Lewisham Council - Application for British citizenship

Apply for British citizenship

Find out how we can support you in applying for British citizenship.

How to apply for British citizenship

Download a citizenship application form from gov.uk.

Get help applying

Applying for British citizenship can be difficult.

For a fee, our trained staff can check that your citizenship application form is complete. The service we offer is called the nationality checking service.

Citizenship ceremony

If the Home Office approves your application for British citizenship, they will send you an invitation letter which will tell you who to contact to book your citizenship ceremony.

Your citizenship ceremony will take place at either the Civic Suite in Catford or the register office in Lewisham.

Citizenship preparation courses

Our adult education service offers a preparation course for SELT Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) Grade 5 (B1 CEFR).

The course will prepare you thoroughly for your citizenship exam in English, and we will help you book your exam.

Worried about your immigration status?

Commonwealth citizens and those who have lived in the UK for a long time can get information about their immigration status.


The Register Office Citizenship Team
368 Lewisham High Street
Se13 6lq
020 8314 7502


Opening hours:
Monday and Tuesday 9.10am–4.15pm 
Wednesday 10.10am–4.15pm 
Thursday and Friday 9.10am–4.15pm
Saturday by appointment only

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