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Re: Naturalization in Canton Zurich

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my question is, do all applicants have to do the German test? Knowing that he submitted his B2 certificate along with the other documents
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Language depends on his nationality as the following countries are exempt: Belgium, Germany, Denmark, France, Liechtenstein, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Spain. If he's not one of those, then yes he will have to do the tests.

No this is the case for C permit, but not for naturalisation!

For ordinary naturalisation, all applicants have to submit evidence of language ability (unless they are German mother tongue, below 16 years of age, or have attended a local education institution in the German language.)

For this purpose, a recognised B2 certificate is acceptable and will cover the defined language requirements (B1.1 for listening & speaking, A2.1 for writing & A2.2 for reading). The language test discussed in this thread is only for those that have no certification.

see the "Deutschkenntnisse" section here:

Von der Sprachprüfung befreit sind Personen ..... die über ein Sprachdiplom oder ein Ausbildungszeugnis verfügen, das die verlangten Sprachkenntnisse nachweist
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