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Old 27.12.2020, 07:17
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Out of Country Travel While Applying for Citizenship

As a person that recently obtained a Swiss C permit, after 6 years of living in Switzerland, (married to a Swiss spouse) complying with the new standards of a language test and integration 2019. The language skills were in German A.2 written and spoken for the Goethe test. I received a C-Permit earlier this year.

I have recently been able to push the bar up another notch and pass the B.1 exam, moving towards B.2

I am qualified, after 6 years of living in Switzerland and being married to a Swiss Spouse, as well as sweetly passing that B.1 exam, to fill out some paperwork...

After a year or two wait, maybe I can officially call myself part Swiss.

The trouble is.. I will likely need to return to the USA in 2021 in the very near future, despite coronavirus. Immediate family health problem, family business, etc. Don't want to go into details.

Is it possible to apply for Swiss Citizenship and be out for a bit? I have read that the rules basically say 6 months or less and specifically talk about being in Switzerland for most of the prior year to obtaining citizenship.

Due to old-age and health problems, not necessarily coronavirus that my attention and energy is needed in the US for maybe 3 months - 1 year?

Does anyone have experience?
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Re: Out of Country Travel While Applying for Citizenship

I applied for citizenship 8 years ago so perhaps someone can weigh in with more recent experience, but I distinctly recall that as I passed from one stage to the next in the process (language/civics test, in-person interview, approval at the federal level, I had to adhere to certain deadlines within a relatively short time frame - sometimes less than 30 days. I also received bills that needed to be paid at each stage (but I'm guessing your spouse can handle that). The dates for the interview were assigned as well. So, technically speaking, did I need to be physically present during the whole process? No. But certain steps in the process did happen rather fast and you might need some flexibility in your travel plans.
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Old 27.12.2020, 10:37
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I am qualified, after 6 years of living in Switzerland and being married to a Swiss Spouse, as well as sweetly passing that B.1 exam, to fill out some paperwork...
Once you pass 6 years of marriage you can apply from anywhere of the known universe. Art. 21 Abs. 2 Swiss Citizenship Act https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...index.html#a21
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Re: Out of Country Travel While Applying for Citizenship

The problem here is not your citizenship request, which you can execute from where you wish, but your C permit. Normally with one of these you can leave the country for 6 months. More is granted by special request, once you are out of the country. I dont know the success rate for this.
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The problem here is not your citizenship request, which you can execute from where you wish, but your C permit. Normally with one of these you can leave the country for 6 months. More is granted by special request, once you are out of the country. I dont know the success rate for this.
Exactly. You canít leave for more than 6 months citizenship application or not. Also you need to be around for interviews and dealing with letters they send you. I went away for 2 months during my application. I wrote to them and told them, but they still sent me a document to sign during those 2 months
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Exactly. You can’t leave for more than 6 months citizenship application or not.
Being married to a Swiss, this is no problem, OP will get a new permit upon return.

OP can do interviews at the local Swiss consulate.

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Old 27.12.2020, 11:11
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The problem here is not your citizenship request, which you can execute from where you wish, but your C permit. Normally with one of these you can leave the country for 6 months. More is granted by special request, once you are out of the country. I dont know the success rate for this.
The C permit doesn't matter in this case, OP is married to a Swiss.

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Old 27.12.2020, 21:11
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Re: Out of Country Travel While Applying for Citizenship

Thanks, everyone for your replies.

Yes, I know with holding a C permit, a person can travel away for up to 6 months. I am just worried maybe it could be longer. Maybe if I explained the situation to the local town hall they could advise me on options. Or I suppose travel back here for a bit and then possibly go back over for a 2nd visit.

Thanks again for everyone's responses.
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Re: Out of Country Travel While Applying for Citizenship

It is a requirement to be living in marital union with your Swiss spouse for at least 3 years to qualify for simplified naturalization, as well as during the entire duration of the procedure.

Art. 21 al. 1a Swiss Citizenship Act

Considering you will no longer be living with your wife, it could be argued that you do not qualify for simplified naturalization (neither via the domiciled in Switzerland, nor abroad routes).
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Once you pass 6 years of marriage you can apply from anywhere of the known universe. Art. 21 Abs. 2 Swiss Citizenship Act https://www.admin.ch/opc/en/classifi...index.html#a21
This interpretation is incorrect.

All it means is a spouse of a Swiss citizen domiciled abroad requires a minimum of 6 years of living together in marital union to qualify for simplified naturalization from abroad (and not for persons domiciled in Switzerland).
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Re: Out of Country Travel While Applying for Citizenship

Hi Qwertz,

My spouse and I have lived together here in Switzerland for the last 6 years.

I qualify for facilitated naturalization while being here. If I travel temporarily I am not sure how that it affects the process. I could always wait, but since it takes quite a while to process the paperwork and go through the process I figured it's best to start when possible.
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Re: Out of Country Travel While Applying for Citizenship

Yes, going to your town hall and discuss the situation with them. Given the reasons for the absence being what they are I would expect sympathy. No doubt they can help you develop solutions.

But if you just do it, I suspect they would be less enthusiastic.
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