British citizenship

For those wishing to become a British Citizen we have specially trained advisors to assist you with the process. For some this will be straightforward, for others it may be more complex and lengthy.

 

Nationality checking service

To begin the process of becoming a British citizen, we offer, in partnership with the UK Border Agency a nationality checking service which is available to any applicant, irrespective of where they live.

Our advisers are able to:

  • check that you have completed all application forms correctly
  • check that you have all relevant documents required
  • check that the correct fee has been submitted
  • photocopy valuable documents, such as passports and marriage certificates
  • certify the copies and return any originals to you
  • forward your application to the UK Border Agency by special delivery.

Whilst this is not a fast track service, by ensuring that the application form is correctly completed and is accompanied by certified documents should assist with your application process. Evidence of completion of the Life in the UK test and a speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher or an equivalent level qualification is required before any application may proceed.

Further information regarding these requirements can be found at GOV.UK.

To make an appointment with an adviser please telephone 0845 155 1002 and ask for the Nationality Checking Service or e-mail citizenship@devon.gov.uk

For details of the fee payable for this service, see Registration fees.

Our advisers are registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) as Level 1 advisers – Nationality and citizenship under UK law. Advisers are not able to offer advice on other matters such as visas, immigration or asylum, for this please contact the Immigration and Nationality Enquiries Bureau Helpdesk on 0870 606 7766 (Minicom: 0800 389 8289).

 

Citizenship Ceremonies

At the end of the process you will be required to attend a Citizenship Ceremony at which you swear an Oath or make affirmation of allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, pledge commitment to the United Kingdom and receive your British citizenship certificate. Group ceremonies are conducted by a Superintendent Registrar and are strictly by invitation only.

Devon’s group ceremonies take place at County Hall and are attended by a local civic dignitary – Deputy Lieutenant, High Sheriff, Chairman of the County Council, the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Chairmen of District Councils, for example,¬† as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s representative. It is the attending civic dignitary who presents you with your British Citizenship certificate. The ceremony is followed by a gathering that affords a further welcoming opportunity for you and your guests. A buffet with locally produced food and drink is also provided.

You may prefer to arrange an individual or family ceremony, for a fee, this will be conducted by a Deputy Superintendent Registrar, at your local Registration Office. For further information please telephone 01392 385616 or contact us by email at register@devon.gov.uk