They will only authorise this in special circumstances.
Attending your citizenship ceremony
After you've booked you will receive an email confirmation from us notifying you of the date of your group ceremony.
You must have your Home Office Invitation Letter when you attend the ceremony.