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Naturalization for registered partners...

I start this topic because of lack of clarification after discussion with a friend about her case. She is considering naturalization as a registered partner of Swiss citizen but we had much confusion about her eligibility. I’m quite interested in this case as it will be my case in a couple of years.

Basic situation: She has been living in Switzerland for 8 years, has been in a registered partnership with a Swiss citizen for 4 years, and has been living in the current canton for 3 years.

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When the law of registered partnership was passed, the “federal act on acquisition and loss of Swiss nationality” was also modified. In the section of regular naturalization, it was introduced in Article 15 that “for a foreign registered partner of Swiss national where the partnership is registered for more than 3 years, a total of 5 years residence in CH (and the recent 1 year must be residing in CH) is sufficient for naturalization”. This seems to be a great reduce compared to the original requirement (12 years in CH).

The section of facilitated naturalization was untouched and therefore is applicable only for marriage.

So for her this is still a regular naturalization (with shortened residence requirement) and thus it should go through all the way from the commune/canton levels and any residence requirement of communal/cantonal levels should still apply (I suppose).

Then the problem is that, for regular naturalization, her commune requires 6 years residence. This is not uncommon as some canton even requires a 10-year residence. Therefore, the relaxation for registered partners in the federal level actually is not a significant deal as it seems.

She called her local commune to ask whether she can file a naturalization right now or she has to wait for another 3 years to satisfy the 6-year communal requirements (actually after 3 years she will almost complete 12 years in CH which is required for a "normal regular naturalization"). But the commune themselves are not clear, they said they have to see with the canton and then call her back.

As the registered partnership was introduced only since 2007, this is a rather new domain without many previous examples to follow (throughout her canton there were only 5 registered lesbian couples last year!). So I post this question here to ask if someone already has relevant experience, and to serve as a start of the discussions related to the topic of naturalization for registered partners.
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Old 03.01.2014, 15:16
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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

I also found another piece of information on this website:
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...us/swicit.html

It said
“The new Partnership Act provides for a simplified regular naturalization for registered partners. The law will presumably go into effect on January 1, 2007. After that, having a domicile in Switzerland for a total of five years, including one year directly before filing the application, is sufficient if the person has been living in a registered partnership with a Swiss man or a Swiss woman for three years.”

This seems even more confusing as they use the expression “simplified regular naturalization”…
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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

You've ve hit the nail on the head. For legal questions, always ask Pinkcross in Bern.

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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

It's not confusing because the rules you quote are exactly the same as for facilitated naturalisation:

https://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm...uergerung.html

"Foreign spouses of Swiss nationals who have lived in Switzerland for a year may apply for facilitated naturalisation after three years of marriage, provided they have lived in Switzerland for a total of five years. People who have close ties with Switzerland may apply for facilitated naturalisation even if they are resident abroad. In such cases, however, they must have been married to a Swiss spouse for at least six years."

As a spouse can be via marriage or registered partnership in Swiss law I see no confusion, especially given the other sources you've quoted.

Some communes also have their own rules regarding length of time needed as you've discovered. But the basic principle is the same whether it's a marriage or registered partnership as far as I can see.
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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

I'm in the process of applying for naturalisation as the registered partner of a swiss citizen. Am applying in canton de Vaud. Lodged my application July 2013 and basically the only advantage as oppose to ordinary naturalisation candidates is the reduction of time at federal level from 12 years to 5 years.
Besides that the procedure is exactly the same as an ordinary naturalisation. Having to satisfy the canton and commune residency requirements, the commune interview etc..., as you'll be obtaining the bourgeoisie and droite de cité of your commune and canton where you're living , and not that of your swiss registered partner,as in the case of swiss spouses ,hence the reason only swiss spouses can naturalise from abroad and not the registered partner of a swiss citizen.
Fortunately for me,i've been living in the same canton and commune since i came to Switzerland.

I had my commune interview in September 2013 which was successful, and now waiting on the cantonal and federal approval.
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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

Thanks for the information. Just a qiestion: do you live with your partner?

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I'm in the process of applying for naturalisation as the registered partner of a swiss citizen. Am applying in canton de Vaud. Lodged my application July 2013 and basically the only advantage as oppose to ordinary naturalisation candidates is the reduction of time at federal level from 12 years to 5 years.
Besides that the procedure is exactly the same as an ordinary naturalisation. Having to satisfy the canton and commune residency requirements, the commune interview etc..., as you'll be obtaining the bourgeoisie and droite de cité of your commune and canton where you're living , and not that of your swiss registered partner,as in the case of swiss spouses ,hence the reason only swiss spouses can naturalise from abroad and not the registered partner of a swiss citizen.
Fortunately for me,i've been living in the same canton and commune since i came to Switzerland.

I had my commune interview in September 2013 which was successful, and now waiting on the cantonal and federal approval.
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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

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Thanks for the information. Just a qiestion: do you live with your partner?

Yes I do.
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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

flyboy, Are the language requirements the same as required through naturalized citizenship?
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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

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flyboy, Are the language requirements the same as required through naturalized citizenship?
Not quite sure i understood what you are saying, but you will have to satisfy the language requirement of the canton that you will be naturalising in.
As i mentioned it is basically an ordinary naturalisation for registered partners of swiss citizens, only difference being the federal residency requirement is reduced.Besides that, the procedure is the same as that of ordinary naturalisation candidates.
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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

Hello!

I have some questions regarding swiss citizenship. I am in partnership since 2011 and will be 5 years this 2015. My swiss partner wants me to apply for citizenship but I am sure , I'll get c permit c after obtaining b permit within the past years. My question is; will they send me a letter that I am allowed to apply for swiss citizemship. ? Or will I need to apply directly without waiting for any recommemdation letter? I am asking because my friend told me that they will send a letter allowing me to apply for citizenship which she did last 2006. I have no clue about the laws now.

Help would be great. Thatnks
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Hello!

I have some questions regarding swiss citizenship. I am in partnership since 2011 and will be 5 years this 2015. My swiss partner wants me to apply for citizenship but I am sure , I'll get c permit c after obtaining b permit within the past years. My question is; will they send me a letter that I am allowed to apply for swiss citizemship. ? Or will I need to apply directly without waiting for any recommemdation letter? I am asking because my friend told me that they will send a letter allowing me to apply for citizenship which she did last 2006. I have no clue about the laws now.

Help would be great. Thatnks
A non-Swiss in a registered partnership with a Swiss may only apply for regular Swiss citizenship naturalization and not for the faciliated naturalization. However, the time period is the same as the faciliated naturalization. Other requirements must also be met such as adequate language abilities, adequate finances, etc. This is an excerpt from Ct. Zurich:

"Hinweis: Personen, die in eingetragener Partnerschaft leben, können sich nicht im erleichterten Verfahren einbürgern lassen. Sie haben das ordentliche Einbürgerungsverfahren zu durchlaufen, können dabei aber von verkürzten Wohnsitzanforderungen des Bundes profitieren."

http://www.gaz.zh.ch/internet/justiz...uergerung.html

This is in English:
https://www.ch.ch/en/consequences-re...d-partnership/

If you decide you want Swiss citizenship, you will need to apply for it. The Swiss authorities will not contact you to offer it.
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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

I know someone who did that, and no, she wasn't contacted, and yes it is the normal citizenship, and yes after five years.

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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

Therefore this is my fifth year this year. I am eligible to apply..
It just that they are so strict nowadays..
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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

If it follows the regular naturalisation criteria, apart from the residency, then you'll have to convince both gemeinde and canton that you're integrated into Swiss life which usually means speaking a Swiss language to a reasonable level. So I'd work on your German. And you must also be involved with activities/groups, etc, in your gemeinde.
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you must also be involved with activities/groups, etc, in your gemeinde.
Good thing that my wife is Swiss by birth, as she's never been involved in any local activities or groups.

Same is true of a lot of other Swiss I know, myself included.

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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

But i was never involved to any groups activities in gemeinde,, will that be bad on my part? I just don't know how will they react so far with Transgender.. Im feminine enough though but still i am shy to interact scared of how people will react when they know
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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

It'll depend on your gemeinde, but citizenship criteria is well integrated into Swiss life which is seen as being part of your community, i.e. taking part in community acitivities, being a member of local groups, etc, and knowing local and Swiss history. Even people who have lived here for many years can be refused citizenship.

American professor denied Swiss citizenship

Aisha Mohammed was refused 4 times swiss citizenship!

Citizenship under regular naturalisation isn't just a case of applying and that's it I'm afraid. It varies from canton to canton and from gemeinde to gemeinde as to how an application is perceived, but personal interviews are the norm and often held in the local language as a matter of course.

Swiss citizenship has always been one of the most difficult to gain in the world so it's nothing new. The Swiss see citizenship as a privilege and only give it to those they think deserve it. It's your task to convince that you do.
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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

Well. My German language is not bad.. I have been working as make-up artist with swiss photographers and went to school here so I can speak somehow..
Maybe i need research about the Gemeinde and know the community..
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You will need B1 spoken and A2 written for both a C permit and naturalisation in Zurich. You'll need to produce a certificate from Goethe or similar approved institute.
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Re: Naturalization for registered partners...

You might want to read through these two threads, they may give you an idea of the sort of things you'll be expected to know.

Normal Naturalisation - applicant diary

simplified naturalisation - erste unterredung

Obviously, not going to be exactly the same, but they'll give you an idea of the process and you should also check with your gemeinde/cantonal admin offices to see if there are any similar citizenship aids as mentioned in these threads.
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