You must normally book the ceremony within three months of being sent an invitation from the Home Office. However, due to the current circumstances this has been extended to six months. This will be kept under constant review.
No adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by Coronavirus. You do not need to contact us and no additional paperwork is required.
Each year we welcome many new British Citizens into our community.
Successful applicants for British Citizenship will receive an invitation from the Home Office to attend a Citizenship Ceremony.
You're expected to have your citizenship ceremony within 3 months of receiving citizenship, contact the Home Office if you need an extension.
Our Saltcoats Registration Office will contact you with details of the next citizenship ceremony - you must confirm your attendance.
What to expect
Ceremonies are conducted by a Registrar or Assistant Registrar. Each new citizen will swear, or affirm, an oath of allegiance to the Crown and make a pledge to uphold the values and laws of the UK. Citizenship Ceremonies aren't open to the public but you can bring up to 4 guests.
You'll be presented with a welcome pack containing:
- your Citizenship Certificate
- a list of local ethnic groups
- an application form to join the Register of Electors
- a gift from North Ayrshire Council
Visit our Citizenship Ceremonies photo gallery.
Applying for British Citizenship
Before you apply to become a British Citizen you'll have to either:
In exceptional cases, you may not have to do the above, normally for applicants aged 65 years or over. Contact the Home Office for more information.
Once you have passed your test or course, you can proceed to your application.