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My interview was just over 12 months ago, but I definitely was doing lots of document gathering during the several weeks before that, and there were four to six weeks after the interview, during which I had to get additional documents, which delayed the final submission. FWIW, according to the official notification, the decision was actually made in mid-December, and formally certified in late January.
Ohhh...no interview has taken place for my friend...nothing has happened at all for him since he submitted the initial application (other than a letter confirming receipt), so I guess you're not on a similar timeline! Disappointing!
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Ohhh...no interview has taken place for my friend...nothing has happened at all for him since he submitted the initial application (other than a letter confirming receipt), so I guess you're not on a similar timeline! Disappointing!
I'm not sure if your friend's case is similar to mine. Is he applying based on his being the descendant of a Swiss, or because he's married to one? I'm guessing the latter, in which case the whole process could be quite different from mine. I applied as the grandchild of a Swiss living outside of Switzerland, and was promptly notified of what to do at each "next step" in the process. Applying as the spouse of a Swiss while living within Swiss borders launches a very different process, I think.
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I'm not sure if your friend's case is similar to mine. Is he applying based on his being the descendant of a Swiss, or because he's married to one? I'm guessing the latter, in which case the whole process could be quite different from mine. I applied as the grandchild of a Swiss living outside of Switzerland, and was promptly notified of what to do at each "next step" in the process. Applying as the spouse of a Swiss while living within Swiss borders launches a very different process, I think.
Yes, my friend is married to a Swiss so I'm sure you're right - the process is very different. Too bad. But all in good time.
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Hi,

I'm going through the process of facilitated naturalization (married to a Swiss) and a month ago I got a letter saying the process was basically done. I started in June 2009. It said there was nothing more required of me and with no further objections, it would be final in two months. We also had to pay the fee at this point.

Just a bit of background, my wife is Swiss, we've been married 7 years (also two children), and been in Switzerland 2.5 years. Also interesting, I've never had any test or real interview, just a very simple 5 minute phone conversation in German with the local Gemeinde.

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Hi,

I'm going through the process of facilitated naturalization (married to a Swiss) and a month ago I got a letter saying the process was basically done. I started in June 2009. It said there was nothing more required of me and with no further objections, it would be final in two months. We also had to pay the fee at this point.

Just a bit of background, my wife is Swiss, we've been married 7 years (also two children), and been in Switzerland 2.5 years. Also interesting, I've never had any test or real interview, just a very simple 5 minute phone conversation in German with the local Gemeinde.

Dan
Thanks for the post Dan - you have provided some very helpful information! So after you submitted your application back in June 2009 you didn't hear anything more (no add'l requests for info, etc) other than a short 5 minute phone conversation in German with the Gemeinde?
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Hi,

I'm going through the process of facilitated naturalization (married to a Swiss) and a month ago I got a letter saying the process was basically done. I started in June 2009. It said there was nothing more required of me and with no further objections, it would be final in two months. We also had to pay the fee at this point.

Just a bit of background, my wife is Swiss, we've been married 7 years (also two children), and been in Switzerland 2.5 years. Also interesting, I've never had any test or real interview, just a very simple 5 minute phone conversation in German with the local Gemeinde.

Dan
Hi Dan

I would be interested in knowing the milestones you went through with your process, if you are keen to share in more detail.

Particularly interested in knowing how much German you were expected to know.

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Hi,

No, for sure there were other requests for information. I'll have to check but mostly it was providing information to show that I had paid our taxes, that our marriage was valid, and that I wasn't a criminal. I have photocopies of everything so I can get more detail but that was basically it. The process actually took longer because I wasn't so quick at responding sometimes. I had to request documents and wait for them before sending them on.

Believe me, the 5 minute conversation was no difficult German test, but she did say it was to access my language. I was maybe A2 level at the time but I would say my speaking level was below that. She just asked if I was in any local clubs. I was honest and said no, we hadn't lived here that long and that we had only gotten to know our neighbors a bit who also had kids.

Also interesting, we moved during the process. We first lived in ZH and now AG but my wife's heimat is in SZ. The person I spoke to was from our local Gemeinde and not my wife's heimat, which becomes my heimat. A bit strange. I would have thought the heimat Gemeinde would be the one doing the interview but that wasn't the case.

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Hi Dan

Sorry for the delay in responding. Thank you for the additional detail very helpful.
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Re: Facilitated naturalization interview

Does anyone have the link to the forms for applying for naturalization (spouse) or does one have to go to the gemeinde / stadt haus?
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Does anyone have the link to the forms for applying for naturalization (spouse) or does one have to go to the gemeinde / stadt haus?
well I went to the Stadthaus in Zürich. Got all the papers.I'm still trying to decide whether i'ts really worth it to get Naturalisation.
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Another update. Things went fast after I got the final 'final' letter last week. The next day I received our new 'family' papers with my heimat updated. I then received a letter within two days saying I needed to turn in my B permit by Friday (today). I went and applied for my passport and id card on Wednesday. They took my fingerprints and picture. Then I received both by post today! Wow that was fast!
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well I went to the Stadthaus in Zürich. Got all the papers.I'm still trying to decide whether i'ts really worth it to get Naturalisation.
From a fellow aussie.
What is influencing you not to apply?
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What is influencing you not to apply?
Well I really can't see the purpose or advantages of having Swiss citizenship. The only reason might be that it makes it easier to come and go in Switzerland as one wants.
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well I went to the Stadthaus in Zürich. Got all the papers.I'm still trying to decide whether i'ts really worth it to get Naturalisation.
From a fellow aussie.
I'd say that a very personal choice. I've heard some say if you are already an EU citizen that it's not worth it, but I think it of course really depends on the person. I think getting Swiss citizenship could help you feel more integrated, if that's what you want.

For me, having a Swiss wife and two Swiss kids, I wanted to become more integrated. I'm also not an EU citizen and thought it would be good to have Swiss citizenship if I ever wanted to work in the EU.

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As a follow-up to my adventure with facilitated naturalization, I visited the Swiss Consulate in Atlanta on the Monday before last to order my passport, and my very own "little red book" arrived in today's mail(!), less than two weeks later. For most of the past 30 years I thought this event was an impossibility. It was only by joining EF and stumbling upon this thread that I learned I had become eligible for citizenship (thanks EF — and Gonzus!).
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It was only by joining EF and stumbling upon this thread that I learned I had become eligible for citizenship (thanks EF — and Gonzus!).
Glad to have been of assistance. Some day, if we ever meet, I will feel free to ask you to invite me a nice beer (although it won't be a Swiss one ).
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...Some day, if we ever meet, I will feel free to ask you to invite me a nice beer (although it won't be a Swiss one ).
Please do, and it will be my pleasure!

(I'm still celebrating with a nice Mexican beer even now. )
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