COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Please read our coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs for further information on how our services are currently being affected.

Please also read the council advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Citizenship ceremonies

Following government guidance in response to coronavirus, we currently cannot accept bookings for private or group citizenship ceremonies and will not be able to honour any pre-booked appointments.

By not currently accepting any bookings we can focus all our resources on supporting the NHS and bereaved families during the difficult pandemic period.

Private ceremonies already booked will be rescheduled free of charge after the pandemic period. Please do not email us to request this or cancellations until after the pandemic period.

Due to the current pandemic circumstances UKVI (United Kingdom Visas and Immigration) have extended this period to six months and will keep this under constant review.

No adverse decisions will be made on applications because of delays caused by coronavirus. Our register office has already extended the required by dates for certificates and will be in touch regarding future citizenship ceremonies soon, so please keep checking our website for further updates.

4 June update

We understand that for many people there has been months of uncertainty surrounding the final stage of their citizenship application.

We are aware of this and are doing all we can to provide this final step for what we know is an important event in people’s lives.

We have asked the Home Office for further guidance on how we can deliver ceremonies but the law requires us to hold ceremonies in person. This goes against the government’s guidance on social distancing and controlling the virus.

We are doing all we can to make our site COVID secure and ready to slowly reopen our services as and when it is safe to.

In the meantime, please email us with your name, current address, telephone number and HO reference and we’ll update our database with your contact details so we can keep you updated.

Thank you for your continued patience. Please continue to follow government guidance and only leave your home if it is essential.

More advice can be found on our Coronavirus pages.