Citizenship Ceremonies

Every adult applying for citizenship is required to attend a citizenship ceremony as the final step to becoming a British Citizen. During the ceremony participants are required to swear an oath or affirm allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and make a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom, after which they are awarded with a Certificate of Naturalisation.

Once your application has been successful, the Home Office will confirm this to you, in writing, and at the same time forward your paperwork to your local Register Office.  You will need to bring this letter to your ceremony so please keep it safe.

Although the Home Office letter does request that you contact your local Register Office to make an appointment for your ceremony this is not necessary.  Here at Milton Keynes we will contact you, in writing, within 3-4 days, to offer you an appointment at the next available group ceremony.

The venue for your group ceremony will be confirmed in your invitation, but ceremonies are mainly held at:

The Civic Offices 
1 Saxon Gate East
Central Milton Keynes
MK9 3EJ.

If you are able to attend the ceremony you have been invited to there is nothing further you need to do.  Our invitation will explain what you need to do next, what will happen at the ceremony and timings.  Please do not worry about learning or memorising anything for the day as we will guide you through anything we need you to say.

If you are unable to attend the ceremony or would like to consider a private ceremony, please complete a Citizenship ceremony questionnaire.  A fee is payable for a private ceremony.  

Private ceremonies are held in the Bracknell Room at:

The Register Office
Bracknell House 
Aylesbury Street
Milton Keynes 

The Bracknell Room can hold up to 30 people, or alternatively, if you want a larger event, they can be held at one of our licenced venues.   

Please keep your ceremony invitation and your Home Office application approval letter safe as you must bring them with you to your ceremony.  Failure to produce these documents may result in admittance to the ceremony being refused.

You should allow 2 hours for a group ceremony and 30 minutes for a private ceremony.  

Children are very welcome to attend but we do ask that they are closely supervised so as not to impact on anyone's enjoyment of the ceremony.  

Although it is not a legal requirement for minors (under 18 years of age) to attend a ceremony or to swear or affirm the oath of allegiance, they are very welcome to take part if they wish. 

For more information about applying for citizenship please contact UK Visa and Immigration and visit our Nationality Checking Service pages:

Website: or

Telephone: 0300 123 2253 

Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm 
Friday, 9am to 4:30pm