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Old 20.02.2020, 08:04
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congrats lofty!!!
I was too late to send a thanks, looking forward to catching up over a Negroni ;-)
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Old 20.02.2020, 13:16
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Were you maybe born in Switzerland or graduated from a school / university here? Otherwise I'm puzzled how you got approved by the commune without an interview
I graduated from ETH. But that doesn't really mean much as the ETH is pretty much a world unto itself and you can actually get by without any special language skills or local knowledge. Not so in my case, mind you. But I'm surprised they accepted it that easily. I also had a list of various volunteering and such things that I've done over the years that possibly may have helped my dossier. But nothing extraordinary.
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Old 21.02.2020, 20:08
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I was too late to send a thanks, looking forward to catching up over a Negroni ;-)
“Swiss Watch” surely? https://www.diffordsguide.com/cockta...23/swiss-watch

“We prefer this as an apertif alternative to a Negroni”...

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This is my first post in this forum. I am doing it because this forum and this thread specifically have helped me tremendously in the process towards becoming Swiss. and i would like to return the favour. Overall the process was less than a year, and was smooth sailing.

Process: Ordinary Naturalisation
Original Nationality: EU citizen
Commune: Ville de Geneve (Geneva)


End-Feb: Full application accepted at OCPM
End-Apr: Interview at OCPM
Mid-Sep: Approval from Commune
Mid-Oct: 100 chf invoice from SEM (Federal)
end-Oct: Letter from SEM (Federal) to sign attestation of good citizenship
mid-Jan: Approval from Canton + confirmation of approval from Federal
Mid-Feb: SWISS!!!!!! following a lovely ceremony

Thank you all again, and I wish you all the best in this process to becoming an important pillar and contributor to the Swiss society
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This is my first post in this forum. I am doing it because this forum and this thread specifically have helped me tremendously in the process towards becoming Swiss. and i would like to return the favour. Overall the process was less than a year, and was smooth sailing.

Process: Ordinary Naturalisation
Original Nationality: EU citizen
Commune: Ville de Geneve (Geneva)


End-Feb 2019: Full application accepted at OCPM
End-Apr 2019: Interview at OCPM
Mid-Sep 2019: Approval from Commune
Mid-Oct 2019: 100 chf invoice from SEM (Federal)
End-Oct 2019: Letter from SEM (Federal) to sign attestation of good citizenship
Mid-Jan 2020: Approval from Canton + confirmation of approval from Federal
Mid-Feb 2020: SWISS!!!!!! following a lovely ceremony

Thank you all again, and I wish you all the best in this process to becoming an important pillar and contributor to the Swiss society
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Old 24.02.2020, 17:00
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Wow! Fast and cheap! Congratulations!
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Old 24.02.2020, 18:48
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I graduated from ETH. But that doesn't really mean much as the ETH is pretty much a world unto itself and you can actually get by without any special language skills or local knowledge. Not so in my case, mind you. But I'm surprised they accepted it that easily. I also had a list of various volunteering and such things that I've done over the years that possibly may have helped my dossier. But nothing extraordinary.
Thanks for sharing this! So yes, the Zurich cantonal naturalization ordinance says that anyone who completed any post-primary school education in Switzerland is considered to satisfy the requirements for knowing the Swiss/cantonal/communal geography/history/society/politics (§ 6b here). That means no need to go through a naturalization interview.

Hm. I still have more than 4.5 years till I can apply, maybe I should come back and complete that PhD...
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Good morning everybody. I'd been reading this thread and have seen a few of you are having a similar experience to me, so I thought I'd register and share my application.

Kanton: Zürich
Geminde: Uster
British Citizen, C permit holder since 2010, lived in Kanton Zürich since 2005 and Uster since 2007.

2017
  • B1 Cert obtained

2018
  • Sat written test about Switzerland, Zürich and Uster and passed

2019
  • January - Submitted all paperwork in one go to Uster
  • March - Note from Uster “you didn’t go to school????” (In German obviously) because I’d filled out the form incorrectly. Corrected and resubmitted
  • Start June - Meeting with Stadtrates
  • Mid June - Just under 1100chf paid to Uster
  • Mid September - 500chf paid to Kanton Zürich, the letter says that SEM (Bern) will process the application within 8 months of receiving the application
  • End October Einbürgerungsbewilligung des Bundes (Bern) paid (100chf)

2020
  • Feb -Still waiting
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Got the letter today, I'm Swiss since 28.02
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Old 02.03.2020, 19:56
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Got the letter today, I'm Swiss since 28.02
Well done! One day later, though, and your anniversary could have been every 4 years!
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“>>Sponplague<< wird unter Vorbehalt der Zustimmung von Kanton und Bund in das Bürgerrecht der Stadt Zürich aufgenommen“ usw.

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Old 03.03.2020, 08:12
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Well, I paid it the day I got it online. So I guess the countdown starts on Nov 10. Well, my bday is in Jan, so if by some rare chance I got it then, that would be a pretty swell bday present for myself. Fingers crossed for that one - will cut down on the shopping bill.
Well, you guys will never believe this but I actually did receive the letter on my birthday confirming my ceremony for March 5. Kind of a miracle and a much needed smile in the midst of a lot of medical stuff. So I am really thrilled. 11 months from the moment of depositing all the documents to the naturalisation ceremony. Had I been in another canton the ceremony would not have been part of it and I would have received it in 8 months. All in all, thanks to you guys for the many private messages and the support!
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Just curious to know if attending the ceremony is mandatory for getting the citizenship ? I remember one of my prior neighbors mentioned that she received her citizenship but never attend any ceremony. Well she got her passport through marriage though. Not sure if it is relevant...e
Yes attending the ceremony in Geneva is at least part of the law and is required. I know also this is the same in Vaud.
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Now it is give-back time for me. The timeline of my case is as follow:

June 2018: Applied in Zürich City
July 2018: Zürich Canton asked for additional documents,provided, got confirmation
June 2019: Appeared for interview with Zürich Stadt
July 2019: Zürich Stadt Approval
Oct 2019: Zürich Canton Approval
Nov 2019: SEM Bill
March 2020: Final Approval

Now waiting for Meldebestätigung, so as to apply for Passport & ID.
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I would like share my experience

Kanton : Zürich
Stadt : Zürich Kreis 11
Application : Normal Naturalisation (whole family)

• End Dec 2017 - Applied in Stadt Zuerich
• Mid June 2018 - Requested some more documents
• End Sep 2018 - Submitted all the requested documents
• End Nov 2019 - KDE exam
• Mid April 2019 - Interview in Stadthaus
• Mid May 2019 - Bill from Stadt ZH
• Mid Aug 2019 - Request some more documents ( Baby born during these days so new documents requested)
• Beginning Sep 2019 - Got bill and forwarded my documents to Bund
• End Nov 2019 - Received bill from Bund
• Beginning Mar 2020 - Finally Swiss :-)
• Next steps wait for Meldebestaetigung and apply for Passport and ID card

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I have got very useful information from here. Its very helpful
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Old 10.03.2020, 21:18
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My story so far (updated)

- end of September / early October 2019 sent in all paperwork
- about 6 weeks later I received a confirmation that my application had been received.
- mid December, received notification that Gemeinde has approved and that the dossier is being handed over to the Canton.
- early March 2020, received thumbs up from canton, dossier now going to Bern. The letter says expect that to take up to 8 months.
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- end of September / early October 2019 sent in all paperwork
- about 6 weeks later I received a confirmation that my application had been received.
- mid December, received notification that Gemeinde has approved and that the dossier is being handed over to the Canton.
- early March 2020, received thumbs up from canton, dossier now going to Bern. The letter says expect that to take up to 8 months.
No interview???
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It seems to depend on the person who is working on it , I am in Zürich-City as well, German citizen with Swiss university degree but nevertheless I received an invitation for the interview
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Old 11.03.2020, 10:05
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It seems to depend on the person who is working on it , I am in Zürich-City as well, German citizen with Swiss university degree but nevertheless I received an invitation for the interview
Sure, the whole reason for this thread is that there is little consistency in this process, even within a town. However I don't think either nationality nor educational qualifications should exempt anyone from an interview.
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