Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, anyone over the age of 18 who successfully applies to become a British Citizen must take part in a citizenship ceremony.
The aim of the Citizenship Ceremony is to enable applicants to complete the legal process and help them to gain a full understanding of the rights and responsibilities that come with the acquisition of British Citizenship. The ceremony should also be to ensure that they are properly welcomed into the community.
The intention of the ceremony is to ensure that the acquisition of citizenship is not a purely bureaucratic process.
When an applicant has been notified by The Home Office that they have been successful, contact should be made with The Register Office so that arrangements can be made for the ceremony. This should take place within three months of the notification.
Citizenship Ceremonies are held at the Civic Centre every 8 weeks. The ceremony begins with a welcoming speech and the applicants then swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and give a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom before being presented with their citizenship certificates. The presentation of the certificate, usually by the Mayor of Torfaen County Borough, marks the point at which British Citizenship is given. Following the ceremony you will be able to have refreshments and meet other new citizens.
Individual Citizenship ceremonies
If you are unable to attend the next scheduled group ceremony, or would like to have your own personal Citizenship Ceremony, this can be arranged for an additional fee. Please see Registration Fees for current prices.
Anyone inquiring about Citizenship Ceremonies should contact the Superintendent Registrar at the Pontypool Office, telephone number 01495 742132.
Last Modified: 05/12/2018
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