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Citizenship Ceremonies

Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, all applicants aged 18 years or over who are accepted for naturalisation as a British Citizen are required to attend a Citizenship Ceremony.

During this ceremony, new citizens take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and make a Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom. At the end of the ceremony, new citizens are presented with their certificate of nationality.

There is no legal requirement for new citizens under the age of 18 to attend a ceremony or take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance. However, if minors (under 18 years of age) wish to attend and participate in the ceremony they are welcome to do so.

Group ceremonies, for approximately 30 new citizens are held weekly at The Old Courthouse, St. Albans Road East, Hatfield. You can bring two guests and refreshments are served following the ceremony.

View of the outside of the Old Courthouse


Alternatively, you may wish to celebrate your British Citizenship in a more personal way and at a time which is convenient to you. An individual private ceremony can be arranged at The Old Court House in Hatfield for £60.

The Citizenship Unit opening hours are Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm.

For more details please contact the Citizenship Unit at:
The Old Courthouse, St Albans Road East, Hatfield, AL10 0ES
Telephone: 01707 897396
E-mail: citizenship.unit@hertfordshire.gov.uk