Citizenship ceremonies

Once an application for British Citizenship has been approved, all new citizens who are over 18 years old must attend a citizenship ceremony. This is usually in the area where they live.

The ceremony must take place within three months of the application being granted. It includes making either an oath or an affirmation of allegiance to the crown and a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom.

This arrangement came into force on 1st January 2004. For more information visit:  Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 .

Minors (children under 18 years of age) do not have to take part in ceremonies but they may attend along with their families and be included in the formalities.

UK Visas and Immigration notifies the Register Office of the granting of citizenship for people living in Calderdale. A letter is also sent out advising new citizens to contact the Register Office within 14 days of the date of the letter. Each new citizen is asked to come, in person, to the Register Office where they will be advised of the date of the next available ceremony.

If a new citizen is unable to attend a scheduled ceremony, we are able to offer individual ceremonies at a cost of £75 per adult citizen.

The ceremonies are appropriate and dignified as well as warm and welcoming. There is a Union flag and portrait of H.M. the Queen at the ceremonies.

The ceremony begins with welcome speeches from the Superintendent Registrar (SR) and local dignitary. The applicants then either swear or affirm their allegiance to the Queen collectively, repeating the words after the SR. They then give their pledge of allegiance to the United Kingdom, which is again repeated after the SR. Each applicant then comes forward to receive his or her certificate from the local dignitary.

The SR concludes the ceremony by making a congratulatory speech. The ceremony ends with everyone standing for the National Anthem. There is then an opportunity for photographs to be taken and light refreshments are served.

Each applicant receives a Home Office information pack with their certificate.

For further information, contact: Calderdale Register Office .

Checking service

Calderdale Council now offers applicants for British Citizenship: Nationality Checking Service .