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Looking for Naturalization advice

Ok, I married my Swiss wife 15 years ago. We currently live in the US.

We have filed only to notify the birth of our childeren with the consulate here. (and papers to notify them of our marraige). But this was some time ago and I really dont' remember the things we have done for this.

I am starting to look into getting naturalized myself and to file for our children to get their Swiss Passports.

Does anyone have any tips for dealing with this.

Dealing with US Immigration was a nightmare...so I want to try to make this as smooth as possible.
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Old 30.04.2012, 18:22
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Re: Looking for Naturalization advice

For the accelerated naturalisation process, you have to be living as a married couple in Switzerland for a defined length of time. 5 years, I think. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
I think your kids will be able to get Swiss passports based on your wife's nationality. Again, someone may have better information.
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Re: Looking for Naturalization advice

Oh dear, I was under the impression it was 3 years. or if overseas it was something like 5-6 years married.

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Re: Looking for Naturalization advice

Firstly, since you are married to a Swiss the Facilitated Naturalisation process kicks in. But for that you have to be married for 3 years and have lived in Switzerland for 5.

Or if you have lived abroad and have been married for minimum 6 years then you maybe able to apply, but you need to show close ties to Switzerland.

Plus you will acquire the citizenship of the community and canton of your Swiss spouse.

Due to Jus sanguinis your childeren will be automatic Swiss since their mother is a national.

Then there is an issue which I am not so clear about, once the children of a Swiss spouse live outside of Switzerland for a long time period, 10 years or more, they can lose their nationality, or so I heard and they need to renew it.
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Re: Looking for Naturalization advice

Ok, that sounds reasonable.

I am curious what "close ties" means though.

Between Family and Friends...is there anything more needed?
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Re: Looking for Naturalization advice

hah answered my own question... thanks

a spouse of a Swiss national who lives abroad after six years of marriage, and who has "close relations to Switzerland" i.e. travelling regularly to Switzerland, being an active member of a Swiss club abroad and having close relations to the family of the Swiss spouse
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Re: Looking for Naturalization advice

Start learning Swiss german. Does not get any closer than that.
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Re: Looking for Naturalization advice

Well, in our case, close relations meant a couple of swiss friends leaving in CH wrote letters saying nice things about the applicant...This was for my brother in law leaving in Brazil married with my swiss sister...For my husband leaving here and being married to me for ages it was much simpler. BTW my brother in law does not speak a word of German or Swiss German. Check with the swiss consulate where you are. It takes almost 2 years but our husbands got it in the end. All of the grandchildren of my swiss father have swiss passports.
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Start learning Swiss german. Does not get any closer than that.
Not really useful if his wife if from Vevey.
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Re: Looking for Naturalization advice

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Start learning Swiss german. Does not get any closer than that.
Or Italian.

Or French.

Or Rumantsch.

My Swiss wife speaks no German, Swiss or otherwise.

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