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naturalization take 2-3 years in Zurich?

According the attached documents, it seems naturalization in Zurich stadt will take 2-3 years. Anyone has experience? Can the time be shorten to 1-2 years or even shorter?
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Old 29.11.2013, 15:30
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Re: naturalization take 2-3 years in Zurich?

2-3 years are theoritical. In Practice it is much faster than many other Gemeinde. Depending on individual case it might be all done within one year.
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Re: naturalization take 2-3 years in Zurich?

It depends on the quality of your application.
If you forget paperwork, don't have translations if required, miss appointments, fill out the forms incorrectly, don't pay the bills you'll receive on time, fail the German and/or citizenship tests as applicable or have an interesting record that takes additional time to be verified, then this can add time to your processing.

A correctly submitted application will generally receive Gemeinde level approval within 6-8 months, and your other approvals 3-4 months later, if you provide no reasons to delay things. This assumes having completed or being exempted from the German/Citizenship tests, which is assessed when you are provided the forms, otherwise add 3-6 months additionally, and more if you fail one or both of them the first time.

Personally I submitted my documents in early June 2012, and had my Citizenship certificates in April 2013, but there were no hitches, delays, missed payments, missed appointments, misunderstandings, missing documents, mistranslations, failed examinations, out of date documents in my file.

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Re: naturalization take 2-3 years in Zurich?

Thanks a lot. Wow, that is fast!

What is citizenship test? Do you have an example somewhere online? how can one be exempted from the German/Citizenship tests

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It depends on the quality of your application.
If you forget paperwork, don't have translations if required, miss appointments, fill out the forms incorrectly, don't pay the bills you'll receive on time, fail the German and/or citizenship tests as applicable or have an interesting record that takes additional time to be verified, then this can add time to your processing.

A correctly submitted application will generally receive Gemeinde level approval within 6-8 months, and your other approvals 3-4 months later, if you provide no reasons to delay things. This assumes having completed or being exempted from the German/Citizenship tests, which is assessed when you are provided the forms, otherwise add 3-6 months additionally, and more if you fail one or both of them the first time.

Personally I submitted my documents in early June 2012, and had my Citizenship certificates in April 2013, but there were no hitches, delays, missed payments, missed appointments, misunderstandings, missing documents, mistranslations, failed examinations, out of date documents in my file.
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Re: naturalization take 2-3 years in Zurich?

You can't possibly be exempted from the citizenship test. Otherwise you can't become a citizen. Nor will you be exempted from the German language test.
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You can't possibly be exempted from the citizenship test. Otherwise you can't become a citizen. Nor will you be exempted from the German language test.
My husband is German and naturalized a couple yrs back (think 2011). He did not have any tests as such: a policewoman showed up one night, spoke German to him, asked him a couple of questions about the swiss politics and that was it.

So maybe something has change but if not, do not believe everyone has language test.

Hubby was doing the facilitated procedure for being married to a CH wife.

Incidentally what is funny is that our canton of origin is Genf but no one tested any french skills as he applied in Zurich.

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You can't possibly be exempted from the citizenship test. Otherwise you can't become a citizen. Nor will you be exempted from the German language test.
Unless you are married to a Swiss.

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Re: naturalization take 2-3 years in Zurich?

As the OP is a non-EU citizen, as is his wife, I'm pretty sure he/they will have to do both.
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As the OP is a non-EU citizen, as is his wife, I'm pretty sure he/they will have to do both.
Guess I have to do both .

Is the language test similar to "goethe certificate B1" or one just got interview for German speaking?
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Re: naturalization take 2-3 years in Zurich?

next year I will be 12 years in Zurich and my wife 10 years. Can we apply it together or she has to apply later
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Re: naturalization take 2-3 years in Zurich?

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the OP is a non-EU citizen, as is his wife
That was not specified anywhere in this thread.

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That was not specified anywhere in this thread.

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No, but I looked at his other posts and he mentions they're both non-EU.

lucasklob, you may need to check if the requirement is for both written and spoken German, I'm not sure.
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Re: naturalization take 2-3 years in Zurich?

In our case I completed 12 years, my wife 5 years and my daughter 1 year when we applied. We are non EU.

Ours was through the city of Zurich and it all went from the day of application submission until grant of citizen around 11 months altogether.

We did not have to go to any German test or civil test. Though the interview was in German. They asked the preferred language during the interview and we chose High German instead of swiss german.

In our case there were no missing documents, no Betreibungs, no help from social department, good financial records (They ask for salary slips from last 4 months to check the income status), no tax over due(They ask for a certificate to be fetched from Tax department) and had good German skills.

We all had C permit when we applied.

According to me if you have done all the homework from your side regarding documentation, German skills etc.. it would not take so long.
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Re: naturalization take 2-3 years in Zurich?

Great! this information is helpful. Thanks a lot. When did you do the application?

Did you apply a few month earlier before 12 years or just after 12 years. I have heard one can actually apply 2-3 months earlier and I would like to apply as earlier as possible.

After how many months did you got interview once you submitted the documentation? Thanks again.

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In our case I completed 12 years, my wife 5 years and my daughter 1 year when we applied. We are non EU.

Ours was through the city of Zurich and it all went from the day of application submission until grant of citizen around 11 months altogether.

We did not have to go to any German test or civil test. Though the interview was in German. They asked the preferred language during the interview and we chose High German instead of swiss german.

In our case there were no missing documents, no Betreibungs, no help from social department, good financial records (They ask for salary slips from last 4 months to check the income status), no tax over due(They ask for a certificate to be fetched from Tax department) and had good German skills.

We all had C permit when we applied.

According to me if you have done all the homework from your side regarding documentation, German skills etc.. it would not take so long.
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Re: naturalization take 2-3 years in Zurich?

I had applied last October and this September I got the final approval.

I went to collect the forms for application 2 weeks before I completed 12 years as I knew I would need 2 weeks to gather all the documents/certificates which they request.

After the submission the call for interview was after around 4 to 5 months and one needs to be patient during this period. Once the interview at Stadthaus is done then for the remaining steps one need not do anything except pay the invoices for the application procedure on time :-)

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Great! this information is helpful. Thanks a lot. When did you do the application?

Did you apply a few month earlier before 12 years or just after 12 years. I have heard one can actually apply 2-3 months earlier and I would like to apply as earlier as possible.

After how many months did you got interview once you submitted the documentation? Thanks again.
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Re: naturalization take 2-3 years in Zurich?

For those who have got at least part of their basic education (which I think is somewhere in between middle school and bachelor) in Switzerland, there is no such thing as a test with regards to naturalization. Makes perfectly sense to me, as those people are expected to know Swiss institutions and real life better than public employees. It could end up they teach them instead of the opposite.
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I had applied last October and this September I got the final approval.

I went to collect the forms for application 2 weeks before I completed 12 years as I knew I would need 2 weeks to gather all the documents/certificates which they request.

After the submission the call for interview was after around 4 to 5 months and one needs to be patient during this period. Once the interview at Stadthaus is done then for the remaining steps one need not do anything except pay the invoices for the application procedure on time :-)
Thank you. How long is the interview? what kind of questions are asked? Do you have education background in CH?
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Re: naturalization take 2-3 years in Zurich?

The interview was very casual. What do we work, how did we landed in Switzerland, how did we learn German language etc. Nothing extra ordinary questions. It was the smoothest interview I ever had :-)

No I do not have any education background in CH.

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Thank you. How long is the interview? what kind of questions are asked? Do you have education background in CH?
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The interview was very casual. What do we work, how did we landed in Switzerland, how did we learn German language etc. Nothing extra ordinary questions. It was the smoothest interview I ever had :-)

No I do not have any education background in CH.
You are great! thanks.
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Re: naturalization take 2-3 years in Zurich?

This is a very helpful thread.

I saw info on the BFM website which says required stay for Zurich is at least 2 uninterrupted years in the community of prospective naturalisation.

The link is https://www.bfm.admin.ch/bfm/en/home...tzfristen.html.

I do not know what this 2 years means then as a document which is attached in this thread says 6 years continuous stay in Zurich city.


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