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Old 28.03.2015, 11:52
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Has anyone applied and received their Swiss nationality in a year or less?

Is there ways to speed up the process? some people say it took them two years and some much less, is it just chance or other factors that determine the time it takes to receive it?
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Old 28.03.2015, 11:56
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Re: As anyone applied and received their Swiss nationality in a year or less?

depends on different factors:
- personal situation and level of integration
- family situation (married to a swiss person or not)
- cantonal rules
- cantonal administration load to process applications

can you accelerate? possibly if you know someone in the naturalization commission who would put your application on a fast track.

Other than that I'd say that patience is a swiss virtue.
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Old 28.03.2015, 13:11
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Re: Has anyone applied and received their Swiss nationality in a year or less?

Thank you for a fast a thorough reply.
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Old 01.05.2015, 16:49
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Re: Has anyone applied and received their Swiss nationality in a year or less?

Actually, I am in the process, and was told that it takes almost two years, but that you can speed it up somewhat (not to a year, though), if you have all your documents in place, have the language test done before applying (if this is necessary, which depends on whether you come from a French/German/Italian speaking country), etc. Apparently, many people lose time by causing back and forth of communication, because their application is incomplete or sloppy.

Good luck!
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Old 01.05.2015, 17:14
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Re: Has anyone applied and received their Swiss nationality in a year or less?

It is the Cantonal authorities that process your application so it will vary form one canton to another, best check with other fribourgeois who've done it before. In Geneva it takes more than 3 years.
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Old 01.05.2015, 17:31
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Re: Has anyone applied and received their Swiss nationality in a year or less?

Yes, you are right, Batcow, it depends on where you are. So, my statement above only counts for Zurich.

Actually, the application is handled on communal level, then cantonal level, then federal level. But the deciding factor, as I was told, is communal level. Once you have that, the cantonal and federal level each take several months, even though those are just rather administrative acts.
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Re: Has anyone applied and received their Swiss nationality in a year or less?

With experience, I can safely say that any attempt at speeding your case is likely to result in slowing it down, or even affect the outcome negatively.
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Re: Has anyone applied and received their Swiss nationality in a year or less?

I offer the following comments for what they are worth, which may be nothing as they are only anecdotal. Except that I have been involved or on the periphery of a number of Swiss facilitated naturalisations -- these took between 8 months and 1 years. You might like to know why the difference -- I think it's relevant to ordinary naturalisation as well.

For one thing, any foreign civil-status document (birth, death, marriage, divorce) is sent to the Swiss consular office with responsibility for the place of issuance for verification and translation as the case may be. I know that for other purposes translation and legalisation may be the responsibility of the applicant (for a visa, etc.) but that has not been my experience in naturalisation, nor of declaration in the case of Swiss citizens of birth, marriage or death, in the USA and the UK.

In two recent parallel cases (brother and sister), the birth of another child and the inexplicable (but apparently not uncommon) request for a further certification of good conduct (no convictions, etc.) by the cantonal [sic] authorities took time.

On the other hand, the consul (in a recent case that actually took just under 1 years) said he'd never had a failed application, although some came back asking for more information. He also said that if approval did not happen within 1 years he would follow it up.

The days are gone when one could walk down the corridors of the State Department, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and knock on doors. But with a personal introduction or diplomatic intervention the answer might be different, as I know from experience, albeit long ago.

I would suggest that speed is partly a matter of luck and partly a matter of the papers being just right, or easy to deal with.

The six-month maximum age of certain documents could (as mentioned in an earlier thread) can create problems. Duplicates may be unavailable. And there are situations where a country disappears or is nonresponsive or (as in Ireland on June 30 1922) the files are lost in a fire, or in war. We had a need for a copy of a divorce decree from a court in NYC which offered a months-long turnaround by post. And the document filing firm that could get the decree instantly would work only for lawyers, which is how we got it.

For info on availability of civil-status documents around the world, this is a good source: http://travel.state.gov/content/visa...y-country.html
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With experience, I can safely say that any attempt at speeding your case is likely to result in slowing it down, or even affect the outcome negatively.

Maybe it is different for a citizenship but I know quite a few workers here waiting endlessly for their first and renewed permits while colleagues from a corporation get their permits within a week from arrival.

That's "discretionary" at its best, isn't it? My corrupt motherland would be put to shame.
Sorry about the rant but after more than a year of a back and forth with an early C permit and a dismissive utterance of my village guardian of the already-full-boat "of course it must have been rejected" I became disillusioned about my place in this society.
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With experience, I can safely say that any attempt at speeding your case is likely to result in slowing it down, or even affect the outcome negatively.
An attorney said that it might be okay to follow up on the processing if it is taking a long time to ensure it is not lost. Diplomacy is required since an aggressive follow-up might cause the application to go to the bottom of the pile, in the words of this attorney.

Within cantons length of processing may vary due to differing procedures by communities, e.g., in some communities, a naturalization committee may make the decision, while in other communities, naturalization must go before an annual community assembly, following review and recommendation by the committee.
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Re: Has anyone applied and received their Swiss nationality in a year or less?

I know very well a case in Bern where the process was very fast because the applicant knew someone in the naturalization commission who helped push the application on first position.
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I know very well a case in Bern where the process was very fast because the applicant knew someone in the naturalization commission who helped push the application on first position.
Well, he did have a very powerful proof of integration there...
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Well, he did have a very powerful proof of integration there...
yes and Switzerland and swiss people aren't any different from other countries. If you know an insider things move faster.
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Switzerland and swiss people aren't any different from other countries.
If only more people than just the two of us would know that, life would be so much nicer.
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An attorney said that it might be okay to follow up on the processing if it is taking a long time to ensure it is not lost. Diplomacy is required since an aggressive follow-up might cause the application to go to the bottom of the pile, in the words of this attorney.

Within cantons length of processing may vary due to differing procedures by communities, e.g., in some communities, a naturalization committee may make the decision, while in other communities, naturalization must go before an annual community assembly, following review and recommendation by the committee.
At Communal level, the people on the naturalization committee have no training and can vary from the sublime to the ridiculous. Anyone elected to the Council is asked which Committee they want to sit on, 'roads and infrastructure', 'land and agriculture', 'education and social' (the women of course!), etc, etc. Councillors will pluck for one or the other depending on experience and knowledge (hopefully in some cases), bees in bonnet or vested interest!
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