Citizenship Ceremonies

Changing nationality is a major turning point in someone’s life. To acknowledge this, people who are granted UK citizenship are required to attend a formal citizenship ceremony.

Mark the occasion with a Commemorative certificate and the East Sussex Passport wallet.

Passport holder
East Sussex Passport Wallet £3 each or 2 for £5

Becoming a UK citizen

Applications for UK citizenship are handled by the Home Office. The final part of the process is the citizenship ceremony.

Successful applicants are awarded UK Citizenship after swearing the Oath of Allegiance to the Queen and promising to be a loyal citizen.

Each applicant is presented with a Citizenship Certificate.

Private Citizenship Ceremonies

A Private Citizenship Ceremony is the perfect way to complete your journey to becoming a British Citizen. We can tailor these ceremonies to suit you.

Have your ceremony where and when you want

  • Have your Citizenship Ceremony as soon as possible, once you have been notified of your successful application.
  • At one of our Register Offices or at a location of your choice in East Sussex*

Include the whole family

  • Just let us know how many guests you want to bring and we’ll match a ceremony room to your needs.
  • Children are welcome, whether to take part as new citizens or just to watch.

Privacy and fuss free

A Private Ceremony could also be perfect for you if you would just prefer your ceremony to be conducted in quietly without the distractions of other people.


9am -5pm, Monday to Friday at an East Sussex Register Office £100
Any time, any place* £250

Call 0345 60 80 198 for details.

*Private Citizenship Ceremonies cannot be conducted in private homes or religious premises.

Group Citizenship Ceremonies

See dates and locations below.

  • Attendance at Citizenship Ceremonies is by Home Office invitation only.
  • Children under 12 are not permitted at Group Citizenship Ceremonies.
  • Successful applicants can invite 2 guests each.
  • Attending a Group Citizenship Ceremony is free of charge.

Booking your citizenship ceremony

You must attend a citizenship ceremony within 11 weeks of receiving your ceremony invitation letter from the Home Office. Guidance on how to book your ceremony will be included with this letter.

Please do not contact the register office until you have received your citizenship invitation. Call 0345 60 80 198 to book your ceremony with us.

Full details about the process of applying for UK citizenship are available on the Home Office website.

Upcoming group ceremony dates

Location Date Time
Crowborough Register Office

Tuesday 24 September 2019

Tuesday 24 September 2019



Hastings Register Office

Thursday 24 October 2019


Eastbourne Register Office

Wednesday 20 November 2019


Lewes Register Office Tuesday 17 December 2019


Privacy Notice

To arrange your citizenship ceremony you will need to share some personal information with us.

Please refer to our Privacy Notice for details about how and why we use your data.