The number of people who became British citizens in Kirklees dropped by 34% last year.
A total of 594 people attended ‘citizenship ceremonies’ in the borough in 2014.
At these events, usually at Huddersfield Town Hall, someone from overseas who has successfully applied to be a British citizen must swear or affirm their loyalty to the Queen and pledge to uphold the country’s democracy and laws.
They are then formally welcomed as citizens of the UK.
It was the lowest total of new citizens in Kirklees since 2007, and was down from 898 in 2013.
A total of 115 people took the oath in Calderdale last year. That was also a huge fall, 60% down on the 2013 figure of 290.
It’s possible for someone who was not born in the UK to become a British citizen by ‘naturalisation’.
This usually involves having lived in the country for five years, speaking English to a good standard, and having passed the Life in the UK general knowledge test.
Being married to or in a civil partnership with a British person is the other route to citizenship. The invitation to a citizenship ceremony comes from the Home Office.
The national picture mirrored the situation in Kirklees, with the number of people granted citizenship by the government dropping significantly in 2014 compared to the year before.
The government approved 125,653 applications last year, down from 207,989 the year before.
The applications are considered by a section of the Home Office called UK Visas and Immigration.
Those taking part in the ceremony have to swear an oath or take an affirmation.
The oath reads:” I, [name], swear by Almighty God that, on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to law.
“I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom and respect its rights and freedoms. I will uphold its democratic values. I will observe its laws faithfully and fulfil my duties and obligations as a British citizen.”How well do you know the UK? Have a go at our quick citizenship test - it's not official but will demonstrates the same sort of questions applicants face.