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Normal naturalization - child

I'm looking for experiences of those who've gone through this. Our child now qualifies for starting (ordinary) naturalization. The first step in the process is data entry from birth certificates, etc., into the civil registry system at the Zivilstandsamt, as we came here after she was born.

My question is, do only the data of the child get entered or do we all have to go through this process and get new birth certificates, even if the child is the only one naturalizing? Thank you.
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Re: Normal naturalization - child

I've done this with two children (two separate processes), and don't recall needing to have documents for myself or my wife for this.

If I recall correctly we only had to get the official documents for our child in each process.

A simple phone call to the Zivilstandsamt will completely clarify the situation for you. If you don't feel that your German is good enough to make your question clear, you could ask if they have somebody in the office who can answer your questions in English - most offices do, even if they say, "I only know a little English" they'll usually know more than enough to help.
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Re: Normal naturalization - child

Interested in this too, we’ll be here 8 years soon, kids have been at school 4 years and 6 years of that 8.

Can they apply without us? Or me on their behalf..

I’d like to get the ball rolling for them just in case for whatever reason we had t leave ..

Incidentally .. what would happen if they had the red passport and in a few years time my permit was not renewed for example ?
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Incidentally .. what would happen if they had the red passport and in a few years time my permit was not renewed for example ?
They would always have the right to live in CH
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They would always have the right to live in CH
Sounds ok .. Turn them over to the state!
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Re: Normal naturalization - child

Hi All,

I would like to ask a question regarding to naturalization process for our child who was born 4 months ago in switzerland . My wife and me are from a non eu country and we live in Zurich for almost 2 years with B permits. What is the procedure to get a citizenship for our child who was born in Switzerland and what is the time required before applying for that? .

Thank you for your responses .
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Re: Normal naturalization - child

Born in Switzerland does not give you any extra points. However born abroad might give you negative point in case you are Swiss by birth. If your original nationality is EU, EFTA, or what ever else does not matter.

If you apply for citizenship minors can be included in the application. Residency of the child does not apply but they must live at the same place as the applicant. If the child is at least 12 years old integration and language will be assessed based on an age appropriate scale. With age 16 they must give written consent to be naturalized at the same time as the parent. Art. 30 and 31 SCA

If the child wants to get naturalized independently it must have permit C and fulfill the residency requirement of 10 years, while the years from age 8 to 18 count double. Art. 9 SCA Minors need the parents consent to apply independently.

In other words it is eligible in 8 years if naturalized with the parents or in 9 years if it applies independently.
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Born in Switzerland does not give you any extra points. However born abroad might give you negative point in case you are Swiss by birth. If your original nationality is EU, EFTA, or what ever else does not matter.

If you apply for citizenship minors can be included in the application. Residency of the child does not apply but they must live at the same place as the applicant. If the child is at least 12 years old integration and language will be assessed based on an age appropriate scale. With age 16 they must give written consent to be naturalized at the same time as the parent. Art. 30 and 31 SCA

If the child wants to get naturalized independently it must have permit C and fulfill the residency requirement of 10 years, while the years from age 8 to 18 count double. Art. 9 SCA Minors need the parents consent to apply independently.

In other words it is eligible in 8 years if naturalized with the parents or in 9 years if it applies independently.
Thank you very much for your reply . Quite helpful !.
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Re: Normal naturalization - child

Is there a minimum age for the child to be able to apply independently?
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Re: Normal naturalization - child

We applied for our daughter separately. The only documents we had to provide for ourselves were copies of passports and residence permits.
And I had to accompany her for the interview at the city hall.
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We applied for our daughter separately. The only documents we had to provide for ourselves were copies of passports and residence permits.
And I had to accompany her for the interview at the city hall.

Thank you! Was your daughter born in Switzerland?
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Thank you! Was your daughter born in Switzerland?
Doesn't matter. Born in Switzerland has no relevance when you apply for citizenship.
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Re: Normal naturalization - child

Do they ask kids all these specific questions like how many fountains are there in the city or what to do if cheese fondue is too thin?
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Do they ask kids all these specific questions like how many fountains are there in the city or what to do if cheese fondue is too thin?

No. It was a very friendly conversation about things like hobbies, friends, school, favorite Swiss food etc.
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Re: Normal naturalization - child

Back to this again .. I'm filling in forms now, at least the initial forms seems pretty easy for canton VD..

Obligatory school . I got an attestation from the director about that, tick.
C Permit tick
Attention of domicile.. Surely that comes with the C permit, but I guess I need to ask the commune?

That seems to be it.. Fill in the form, send these attestations and copies of their passports.. What is next?

Any experience in VD.. This seems to bypass the commune, directly to the canton.
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Back to this again .. I'm filling in forms now, at least the initial forms seems pretty easy for canton VD..

Obligatory school . I got an attestation from the director about that, tick.
C Permit tick
Attention of domicile.. Surely that comes with the C permit, but I guess I need to ask the commune?

That seems to be it.. Fill in the form, send these attestations and copies of their passports.. What is next?

Any experience in VD.. This seems to bypass the commune, directly to the canton.
The attestation de domicile is a form you get from the commune office. I think it cost 10chf here.

That’s pretty much it really for minors, it more like facilitated naturalisation to be honest.
You send it in, wait for a bit and then receive a bill to pay or at least that’s how it was in Neuchâtel but I imagine Vaud will be similar.
It was all done at cantonal level apart from a short informal chat at the commune.
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I'm looking for experiences of those who've gone through this. Our child now qualifies for starting (ordinary) naturalization. The first step in the process is data entry from birth certificates, etc., into the civil registry system at the Zivilstandsamt, as we came here after she was born.

My question is, do only the data of the child get entered or do we all have to go through this process and get new birth certificates, even if the child is the only one naturalizing? Thank you.

I thought I would update this, in case there are others who might wonder about this topic in the future. The short answer: only the child's birth certificate is needed.


My child was born in an EU country and is a citizen of another. I brought both the original birth certificate from the country where she was born and the birth certificate from the country of citizenship (no apostille, as both countries are freed from the requirement; both countries could also provide an "international form", so we did not need to have anything translated). Both certificates were less than 6 months old. They took copies of the passport and C permit.


No documents were needed from us, her parents, though I did bring our passports and permits just in case. The registration took almost exactly four weeks, and this is in the times of Covid.
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We applied for our daughter separately. The only documents we had to provide for ourselves were copies of passports and residence permits.
And I had to accompany her for the interview at the city hall.
May I ask is there any advantage for kids to apply separately?
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May I ask is there any advantage for kids to apply separately?

If, for example, the child meets the time in Switzerland criterion due to double counting from age 8-18, but the parents do not.


If the child wishes to be Swiss but the parents are happy with C permits (it's much easier to feel fully integrated if you go to school here than if you spend most of your time working and with your family, even if your language proficiency is sufficient).



If one of the parents loses their original citizenship if they acquire another (big examples are China and India).


In any case, the new naturalization criteria state that each person age 12 and up (at least in my Kanton) has to meet the criteria separately. The only downside is that it is more expensive if every member applies singly.
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The attestation de domicile is a form you get from the commune office. I think it cost 10chf here.
And you need this from every Gemeinde/commune they’ve ever lived in.
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