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Hi! I'm Swiss, my husband is Libanese. We have been married since 2014 and lived abroad. In the beginning of 2015, we came here to live. When can my husband start the process of naturalization? My husband works in the French-speaking part of Switzerland but we live on the German-speaking part. He does not speak German, but very well French. Is that a problem?
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Hi! I'm Swiss, my husband is Libanese. We have been married since 2014 and lived abroad. In the beginning of 2015, we came here to live. When can my husband start the process of naturalization? My husband works in the French-speaking part of Switzerland but we live on the German-speaking part. He does not speak German, but very well French. Is that a problem?

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When he applies for naturalization he can apply for facilitated naturalization on the basis of his marriage to you. Since you have been living in Switzerland for more than the minimum three years as a married couple he is already eligible to apply for naturalization, and since his application will be handled by the federal authorities, it should not matter that he does not know the cantonal language. His knowledge of another of the national languages can only be a good thing.
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Hi! I'm Swiss, my husband is Libanese. We have been married since 2014 and lived abroad. In the beginning of 2015, we came here to live. When can my husband start the process of naturalization? My husband works in the French-speaking part of Switzerland but we live on the German-speaking part. He does not speak German, but very well French. Is that a problem?
The earliest he can apply is after you've been living in Switzerland for 5 years. From the site linked above (translated using Deepl):

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As the spouse of a Swiss citizen, I can submit an application if I have been living together for 3 years and have resided in Switzerland for a total of 5 years, of which 1 year immediately prior to submission of the application.

In addition, I must meet the following requirements:
  • I must be successfully integrated in Switzerland, which means in particular:
  • I can communicate both verbally and in writing in a national language on a daily basis, i.e. my language skills are oral at least at reference level B1 and written A2 (Art. 6 para. 2 BüV and explanatory report on Art. 6 BüV).
  • I observe public safety and order (no criminal record entry, no debt collection/loss certificates, taxes paid);
  • I respect the values of the Federal Constitution;
  • I participate in economic life or in the acquisition of education (employment or training, no social assistance).
Note that the requirements since 1 January 2018 are only available in French, German and Italian. Be sure to read that page, not the English page which contains the info from before 2018.

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