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Old 15.11.2020, 19:50
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Re: My Facilitated Naturalization application experience

I have applied under facilitated naturalization since my spouse is Swiss, i sent my application around march 17, 2019.
I Didnt pay it up front with application, sorry for my error, Around March 25-27, 2019 infact i received an acknowlegdement that the application was received, along with this acknowledgement i also received a bulletin versement and I payed around 800-900 sfr.
I can't remember the exact figure but it was definitely less than Sfr 900.
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Old 15.11.2020, 21:29
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Re: My Facilitated Naturalization application experience

I know that i posted in here a while ago that I've finished the process, but... I have never received a bill. Therefore, I suspect that there is more to be done by someone.

I also sent in a request to my local gemeinde (same day I got the letter saying "welcome!") for my ID and passport and they wrote back immediately saying "You need to wait two weeks"

Well, life got in the way and it has been much longer than two weeks, but now I can't get the online application form to work. I've decided to just go in on Wednesday and ask them in person what is going on.
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Re: My Facilitated Naturalization application experience

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Proof of integration is quite important and key to your success basically. your B2 German is sufficient as you dont need to speak dialect. even if they asked you , you can simply ask them to speak in high german. being member of a club or organisation is not necessary but being part of one definitely helps. I know of people who named their company groups or even toast masters. your Swiss friends do help so reference them in your application(there is a session asking for names and address in case they wanna get in touch with them).

its all already said in this thread really but proof of integration is , local language(for you high german) knowing Swiss history, politicks( local and federal), Geography and traditions, name of foods, drinks , museums etc & that you understand social and insurance system here + that you paid taxes, didn't endanger security and are not planning to do so.

Voila...easy ha? haha good luck.


Thanks so much for your answer. This is good to know, I didn't realize the swiss knowledge part was incorporated into the integration topic, that makes me feel a bit better as that is something I can prepare for. I will definitely reference my swiss friends! Very interested to see how this process goes for me compared to all of your experiences! Seems like it can vary a lot.
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when did you start the process actually?

what was the time between interview and you getting a confirmation from the federal?

WERE there any reference checks ? do you know?

please let me know.

i had submitted my application and paid the initial Sfr 900 apx in March 2019, i had my cantonal interview only in october 2020. I am from geneva.

since the application took so long to be processed initially i am hoping if they could atleast do the remaining process quicker.

I am keeping fingers crossed

I applied last year in July.
In September I got a letter from Bern that something was missing, so I had to send it too.

In February 2020, I got a letter from my “Gemeinde”, that my interview will be held in April.

Because of the COVID my interview was cancelled.

At the end of May, 2020 I got another letter about my interview date, it was in July (end of July).

In September I got a letter from Bern, that everything went well and I have to wait 30 days.....
After 30 days (in October) I got another letter that I was registered and I could go to apply for my passport and my ID card.

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when did you start the process actually?

what was the time between interview and you getting a confirmation from the federal?

WERE there any reference checks ? do you know?

please let me know.

i had submitted my application and paid the initial Sfr 900 apx in March 2019, i had my cantonal interview only in october 2020. I am from geneva.

since the application took so long to be processed initially i am hoping if they could atleast do the remaining process quicker.

I am keeping fingers crossed

And no, they did not check my reference persons....

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ok thank you very much for your reply.
i am keeping fingers crossed

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And no, they did not check my reference persons....
I had given 5 references at time of application since i understood the more references i give better it is.
In October 2020, 3 of them were contacted by the federal office through a letter asking details about my integration within Switzerland and if i knew other Swiss families or swiss citizens.
All 3 references have sent the necessary communication as requested by the federal office within a week.

I was just wondering what next.
And i am hoping for best.

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I applied last year in July.
In September I got a letter from Bern that something was missing, so I had to send it too.

In February 2020, I got a letter from my “Gemeinde”, that my interview will be held in April.

Because of the COVID my interview was cancelled.

At the end of May, 2020 I got another letter about my interview date, it was in July (end of July).

In September I got a letter from Bern, that everything went well and I have to wait 30 days.....
After 30 days (in October) I got another letter that I was registered and I could go to apply for my passport and my ID card.
thank you for your reply

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Old 27.11.2020, 16:18
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Re: My Facilitated Naturalization application experience

Just to update my timeline for anyone interested - I should add, not one of my references was contacted during this time.

In total the whole process (submitting the form to receiving ID) took 13 months.

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Here is my experience of applying for facilitated naturalisation, perhaps it will help someone:

Wife is swiss, we had lived in CH for 8 years at point of application.

Asked Gemeinde for the form in June 2019
Submitted form with everything (fide results, all other ppwk) in October 2019
Received confirmation of application in October 2019, it said the process could take up to 18 months.
Received bill for 900 CHF at the end of October, paid in November
Called for Interview in July 2020 (we were in Germany at the time)
Interview took place early August 2020, I didn’t need to bring anything with me but the interviewer (Kantonspolizei, it took place at one of their stations in an interview room) had asked me to bring ID which was not checked.

Interview was in three parts (she asked first whether it was to be in High German or Dialect, I said Dialect was fine).

First part was general questions about the form, about my wife and my recent working history in CH, why I want to become Swiss
The second part was some fairly easy questions (Who is the Swiss national hero often seen with a crossbow, how long is the Bundespräsident/in elected for, name 3 famous swiss people...)
The third part was a bit more in-depth about the history/politics of Switzerland (including who Calvin and Zwingli were, what do we mean by democracy...)

Early September SEM asked for two forms to be returned, specifically these were slightly adapted declarations on our marriage (Erklärung betreffend eheliche Gemeinschaft) and my observing the rule of law (Erklärung betreffend öffentlichen Sicherheit und Ordnung), both of which were returned the next working day.
Beginning of October I received the '30 days' letter whereby the local Gemeinde and Heimatort can oppose the naturalisation process.

Beginning of November I received the 'you are now Swiss' letter accompanied by a singing postman, cowbells and Kilian Wenger*. My new Heimatort sent me an updated Familienausweis a day or two later and I then booked an appointment at my local Ausweiszentrum - yesterday I picked up my ID from the Post Office.

The above is all of the dealings I have had with anyone in ‘authority’ regarding the application, as you can see, there are lots of gaps.

* not really, it was just a very boring letter
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Old 27.11.2020, 18:01
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Re: My Facilitated Naturalization application experience

Thanks for the update!

For me, not much was clear at the end of the process. I received the (boring) letter from SEM welcoming me, but also stating that my Heimat (ZH) had 30 days to make a fuss if they felt a fuss needed to be made.

There was no further correspondence, so at the end of the 30 days I contacted (via an online form) my Gemeinde (BS) to apply for my Swiss ID. They emailed me back promptly and said that I needed to wait at least two weeks before they could assist.

Life came along and much longer than two weeks passed. I tried to fill in the online form again, but this time I couldn't get it to work. I replied to the email that they had sent, asking about the status and if I could have an appointment to order my ID. They replied and said that they couldn't help me at this time, that these things take time and I should follow up with my Heimat.

I found contact information for ZH, sent them an email and they replied that yep, everything was in order and I am Swiss.

I printed out this email, took my original letter from the SEM and went to the Basel gemeinde. The lady at the counter didn't care about my documents - she looked me up in the system, said "ok, fine, but you need to call to make an appointment".

I called the number (I was trying not to call, because German on the phone is always harder for me) and made an appointment for the next day. Photos were taken, fingerprints scanned and I should have my documents next week
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Old 27.11.2020, 19:56
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Re: My Facilitated Naturalization application experience

Bit late now, but you can make your passport appointment online & the website is even in English!

https://www.ch-edoc-passantrag.admin.ch/#/antraggesuch
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Re: My Facilitated Naturalization application experience

Anybody here did the process in Aargau? I did the interview early Sept and was hoping to get next step ( confirmation still in marriage and not endangering security letter that we have to sign) mails by now like some others in this group did within 1 to 2 months after their interview. so thought to see if anybody did their application in Aargau and whats your experience?

I lived 4 years in Zurich and 1 year in Aargau out of the 5 years. so I did the interview in my gemeinde here in Aargau and signed 3,4 papers for zurich. our gemeinde said they will complete the report and send it to aarau after interview (which they did 07.09). i,m sure zurich sent their report sometime in August too.
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Re: My Facilitated Naturalization application experience

Hi, can someone please comment on the "post-interview" part?
From what I read seems like the "pre-interview" part is the one that takes more time, about 6-12 months and things accelerate after the interview.
Reading some experinces here, looks like after the interview the process takes about 2 months including the 30 days to raise any objection. Could someone confirm this please?
What happends in this "post-interview" time?
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