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British Citizenship Ceremonies - COVID-19

We have received the following information from the Citizenship Ceremonies Support Team Nationality Group at the Home Office:

UKVI have extended the period that citizens are expected to book their citizenship ceremony from 3 months to 6 months. This period will be kept under constant review. 

UKVI advise that no adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by Covid-19.

Becoming a British citizen is a significant event. We make sure the ceremonies are an enjoyable welcome to the local community and a chance to meet other people who are also becoming British citizens.

The ceremony

You and your guests will be invited to attend the ceremony. The ceremony is held as a group although it is possible to arrange a private ceremony for a fee. During the ceremony you will be required to:

  • swear on oath or affirmation
  • pledge loyalty to the UK
  • sign the Gateshead Citizenship register

A Gateshead dignitary will present you with a gift and citizenship pack, containing your citizenship certificate.

What to bring to the ceremony

When you attend the ceremony you will need to bring your invitation letter with you.

Contact us

Gateshead Register Office
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street

0191 433 3000

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