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 will be required to swear an oath of allegiance to the Crown and make a pledge to uphold the laws and values of the UK.
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 wish to attend their parents' ceremony and take the oath and pledge then they may do so. If your children would like to attend the ceremony and/or take the oath and pledge please inform the Citizenship Office when you arrange your ceremony.
Arranging a ceremony
When you contact us, you will be asked several questions including the following:
- Would you like a group or an individual ceremony? There is no charge for the group ceremonies but there is a charge for the individual ceremonies
- Would you like to swear the oath or declare the affirmation? Details of each are given in the Home Office invitation letter. Please read this letter carefully and decide which you would prefer to do before telephoning the Citizenship Officer.
- Are you happy to shake hands when you receive your certificate?
- How many guests would you like to bring with you? (limited to two per celebrant).
You will receive an email approximately 4 days before the ceremony is due to take place to confirm arrangements for the day.
Where will the ceremony take place?
Group ceremonies take place in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley. Please arrive at the appropriate time and follow the signs to the Council Chamber.
Individual ceremonies take place in the Bluebell Room at the Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley. Please arrive at the Civic Centre 15 minutes before your ceremony is due to begin and make your way to the Bluebell Room.
Once you have received your Home Office invitation letter, please contact the Citizenship Officer at Bromley Register Office. Please have your letter with you when you contact us as you will be asked for your Home Office reference number.