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Re: Can commune extend minimum residency in CH requirement for citizenship?

Residency requirements are set at Federal, Cantonal and Gemeinde levels with each have it's own set of rules. Some cantons require as little as 2 years residency while some others have 12. This is under the current naturalisation law. Under the new law which comes into force on 1st January 2018 all cantonal residency requirements have to be between 2 and 5 years maximum. You can see here that most cantons have now changed their laws to harmonise with the new Federal law.

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

Whether the new law affects gemeinde residency requirements as well I don't know. Best to check with your gemeinde admin office to find out what the new requirements will be after 1st January.
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