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Facilitated Naturalization-ZH

Hi All,
I have been married to a Swiss for the last 4 years, I live in ZH. I applied for the facilitated naturalization process at the end of August 2013, I did not hear anything except for initial confirmation until last April, when I received a request for additional documents. Namely, CV, tax confirmation.... etc. I sent theses off by the beginning of May. Since then, I have not heard anything, any idea how far along in the process am I?

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Re: Facilitated Naturalization-ZH

Have you lived in Switzerland for 5 years though? That's also a requirement.

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

Not very would be my guess. It can take up to 2 years to work through the system.
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization-ZH

Yup.... here since 2008.Average seems to hover around one year from what I have read
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization-ZH

Just an update, the friendly police man dropped by, and we had a friendly chat. Seems to have gone well, and hopefully will hear back soon. He told me I need to wait for the decision from Bern. Any idea how long I have to wait??
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization-ZH

It can take 6 months or more. Mine took a year after the visit in ZH.
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization-ZH

Wow, much long00er than I thought. I am already a year in the process. I, already sent all the additional documents, related to taxes .....etc in April. I asked a colleague of mine,and he told me it took 6 weeks for him after the police visit. Seems to vary wildly. Any way, will keep you posted

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Re: Facilitated Naturalization-ZH

took mine 2 years in total, waited a year for the visit, another year to have the book in my hand. exactly 2 years. Seems to depend on demand at the time and your particular case.
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization-ZH

I have already been around 14 months in to the process. I was invited for an interview in Basel Stadt last month. My husband comes from Geneva so they told me they are satisfied here but they have to send the documents to geneva as well for confirmation.

Overall defending upon the circumstances it can take around 1.5 years. In some cases it takes longer or shorter. At least this is what I was told after the interview.
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization-ZH

An update from my side,my references just received a letter from Bern, asking for comments on my level of integration, and the validity of the marriage. This is exactly two month after the police visit. From what I read, asking for references does not happen very often, I guess I am one of the lucky ones
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization-ZH

I am also going through facilitated naturalization in Zurich, and here is my timeline so far:

December 2013: submitted document package (married five years, living in Switzerland for seven years)

January-May 2014: I was asked for several additional documents, detailing work history and confirming that I was in a stable marriage and had no lawsuits pending.

July 2014: police visit (8:00 on July 5th, after a 4th of July BBQ)...

September 2014: I was asked to resend documents stating that I am in a stable relationship (no separation proceedings) and have no pending lawsuits. Since I sent these early in the process, I suspect that I am near the end. We will see...

As far as I know, no references have been contacted.
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization-ZH

On the same boat here:

A month ago I submitted my application. Today I received from my Gemeinde a 3 pages questionary that starts with: Why do I want to apply.. it includes questions related to my German skills...

I haven't read/heard about this step and hope it can be sufficient.. been living in this kanton for 7 years now, happily married for 9 and conformimg a family with 3 "locals"...

My fears are related to my low skills language wise.. regretfully they don't speak french in this kanton. Anyone knows what happens if ones gets a negative answer because of low language skills? (aka integration for so many). I'm aware one can appeal but can they really restrain a person to be closer to his/her family limiting the rights to move and work? (getting Visas to travel and not being able to apply for better jobs, i'm still on a B permit because "my income is not high enough" to get a C permit.. i'm PhD and can't apply to many jobs that are only offered to C permit holders....).

Any hint or speculation appreciated

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I am also going through facilitated naturalization in Zurich, and here is my timeline so far:

December 2013: submitted document package (married five years, living in Switzerland for seven years)

January-May 2014: I was asked for several additional documents, detailing work history and confirming that I was in a stable marriage and had no lawsuits pending.

July 2014: police visit (8:00 on July 5th, after a 4th of July BBQ)...

September 2014: I was asked to resend documents stating that I am in a stable relationship (no separation proceedings) and have no pending lawsuits. Since I sent these early in the process, I suspect that I am near the end. We will see...

As far as I know, no references have been contacted.
Update: I got a notice for 750 CHF letter two days ago and picked it up yesterday, so it was nearly exactly three months after the police visit and one month after I was asked for the last round of documents.

Now, unless Kanton Zurich realises their imminent mistake, I'm Swiss in two months (or less )
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On the same boat here:

A month ago I submitted my application. Today I received from my Gemeinde a 3 pages questionary that starts with: Why do I want to apply.. it includes questions related to my German skills...

I haven't read/heard about this step and hope it can be sufficient.. been living in this kanton for 7 years now, happily married for 9 and conformimg a family with 3 "locals"...

My fears are related to my low skills language wise.. regretfully they don't speak french in this kanton. Anyone knows what happens if ones gets a negative answer because of low language skills? (aka integration for so many). I'm aware one can appeal but can they really restrain a person to be closer to his/her family limiting the rights to move and work? (getting Visas to travel and not being able to apply for better jobs, i'm still on a B permit because "my income is not high enough" to get a C permit.. i'm PhD and can't apply to many jobs that are only offered to C permit holders....).

Any hint or speculation appreciated

Tx!

So I handed the above mentioned documents in person to the women who requested them at the Gemeinde. We had a nice and super short friendly chat.

Yesterday my employer got a letter requesting information. A formal answer to the Gemeinde was submitted today.

I guess next up is the police visit.

We await.

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Re: Facilitated Naturalization-ZH

Update: Kanton Zürich has missed their chance. I am Swiss. Actually, the letter came a few weeks ago, approximately one month after the federal letter.

There was no information on what comes next, but I assume that I can just go to my Kreisburo and get a Swiss ID card...right?
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization-ZH

So that was what? One year process?
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Update: Kanton Zürich has missed their chance. I am Swiss. Actually, the letter came a few weeks ago, approximately one month after the federal letter.

There was no information on what comes next, but I assume that I can just go to my Kreisburo and get a Swiss ID card...right?
If you've got the document that says you have Swiss Nationality, I guess you can apply for the ID card from the passport authorities!
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So that was what? One year process?
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Yes, the whole process took about one year for me. Things that may have made it faster include the fact that I had lived in Switzerland for 6 1/2 years and was married for 5 1/2 years prior to applying (so, it was well after the minimal time) and I had three Swiss kids during that time (so pretty obviously a "real" marriage). However, at least for the city of Zurich, 11-12 months seems like the normal tie.

And, thanks! I don't actually feel Swiss, but it's nice to know that we can leave the country and, upon our return, there won't be issues with permits. But, I'm not giving up the US passport.

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If you've got the document that says you have Swiss Nationality, I guess you can apply for the ID card from the passport authorities!
I don't really have an official document-which is weird, right? What I have is more like a form letter, without a stamp or anything. I might actually need to get a "family book" from my husband's home town, which is not in Zürich. I'll update when I've figured it out.
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization-ZH

I'm on a similar boat:
9 years married, 2 swiss kids, 7 years living in the kanton, 10 or more in Switzerland.

Hope it goes well in my case, will keep reporting the process outcomes.
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My process in Aargau took under six months.

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Yes, the whole process took about one year for me. Things that may have made it faster include the fact that I had lived in Switzerland for 6 1/2 years and was married for 5 1/2 years prior to applying (so, it was well after the minimal time) and I had three Swiss kids during that time (so pretty obviously a "real" marriage). However, at least for the city of Zurich, 11-12 months seems like the normal tie.

And, thanks! I don't actually feel Swiss, but it's nice to know that we can leave the country and, upon our return, there won't be issues with permits. But, I'm not giving up the US passport.



I don't really have an official document-which is weird, right? What I have is more like a form letter, without a stamp or anything. I might actually need to get a "family book" from my husband's home town, which is not in Zürich. I'll update when I've figured it out.
Update: I got a letter from the Kreisburo asking for my family book, which I need to request from my new home town (which is Liestal, due to my husband's family lineage). They were nice enough to include a form letter for me to sign and send over. I have 30 days to update my registration status in Zurich.

Still no invitation to an apero...
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