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Re: Facilitated naturalization interview

I don't think three months is that unusual. If you have marriage certificates and birth certificates from different areas in the US they will send then out to different consulates for translation. If they acknowledged the application I would just be patient. Cheers
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I think there's a massive backlog right now from folks wanting to get in before the law changes, and also many more folks that are living abroad who are trying facilitated because they hope to get a job here. Good luck!
Indeed. Naturalizations for 2015 increased by 7'600 over 2014, a 23.0% increase:

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I don't think three months is that unusual. If you have marriage certificates and birth certificates from different areas in the US they will send then out to different consulates for translation. If they acknowledged the application I would just be patient. Cheers


That's true. When a family member of mine went through the process, it involved sending in the application and supporting documents first, having the paperwork checked (and in the case of civil status documents, translated and authenticated by the relevant Swiss consulate), and then going in for a scheduled interview. The checking-of-documents stage took a few weeks (if I remember right), during which time there was some correspondence with the consulate (in part because they needed other versions of some of the documents), so the applicant had a good idea of where things stood along the way.


If you haven't heard anything at all beyond the acknowledgment, it might just be that they have everything they need, and the process is proceeding smoothly ... or it might be that there is a backlog and things are taking a bit longer than usual.


Anyway, it's a good point that the authentication of documents does take a bit of time. Based solely on the experience of my relative, I would say that three months does seems a little long, but no doubt these things can vary. Maybe give it just a little more time, but it might be worth checking on things before too very much longer.
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Indeed. Naturalizations for 2015 increased by 7'600 over 2014, a 23.0% increase:

2015: 40'588
2014: 32'988

See p. 21 for details:

https://www.sem.admin.ch/dam/data/se...-12-jahr-d.pdf


Interesting figures; thanks for sharing! I notice that the figures for facilitated naturalization are up only very slightly (by about 3%), reflecting the fact, I guess, that the requirements for facilitated naturalization are not, in general, being tightened up as much as those for ordinary naturalization.

I wonder what the implications of that are for the workload levels at embassy and consulates. The number of applications filed from abroad is of course a very, very small proportion of the naturalization caseload in any given year, and as the figures published here don't separate out the number of facilitated naturalization applications filed in Switzerland vs those filed abroad, it's impossible to know if the number in the latter category has jumped by very much.
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...I would say that three months does seems a little long, but no doubt these things can vary. Maybe give it just a little more time, but it might be worth checking on things before too very much longer.
Since Christmas and New Year holidays were thrown into those 3 months, that's why I say don't panic yet. But there's nothing wrong with a friendly email or phone call to ask if there's any other information you can provide, or what you should expect next in the process.
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Since Christmas and New Year holidays were thrown into those 3 months, that's why I say don't panic yet. But there's nothing wrong with a friendly email or phone call to ask if there's any other information you can provide, or what you should expect next in the process.


Yes, and depending which consulates in the US were involved, they might have closed up for about a week after the recent snowstorm.

In any case, in the experience of my family members, Swiss consulates are quite responsive to enquiries and e-mail correspondence about these sorts of things (impressively so, considering how difficult it can be to establish contact with a human being in and/or to glean any substantive information from the governmental offices of some other countries), so while you wouldn't want to slow them down unnecessarily with a barrage of messages, a quick note might yield a useful update.
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Question about Facilitated naturalization (from abroad):

My mother is Swiss. I was born in the USA and not able to be naturalized (born before law was changed in 1985). The consulate told me I can apply via facilitated naturalization. I believe some people on this thread have had a similar situation.

I turned in my application about 3 months ago and received an email right away from the consulate that it was received, but have not heard anything since then.

I was just curious - those of you who have been through a similar process, how long did it take to hear back from the consulate to set up an interview once you turned in your application?

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Thank you all for your advice. I ended up contacting the consulate to ask about the status of my application...and they informed me that my file is complete and I can now schedule an interview.

I guess it helped to ask!
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Re: Facilitated naturalization interview

Does anyone know if minor children are typically automatically included on an application for facilitated naturalization? I live abroad and my mother is Swiss. I have 3 children ages 6, 4, and 1.

It appears there is one place on the application to include minor children under age 18, and I have submitted their birth certificates, etc.

But two other forms ask to list minor children (over age 10) included in the application, which I left blank since my kids are all under 10 years old. Hopefully that was not an error on my part! So I was a bit confused if my children would also be naturalized if my application is successful.

If anyone has had success with minor children being naturalized at the same time, I would love to hear how it went.

Thank you and best regards
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Does anyone know if minor children are typically automatically included on an application for facilitated naturalization?...
Yes, when they're properly documented in the paperwork, a successful application will result in your minor children receiving citizenship as well as yourself.

Like you, I was living in the US when I went through the process in 2009/2010 via the consulate in Atlanta. The consulate staff strongly encouraged me to include my minor child (16 at the time) in the paperwork, and he now has a Swiss passport. At the moment I don't recall a form mentioning children over 10 (maybe somebody else will chime in about that here), but I suspect the Swiss officials assisting you in the process will say something if they think your children should be added to any forms where they're not mentioned.

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Re: Facilitated naturalization interview

Iím really grateful for this thread Ė itís been very helpful as Iíve gone through the facilitated naturalization process from abroad.

I just wanted to share my recent experiences of applying and completing the interview.

Quick background -- my grandparents and my mother are Swiss, but my father is not. I was born in the USA. At that time the Swiss law did not allow my mother to pass Swiss citizenship to me. The law was changed shortly after I was born, so my other siblings all have Swiss citizenship.

However, there is a specific article in the current citizenship law (58a) that allows me to apply for facilitated naturalization.

I recently completed the application and had my interview. I speak some German but actually speak better Italian, so the interview was done in Italian.

I was nervous when I arrived at the consulate because even with the advice from this thread I wasnít exactly sure how the interview was going to be. A consular officer came out to the waiting area. He suggested we just have the interview in the waiting room since no one else was there. He started speaking to me immediately in Italian and we had the whole interview in the language. I donít think we said a single word in English until the very end.

I was surprised that he didnít ask me why I wanted to be Swiss (I had prepared for this question the most!). We talked a little about where I live and my family. He asked how many times I had been to Switzerland in the last few years.

Then he asked me about 20 questions from a sheet of paper. Most of the questions were basic (how many cantons are there?). Some of them were a little more detailed about geography, historical dates and politics. And a handful were difficult, at least I thought so (what is the current unemployment rate?).

I think I meet the absolute minimum for having ďclose tiesĒ: 3 recent trips to Switzerland, some knowledge of a national language, about 5 references in Switzerland and being a member of a Swiss club. But the consular officer seemed to think I have reasonable chance of success. He said he would write a positive report, send my application to Bern and that it would take about 18 months to hear back from them. I then paid the fee and it was over.

The interview was more informal and less intense than I was expecting. I worried that they would grill me about my motivations for applying and that I had to prove that I was really "Swiss enough" to apply. But it was very low-key and the consulate officer was kind and seemed to want me to do well on the interview.

Now the long wait begins! Even if I donít get the Swiss nationality, it has been a very rewarding journey and I feel much closer to Switzerland and my family there through this process.

Another note: I forgot to ask during the interview if my minor children were included in my application. I had attached their birth certificates and put their names on the application so I assumed they would be included. But I wanted to double check. I called the consulate after my interview. I was told that my 2 of my children's birth certificates had somehow been misplaced! So I had to hurry and send certified copies. I'm glad I asked! So don't be afraid of verifying everything and making sure the consulate has everything they need for your application. The consulate was extremely helpful at making sure my application was complete and my children included.

I just wanted to thank everyone on this thread. It helped tremendously during the application process. If anyone has any other questions about the process or what I did to prepare, I'd be more than happy to share.
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Re: Facilitated naturalization interview

I started the process just over a year ago. I'm US Citizen, married to a Swiss National thirteen years, have two kids. We moved to Switzerland in 2009, but I move back here to the US at the end of 2014. ( That's a whole different story).

I submitted my application to The Swiss Consulate in Washington DC, at the beginning of March 2015, had my interview on March 20th 2015.

I was given an intervew date so quickly, I almost had a Heart attack.

I was so worried going into the interview , I thought there was no way I could communicate in German, to be eligible for Swiss Naturalization.


I called the Consulate a few times prior to my interview, I asked what happened if my language was not up to par, I was told interviewing from "abroad" did not require the language skill as much as interviewing inside CH, " but if you want to live in Switzerland, you should learn the language". I was determined to try to do"something" in German.

I asked my Hubby to only speak German the next two weeks with me, and I was on Duolingo 24/7, hooked my Apple TV up to Telezueri, and watched Kikaninchen with my 5 year old, till she asked if "I could go now Mommy".

The interview was quite informal, I was asked about the Swiss Cantons, why I wanted to become Swiss, what foods can I name that are eaten in Switzerland, did I marry my Husband for a Swiss Passport, and if i was ever a Prostitute.

It was informal because she spoke to me the whole time in English. I think they remembered me from the 100 times I called, worried about the language for the interview.

I was quite fluent in saying Danke and Genau. She had a look like she wanted to laugh so badly. I was ok with that.

In mid July 2015 my references in CH, emailed me to let me know they received documents as references for me.

On January 20th 2016 I received two documents to sign, stating, I have no criminal records, and marriage not fraudulent.

On March 8th 2016, I received my Naturalization document, then had my Swiss Passport within weeks.

Learn the language or some to prepare for the interview, however, still go for the interview even if you don't feel confident, or don't think you know enough to communicate. Best of luck!
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Re: Facilitated naturalization interview

Bit of a random FN question, from inside Switzerland.

I want to apply for FN, but we are going travelling next May-June for the two months. Will this be an issue? Should I just write on my application that we are away then so can't do interviews/respond to mail during that time. Or should I apply in a year when we are back from the trip!?
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Iím really grateful for this thread Ė itís been very helpful as Iíve gone through the facilitated naturalization process from abroad.
I (and I'm sure everyone else who has contributed here) am glad to hear that.

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I just wanted to share my recent experiences of applying and completing the interview.
Thank you very much for sharing that. This is the first time I hear of an interview conducted fully in the Swiss language. It is also the first time I hear of a pre-made list of questions, in a sheet of paper. It would have been great to get a copy of that list... Failing that, do you think you could stress your memory and share whatever questions you do remember?

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Another note: I forgot to ask during the interview if my minor children were included in my application. I had attached their birth certificates and put their names on the application so I assumed they would be included. But I wanted to double check. I called the consulate after my interview. I was told that my 2 of my children's birth certificates had somehow been misplaced! So I had to hurry and send certified copies. I'm glad I asked! So don't be afraid of verifying everything and making sure the consulate has everything they need for your application. The consulate was extremely helpful at making sure my application was complete and my children included.
Good call. Yes, your children under 18 can be included in your application and automatically get citizenship if you do, but of course you need to make sure you did hand in all required papers.

Best of luck and lots of patience. One word of advice: do not pester them, at least until one year has passed by. What you can do is ask your contacts in Switzerland to let you know if / when they get the letter from Bern about you.

Cheers!
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On March 8th 2016, I received my Naturalization document, then had my Swiss Passport within weeks.
Congratulations and welcome to the club!
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I want to apply for FN, but we are going travelling next May-June for the two months. Will this be an issue? Should I just write on my application that we are away then so can't do interviews/respond to mail during that time. Or should I apply in a year when we are back from the trip!?
I understand from this that you plan to be away from May to June 2017. If that is the case, you have plenty of time to gather all papers, prepare, schedule and conduct the interview. After the interview, there is nothing else to do but wait.

Good luck!
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I understand from this that you plan to be away from May to June 2017. If that is the case, you have plenty of time to gather all papers, prepare, schedule and conduct the interview. After the interview, there is nothing else to do but wait.

Good luck!
I agree, except for the "nothing else to do" bit. After the interview I still had to (again) certify in writing that we're still married, plan to stay married, are in a conjugal relationship, and that I understand the citizenship can be revoked up to 8 years after issue if we are found to have lied.

My process took 8 months, so why not get yours going as soon as you can? Hopefully by next May you'll be traveling on a Swiss passport!
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I agree, except for the "nothing else to do" bit.
Hum, you are probably right. I was answering from my experience, which is from outside Switzerland.

But we agree anyway, no reason to wait.
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This is the first time I hear of an interview conducted fully in the Swiss language. It is also the first time I hear of a pre-made list of questions, in a sheet of paper. It would have been great to get a copy of that list... Failing that, do you think you could stress your memory and share whatever questions you do remember?
Another forum member has listed questions asked during his or her recent interview, and my questions were very similar.

Facilitated naturalisation from Abroad

It seemed like the questions were printed, since the person doing the interview opened a folder and turned to the page when explaining we had to do a little exam about my knowledge of Switzerland.

Hopefully the questions linked above will help people as they prepare for their interview.
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What shit's me off is that these A Holes rich Russians get special treatment in Zug to enable them to stay here.A bigoted Swiss system
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In Case anyone applying for Facilitated naturalisation in Zurich, the following link contains a PDF which I found very useful for interview (to the point and simpler German):
https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/portal/...partnerin.html

Although it contains some information Regarding Kanton Zurich but most info apply to Switzerland as a whole.

Waiting for the interview
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