Citizenship ceremonies

Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 all applicants aged 18 years or over who have been granted British citizenship must attend a citizenship ceremony.

Citizens under 18 do not have to attend a ceremony but are encouraged to do so.

The ceremony will include taking an oath or affirmation to the Queen and a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom.

You can only attend a citizenship ceremony if you have been granted British citizenship by the Home Office and the Register Office has received your documentation from the Home Office.

You must contact the Home Office to apply for British citizenship (external link).

Making an appointment

When you have been granted British Citizenship, the Home Office will send your documentation to the Register Office. Once we have received these, we will contact you to arrange your ceremony. Please be advised your ceremony can only be booked once the Register Office has received your documentation from the Home Office.

We now have 2 options of citizenships ceremonies available:

  • A group citizenship when the ceremony will take place with family and friends along with other citizens. The Mayor of Wigan Borough and one of the Deputy Lieutenants of Greater Manchester are also in attendance. These ceremonies take place on the last Wednesday of every month in the Atrium at Wigan Town Hall
  • A private face to face citizenship ceremony in The Wiend Suite at Wigan Life Centre. These ceremonies are held on weekdays between 10:00 and 16:00. Please note there is a fee for this service.

To book any of the above options please complete the online form below, quoting your Home Office reference number.

Please note you must have received your home office letter before you can contact us.

The Ceremony

You must bring your Home Office Citizenship Invitation Letter/Email and photographic ID to the ceremony. This can include a biometric card, passport or driving licence.

Failure to bring these will result in your ceremony being postponed.

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