Ceremonies for new citizens announced

Graduation-style ceremonies for new British citizens are to be
piloted in eight regions from January and rolled out across the
country from April.

Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, it will
become mandatory for successful citizenship applicants to take an
oath and pledge their loyalty to the country at a ceremony
organised by councils.

About 30 new citizens will be presented with a scroll and gift by
superintendent registrars at each ceremony, which will also be
attended by the mayor or council leader.

The wording of the pledge and nature of the ceremony have yet to be

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