PRIVATE CITIZENSHIP CEREMONIES

At times, a Justice of the Peace may be called upon to conduct a private Citizenship Ceremony.  Please check the Department of Internal Affairs website for information by clicking HERE

Citizenship Ceremonies are currently suspended due to COVID-19 but expected to resume post 1 March 2021 – check website

The process is clearly explained in the following document.

Arranging-a-Private-Ceremony

The Department of Internal Affairs points out that the application process must be initiated by the person applying for citizenship him/herself, not by the JP. The applicant must approach the Department to obtain the necessary documentation which he or she then presents to the JP.

Applications for privately conducted ceremonies are not approved automatically. They are considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the circumstances that have been outlined in the application.