British citizenship

Nationality checking service

From October 2018 Devon Registration Service will no longer be offering the nationality checking service (there are no available appointments from the current time until this date).

To apply to become a British citizen please go to GOV.UK – British citizenship.

For advice on other matters such as visas, immigration or asylum please contact UK Visas and Immigration on 0300 123 2253.

Devon Registration Service will still offer the European passport return service and British citizenship ceremonies.

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 Larkbeare House 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.

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.