First virtual citizenship ceremony welcomed by Home Office minister

On 20 July 2020, Home Office Minister Kevin Foster attended the UK’s first virtual citizenship ceremony.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 20 July 2020)

  • “Those aged 18 or over who have successfully applied to become a British citizen must attend a citizenship ceremony. During the ceremony, individuals make an oath or pledge; the event is administered in the local authority by a registrar”
  • “Local authorities will now be able to conduct citizenship ceremonies for individuals and households virtually”
  • “As a result of coronavirus restrictions, group citizenship ceremonies have been suspended. However, citizenship ceremonies will now be allowed to take place via video conferencing. The move will allow applicants to complete their unique citizenship journey and become British citizen”
  • “These measures are expected to be temporary. It is anticipated that local authorities will resume providing group ceremonies in official premises once it is safe to do so and subject to national or local social distancing guidance”

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