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Applying for Swiss Citizenship

Under new rules come into force this year, it's possible to apply for Swiss citizenship after 10 years residence providing you have a C permit. This is my case so next month I will submit my application. Anyone else in the same boat? I am curious as to how long the application process will take as it is not mentioned on the canton of Geneva website.
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Under new rules come into force this year, it's possible to apply for Swiss citizenship after 10 years residence providing you have a C permit. This is my case so next month I will submit my application. Anyone else in the same boat? I am curious as to how long the application process will take as it is not mentioned on the canton of Geneva website.
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Under new rules come into force this year, it's possible to apply for Swiss citizenship after 10 years residence providing you have a C permit. This is my case so next month I will submit my application. Anyone else in the same boat? I am curious as to how long the application process will take as it is not mentioned on the canton of Geneva website.
Yes I am in the same boat. Collecting all the needed information and plan to apply it this month.
I am based out of Zurich, would be applying for myself and son, as husband is yet to receive c permit and does not qualify yet.


The list of German certificates, that are approved for those applying in zurich.
http://www.fide-info.ch/doc/08_Sprac...ertifikate.pdf

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Re: Applying for Swiss Citizenship

I am in Basel - lived in Switzerland for 17 years since the age of 28 so it's about time I took the next step. Hopefully have my first appointment with the Gemeinde next week to find out all the things I need to gather together.

Slightly nervous about the tests as I have learned my Swiss German "on the street" so to speak, so while I function fine speaking , listening and reading, I do rely completely on google translate for writing!!
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Yes I am in the same boat. Collecting all the needed information and plan to apply it this month.
I am based out of Zurich, would be applying for myself and son, as husband is yet to receive c permit and does not qualify yet.


The list of German certificates, that are approved for those applying in zurich.
http://www.fide-info.ch/doc/08_Sprac...ertifikate.pdf
Just came across this by chance and thought I would give you a word of warning about applying for citizenship while married where only you and your son are applying but your husband not. As far as Iíve been told you would have to apply together and Iíve heard examples where one partner is fully integrated etc but they both get rejected because the other partner is not.

So seek further advice before you waste time and money on this. I am not an expert just repeating what I have been told from very reliable sources. (Assuming I understood correctly as this was dinner conversation type of info)
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Slightly nervous about the tests as I have learned my Swiss German "on the street" so to speak, so while I function fine speaking , listening and reading, I do rely completely on google translate for writing!!
You really donít have anything to worry about the standards needed for naturalisation are B1/A2, which quite honestly are insufficient for communication. Anyone who can get by in their daily life probably has at least a B2 level, regardless of what certificate they might have passed. Candidates for naturalisation are not expected to create works of literature, just be able to function in a literate society. A few spelling mistakes and grammar errors here and there wonít cause you an impediment so long as youíre understood. The goal of parliament and the federal council wasnít to set a ridiculously high minimum criteria, but simply reserve naturalisation for foreigners whoís command of the language is sufficient for their integration to be genuine.
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Anyone who can get by in their daily life probably has at least a B2 level, regardless of what certificate they might have passed.
Hmm most foreigners getting by are probably a good A2 or well on their way to a B1. B2 is a different matter.
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Just came across this by chance and thought I would give you a word of warning about applying for citizenship while married where only you and your son are applying but your husband not. As far as Iíve been told you would have to apply together and Iíve heard examples where one partner is fully integrated etc but they both get rejected because the other partner is not.
The new law states that all members of a family need to apply separately, so presumably they should consider each individual in this case, and not care about a level of integration of a spouse.
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Re: Applying for Swiss Citizenship

nice info if one speaks French!

Well I am happy I got mine in 2011 when the world was still in order. No test nothing. An official ( police ) came to my house. We had a 20 minute chat, a cup of tea, and that was it.


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Re: Applying for Swiss Citizenship

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The new law states that all members of a family need to apply separately, so presumably they should consider each individual in this case, and not care about a level of integration of a spouse.

no they do not. we filled in the form a few weeks back. they have several forms for all different types of scenarious.
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no they do not. we filled in the form a few weeks back. they have several forms for all different types of scenarious.
That's true but they don't oblige the whole family to apply as a unit either.

Under the new laws it is perfectly possible for one adult in the family and a child/children to apply and the other adult not.
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I've just completed the process in Zurich. While the German test was not too difficult, it good basic knowledge is needed to get through it IMO. My final interview lasted 50 minutes and was mostly about my knowledge the Swiss and kantonal political system and the voting system...in German. That was tough.

They provide an information booklet prior to that. My advice would be to study it very well. I did not study it enough. I took a private tutor a few weeks before to improve my conversation and learn how to describe well in German the reasons why I love Switzerland, my professional history and my personal interests - which also came up in the final interview.

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That's true but they don't oblige the whole family to apply as a unit either.

Under the new laws it is perfectly possible for one adult in the family and a child/children to apply and the other adult not.

Are you saying that under the old law they would have obliged the family to apply as a whole unit?
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Are you saying that under the old law they would have obliged the family to apply as a whole unit?
Not obliged, but it was possible for the entire family to apply for and obtain Swiss citizenship with only one of the applicants having spent at least 12 years in the country. The others just needed to have lived in Switzerland for at least 5 years and the marriage to have been in place for at least 3 years.

This possibility was removed in the new law. Edit: this doesn't apply to small (<12 y.o.) children, they are naturalized simultaneously with one of the applying parents.

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Not obliged, but it was possible for the entire family to apply for and obtain Swiss citizenship with only one of the applicants having spent at least 12 years in the country. The others just needed to have lived in Switzerland for at least 5 years and the marriage to have been in place for at least 3 years.

This possibility was removed in the new law.
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Look for "Ehebonus" in this document.
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