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Citizenship Ceremony

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many eligible applicants for British citizenship attended a citizenship ceremony in each of the last six months for which figures are available. (94246)

During the period April to September 2006 49,060 citizenship ceremonies were attended. The monthly totals are April: 9,575, May: 9,765, June: 9,170, July: 8,120, August: 7,295, September: 5,135.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum time has been between the granting of an application for British citizenship and attendance at a British citizenship ceremony. (94247)

The normal maximum period between the granting of an application and attendance at a citizenship ceremony is three months, with the vast majority taking place well within this time scale. I am advised that one case did take 18 months, this was due to an oversight and such instances are extremely rare.