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Old 18.02.2021, 10:00
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You must live in one of the more conservative cantons
Yeap, St. Gallen.
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Old 18.02.2021, 10:03
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Yeap, St. Gallen.
Ah, so your applying for an Austrian passport then?
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Old 18.02.2021, 10:51
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Ah, so your applying for an Austrian passport then?
Close enough ! I live within walking distance to Vaduz, so it's a short 20min. drive to Feldkirch-AT.

But no, I prefer red with white text and cross, instead of purple and golden. Too fancy for my more pedestrian taste.
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Old 22.02.2021, 16:17
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Re: Normal Naturalisation - applicant diary

I finished watching the 4-part SRF DOK series following 4 cases going the the ordinary naturalisation process: a family in Pontresina GR, a family in Lugano TI, a couple in Lausanne VD and single in Freienbach SZ.


This program certainly made me appreciate how pragmatic and straight-forward the process is in Kanton Zürich!
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Old 22.02.2021, 16:52
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Re: Normal Naturalisation - applicant diary

So it may not be a great idea (for us going through it at the moment) to watch it just yet, so as not to get completely freaked out?
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So it may not be a great idea (for us going through it at the moment) to watch it just yet, so as not to get completely freaked out?

Sh1....are we letting everyone in these days?

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Old 22.02.2021, 17:37
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They lowered the bar with you, now it's free for all.
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I finished watching the 4-part SRF DOK series following 4 cases going the the ordinary naturalisation process: a family in Pontresina GR, a family in Lugano TI, a couple in Lausanne VD and single in Freienbach SZ.


This program certainly made me appreciate how pragmatic and straight-forward the process is in Kanton Zürich!
Can you share the title of the program or the link to it if available online ?

Thank you
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Old 22.02.2021, 23:22
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Can you share the title of the program or the link to it if available online ?

Thank you

https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/dok/dok-serien (German, suggest switching on subtitles )


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So it may not be a great idea (for us going through it at the moment) to watch it just yet, so as not to get completely freaked out?

I think it would be useful for everyone going through the process to watch this. Let's call it: managing expectations ;-) Unless you're in Ticino (where you have to do a 40 hour integration course) there is nothing scary per se.
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Re: Normal Naturalisation - applicant diary

Hi All,
Here are my timelines (Kanton Zurich)

Feb 2020: Submitted application
May 2020: Letter from Kanton that documents forwarded to Gemeinde
Sep 2020: Received invitation for interview
Oct 2020: Interview
Nov 2020: Approval and invoice from Gemeinde
Dec 2020: Letter from Kanton that documents received back from Gemeinde
Feb 2021: Approval from Kanton Zürich and stating Kanton and SEM bills to follow
Feb 2021: Invoice from Kanton Zürich (1 week after approval letter)

So now I am waiting eagerly for the SEM bill!

How long does the SEM bill normally take to arrive after receiving Kanton approval?
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Old 28.02.2021, 11:52
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Congrats, pretty good timeline so far!

Based on the anecdotal evidence here, the SEM bill usually arrives between 2-4 weeks after your Kantonal invoice, and around 4-5 months after the SEM bill to get citizenship. But this seems to have slowed down a bit due to COVID.

Bokabil should be next up, I'm confident he/she will hear something this week

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Re: Normal Naturalisation - applicant diary

Hey everyone

I frequently check this channel to compare my wait times with others. I am very thankful for all the people posting their timelines !
I will also add my timeline now and I hope it helps someone.

Canton Zurich, city of Zurich

End of May 2020: Submission
mid June 2020: Empfangsbestätigung with a note that it might take 2 months for further steps
mid September 2020: Zustellung an Wohngemeinde from Canton
***No interview needed, since I studied at ETH***
end of September 2020: Approval by Gemeinde and bill for 1200 CHF
beginning of November 2020: Returned to Canton with a note that it might take 4 months for further steps. And I am now able to move within Switzerland.
mid February 2021: Erteilung Kantonsbürgerrecht with a note that it might take 8 months for the rest of the process!
one week after Erteilung Kantonsbürgerrecht : Cantonal bill of 500 CHF

Now waiting for SEM bill
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Hey everyone

I frequently check this channel to compare my wait times with others. I am very thankful for all the people posting their timelines !
I will also add my timeline now and I hope it helps someone.

Canton Zurich, city of Zurich

End of May 2020: Submission
mid June 2020: Empfangsbestätigung with a note that it might take 2 months for further steps
mid September 2020: Zustellung an Wohngemeinde from Canton
***No interview needed, since I studied at ETH***
end of September 2020: Approval by Gemeinde and bill for 1200 CHF
beginning of November 2020: Returned to Canton with a note that it might take 4 months for further steps. And I am now able to move within Switzerland.
mid February 2021: Erteilung Kantonsbürgerrecht with a note that it might take 8 months for the rest of the process!
one week after Erteilung Kantonsbürgerrecht : Cantonal bill of 500 CHF

Now waiting for SEM bill


Hello, thanks for the information!

Could you explain the part 'No interview needed, since I studied at ETH'. I also studied at ETH so I am curious.

Which part of your studies did you do at ETH exactly?
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Old 01.03.2021, 13:59
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mid February 2021: Erteilung Kantonsbürgerrecht with a note that it might take 8 months for the rest of the process!
I think if you read this more carefully it says the SEM may take up to 8 months to provide the Einbürgerungsbewilligung, after which could take up to 4 months for the Canton to issue citizenship. But it never takes anywhere near this long.

But congratulations, Your timeline is pretty quick so far. You have about 4-5 months to go from here :-)
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I think if you read this more carefully it says the SEM may take up to 8 months to provide the Einbürgerungsbewilligung, after which could take up to 4 months for the Canton to issue citizenship. But it never takes anywhere near this long.

But congratulations, Your timeline is pretty quick so far. You have about 4-5 months to go from here :-)
You are right, it says "SEM may take up to 8 months to provide the Einbürgerungsbewilligung", .et's see how long it takes
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Now waiting for SEM bill
We are on a similar state and timeline (Kanton bill 500chf received Feb end, waiting SEM bill). Hope we both get this final bill to pay soon!
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Hello, thanks for the information!

Could you explain the part 'No interview needed, since I studied at ETH'. I also studied at ETH so I am curious.

Which part of your studies did you do at ETH exactly?
Bachelors, Masters: ETH
PhD: Uni Zürich

I received an email requesting all my diplomas and received my approval from the city of Zurich a week after. I assume they see you as "integrated enough" if you have done your education here and let you skip the interview.
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Bachelors, Masters: ETH
PhD: Uni Zürich

I received an email requesting all my diplomas and received my approval from the city of Zurich a week after. I assume they see you as "integrated enough" if you have done your education here and let you skip the interview.
Happened to me too.

I studied in the days before they brought in masters etc. So I still have the old fashioned Dipl. Ing.

I didn't even bother to tell them I also had a PhD from ETH.
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Bachelors, Masters: ETH
PhD: Uni Zürich

I received an email requesting all my diplomas and received my approval from the city of Zurich a week after. I assume they see you as "integrated enough" if you have done your education here and let you skip the interview.
I wonder if a Masters alone at ETH would qualify for the same priviledge. Probably not.
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I wonder if a Masters alone at ETH would qualify for the same priviledge. Probably not.
I think you will find it will be, but unless your German language skills and Swiss general knowledge are below the required level you'd struggle to fail...at least in Stadt Zürich.
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