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Naturalization and language

Hello!
I would appreciate if someone could clarify some points about naturalization.
May I apply for it in Zurich, if I do not speak German, but only Italian. In other words, is knowledge of any official language enough or one has to speak the language of the community where he lives at the moment of application?

Another question is about dual citizenship. I am an Ukrainian and Ukraine does not allow it. Will Swiss authorities ask me to leave Ukrainian citizenship before they grant me with Swiss one?
I know that, for example, Canadian authorities do.
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Re: Naturalization and language

Hi,

I think that if someone asks you to drop a citizenship, it will be Ukraine and not Switzerland, as Switzerland allows dual citizenship.

I doubt that applying for CH citizenship outside of your place of residence (Wohnsitz) which is Lugano in your case (I presume) is possible.

As Italian is a federal official as well as a national language (Amts- and Landessprache) as well as the official language (Amtssprache) of Canton Ticino, I think you shouldn't have a problem if Lugano is your place of residence and you apply for citizenship there.

However, the official language (Amtssprache) of Canton Zurich is German (each canton has its own federal languages), so things might be different there. But why would you want to apply for citizenship in Zurich, since you don't live there?


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Re: Naturalization and language

I have read in some threads that people were given choice what official language they want to speak during the naturalisation interview. Now I have doubts if it is really mandatory to speak the language of my residence canton.

Another question. If I qualify for naturalisation request, but my wife does not, can I still apply and get it?
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Re: Naturalization and language

Each canton requires a certain period of residence within the canton (sometimes even within one commune/gemeinde) in addition to the federal requirement of 5/12 years.

In my canton of Glarus, for example, I won't be eligible to apply until I've lived here, in Glarus, for six years.

This means that even if you've lived in Switzerland for twelve years, or whatever, you can't just move to another canton and start your application as soon as you've unpacked. I think Zurich requires three years - I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong.
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I have read in some threads that people were given choice what official language they want to speak during the naturalisation interview. Now I have doubts if it is really mandatory to speak the language of my residence canton.

Another question. If I qualify for naturalisation request, but my wife does not, can I still apply and get it?
Technically you are applying for citizenship of the commune you live in and get federal citizenship as a result of that, and the integration test is at a communal level. I think you need to have proven B1 level written and spoken German in Zurich, here in Schwyz it is moving to B2 requirement for the spoken.
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