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Applying for Swiss Pass[port]

Hi,

My wife is a European person on a C permit. She has lived in the same flat in Zurich for 10 years and seven months.

My understanding is that you can apply for the Swiss pass after 12 years in the same gemeinde. But, can you start the application before the 12 years? I have heard the process can take some time. So it would be nice to start before the 12 year mark.

She speaks German (and basic Swiss German).
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Re: Applying for Swiss Pass

Not in the same Gemeinde/commune but in Switzerland.

...Aufenthalt während mindestens 12 Jahren in der Schweiz, davon die letzten 2 Jahre in der Stadt Zürich...

No, she cannot submit her naturalization application ahead of time!
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Not in the same Gemeinde/commune but in Switzerland.

...Aufenthalt während mindestens 12 Jahren in der Schweiz, davon die letzten 2 Jahre in der Stadt Zürich...

No, she cannot submit her naturalization application ahead of time!
http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/portal/d..._schritte.html

Actually, the 2 year Zurich residency requirement to acquire Zurich municipal citizenship only applies if you were born in Switzerland or if you are already a Swiss citizen (naturalized in another commune of course). If you are a foreigner who was not born in Switzerland, the requirement is 6 years.

What I find fascinating is that the official page for the city of Zurich is available in English, German and Chinese. Geneva is more international than Zurich and you definitely don't see Chinese in www.geneve.ch (although there are no direct flights from Chinese cities to Geneva).
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My understanding is that you can apply for the Swiss pass after 12 years in the same gemeinde.
Not true, every Canton and Commune sets different residency requirements and in theory, a commune cannot set a residency requirement that surpasses that of the canton (just like the canton can't set a residency requirement that surpasses that of the Confederation, which is currently 12 years but will soon change).

Some cantons and communes require non-stop residency (like Zurich), others, like Lausanne in the Canton de Vaud (3 year residency requirement), require that the last year of residency counted immediately precedes naturalization (thus you can spend 2 years in Lausanne, move out and then move back in and you will only have the final year left to fulfill since the 2 years already spent are preserved).

The French speaking parts of Switzerland generally have the shortest residency requirements (2 years in Genève, 3 years in Vaud, 3 years in Fribourg, although Valais is an exception with a 5 year requirement). German parts of Switzerland usually take longer (6 years in Zürich, 6 years in Nidwalden, 5 years in Obwalden, 5 years in Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, although Bern is an exception with a 2 year residency requirement and Luzern with a 3 year requirement).

The new law that will completely revise citizenship acquisition which was passed by the Conseil National last month will change a lot of things though (Federal requirement will be reduced to 10 years and the original blueprint mentioned that local requirements would be harmonized by putting a 3 year requirement cap on all cantons / communes).

How to find all of this out? Just google "Einbürgerung / Naturalisation" and the name of the commune.

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Not in the same Gemeinde/commune but in Switzerland.

...Aufenthalt während mindestens 12 Jahren in der Schweiz, davon die letzten 2 Jahre in der Stadt Zürich...

No, she cannot submit her naturalization application ahead of time!
You certainly can in my commune and i was led to believe this was an accepted practice. It was 12 months before the actual date.

You cannot nor willnot recieve citizenship before the 12 year period or whatever it is though.
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Re: Applying for Swiss Pass

Thanks all for your responses
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Re: Applying for Swiss Pass

Im picking up this thread again (my own).

My wife was now invited for the passport interview in Zurich, in just 5 weeks time. Her German is super strong and now the topic is to brush up on current events, politics and other issues.

Anybody know of or have advice on where to focus within local politics. Is it necessary to know backgrounds of all current and bidding politicians. To know issues of upcoming votes or results of recent votes. Is City, Kanton or Federal level more important.

The other stuff like how does the government work, history, geography, education I think is pretty clear and mostly she knows. Just we didnt think the invitation would be so quick, so not up on current votes and politics (we cant vote right now, or yet).

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Re: Applying for Swiss Pass[port]

Know at least the Stadtrat, Regierungsrat, the two ZH Ständeräte and the seven Bundesrat members by name.
Know that this fall are national elections
Read NZZ and/or Tages Anzeiger.
Here you can inform yourself about passed and upcoming cantonal elections and votes:
http://www.zh.ch/internet/de/aktuell...timmungen.html
and here about City elections and votes.
https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/portal/..._u_wahlen.html
Here an explanation of the Swiss Federation: https://www.bk.admin.ch/dokumentatio...x.html?lang=de
Here about the Canton of Zurich
http://www.zh.ch/internet/de/ktzh/kanton_zuerich.html
Here about the City of Zurich.
https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/portal/...chfuersie.html
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