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Meeting with Gemeinde

Hi, I am currently in the process of facilitated naturalisation as my husband is Swiss. We just received a letter asking both of us to meet with the Stadtschreiberei at the gemeinde where we are living. I was expecting to have to meet with someone possibly from the Canton but I was also expecting to have to go in alone. Any ideas as to why they want us both there or what we can expect from this meeting?
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Hi, I am currently in the process of facilitated naturalisation as my husband is Swiss. We just received a letter asking both of us to meet with the Stadtschreiberei at the gemeinde where we are living. I was expecting to have to meet with someone possibly from the Canton but I was also expecting to have to go in alone. Any ideas as to why they want us both there or what we can expect from this meeting?
I'd think that they want you both there since (I presume) your husband (marriage) is the reason why you're in the facilitated naturalisation process. So it makes sense for them to want both you and your husband there.

And meeting at the place where you are living makes sense as well, since you'll not only be a citizen of the Canton Zurich but of your Gemeinde as well, since Swiss citizenship is threefold (federal, cantonal and communal).
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Thanks for the info. We actually just moved to Canton Aargau (just realized that I need to update my info on the forum ). A friend of mine recently went through this process as well with her husband being Swiss and in her gemeinde, they sent the police over to visit in order to judge whether they really were married or if it was a marriage on paper. I was just wondering if this visit to the gemeinde was going to be something similar or if I should come prepared with Swiss history, geography and the such.
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I had to attend with my husband when he had his interview (I am Swiss and he is British - now both with dual nationality). They quizzed me to ascertain that we indeed lived together, and asked me in the end if we had any intention of separating/divorcing. I said that since we'd been together for 40 years, we might as well keep going! She laughed. Sadly, many apply for Swiss nationality under the pretenses of a marriage- and the point of going together is to show that said marriage is indeed real. The whole interview, about 1 hour, was in French - to ascertain that my OH has got a/ good basic communicative French (they asked him which courses he has attended- and he gave an honest reply 'none' - learnt with me and my family) b/ that he has good knowledge of the culture of the country- but without any formal questions or exam.

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Thanks. Good to know and a relief that it is not a formal exam on Swiss politics and the such. Just happy to know what to expect (more or less). Thanks again.
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And meeting at the place where you are living makes sense as well, since you'll not only be a citizen of the Canton Zurich but of your Gemeinde as well, since Swiss citizenship is threefold (federal, cantonal and communal).
Not for facilitated naturalisation, where you live is irrelevant.

You get the same Heimatort as your spouse, regardless of where that it, not that of where you live (unless they are one and the same).

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Not for facilitated naturalisation, where you live is irrelevant.

You get the same Heimatort as your spouse, regardless of where that it, not that of where you live (unless they are one and the same).

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I didn't know that, thanks for your clarification. I always thought that both spouses would also have each other's Heimatort/Bürgerort through marriage, e.g. A.B. Bürger von Mendrisio und Locarno, and B.B., Bürgerin von Locarno und Mendrisio.
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If two Swiss get married, the wife gets the husband's plus keeps her original Heimatort, but nothing changes for the husbund (did that last year).

If a foreigner marries a Swiss, and gets Swiss citizenship, they get that of the Swiss spouse (did that 15 years ago)

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Hi, the Gemeinde will take ur finger-print, retina scan andphotos and also a discussion/interview with you by a official from Gemeinde. Ifyou know German, speak to them in German or else they will ask you to go andlearn German in next 1 year time. Sign only for A1 Basis level.
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Hi, the Gemeinde will take ur finger-print, retina scan andphotos and also a discussion/interview with you by a official from Gemeinde. Ifyou know German, speak to them in German or else they will ask you to go andlearn German in next 1 year time. Sign only for A1 Basis level.
Actually in a case of naturalisation by marriage the gemeinde is simply informed that it will happen as is the kanton. And there is no requirement to speak German, only show integration. The most likely reason for the meeting is because they have not been married very long, have only recently moved to Switzerland or have recently changed gemeindes.
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Hi, the Gemeinde will take ur finger-print, retina scan andphotos and also a discussion/interview with you by a official from Gemeinde. Ifyou know German, speak to them in German or else they will ask you to go andlearn German in next 1 year time. Sign only for A1 Basis level.
For the biometric passport, I suppose? What if the applicant just wants an ID card? The latter don't have this kind of data on them yet, do they?

And why German? Switzerland has three official languages, not one.
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