Citizenship ceremonies in Hull
In Hull we currently hold ceremonies once per fortnight in the Guildhall, an impressive historic building dating back to 1907.
A grand marble staircase sweeps you up to the Civic Suite and where our ceremonies take place. The room in which Citizenship Ceremonies are held is known as the Council Chamber and the Lord Mayor is usually in attedance at our ceremonies.
Our ceremony has been designed to make the important occasion of becoming a British citizen a memorable and enjoyable event. We want you to feel part of our community and are proud to give you an insight into some of our city's history.
Arranging your ceremony
If you have received your letter from the Home Office informing you that your application for citizenship has been granted, you should contact us as soon as possible to book your citizenship ceremony. We will then advise you of the next available ceremony dates.
The most popular type of ceremony is a group ceremony, where up to 20 new citizens, and their guests will attend a ceremony and celebrate together. If you would prefer a more personal ceremony for just yourself and family or if you are unable to attend on the dates our ceremonies are scheduled, it is possible to have a private ceremony. Private ceremonies are held in our Ceremony Room in the Guildhall. An additional fee will be payable if selecting this option, please contact us for more details.
Children under the age of 18 do not have to attend a ceremony, but can do so if they wish, especially if their application has been part of a wider family application.
The fee applicable when attending a group ceremony was included in the amount paid when making your application, therefore no additional fee is payable.
Friends and family are welcome to attend your ceremony with you and join in your celebration. We do ask that you limit the number of guests you invite to two per new citizen, to ensure that we have adequate seating available for all attending. If you would like to invite more than two guests please contact us to make us aware of this request in advance of your ceremony.
Children are welcome at ceremonies, however, we do ask that an appropriate additional adult attends to take responsibility for any children during the ceremony.
The citizenship ceremony
After your documentation has been checked as part of the registration process, you will be directed upstairs to the Civic Suite. A lift is available for those who are unable to use the stairs or have pushchairs and so on.
The ceremony will start with a welcome from the superintendent registrar or their deputy conducting the event and he or she will usually introduce the Lord Mayor or other visiting dignitary who will speak on behalf of the community of Hull.
New Citizens will be asked to take an Oath of Allegiance to the Sovereign and make a pledge to be a loyal citizen of the United Kingdom. Both the Oath and the pledge will be spoken, repeating as a group after the official conducting the ceremony.
The Lord Mayor will then present new citizens with their certificate of naturalisation and there will be opportunity to have photographs taken during this presentation. The ceremony will conclude with the playing of the National Anthem.
Time is set aside following the ceremony for more photographs, refreshments and the opportunity to meet your fellow new citizens and representatives of Hull City Council.
Length of the ceremony and dress code
The ceremony will take approximately 40 minutes. We ask that you attend 20 minutes in advance of your ceremony to complete the registration process. There are opportunities to take photographs after the ceremony and light refreshments are made available.
New citizens and their guests are free to dress however they feel most comfortable. As the ceremony is a formal occasion ‘smart casual’ wear is recommended, however, you are also welcome to wear the traditional national costume of the country of your origin.
If you need any more information about citizenship ceremonies in Hull you can contact us using the methods below.