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Swiss Citizenship for person with swiss parents

My Mother was born in London in 1928 of Swiss parents what are her prospects of acquiring Swiss nationality and mine as a direct descendant?
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My Mother was born in London in 1928 of Swiss parents what are her prospects of acquiring Swiss nationality and mine as a direct descendant?
I'm not familiar with the provisions of the citizenship law in force prior to the enactment of the current (but soon to be superseded) law of 1953, but presumably your mother gained Swiss citizenship at birth as the daughter of Swiss parents and lost it (if she lost it) either because she was not registered with the Swiss authorities as Swiss prior to reaching adulthood or upon her marriage to a non-Swiss husband (which used to cause loss of Swiss citizenship if the wife either acquired or already had her husband's citizenship at the time of the marriage). In the latter case, your mother would be eligible to apply for "reintegration" or reinstatement of citizenship under Article 58 of the citizenship law. In the former case, according to Article 21 of the citizenship law, reinstatement of citizenship would only be possible more than 10 years after the failure to register in the event that your mother has "close ties" to Switzerland (defined as some combination of regular visits, contact with friends and family in Switzerland, being active in Swiss organizations abroad, and speaking a Swiss language).

As for you, if you were born before 1985 (based on your mother's birthdate, I presume you were) and she was indeed a Swiss citizen (by birth to Swiss parents) at any time prior to your birth, you would be eligible to apply for facilitated naturalisation under Article 58a provided that you have the kind of "close ties" outlined above.

The Swiss Embassy can provide more information and the necessary forms, of course.
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