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Naturalization

January 26, 2017

If you intend to seek Swiss nationality and you are ready to apply, do not wait any longer. From 1st January 2018, the rules applicable to Swiss naturalization will become more restrictive.

What’s new 

As of 1st January 2018, only C-permit holders who can prove the following will in principle be able to apply for Swiss naturalization:

  • That they are well integrated into Swiss culture
  • That they have not benefitted from Swiss social benefits in the last three years (or have reimbursed it)
  • That they have no criminal record in Switzerland
  • That have a French speaking level of B1 and oral level A2 (unless they have studied in Switzerland or their mother tongue is one of the national languages)

The naturalization fees will increase and the period of time to process the cantonal and federal “fast-track” naturalization will also increase.

LegalPage recommendation

If you have fulfilled the conditions for naturalization, file your request before the end of 2017.

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