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Old 27.09.2008, 08:09
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Today it has been almost six months since my interview. After hearing from the friends I listed in my application (three out of six), who received questions from Bern, nothing new has happened. Again, this is actually good, since it means the slow wheels of Swiss bureaucracy have not found (to date) anything in my case that would merit rejection.

If nothing new happens, my next post will be in December, after nine months of wait, when I will allow myself to start getting antsy about this whole thing.

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I was informed by Bern when I applied (successfully) for the leichter Einbürgern that it could take two years. It actually took 14 months...
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Old 29.09.2008, 17:54
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Hey gonzus, good luck with the whole process, but having been a first-hand witness to the process I can tell you that it will be at least 18 months before you get a definitive answer. And, between now and then you really aren't going to hear much at all. So, do yourself a favour, don't bother getting too antsy . And you know what bureaucrats are like when you put them under pressure? Not a pretty sight.....
Hi Snoopy, I know what you are saying. It is just that I have an aunt who went through the whole thing (on 2006-2007), and she got the final (positive) answer from Bern exactly one year after submitting her papers. So here's to hoping...

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Re: Facilitated integration interview

My husband has been waiting since July 2005 for his facilitated naturalisation. Unfortunately, he was asked for more information in July 2007 and we have not heard anything since. What do you think our chances are and should I start calling the consulate?

He speaks perfect French, had a great interview. But my uncle wrote a letter that said he really didn't know my husband. (Ugh...I had asked if it was okay to put his name down!)
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Old 18.12.2008, 23:08
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Re: Facilitated integration interview

Distancer, that seems like quite some time. My letter to acknowledge receipt of my application says that normal processing time is about one year (I'm in Switzerland), and they say it can take up to 18 months, longer in some cases. I applied in May of this year, and haven't heard anything as of yet...

With most cases, it is best to not contact anyone to find out what's going on - but you've been waiting quite some time out of the normal processing times. I'd say contact the embassy/consulate (I'm assuming you applied from the US?) to see if you should be contacting Bern about it.

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Old 19.12.2008, 01:40
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Re: Facilitated integration interview

It has now been almost nine months since my interview at the Embassy. At this point, I am just waiting. Will I get to one year without hearing anything from Bern? It certainly seems that is the most likely case.

Best wishes to everyone for the upcoming 2009. Here is to hoping the year turns out to be not as bad as many people expect.

My regards to everyone.
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Old 19.12.2008, 20:52
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Re: Facilitated integration interview

This is what our consulate had to say:

They are still working on your file and have a huge workload. We should receive an answer from them in 2009, but Bern could not tell us exactely how long it will take. As soon as I have news from Bern again, I will contact you.
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Old 19.12.2008, 22:06
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Re: Facilitated integration interview

Thank you for the info, very helpful !
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Old 17.01.2009, 18:41
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Re: Facilitated integration interview

I just received my invitation from the police to call them for my facilitated naturalization interview in Basel.

Anyone in Basel gone through this and can give me an idea what to expect?
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Old 17.01.2009, 19:29
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I just received my invitation from the police to call them for my facilitated naturalization interview in Basel.

Anyone in Basel gone through this and can give me an idea what to expect?
I did mine in Vaud about 2 months ago. It was a very friendly talk on who I am, what I do, about our marriage (birthdate of my wife, marriage date etc), where we live. Nothing to worry about, be relax, that`s the best thing...

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Old 29.03.2009, 22:24
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Re: Facilitated integration interview

Hello again,

Yesterday was exactly one year after I had my interview at the Embassy. I am still waiting, but now feel somehow "come of age".

It is funny how things happen. During this year of waiting, it became possible for me to apply to the Spanish citizenship (my mother's ancestry); I presented all my papers for that two weeks ago. So now things have turned into a race: will I become a Spanish or a Swiss national first? Will I ever be both? This is what motivated my interest in multiple citizenships and the subsequent poll I initiated here.

Interesting how two years ago all of this was not even a far possibility; you really never know what is going to transpire.

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Old 31.03.2009, 14:42
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It is funny how things happen. During this year of waiting, it became possible for me to apply to the Spanish citizenship (my mother's ancestry); I presented all my papers for that two weeks ago. So now things have turned into a race: will I become a Spanish or a Swiss national first? Will I ever be both?
It's funny, I asked myself almost the same question 12 months ago: will I become Italian or Swiss first?
3 weeks ago I got my Italian passport
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Old 31.03.2009, 14:53
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It's funny, I asked myself almost the same question 12 months ago: will I become Italian or Swiss first?
3 weeks ago I got my Italian passport
Well Brownie, congratulations! I take it you are still waiting on the Swiss one? How are you applying for citizenship in Switzerland? Are you living there or are you a descendant of a Swiss national? Which canton?

Just curious. Good luck and best regards.
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Old 03.04.2009, 10:19
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I take it you are still waiting on the Swiss one? How are you applying for citizenship in Switzerland? Are you living there or are you a descendant of a Swiss national? Which canton?

Just curious. Good luck and best regards.
Yes, I'm still waiting for the Swiss passport, although I'm not so excited anymore. My main concern then was to be able to travel freely (also last minute) without having to apply for visas for (almost) every country, as well as apply for jobs that limit applicants to C Permit holders and EU citizens! I can do those things now, i have a B permit (soon C) and the Swiss passport will come when it comes
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Old 19.04.2009, 18:56
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Well, believe it or not, the time has finally come. I received on April 15th news from the Embassy in Chile, stating that the process for my facilitated naturalization was completed. Apparently all I have to do now is to sign a document stating I have had no problems with the local law in Chile, and that's it: I will then be a full-blooded, high-quality Swiss. (I did have to state in my original application that I am an upstanding citizen in Chile with no local legal problems, I don't know why the new form).

It would be the understatement of the year to say I am extremely happy; I am bursting out of myself! The whole thing took thirteen months, which is what I expected from how long it took for an aunt of mine, who applied due to the same ancestor.

Hoi!

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Old 19.04.2009, 19:10
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Glad to hear you made the grade. Welcome to the club!
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It would be the understatement of the year to say I am extremely happy; I am bursting out of myself! The whole thing took thirteen months, which is what I expected from how long it took for an aunt of mine, who applied due to the same ancestor.
Congratulations!! Finally..
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Congratulations!! Glad to hear this good news.
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Very good, the Swiss are slowly taking over the forum
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Today I walked into my house back from work and found a very official-looking envelope from the Swiss Embassy in Chile. I was very excited as I opened the envelope, guessing it could bring final news about my naturalization process. And yes, indeed it did. The Federal Department of Justice and Police in Bern (my translation of the name) decided on May 7th 2009 to accept my request for naturalization. The decision became officialized on June 18th 2009. Finally, after almost 16 months of waiting, and two years after I began this quest, I am now officially a Swiss citizen.

I am drinking a nice glass of beer and quietly celebrating this moment. I thought I would share it with you. Cheers!
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