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Registering a Marriage in Switzerland

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My husband (Swiss/British) and I (Nigerian/British) have been married and living in the UK for 6+ years & finally managed (last September) to supply the Swiss embassy with all the docs necessary to register our marriage in my husband's canton of NE. The embassy informed us in December - 3 months after submission - that the docs had been legalised and forwarded to NE. However, since then we haven't heard back from them.

Would anyone know if we are expected to contact the embassy for confirmation that our marriage has been entered into the Swiss family register? Or do we wait till we receive written confirmation/our family book in the post?

Also, I wish to apply for facilitated naturalisation in the next few years and wondered if the fact that I am currently studying German - not my husband's mother tongue French - will present any problems?
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Re: Registering a Marriage in Switzerland

Get in touch with the Commune's Bureau d'Etat Civil and ask them. Is it Neuchâtel or another Commune? Get your husband to phone if your French is not up to it. For naturalisation, you need to show a good communicative level of the local language of your future Commune d'Origine, eg, your OH's (like my OH had to do here in Neuchâtel). Your Livret de Famille will be kept in your OH's Commune d'Origine, and your naturalisation, if you ever apply, will be based on the same Commune, and so will the integration and language tests. My OH's Commune d'Origine is the same as mine, which I inherited from my father, who inherited from his, and so on.

Have you been over to Neuch yet?

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Re: Registering a Marriage in Switzerland

It is Neuchâtel.
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It is Neuchâtel.
P.S: We understood (perhaps incorrectly) that we could not deal directly with the authorities in CH? We will attempt contact and hope they are helpful.

Thanks for the tip Odile.
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Get in touch with the Commune's Bureau d'Etat Civil and ask them. Is it Neuchâtel or another Commune? Get your husband to phone if your French is not up to it. For naturalisation, you need to show a good communicative level of the local language of your future Commune d'Origine, eg, your OH's (like my OH had to do here in Neuchâtel).

Have you been over to Neuch yet?
Oh ok. So in essence my efforts over the last 2 years in learning German may amount to nought? Isn't it one of the requirements that one is able to effectively communicate in any of the 4 official languages? Will enquire from staff next time we're at the embassy.

My French is certainly not up to it; my husband will have to do the talking. No, we haven't been to Neuch (as it is fondly referred to) yet.

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Re: Registering a Marriage in Switzerland

I think if you live abroad you can pick which language to be "tested" on. If your living in Switzerland then it's the language of where you are living.
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Re: Registering a Marriage in Switzerland

If you are living abroad it doesn't matter which language you speak. Although you will be a citizen of your husband's commune, you do not have to prove you speak the language of that commune.

Well, even if you are living in Switzerland, you don't necessarily need to speak the language of your spouse's commune. The one you live in is helpful though.

However, when applying from abroad showing as ties to Switzerland is extremely important. It might be beneficial to find and join a couple of Swiss groups if you can find any near you and plan a few visits in the next few years.

Anyway, as to you question, you husband should call his commune directly and ask. They will inform him if the marriage has been registered. There is no need to wait to hear from the Embassy.
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Re: Registering a Marriage in Switzerland

Thanks Island monkey and MiniMia.

We do live abroad (in the UK). In addition to learning German, we visit my husband's family and friends at least once a year in CH, as well as his uncle who lives in the UK. Surely these activities demonstrate 'close ties'.

We do not belong to any Swiss clubs/groups; my husband is not interested at all but I (and sure he too) would be glad to meet up with down to earth folks who genuinely want to get to know others and not primarily to "network". Any pointers?

I'll ask my husband to contact Neuch. Will/is a family book or an official document (still) be issued automatically or do we have to request one?
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Update: My husband contacted the Swiss consulate here in London despite the mention to contact Neuch direct.

Unknown to us consulate staff do have access to the Swiss register records and our contact was able to check whether we were on it or not. We're still not registered so she has contacted Neuch on our behalf requesting that the process be sped up if possible.

Guess it was a good call to go via them after all.
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