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References for citizenship

My daughters had their second interview (the one with the canton - the first was the gemeinde). One of my daughters put a Swiss friend of hers and her old secondary school teacher as references. The interviewer said that the secondary school teacher is not neutral enough. It's fine to have one person close to you, but the other should be neutral.

So apparently, for references, we need someone who knows us, but doesn't know us...

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Old 15.02.2017, 13:25
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My daughters had their second interview (the one with the canton - the first was the gemeinde). One of my daughters put a Swiss friend of hers and her old secondary school teacher as references. The interviewer said that the secondary school teacher is not neutral enough. It's fine to have one person close to you, but the other should be neutral.

So apparently, for references, we need someone who knows us, but doesn't know us...

Any ideas or explanations?
That's interesting. We have just put his secondary school headmistress as one of the references, another is a friend and neighbour whose son was at school with ours and the third is a family friend who is married to a colleague of my husband.(they request 3 but don't actually specify that they must be Swiss but we assumed that to be the case).

We were scratching our heads trying to find suitable people who are Swiss and know him well enough to be able to give an opinion but who are not school friends of his.

Having said that we have been told that Neuchâtel doesn't bother about the references so we'll have to wait and see what happens further down the track.
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Old 15.02.2017, 13:32
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We were told that the referees don't even have to Swiss - it's just preferred.
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Put English Forum, we are all neutral!
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Put English Forum, we are all neutral!
I think it's more that everyone here is hostile, so even a slightly positive reference from here should be considered glowing
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Well, we got letters from the Gemeinde today - and they've approved the applications.
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