Citizenship ceremonies

COVID - 19 Update

Customers 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 circumstances UKVI have extended this period to six months and will keep this under constant review. Customers should be advised that no adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by coronavirus.

When you apply to the Home Office for British citizenship, 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 Newport Register Office.

When you contact us, we will discuss your ceremony options:

Group ceremonies

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

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.

Read details of the fee for this citizenship 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 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 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.