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Old 14.08.2010, 03:53
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C-permit or facilitated naturalisation ?

Hi everybody and thank you, members of the EF, for all the things I've learned here, on the forum. The rare moments when I get hold of the computer (YES !!! ) and read your posts, I go to bed with the smile on my lips, because somewhere in this country there are people like me, foreigners, that care for each other and try to help. So I'm not alone !
I now have a question: is anybody in my situation ? That is: I am married to a Swiss for nearly 5 years now and last time I applied for a B-permit (1 month before my actual B-permit expires) I received by post a letter from the Fribourg Immigration Office (I'm not sure how to translate this: Service de la population et des migrants / Amt für Bevölkerung und Migration) asking me to fill in a form for asking a C-permit. My question is: after 5 years of marriage to a Swiss do I have to apply for a C-permit or can I directly apply for facilitated naturalisation ? Is the C-permit the compulsory step before the Swiss citizenship ?
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P.S. I am an EU citizen.

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Old 14.08.2010, 09:47
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My question is: after 5 years of marriage to a Swiss do I have to apply for a C-permit or can I directly apply for facilitated naturalisation ? Is the C-permit the compulsory step before the Swiss citizenship ?
Thanks !

P.S. I am an EU citizen.

Lenna
- the facilitated naturalization process requires some time and it's on the federal level. During the processing time, you'll need to have a legal permit.
- the facilitated naturalization is decided on federal level but canton and commune have the right to refuse it (droit de recours).

- the C-permit is a purely administrative process, while nationality has other implications and can only be done by request of the applicant. Therefore they don't suggest it automatically. You have to apply.

So it means that applying for C-permit and facilitated naturalization will be a parallel process.
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Old 16.08.2010, 14:32
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Re: C-permit or facilitated naturalisation ?

Thanks a lot for your answer, it's all clear now !
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Re: C-permit or facilitated naturalisation ?

I never had a C permit and never applied for one. I went from the B permit to a Swiss passport through facilitated naturalisation. There are different requirements for the two as well. So, in my case, I met the requirements for the facilitated naturalisation but not for the C permit. That might affect what you choose to do.
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I never had a C permit and never applied for one.
That means you didn't receive, as I did, the form to fill in for the C-permit ?

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I went from the B permit to a Swiss passport through facilitated naturalisation.
And what did you do during the processing time, had no legal permit at all ?! Because my B-permit expires on September 5th and I will only have 5 years of marriage on September 16th !!! I think I must have, as MrVertigo said, a legal permit while waiting...
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