Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum
Act 2002, all applicants aged 18 years or over who are accepted for
naturalisation or registration as a British citizen must take a citizenship
oath and pledge at a citizenship ceremony.
The heart of the citizenship ceremony will
involve prospective citizens making an oath or affirmation to Her Majesty the
Queen and a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom after which a certificate will be presented.
In the county
of Flintshire citizenship ceremonies are provided by Flintshire County
Council and the arrangements currently in operation are as follows:
When an applicant receives their letter of
approval from the Home Office they are advised to contact the Flintshire
Register Office to obtain details of the next ceremony.
The Register Office can be contacted by
telephone on 01352 703333 or email Registrars@flintshire.gov.uk .
Applicants are required to attend a ceremony
within 3 months of the approval being given otherwise they may have to
make a new application.
When you become a British citizen, you are
granted permanent right of abode in the United Kingdom. You are eligible for a British passport and you
are granted the right to vote in elections.
The citizenship ceremony is the final step in
the process of becoming a British citizen. The Council is responsible for
organising ceremonies for applicants who live in Flintshire or who request to
have their ceremony in Flintshire.
The ceremony is a celebration of the importance
of this new legal status. You will be presented with your certificate and
officially welcomed into the community.
If you are interested in becoming a British
citizen, please contact the Home Office Border & Immigration Agency on 0845
010 5200 between and ,
Monday to Friday or visit the Home Office
website (new window).
Applicants for British citizenship must pass the
"Life in the UK Test" before they can be granted British citizenship.
Further information can be found on the Knowledge
of Language and "Life in the UK Test" (new window) within
the Home Office website. A process of earned (or active) citizenship has been
introduced in 2010.
is the ceremony?
The ceremony is held at the Register Office,
Llwynegrin Hall, Mold. The ceremony includes a welcoming speech from the
Chairman of Flintshire County Council and the applicant swears or affirms an
oath of allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and gives a pledge of loyalty to
The Chairman presents each applicant with their citizenship certificates,
a commemorative medal and an information pack which includes information about
applying for a British passport and an electoral registration form to register
Any person who lives outside of Flintshire can
request to have their citizenship ceremony in Flintshire. To do this,
simply request 'Flintshire' as the place you would like to attend a ceremony on
your Home Office application form.
Applicants can invite guests to their ceremony
and have an opportunity for photographs during and after the ceremony.
Private ceremonies are available by arrangement
for a fee of £100. Please contact
Flintshire Register Office on 01352 703333 or email Registrars@flintshire.gov.uk for further details.