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Citizenship/Naturalization of a swiss born child

Hello,

Can a non-swiss parent child born in switzerland, apply for citzienship/naturalization?

I understand the child is not given citizenship by birth but is there any other way to apply for that if he is an adult now and opts to be a swiss citizen..
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Re: Citizenship/Naturalization of a swiss born child

Being born in Switzerland doesn't give someone the right to citizenship.

If the individual wishes to apply, he or she will need to have lived here for a certain number of years (currently 12 years), speak the local language, pass a test, and be integrated into Swiss life.

Please see the stickys and links regarding regular naturalization, or start on the federal website:
https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...recht/faq.html

Edit - To be clear, this is for regular naturalization. Facilitated naturalization is a different process.

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Re: Citizenship/Naturalization of a swiss born child

Also read this:

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...uergerung.html
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Hello,

Can a non-swiss parent child born in switzerland, apply for citzienship/naturalization?

I understand the child is not given citizenship by birth but is there any other way to apply for that if he is an adult now and opts to be a swiss citizen..
How long has he lived in Switzerland?

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Re: Citizenship/Naturalization of a swiss born child

Initial 4 years.
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Re: Citizenship/Naturalization of a swiss born child

Not enough.

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Re: Citizenship/Naturalization of a swiss born child

Without more info it's difficult to help you. There are several provisions laid down under the facilitated naturalisation process and if your child meets the criteria then they would be able to apply for citizenship at some point .

"4. Article 30 Naturalization Act
A stateless, minor child who has lived in Switzerland for at least five years, one year of which being immediately prior to application.

5. Article 31a Naturalization Act
A foreign child, not yet 22 years old, who was not included in the naturalization of one of his/her parents and has lived in Switzerland for at least five years, one year of which being immediately prior to application. The child must be a minor at the time of application for naturalization by the parent. There must be close links with Switzerland.

6. Article 31b Naturalization Act
A foreign child who was not able to acquire Swiss nationality because, before his/her birth, one of his/her parents had lost Swiss nationality. There must be close links with Switzerland.

7. Article 58a Naturalization Act
A foreign child, from the marriage of a Swiss woman to a foreign national, who has close links with Switzerland.

8. Article 58c Naturalization Act
The illegitimately born child of a Swiss father. In the event of close links with Switzerland, an application may also be filed on completion of the child’s 22nd year."

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...uergerung.html

Otherwise it will be regular naturalisation which currently requires 12 years of residency, Swiss language proficiency, knowledge of Swiss history, politics, etc.

Note that the naturalisation law is due to change sometime in 2017 and in addition to the above will require applicants to hold a C permit. EU nationals can get these after 5 years, non-EU nationals after 10 years unless they apply early through the VINTA procedure.

Early C Permit for a Non-EU National through VINTA

The new law will reduce the number of years from 12 to 10 though and slightly change the qualifiying residency years for doubling up.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/naturali...p-law/38821516

The fact that your child was born here doesn't give them a shortcut to naturalisation. Unless they come under one of the facilitated qualifications they have to wait just as long as everyone else.
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Re: Citizenship/Naturalization of a swiss born child

These clauses don't help, i remember reading in one of the threads that it was possible after about 20 years of age i.e when u are a major and not a minor to apply for citizenship if you are a swiss born.
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These clauses don't help, i remember reading in one of the threads that it was possible after about 20 years of age i.e when u are a major and not a minor to apply for citizenship if you are a swiss born.
Only if you've lived here the required number of years, being born here changes nothing unless you are born to Swiss parents.

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These clauses don't help, i remember reading in one of the threads that it was possible after about 20 years of age i.e when u are a major and not a minor to apply for citizenship if you are a swiss born.
Your profile doesn't show where you live, I hope you speak German:
<<Reguläres Einbürgerungsverfahren

Ausländerinnen und Ausländer ohne direkte Blutsverwandschaft durch Geburt oder Heirat müssen während mindestens zwölf Jahren andauernd in der Schweiz gelebt haben, bevor sie einen Antrag auf Einbürgerung stellen können (Die im Alter zwischen zehn und zwanzig in der Schweiz verbrachten Jahre zählen doppelt). Wer sich einbürgern lassen will, muss gut integriert sein, die Verhältnisse und Traditionen des Landes kennen, einen guten Leumund haben und darf für die innere oder äussere Sicherheit des Landes keine Gefahr darstellen. Ein neues Gesetz, das die Aufenthaltszeit von 12 auf 10 Jahre reduziert, wurde im Juni 2014 vom Parlament angenommen und dürfte anfangs 2017 in Kraft treten.>>

You got about 6 more years to find all the info and we might change the laws again within those 6 years so for the moment I'd say you just lean back and relax

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Only if you've lived here the required number of years, being born here changes nothing unless you are born to Swiss parents.

Tom
And even than it is only about losing Swiss citicenship, and it is about beeing born aboard and the birth never registered with any Swiss consulate/embassy/commune. Exactly the total oposite in every regard possible.

Art. 10 Abs. 1 Swiss Citizenship Act
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A child born abroad to a Swiss parent who is a citizen of another country loses Swiss citizenship on reaching the age of 22, unless his or her birth has been notified to a Swiss authority abroad or in Switzerland or he or she has declared in writing that he or she wishes to remain a Swiss citizen
https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...index.html#a10

Just search for "born" in the actual law linked above and you will see that the Swiss citicenship is jus sanguinis and not jus soli.
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