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People and communities Citizenship ceremonies

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 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.

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