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Old 19.11.2009, 11:12
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Commune naturalisation interview...done

Last night the wife and I had our interview with the commune committee for naturalisation. After bricking it for the last few weeks, we really weren't sure what to expect. Invited in to be faced by 7 people sat round a conference table.
They 1st asked my wife about our reasons for coming to Switzerland and our motivation for asking for citizenship, which she handled fantastically, of course. I was then asked about my job (they weren't sure what a "Medical Writer" is), which I explained, quite well I thought.
We then spoke generally about the kids being born here, being bilingual and having lots of friends, and my wife got her spoke in about doing her practicien-formatrice course.
We were then invited to ask any question, and I just asked how it would proceed from then on.
All in all, we were out in less than 15 mins and were told we'd be contacted within the nex 2-3 weeks.

Seemed pretty straightforward, yet I'm sure if we weren't so fluent with the language, we would have had more of an intense grilling.

Next stop, canton. Fingers crossed eh?
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Seemed pretty straightforward, yet I'm sure if we weren't so fluent with the language, we would have had more of an intense grilling.
Hi Paddy, congratulations on this step taken. What language was the interview held in? Standard German or Swiss German (or even French)? Were you asked anything in any other language?

Good luck with the next steps.
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Hi Paddy, congratulations on this step taken. What language was the interview held in? Standard German or Swiss German (or even French)? Were you asked anything in any other language?

Good luck with the next steps.
Thank you Gonzus.

Interview was totally in French, but they did ask us briefly if we spoke any other languages. I also speak German, but my wife doesn't.
It was all very relaxed and friendly, actually.
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Did they asked any language certificates ? ( German , French or Italian ) How long did they get for your application proses before interview? Can you let me know ..
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Did they asked any language certificates ? ( German , French or Italian ) How long did they get for your application proses before interview? Can you let me know ..
No they didn't ask for any certificates. We actually initially submitted our request back in February, I think. You have to bear in mind though, different cantons and even different communes have differernt requirements and procedures. Your commune website should have a section dedicated to natruralisation, setting out all requirements, documents required etc.
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Re: Commune naturalisation interview...done

I have my interview this morning at 10:30.

I'm very self concious about my German although all my (German speaking) friends tell me that they understand perfectly what I'm on about.

I've spent the better part of this last week and since early this morning reading up on the Swiss political system and any upcoming referenda.

I've already attended and passed the mandatory (in Solothurn anyway) "citizenship course" which consisted of 18 hours of tuition over six consecutive Monday evenings.

Wish me luck!!
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I have my interview this morning at 10:30.

I'm very self concious about my German although all my (German speaking) friends tell me that they understand perfectly what I'm on about.

I've spent the better part of this last week and since early this morning reading up on the Swiss political system and any upcoming referenda.

I've already attended and passed the mandatory (in Solothurn anyway) "citizenship course" which consisted of 18 hours of tuition over six consecutive Monday evenings.

Wish me luck!!
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Is this at the Gemeinde or Canton?
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I have my interview this morning at 10:30.

I'm very self concious about my German although all my (German speaking) friends tell me that they understand perfectly what I'm on about.

I've spent the better part of this last week and since early this morning reading up on the Swiss political system and any upcoming referenda.

I've already attended and passed the mandatory (in Solothurn anyway) "citizenship course" which consisted of 18 hours of tuition over six consecutive Monday evenings.

Wish me luck!!
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Good luck! I'm sure you'll do great
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I have my interview this morning at 10:30.

I'm very self concious about my German although all my (German speaking) friends tell me that they understand perfectly what I'm on about.

I've spent the better part of this last week and since early this morning reading up on the Swiss political system and any upcoming referenda.

I've already attended and passed the mandatory (in Solothurn anyway) "citizenship course" which consisted of 18 hours of tuition over six consecutive Monday evenings.

Wish me luck!!
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Best of Luck. Hope everything goes well.
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Re: Commune naturalisation interview...done

We have just applied for swiss naturalization. any one have experience about all naturalization proses and interview in canton Zurich ?
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Is this at the Gemeinde or Canton?
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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Re: Commune naturalisation interview...done

Thanks for the update Flashman, that kind of information will be helpful to us when we go to the canton. Glad to hear you got on so well.
It's also interesting to see how the process can vary considerable between cantons. As I mentioned above, we had our gemeinde interview 1st, after which we should (hopefully) be recommended to the canton. In fact, this was our 2nd appointment; the process went very much like this:

1)We sent off copies (translations) of both our birth certificates, marriage certificates and new copies of the kids's birth certificates, along with letter of motivation, credit worthiness (poursuites), a certificate from the Police saying we weren't criminals and various other bits and bobs

2)Received acknowledgement and some information about the commune, canton and federation to swat up on

3)Invited to see the Police cantonale, in which we were asked about reasons for naturalisation, did we have any family here (they wanted details, birth dates and countries of residence of all our siblings and parents), did we read the local papers etc. I was then sent from the room and my wife had to answer 10 questions on the canton and country, including some about the structure of the government, I was invited back in and had to answer the same questions. Name 5 cantons, name 3 mountains in Fribourg, how many conseils federales etc etc (i had a block when it came to rememebring the conseil des etats though )

4)The interview as described above
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Thanks for the update Flashman, that kind of information will be helpful to us when we go to the canton. Glad to hear you got on so well.
It's also interesting to see how the process can vary considerable between cantons. As I mentioned above, we had our gemeinde interview 1st, after which we should (hopefully) be recommended to the canton. In fact, this was our 2nd appointment; the process went very much like this:

1)We sent off copies (translations) of both our birth certificates, marriage certificates and new copies of the kids's birth certificates, along with letter of motivation, credit worthiness (poursuites), a certificate from the Police saying we weren't criminals and various other bits and bobs

2)Received acknowledgement and some information about the commune, canton and federation to swat up on

3)Invited to see the Police cantonale, in which we were asked about reasons for naturalisation, did we have any family here (they wanted details, birth dates and countries of residence of all our siblings and parents), did we read the local papers etc. I was then sent from the room and my wife had to answer 10 questions on the canton and country, including some about the structure of the government, I was invited back in and had to answer the same questions. Name 5 cantons, name 3 mountains in Fribourg, how many conseils federales etc etc (i had a block when it came to rememebring the conseil des etats though )

4)The interview as described above
Hi PaddyG,
I understand you are applying in canton Fribourg. We are doing the same for the family. We sent the documents to the cantonal administration, received a confirmation in October 2009.
We received in February an appointment for an interview with the cantonal administration in March 2010. So far we have nothing done with the commune.
Do you have any idea about the time this process requires?

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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. <snip>

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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 had my second and last interview yesterday at the local Gemeindehaus in my village.

Not knowing what to expect, I swotted up on local geography, politics, Swiss history etc.

The interview was carried out by the Gemeindepräsidentin and the council officer responsible for foreigners.

After a preliminary chat about my personal details, came the interview itself.

It was surprising for me because I was only asked about Egerkingen (where I live). What do you think of it as a tourist place, where would you take visitors, what do we have to offer visitors, will you stay in the village?

Luckily I was able to answer everything satisfactorily and informed them that I really like my little village and that I even have pics from the village on my website and that nearly all images of Egerkingen on Google Earth are by myself.

All in all it was a pleasant experience and they are recommending me for citizenship.
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Hi Paddy, congratulations on this step taken. What language was the interview held in? Standard German or Swiss German (or even French)? Were you asked anything in any other language?

Good luck with the next steps.
Are they even allowed to have the official interview in Swiss German?
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I had my second and last interview yesterday at the local Gemeindehaus in my village.

Not knowing what to expect, I swotted up on local geography, politics, Swiss history etc.

The interview was carried out by the Gemeindepräsidentin and the council officer responsible for foreigners.

After a preliminary chat about my personal details, came the interview itself.

It was surprising for me because I was only asked about Egerkingen (where I live). What do you think of it as a tourist place, where would you take visitors, what do we have to offer visitors, will you stay in the village?

Luckily I was able to answer everything satisfactorily and informed them that I really like my little village and that I even have pics from the village on my website and that nearly all images of Egerkingen on Google Earth are by myself.

All in all it was a pleasant experience and they are recommending me for citizenship.
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Congrats Flashman.
The latest step for us is to send some more official bits of paper, including another letter from the poursuites, and pay a bill of 1000 chufs. I think after that we will be contacted by the canton for hopefully our final interview.
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I had my second and last interview yesterday at the local Gemeindehaus in my village.

Not knowing what to expect, I swotted up on local geography, politics, Swiss history etc.

The interview was carried out by the Gemeindepräsidentin and the council officer responsible for foreigners.

After a preliminary chat about my personal details, came the interview itself.

It was surprising for me because I was only asked about Egerkingen (where I live). What do you think of it as a tourist place, where would you take visitors, what do we have to offer visitors, will you stay in the village?

Luckily I was able to answer everything satisfactorily and informed them that I really like my little village and that I even have pics from the village on my website and that nearly all images of Egerkingen on Google Earth are by myself.

All in all it was a pleasant experience and they are recommending me for citizenship.
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"....kids being born here" = You're in. They already did the complete background check on you, the meeting was just a formality. The Swiss are interested in naturalizing fully integrated children who are indistinguishable from other Swiss kids to join the ranks of future AHV paying workers to fund our retirement.

I know this because we went through the exact same process last year, also with 2 kids born here. It was a shoe-in.
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Are they even allowed to have the official interview in Swiss German?
The two ladies who interviewed me asked if I minded if the interview was conducted in Swiss German.

I said that it I didn't object but that I would answer in "Hochdeutsch"
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Congratulations.

I had last week the 1st interview at the cantonal level in Fribourg. Was very interesting. They make a real quizz at the end of the session to check your knowledge about Switzerland. It was very funny, really like a TV Quizz show.
I had 100% right answers...normal after spending a few weeks reading about switzerland. Next step is commune interview. my kids are also born here and are perfectly speaking french and swiss german.
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