Citizenship ceremonies

COVID-19: people would normally be expected to book their citizenship ceremony within three months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office.

Due to the current pandemic UKVI have extended this period to six months and will keep this under review.

No adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by coronavirus.


When you apply to the Home Office for British citizenship and your application is processed and accepted, the Home Office will contact you via email (no letters will be issued). 

The email will tell you which local authority you need to contact and will direct you to their website. 

If Newport is your local authority, you should contact us to discuss your ceremony options:

Group ceremonies

Held monthly on pre-arranged dates at The Mansion House, these are conducted by the Superintendent Registrar (or deputy). 

Usually the ceremony would be attended by the Lord Lieutenant (or deputy) representing Her Majesty the Queen and the Mayor of Newport. 

Individual ceremonies

Individual ceremonies are held at The Mansion House and are conducted by the Superintendent Registrar (or deputy) by appointment only.  

You can invite a maximum of 70 guests. 

Covid–19 social distancing measures must be observed and will affect the number of guests you can invite. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant and the Mayor will be unable to attend at this time, further advice will be given when you book your ceremony.

Read details of the fee for this citizenship ceremony. 

Ceremony

On arrival you will be given a card with 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 own 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 their national costume.

For further information contact Newport Register Office. 

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.