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Old 27.06.2013, 15:15
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Does this make any sense? (Swiss naturalization)

Hello all,

My husband, daughter and I recently (2 weeks ago), moved to Switzerland from Canada. My daughter and I both have a Swiss passport, but my husband is here on a B-permit (non-EU).
Last year the local consulate in Canada informed us that this year (10. 2013) my husband would be eligible to apply for Swiss citizenship since we will be married 6 years this October- provided of course we meet requirements, e.g having close ties to Switzerland. We've visited Switzerland 4+ times in the last few years and a few months ago decided to come here permanently since we love it here and my husband was offered to do a postdoc at ETH.

Fast forward to today, we are at the Migrationsamt to get his biometric data taken. After we completed that, we asked at the info "Schalter" what the process is of renewing the permit etc.
The person working there then tells me that he has to live here another 5 years before being able to change anything about his permit, doesn't matter how long we've been married.
I told her that if we were still abroad we would've been able to apply for his citizenship in October... and she just said "well now you moved here, so the consulate is no longer involved in dealing with the process."
In the end she told me to go to the Gemeinde and talk to them instead of her because she doesn't deal with these situations.

I called the Gemeinde but the person dealing with citizenships is out of office today of course

Just thought maybe someone on here has any advice or feedback? Of course this is no urgent matter, I'm happy and grateful he has his B-permit but I still would like to know when we could apply for his citizenship or at least a C permit.

Thanks for reading!
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Old 27.06.2013, 19:22
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Re: Does this make any sense? (Swiss naturalization)

Have a look here:

http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm/...rgerrecht.html

This has all the relevant info that you need, but it does look like you'll have to wait another 5 years. It's tied to residency once you're here and not the number of years you've been married. Still he can work on getting his language skills up to scratch if he doesn't already know any.
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Re: Does this make any sense? (Swiss naturalization)

Welcome to the world of "Switzerland as a foreign national" .... Where nothing ever makes sense!
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Re: Does this make any sense? (Swiss naturalization)

Unfortunately, this makes sense in Switzerland. I am a US citizen and have been living in Switzerland since 2006 (starting on a B permit for students, which is common for postdocs). I married my Swiss boyfriend in 2008. At this time, my permit switched from student B to non-restricted non-EU B permit and my clock for C permit reset. As of this year, I can apply for a C permit (non-EU, living with a non-restricted B permit in Switzerland for 5 years).

I could have applied for Swiss citizenship as of 2011, having lived in Switzerland for five years (here the type of permit apparently doesn't matter) and married for three years to a Swiss citizen. There were some other issues in this process, but I would advise that you make sure your husband's permit is for family reunificaiton, not studies (Ausbildung mit Erwerbstatigkeit).

For more details, see this thread (in which I proved my ignorance on this topic)

B-permit change of kanton affects time to get C permit?
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