Manchester City Council

People & communities Citizenship ceremonies

Acquiring British citizenship

Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, all applicants, aged 18 years or over, who are accepted for naturalisation as British Citizens are required to take part in a citizenship ceremony.

The aim of the ceremony is to enable applicants to gain a full understanding of the rights and responsibilities that come with the acquisition of British citizenship and also to ensure that they are properly welcomed into the British community. There is no legal requirement for applicants under the age of 18 years to attend a ceremony or take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance. However, if children under 18 years of age wish to attend the ceremony they may do so.

Citizenship ceremonies are held at Manchester Register Office in the Pankhurst Suite which is on the ground floor. The Pankhurst Suite has comfortably upholstered seats, is elegantly decorated with rich oak panelling and it is always dressed with attractive fresh flowers. Ceremonies are normally held on Wednesdays.

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