East Lothian Council

Citizenship ceremonies

Citizenship ceremonies in East Lothian

Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, all applicants (aged 18 years or over) who are accepted for naturalisation as British Citizens are required to take part in a citizenship ceremony.

The aim of the ceremony is to enable applicants to gain a full understanding of the rights and responsibilities that come with the acquisition of British citizenship, and also to ensure that they are properly welcomed into the British community.

There is no legal requirement for applicants under the age of 18 years to attend a ceremony or take the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance, however, they may attend a ceremony if they wish to do so.

Citizenship ceremonies are held once every two months in John Muir House, Haddington. When you receive your invitation letter from the Home Office, please telephone the number provided and make arrangements for your ceremony date.

If you are unable to attend a scheduled ceremony and would like to organise a private ceremony please call 01620 827308. The fee for a private ceremony is £85.

Citizenship ceremonies are private and not open to the public.

East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.