New swiss naturalization law and the process
Dear English Forum Members,
I am living in Zurich since 2004 and I am currently holding a C-Permit and I have completed C1 level German. I have two related questions.
1) When will the new law come into effect? Because I am eligible according to the old law only in March 2016 to apply (12 years requirement). However, I would like to know if the new law is already in effect then I can apply already now (requiring only 10 years + C-permit + language). The officer in the city office in Zurich said that I have to come back in March 2016 to get the naturalization application forms and he can not hand them over now in advance. He had no clue about the new rule.
2) Can one leave Switzerland while the process in ongoing because of work? Please note that I have my own apartment here in Zurich, so I would like to keep myself registered even while working abroad.
Do anyone had experiences in the past or heard of someone who went through a similar situation - leaving the country while the naturalization process is ongoing.
I thank you for your feedback.
Best regards! E