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I've just completed the application for facilitated naturalisation and thought I would start a post of how things progress.
We have been together 13 years, married for 9 and living in CH for 2. We lived in Asia and the US for the other years. I wrote to the offices in Bern and they said I fulfilled their requirements.

My husband called the Gemeinde and asked what paperwork they needed. We filled out the forms and we submitted the 'Familienausweis' and Wohnsitz - Zeugniss along with passport copies and B permit copies.
The Gemeinde said they can look up the taxes so no need to send those.
There were also 2 forms to sign allowing the authorities to access police and tax records.

My husband also wrote a letter explaining that we have been married for 9 years but have lived abroad and only lived in CH for 2 years. We included some pictures of us together at Swiss events in both hong kong and also at various family events over the last 12 years. Also with swiss friends and family visiting us in the various places we have lived.

Now I will sit patiently and wait... but I'll post back when I get some news or requests for further paperwork.
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So far my paperwork was sent from Bern (I think) who sent them to the local geminde.
2 weeks ago I had a 'chat' with the woman from the geminde (who I already know socially anyway). She asked for some additional information such as what I studied in school / qualifications and if I'd studied since leaving school and also what I did for work when I worked in the UK.
She said everything was in order and that they would send a letter to our landlord to check we pay rent on time and we aren't a problem and would send the paperwork back to Bern... so it looks like its going smoothly.

She said it could take around 12 months, but she didn't see any complications.

Just though I'd update and will keep you all posted.
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Are you living in Zurich or Aargau?
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Are you living in Zurich or Aargau?
Aargau - need to change the profile bit !! oops

Am so used to just saying 'Zurich' when I speak to peeps as its the closest place people outside Switzerland know !!
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization - Aargau

Your situation and the process so far were similar to mine. It took about a year and was pretty straightforward. I was also in Aargau and in Switzerland for about two years.
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I thought I would update this thread as I have news from Bern that I have been 'approved'.

I had my 'interview' which was more of a chat, about my education since school and where I had worked before leaving the UK and that was end of August/Beg Sept (can't remember the exact date) The geminde sent a letter to my landlord - at least thats the only one we know about. Apparently he filled in the form and ADDED his own letter to say I was friendly he always saw me around the village and I always stopped to practice my german

Last week I got back from short stay in the USA to find a letter from Migration to say I have been approved. There is a 2 months wait, where the geminde have to allow anyone to complain and after that I can apply for a passport !!

I'm blown away as the whole process 'should' end at the end of December - so only 6 months !!

I think my situation is fairly straightforward... but after reading so many things on EF I was thinking it could take anywhere up to 2 years....
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization - Aargau

So under 3.5 months. Mine also took a couple of months.

Don't believe everything you read on the Internet.
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So under 3.5 months. Mine also took a couple of months.

Don't believe everything you read on the Internet.
Exactly!! I was impressed with the speed.
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So my final update. Just in case anyone is in a similar situation. My application was very straightforward with no complications....

I 'thought' there was a 2 month wait for the geminate and anyone to object to my application - it was really only 30 days when I re-read the letter...

I got back from a trip at the beginning of December and received a letter saying that I had officially been naturalized !!

Yesterday I had my appointment at the Passport office and should receive my passport and ID card within 10 days.

So the whole process from filling out the application form to receiving the passport took under 6 months.

It 'could' of taken 5 months had I been in CH when the letter to say I had been naturalized was posted (20th Nov) and had I taken the first available passport appt instead of wanting the first thing in the morning....
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization - Aargau

Hi, I'm posting here since I see it pertains more to the topic. I'm also in Kanton (AG).


Today we received a letter from Bündesamt für Migration BMF requesting our signatures on regards to having no legal problems or planning divorce.

I will send the forms today and wonder (hence my post here) what step in the process am in, how many more steps should come after this letter?

My employer was already contacted, I had presented myself some extra documents requested by the Gemeinde (short sort of interview), it's been already 6 months sharp.

Thanks in advance for any word on this!
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(for the purpose of updating this trhead in regards to my timelime of events)

Just received a letter. It seems I have to pay some 750CHF. I wonder how to interpret that in this whole process. Bothe regarding the current step and the remaining time (according to what the local gemeinde might decide).
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization - Aargau

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That sounds like its been completed.
I returned from a trip and had a note to say I had to collect a letter from the post office. They charged me 'around750' for the letter. in the letter it said I had been approved and that I could apply for the passport.

There is now a short wait to see in anyone in the Geminde opposes - I think it was about a month (I mis-read it first time i posted) and then you will get a letter saying you need to update the family records. My husband requested these new records and we took them to the Geminde. The hold them until/if we leave. at this stage I went online and booked an appt to do the passport. It took about 5-10 minutes and the little red book came about a week later.

Well done. Its not that painful if its straightforward..
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Yes, the only difference is that my letter says its approved but need to wait 2 months for a definite answer. In small letters i can read that the kanton of origin and the local community where I live have 30 days for a rechtsmittelbelehrung (right to appeal). That means, I still have to wait.

(with fingers crossed)
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Yes, the only difference is that my letter says its approved but need to wait 2 months for a definite answer. In small letters i can read that the kanton of origin and the local community where I live have 30 days for a rechtsmittelbelehrung (right to appeal). That means, I still have to wait.

(with fingers crossed)
I'm sure it will all be fine. its just a formality now.....
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I'm sure it will all be fine. its just a formality now.....
So you were right!

I got the second confirmation letter, the Kantonal one.

What is next? I've read there should be a request for a family book.. but, do I need to wait for them to tell me that I can ask for it?

How to go about requesting and ID?

I will wait for a couple of weeks to see if something new arrives on the mail.

Ahh yes, so far it's been 8 months..

Am I Swiss?
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization - Aargau

Got the next letter today. The one that invites me to the Gemeinde to give my old Permit and states that I can go ahead and request ID and passport. Have done that online and look forward to next week to make an appointment for the biometrics digital tattooing.

More to follow (hopefully in a couple of weeks).
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization - Aargau

Hey many thanks, I got both: ID and passport last week. So it was 8months in total.

Now, to consider comparing passports (FWIW):
http://www.passportindex.org/byRank.php
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Hey many thanks, I got both: ID and passport last week. So it was 8months in total.

Now, to consider comparing passports (FWIW):
http://www.passportindex.org/byRank.php
There seems to be a big rush to apply for Swiss facilitated naturalization among descendants of Swiss. I was at a Swiss Club and we were talking about that. Maybe because of current changes in law that make it harder for grandchildren of emigrant Swiss.

Those who applied from the USA and succeeded say it took 9 to 18 months. If anybody was turned down they weren't talking, or weren't there. Apparently the consuls do a good job of pre-screening.

As for the value of a Swiss passport: those Web sites are misleading. Notably the famous Henley & Partners annual Visa Index. They don't take account of visa fees. For Turkey, a Swiss passport saves $20.
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Re: Facilitated Naturalization - Aargau

When you applied;

How many references did you need? Are there any rules as to who these people are?

Did you have to apply through your Gemeinde, or did you send paperwork directly to Bern? My gemeinde isn't the most Auslander friendly... I wouldn't mind just getting paperwork from and sending it to Bern myself.
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