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Citizenship test in Canton Zurich

Hi all,

I am applying for the Swiss passport and started the process in April (Swiss wife so the "easier" process). I was expecting I might get some form of test towards the end of the year as I was told it would take a year to get the documents all sorted.

However, I had the police at my door last Wednesday morning at 7am. I was asked 6 questions about Switzerland and unfortunately I couldn't fully answer 2 of them. So I got 4 fully correct, 1 half correct and the final question not at all.

I was wondering if anyone knows what the requirements are for answering these questions? Do I need to get everything right? Am I done for? or is 4/6 enough?

Obviously kicking myself for not gemming up on what I might have needed to know, but had not expected anything till at least September.
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Hi all,

I am applying for the Swiss passport and started the process in April (Swiss wife so the "easier" process). I was expecting I might get some form of test towards the end of the year as I was told it would take a year to get the documents all sorted.

However, I had the police at my door last Wednesday morning at 7am. I was asked 6 questions about Switzerland and unfortunately I couldn't fully answer 2 of them. So I got 4 fully correct, 1 half correct and the final question not at all.

I was wondering if anyone knows what the requirements are for answering these questions? Do I need to get everything right? Am I done for? or is 4/6 enough?

Obviously kicking myself for not gemming up on what I might have needed to know, but had not expected anything till at least September.
What were the questions about?

Just interested.
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What were the questions about?

Just interested.
I'm not sure if I am allowed to say. I think the point is that they are meant to be a surprise (and they certainly are at 7am when you haven't woken up yet ).

But they were generally very easy, just the last 2 that I had a problem with, to do with politics and local media. Sorry that I'm not being very forthcoming, but I don't want to do anything that hurts my application (more than I have already myself..).
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What were the questions about?
However, I had the police at my door last Wednesday morning at 7am. I was asked 6 questions about Switzerland and unfortunately I couldn't fully answer 2 of them. So I got 4 fully correct, 1 half correct and the final question not at all
Just interested.
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What were the questions about?

Just interested.
1) Where were you last night between 00:00 and 03:00 am?

2) Have you purchased the electronic equipments you have in Fust? Melectronics? Are these yours?

3) How long does it takes to drive from Zug to Zurich with a van full of stolen equipment?

4) Is there anyone to confirm your wereabouts?
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Old 31.05.2016, 06:56
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Maybe they were just checking you really reside at the place you entered on the application form. Would be too bad if you worked a night shift.
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1) Where were you last night between 00:00 and 03:00 am?

2) Have you purchased the electronic equipments you have in Fust? Melectronics? Are these yours?

3) How long does it takes to drive from Zug to Zurich with a van full of stolen equipment?

4) Is there anyone to confirm your wereabouts?
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6) You know that your picture will be on todays 20 minuten frontpage?
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Maybe they were just checking you really reside at the place you entered on the application form. Would be too bad if you worked a night shift.
That's part of it for sure. But I've read that the law changed a few years back requiring applicants to have some knowledge of Swiss politics and culture. There were 2 politics related questions, one I got right and the other I got wrong.

I think the answer to my original question is a big "depends". If the rest of my application is A grade then possibly 4/6 will be enough. That's what I'm hoping right now anyway.
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Re: Citizenship test in Canton Zurich

Not being awake at 7 am??? You've just ruined your chances.
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I'm not sure if I am allowed to say. I think the point is that they are meant to be a surprise (and they certainly are at 7am when you haven't woken up yet ).

But they were generally very easy, just the last 2 that I had a problem with, to do with politics and local media. Sorry that I'm not being very forthcoming, but I don't want to do anything that hurts my application (more than I have already myself..).
Mentioning the questions they asked you can in no way hurt your application, but could be helpful to those who are also applying. Don't be that guy, Dan. .
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Mentioning the questions they asked you can in no way hurt your application, but could be helpful to those who are also applying. Don't be that guy, Dan. .
Yes, I hear withholding information that may help others hinders your application.
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Re: Citizenship test in Canton Zurich

So I can finally answer my own question. I received a positive answer from Bern this week, meaning that if they receive no serious objection then I will be "paper" Swiss in a few months.

I have also realised that each Gemeinde really has it's own requirements, even within the same Canton. A friend of my wife (Stadt Zurich) had a completely different process. She received an invitation to a meeting and was told they aren't allowed to turn up unannounced. No police banging on the door at 7am. Plus she didn't even get a Swiss quiz.

Looks like it will all be done and dusted in 9 months total. Pleasantly surprised
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Re: Citizenship test in Canton Zurich

In our case it was not really a question answer session but rather a discussion...you didn't have to get everything right there. But the interviewer just checks on German and how confident you are at it
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I have also realised that each Gemeinde really has it's own requirements, even within the same Canton.
Not if you're married to a Swiss.

Unless you happen to live in the same commune and canton of your spouse's Heimatort/attinenza/commune d'origine, your commune has nothing to do with the process.

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In our case it was not really a question answer session but rather a discussion...you didn't have to get everything right there. But the interviewer just checks on German and how confident you are at it
The Swiss police that visited me had a form, and were ticking boxes after each answer. It was surreal. Also, they were talking to me in Swiss German. I was so tired, having just woken up, and startled that I didn't even notice until they'd gone and I asked my wife.

I'm not complaining, more commenting on how different the experience is between each Gemeinde. Meaning that when I started this thread I had no idea that no one (unless they lived in my village) could know the answer
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The Swiss police that visited me had a form, and were ticking boxes after each answer. It was surreal. Also, they were talking to me in Swiss German. I was so tired, having just woken up, and startled that I didn't even notice until they'd gone and I asked my wife.

I'm not complaining, more commenting on how different the experience is between each Gemeinde. Meaning that when I started this thread I had no idea that no one (unless they lived in my village) could know the answer
God, I'm absolutely dreading this, in whatever form it may come for me
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Not if you're married to a Swiss.

Unless you happen to live in the same commune and canton of your spouse's Heimatort/attinenza/commune d'origine, your commune has nothing to do with the process.

Tom
I am married to a Swiss. My wife's friend is also married to a Swiss. Totally different experiences as I outlined above, yet we are both in Canton Zurich and started our application processes this year. I also thought that only Bern decides when I started but that's not the case.

edit: sorry, I didn't read your reply properly. Yes my wife is from Zurich, so perhaps that is why.
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I also thought that only Bern decides when I started but that's not the case.
Only Bern does decide, your canton and gemeinde are allowed to give their opinion.... but the decision is Berns.
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Only Bern does decide, your canton and gemeinde are allowed to give their opinion.... but the decision is Berns.
This is so confusing. A few months back a guy who'd just finished the process in Zurich told me that the Gemeinde must also agree. He was adamant about it.

Sorry if I've given incorrect information. I'm just glad it's over, even though I apparently didn't understand what was happening
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Only Bern does decide, your canton and gemeinde are allowed to give their opinion.... but the decision is Berns.
That's not exactly the the case. Canton and Gemeinde can only challenge Bern's decision. These challenges may or may not be considered.
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