The process is started when you apply to the Home Office (opens new website) for British Citizenship.
When your application is complete, the Home Office will send you a letter advising you to contact your Register Office to book a ceremony. At the same time, the Home Office will forward your Citizenship Certificate to us.
When you contact us, we will discuss your ceremony options:
Held monthly on pre-arranged dates at the Civic Centre, these are conducted by the Superintendent Registrar (or deputy) and attended by the Lord Lieutenant (or deputy), representing Her Majesty the Queen and the Mayor of Newport.
Light refreshments are served and there is an opportunity for photographs.
A maximum of 2 guests can accompany you and there is no fee as this ceremony is included in your Home Office application.
Individual ceremonies are held at the Register Office and are conducted by the Superintendent Registrar (or deputy).
You can invite a maximum of 70 guests and there is an additional fee for this ceremony.
On arrival you will be given a card containing the words that you have to repeat during the ceremony.
After speeches of welcome, the Superintendent Registrar will invite you to swear or affirm the oath of allegiance to the Queen and make a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom using the words on the card given.
If you have chosen to swear the oath before God, you should bring your holy book with you.
You will be asked to sign the Civic Record of your ceremony and will be presented with your Home Office Citizenship Certificate. The ceremony closes with the national anthem.
Guests are welcome to wear national costume.
For further information please contact the Ceremonies Team at Newport Register Office on (01633) 414777
Free online practice
Newport residents practicing for the Life in the UK or British citizenship test can take free practice tests online through Newport Libraries.
Library customers can call at any Newport library for free access to an online version of the latest official study materials plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test.
The tests can also be accessed at home on the GoCitizen website (opens new website) using your library card.
Find out more about Newport Libraries and how to join.
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