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No, it's a small commune close to Morat on the german speaking side (Fräschels, 400 inhabitants). The apéro is due to the more family atmosphere of such a small commune.
400? Wow. Villars-sur-Glâne is 11000
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Maybe I'm scarred, but when I first got here, I was lost and thought I'd ask a policeman for directions. I asked him if he spoke English or French, to which he replied "Nein, Wir sind in Basel, Wir sprechen nür Deutsch" (excuse inaccuracies in my German!) and then proceeded to be completely unhelpful. ...
In 1965 I was involved in a traffic accident in Basel (hit from behind while waiting to turn left). The police, accepting an allegation of the person who hit me, gave me a ticket for not signalling, which I denied. The police managed to get a judge to come over, and I was acquitted for want of any evidence against me, the other driver having left.

What struck me was that the judge, too, spoke only German, and this notwithstanding we were quite close to the French border. I had to present my case in schoolboy German, which I did. But when I studied for the doctorat en droit one had to prove knowledge of a second language. I wonder whether the judge was simply refusing to admit to a knowledge of French and/or English.
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Re: Commune naturalisation interview...done

During the naturalisation interview just lie about the question of how good the Swiss are in bed and you'll be fine. They don't like to have the obvious pointed out to them, especially civil servants...
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Old 21.05.2010, 11:27
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In 1965 I was involved in a traffic accident in Basel (hit from behind while waiting to turn left). The police, accepting an allegation of the person who hit me, gave me a ticket for not signalling, which I denied. The police managed to get a judge to come over, and I was acquitted for want of any evidence against me, the other driver having left.

What struck me was that the judge, too, spoke only German, and this notwithstanding we were quite close to the French border. I had to present my case in schoolboy German, which I did. But when I studied for the doctorat en droit one had to prove knowledge of a second language. I wonder whether the judge was simply refusing to admit to a knowledge of French and/or English.

In 1965, I could really imagine that foreign languages were poor - but in 1999?

But yes, there are still those who are arses about speaking only German, although after a few sentences of me trashing their language they usually have that "please, please, please for the Love of God stop" look on their faces and revert to a language I am fluent in (French or English)
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Re: Commune naturalisation interview...done

Here is an update on my application (non-facilitated naturalization in Canton Fribourg): we just got the OK from the Confederation for our naturalization.
The next and last step is the cantonal interview by the commission for naturalization of Grand Conseil Fribourg. I expect this to happen in the next 2-3 months.
Here is a reminder of our process:

- Nov 2009: applied for all family (paid 200chf for admin fees)
- Feb- 2010: interview by cantonal office for naturalization
- May 2010: interview at the Gemeinde/Commune
- Sept 2010: ok from Confederation and Canton (paid 150chf).
- Nov.Dec 2010 ; expected Grand conseil interview by commission of naturalization
- Feb-March 2011: final decision by Grand conseil.
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Re: Commune naturalisation interview...done

Any one had a canton interview for Facilitated naturalization in Kanton Zurich ? How was it ? What did they asked ?
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Re: Commune naturalisation interview...done

Just t update my situation.

As I've written previously, I thought I had cleared all the hurdles and was just waiting for a letter to inform me that I had to go and collect my red pass.

However, last week I received a letter from the Gemeinde saying that they were short of two documents. First they want a photocopy of my British passport and, more interestingly, a handwritten CV (Lebenslauf).

So I'm going to have to practise writing with a real pen!
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Old 18.10.2010, 13:08
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Any one had a canton interview for Facilitated naturalization in Kanton Zurich ? How was it ? What did they asked ?
Yes, my family did and passed it last year. Very informal, they are mostly interested in how well you are integrating in your Gemeinde, and how well you speak German and understand Swiss German. Have a cursory knowledge of the structure of the Swiss Gov't (it's actually modelled on the US democracy, so not too difficult), local and Kanton level political issues, and be able to demonstrate some participation in local clubs, kids activities, sports, music groups, that sort of thing. Having small children who speak perfect dialect certainly helped us. It was a 45 minutes formality in the end.
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Old 18.10.2010, 13:27
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Yes but probably not much help to you!
Turned out I knew the guy to talk to (from the local bar) so it only lasted 5 minutes; the aim is to check you are integrated into the community & I seem to have absorbed enough local wine.
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Re: Commune naturalisation interview...done

For the benefit of any forum members who search this topic in the future, I'll add a link to this thread to my blog where I describe my naturalisation process (still current) and give information on reading material and questions: http://naturalisation.posterous.com/
So far no interview was required from us and I don't think it ever will be.
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Here is a reminder of our process:

- Nov 2009: applied for all family (paid 200chf for admin fees)
- Feb- 2010: interview by cantonal office for naturalization
- May 2010: interview at the Gemeinde/Commune
- Sept 2010: ok from Confederation and Canton (paid 150chf).
- Dec 2010 ; expected Grand conseil interview by commission of naturalization (paid 1120 chf)
- March 2011: final decision by Grand conseil.
So we had our last interview by the Cantonal Parliament (grand conseil) naturalization commission. It was very formal and very short (15min). The whole interview was focused on our knowledge of federal & cantonal & communal political system/structure (executive, legislative). It's like very fast quizz question game- We can be proud to have 100% right answers. I liked the closing of the interview when the guy said: "So you'll wait 3 months for the Grand Conseil vote on your naturalization. But you really don't have to worry (big smile)"

All in all, it was quite a simple process, with simple/basic questions. I imagined that they'd ask tougher questions. We were clearly over-prepared. From application to last interview it lasted 12 months. The final vote will happen in March 2011 so the whole process lasts 15-16 months. The total cost will come under 2000chf with all fees (2adults + 2kids born in CH).
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So we had our last interview by the Cantonal Parliament (grand conseil) naturalization commission. It was very formal and very short (15min). The whole interview was focused on our knowledge of federal & cantonal & communal political system/structure (executive, legislative). It's like very fast quizz question game- We can be proud to have 100% right answers. I liked the closing of the interview when the guy said: "So you'll wait 3 months for the Grand Conseil vote on your naturalization. But you really don't have to worry (big smile)"

All in all, it was quite a simple process, with simple/basic questions. I imagined that they'd ask tougher questions. We were clearly over-prepared. From application to last interview it lasted 12 months. The final vote will happen in March 2011 so the whole process lasts 15-16 months. The total cost will come under 2000chf with all fees (2adults + 2kids born in CH).
That's pretty much how ours went. Were you up in that little room in the building opposite the cathedral?

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That's pretty much how ours went. Were you up in that little room in the building opposite the cathedral?

Congrats in advance.
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Thank you.

It was at the Grand Conseil admin. depts (rue de la poste). A small room under the roof. There was a couple before us, we heard some laughing during their interview. When they came out they had like distraught faces and said "it was a catastrophe! We were bombarded with questions and we mixed everything up". Needless to say that has put some pressure on us!

Questions: did you receive a fee from your commune for the naturalization? We did not receive any so far, and actually they could "bill" for the process. Other communes like Belfaux (FR) or Estavayer-Le-Lac (FR) do it.
Our commune is so small, it's the first naturalization interview they had in the last 20years!
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Thank you.

It was at the Grand Conseil admin. depts (rue de la poste). A small room under the roof.
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You know, I really can't remember, but our total costs were pretty similar to yours thinking back. I've got a feeling we received a bill when we got our "droit de cité" from the commune, but don't aske me how much.

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That's quite quaint actually. Probably the reason for the Apéro. Villars-sur-Glâne had prepared an apéro for all the new Swiss in the commune, but we couldn't attend unfortunately. It is quite a cosmopolitan commune, so they probably have quite a few every year.
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Well I finished my interview this morning. It was at Cantonal level.

The purpose of the interview (I was told) was to assess me and my application, my reasons for wanting the passport and my fluency in the German language.

There were two interviewers and both were very friendly. At first we made general chit chat about my family circumstances etc and it then moved on to my my reasons for wanting a Swiss passport. I mentioned that I feel very comfortable here in CH. In fact I feel more at home here than in any other country I have lived in. I wanted the Passport, I told them, in order to make, however small, a difference by my right to vote.

The talk then moved to politics and I was asked if I could identify members of the Swiss government which I did from a postcard provided for that very purpose although the newest member Didier Burkhalter was not on the image. We also talked about the upcoming Minarette initiative and what I personally thoughtabout the issue. I was also asked if I hade ever attended a general meeting in my village, which I haven't as the issues on hand up to now haven't interested me (Budgets, repairs to roads etc). We also discussed how I kept up with current events in Switzerland and whether or not I subscribed to any german language newspapers. I answered that I get my news from the 20 min newspaper and the Swissinfo website.


I was also asked if I could name any three of the gemeindes in the vicinity. Unfortunately , I could only manage one. My mind went completely blank at that point.

I was asked then if I had ever been in trouble with the law, or did I owe any large amounts of money to anyone, to which I could honestly reply in the negative.

I was informed that if I had ever received a fine in excess of Fr 300 in the past in Switzerland, then this could impact negatively on my application.

I will also be regularly assessed by the police during my application period to see if I am behaving.

The lady interviewer told me that if I moved out of my village before the process is complete then I will have to start from scratch again with the whole process after two years.

At the end, I was informed that I had given them a positive impression and that that they will recommend that my application is taken further. The papers will now be sent to my village and I should hear something by Summer 2010. There will be another interview at that time in my local Gemeinde.

All in all I quite enjoyed the process and they said that my spoken German was very good.

So all in all, a good result.
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I would find it disturbing that they would ask political questions.If you are on the wrong side of what they think you could be out of luck
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I would find it disturbing that they would ask political questions.If you are on the wrong side of what they think you could be out of luck
They don't assess your opinion but your capacity to understand the initiatives, referendums and be able to vote. Almost all interviews involved more than 1 person so that an "objective" assessment is more likely.
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Re: Commune naturalisation interview...done

Last update.

I haven't been on the EF for a while and remembered this thread.

Last December I attended a community meeting in my village where (amongst other things) the new "would be" citizens were introduced.
I and the other applicants had to leave the hall while the residents gave a vote as to whether we would be naturalised. The vote was in the affirmative.

I heard nothing more until this September when I received a letter informing me that I'd managed all the hurdles and (more importantly) paid all the money and that now I was a bona fide Swiss citizen.

I then went to my Gemeinde and asked where my pass was. They told me that the documents were not included in the price!

Off to Solothurn I went, without an appointment to the pass place. I ordered a pass and an ID card for about Fr140, had my picture and fingerprints taken then went home. That was a Thursday.

The two documents arrived in the post on the following Monday!

We Swiss are sooo efficient!
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I've sent off the paperwork for normal citizenship today having completed the course in Dübendorf for Kt. ZH last December. Will post on the process as it finds me For any questions on the documents needed let me know.
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Off to Solothurn I went, without an appointment to the pass place. I ordered a pass and an ID card for about Fr140, had my picture and fingerprints taken then went home. That was a Thursday.

The two documents arrived in the post on the following Monday!

We Swiss are sooo efficient!
That must have been such an exciting experience! I just had my Gemeinde interview today along with my brother. In the canton of Berne, apparently there is no Cantonal interview etc...there are two interviews at the Gemeinde level ONLY, and then Canton and the Bund are only administrative steps; they won't deny your application if you are not a criminal, bankrupt individual, or a terrorist. In any case, the interview went really well, and now I'm waiting for the Gemeinde letter. The president said that we would have the letter by the end of this month - let's see what happens. Hopefully everything works out well! This is a big step in my life, and I am really excited!
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