Since restarting some registration services on 16th June, Essex County Council Registration Services have registered over 2,800 births, received numerous Notices of Marriages and booked over 280 ceremonies for couples keen to tie the knot.
From 5 August, Essex Registration Services will also restart Citizenship Ceremonies and has written to all residents who are currently waiting to attend.
People need to attend a citizenship ceremony if they are 18 or over and have successfully applied to become a British citizen. During the ceremony, people make an oath of allegiance (or an affirmation) and a pledge. This means they promise to respect the rights, freedoms and laws of the UK.
Usually, people must attend a Citizenship Ceremony within three months of receiving an invitation from the Home Office., However due to COVID19 this time is currently extended to six months.
Essex County Councillor, Cllr Susan Barker Cabinet Member for Customer, Corporate, Culture & Communities said
“I know the team from Essex Registration Services have been keen to start booking in those all important dates for our residents. I’m delighted that so many registrations have taken place already in just under a month! I’m pleased to announce that Citizenship Ceremonies will begin from 5 August, at which people have the opportunity to formally acknowledge and celebrate their British citizenship.”
For further information on Citizenship Ceremonies please visit: https://www.gov.uk/british-citizenship