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Dual Citizenship / Military Service?

Hi all,

My wife is a Swiss Citizen, and immigrated to the US in October 2011 (I am American). Our son was born in June, and we can register him with the local Swiss consulate so that he has dual citizenship. We were thinking it would be nice to do so, if perhaps he'd want to complete university studies in Switzerland one day... (assuming other requirements are met, e.g. language)

Just one question: If he "moves" to Switzerland to study, will he have to complete a military service obligation (if he does not do so in the US, where it's not mandatory)?

According to this site here, I believe so?
http://www.vtg.admin.ch/internet/vtg...t/doppelb.html

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Hi all,

My wife is a Swiss Citizen, and immigrated to the US in October 2011 (I am American). Our son was born in June, and we can register him with the local Swiss consulate so that he has dual citizenship. We were thinking it would be nice to do so, if perhaps he'd want to complete university studies in Switzerland one day... (assuming other requirements are met, e.g. language)

Just one question: If he "moves" to Switzerland to study, will he have to complete a military service obligation (if he does not do so in the US, where it's not mandatory)?

According to this site here, I believe so?
http://www.vtg.admin.ch/internet/vtg...t/doppelb.html

Thanks!

June you say ,nice ,but what year
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Hi all,

My wife is a Swiss Citizen, and immigrated to the US in October 2011 (I am American). Our son was born in June, and we can register him with the local Swiss consulate so that he has dual citizenship. We were thinking it would be nice to do so, if perhaps he'd want to complete university studies in Switzerland one day... (assuming other requirements are met, e.g. language)

Just one question: If he "moves" to Switzerland to study, will he have to complete a military service obligation (if he does not do so in the US, where it's not mandatory)?

According to this site here, I believe so?
http://www.vtg.admin.ch/internet/vtg...t/doppelb.html

Thanks!
Your son would be liable to do military service if he moves to Switzerland and is deemed fit for military service. This said, it is relatively easy to avoid doing military service and organisations such as OSOA can advise him if he doesn't want to do it.
Swiss citizens residing outwith Switzerland are only liable for military service in times of active war.
Swiss nationality would not only allow him to access free university education in Switzerland but would also grant him access to universities in other European countries on an equal footing as the citizens of those countries.
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Hi all,

My wife is a Swiss Citizen, and immigrated to the US in October 2011 (I am American). Our son was born in June, and we can register him with the local Swiss consulate so that he has dual citizenship. We were thinking it would be nice to do so, if perhaps he'd want to complete university studies in Switzerland one day... (assuming other requirements are met, e.g. language)

Just one question: If he "moves" to Switzerland to study, will he have to complete a military service obligation (if he does not do so in the US, where it's not mandatory)?

According to this site here, I believe so?
http://www.vtg.admin.ch/internet/vtg...t/doppelb.html

Thanks!

Speaking as a dual US/Swiss citizen, I think you should definitely register your son as Swiss. To be honest, my US citizenship is basically a burden, and I'm very thankful to have Swiss citizenship. I moved here at 28ish, and was deemed too old for any sort of military service, so I paid a tax until I turned 30. I wouldn't have minded doing military service in my 20s though to be honest, I think it would have been an interesting insight into Swiss culture and the like.
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