Becoming a British citizen

All applications for British citizenship are handled by the Home Office.

Apply to become a British citizen

You can apply to become a British citizen on GOV.UK.

If your application is successful, the Home Office will issue you an invitation letter by email advising you who to contact to arrange your ceremony. If you've specified Barnsley Register Office, we'll contact you with your invitation to attend your citizenship ceremony by email or letter within seven days of its receipt. 

Citizenship ceremonies in Barnsley are held approximately every six weeks in the Reception Room in the Town Hall. The ceremony is conducted by the superintendent (or deputy) registrar of Barnsley registration services, and the guest of honour is the Mayor of Barnsley or Deputy Mayor.

The number of guests you can bring to your ceremony is two per person, but this doesn't include children under the age of five. Children over the age of five are included in guest numbers.

What happens at the ceremony

The citizenship ceremony is the final step before becoming a British citizen and has proved to be a popular celebration with those taking part.

Attendance at citizenship ceremonies is by invitation only.

You need to arrive 30 minutes before your ceremony start time. We won't be able to accommodate you if you're earlier than this. If you're late, we won't allow access to the ceremony and you'll need to contact us to reschedule to another date. If you're driving to the ceremony, please note that parking is limited around the Town Hall so make sure you leave enough time to find parking and walk to the building so you arrive 30 minutes before the start time. Find a car park or on-street parking.

You'll need to bring to the ceremony:

  • the Home Office letter or email confirming your application has been successful
  • photographic identification (such as passport, travel document or driving licence)

If you don't bring your identification your ceremony won't be able to take place and you'll need to contact us to reschedule the ceremony.

During the ceremony you’ll have to make an oath of allegiance (or an affirmation if you prefer not to swear by God) and a pledge. This means you promise to respect the rights, freedoms and laws of the UK.
At the end of the ceremony you’ll be presented with your certificate of British citizenship and a welcome pack.

If you want to take personal photographs, you can do so after the ceremony.

The ceremony ends with the playing of the national anthem and refreshments are served.

If you’re unable to attend the ceremony

You have to attend a citizenship ceremony within three months of being granted citizenship. If you can’t attend the planned ceremony, please contact the citizenship officer at Barnsley Registration Service.

If you want to change the venue of the ceremony to another district

If you want to change the venue of the ceremony to another district, you must contact us to arrange for the necessary paperwork to be returned to the Home Office. They'll then re-send the paperwork to the new register office conducting the ceremony. This will delay when you can have the ceremony and receive your certificate.