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Swiss naturalisation - Swiss grandmother

I plan to apply for Swiss naturalisation as my grandmother was Swiss but could not pass her citizenship onto her children at the time. I have been to the Swiss Embassy and was provided with the necessary paperwork. I intend to visit Switzerland in June for a holiday and again in August for training and work. I also intend to meet up with my extended family there as all immediate aunts and cousins have ether passed away or do not live in Switzerland. I understand French and speak it only a little, but I'm taking lessons and improving quickly.

I would appreciate any thoughts, advice, or feedback from anyone who knows or has been through the process on what I should do to make the process run smoothly and improve my chances. For example, would it help if I were to open a bank account while there and deposit some money into a savings account? I'm eager to connect to my Swiss heritage and learn a lot more about Swiss life and culture.

Please advise. Thank you.
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IFor example, would it help if I were to open a bank account while there and deposit some money into a savings account?
No.

What did the Swiss Embassy say? That's where you will need to file your papers. They will tell you if you are eligible and provide you with a list of documents you need.

In the meantime, here are some links for you to read:
http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/...sr/cittel.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_nationality_law
http://www.ch.ch/private/00029/00033...x.html?lang=en
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Thank you for the response. The Embassy said I was eligible but needed to show close ties to Switzerland. They were impressed with all the paperwork I had for my grandmother and of her family origins in Switzerland and even said that if I can show close ties, the lack of a fluent official Swiss language may not be an issue. I suppose what I would need to know is what constitutes close ties. I have several friends who live in Switzerland but not all of whom are Swiss and I have Swiss friends and family living outside Switzerland.

One of the links you sent me states that the Naturalization Law is being revised...does that mean I should apply straight away in your opinion? The reason I ask is that I had planned to visit more and have better connections established before applying. Is the law likely to become more or less restrictive? Thanks.

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There is a questionnaire that you need to fill out and that will pretty much tell you what close ties are. Did they not give you this formula? You'll also need references from Swiss citizens. Non Swiss citizens won't help.

Yes. The laws are become more restrictive for some categories of residents, students and people that work in international organizations. But no citizens by birth/decent.

PS, I wouldn't believe them about the language thing! Knowing at least one of the languages is very important.
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The form asks how many times I've visited and the names and contact information of family and friends in Switzerland, as well as connections to Swiss organisations in Switzerland and abroad. My concern us the lack of immediate family, simply because they are no longer around or don't live in Switzerland.
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I understand that those visits are very important. It is the only objective way for them to measure your "Swissitude".
If you speak French, you should really watch the Temps-Present documentary on the subject:

http://www.tsr.ch/video/info/journal...eo-tab&page=22
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The form asks how many times I've visited and the names and contact information of family and friends in Switzerland, as well as connections to Swiss organisations in Switzerland and abroad. My concern us the lack of immediate family, simply because they are no longer around or don't live in Switzerland.
Yes, that's it. That's what they mean by "ties to Switzerland". If your family is no longer there, well, then that point is not relevant. You should list any family you have that are still Swiss citizens even if they live abroad. Of course they should know you. Not just any long last family.

You'll have to make friends with some Swiss people, join Swiss groups, etc. and if you don't have too many ties you really really should learn the language.
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