CITIZENSHIP

SWITZERLAND

SWITZERLAND: OUR MISSION

A nation tucked away in the depths of Alps known for its neutrality and stunning beauty, Switzerland is probably one of the most coveted nationalities in the entire world. Swiss passports are known to be extremely powerful and grants someone significant refuge in cases of emergency. Inimex and its team members are here to help you at every step towards Switzerland citizenship. Our team of professional immigration lawyers based in Zurich and Geneva are able to advice on eligibility and accompany you around all cantons. Our sworn translators certified by the government in German, French and Italian, as well as our local teams, work tirelessly to make sure your documents are well-prepared and your transition the smoothest possible. Here we have compiled all information you need for Swiss citizenship.

Three main pathways to Swiss citizenship exist: naturalization, descent, and marriage. The requirements for different methods are detailed in each section, but regardless of the type of citizenship acquisition, the general requirement is that the applicant has to demonstrate strong ties to Switzerland or the nationality request may be denied. Basic requirements for citizenship is outlined in Swiss law Ordonnance sur la nationalité suisse:

    1. Successful integration into Swiss society (art.6);
    2. Accustomed to the Swiss lifestyle and culture (art. 2);
    3. Clear criminal record in both Switzerland and abroad, no debt enforcement or insolvency proceedings in the last five years (art. 4);
    4. Contributing to the country’s economy or completing education (art. 7).

Should you require consultation regarding any of these methods, Inimex’s Swiss office can help you via telephone, WhatsApp, and Viber (+33 621 662 009 or + 377 607 933 859) or via Skype (Linimex).

SWITZERLAND: DESCENT

There are a few ways for a child of Swiss descent to claim citizenship. The child is automatically a Swiss citizen if:

    1. If one of the parents is Swiss citizen, and they are married;
    2. If the birth mother is Swiss citizen.

If the parents are not married, but the father is a Swiss citizen and recognizes the child before the child reaches majority, the child automatically joins Swiss citizenship.

You can claim Swiss citizenship by ancestry if:

    1. You are born abroad and at least one of your parents is Swiss;
    2. You are younger than 25 years old.

Regardless, you should prove significant ties to Switzerland, and demonstrate that you have integrated into the Swiss society and culture.

SWITZERLAND: MARRIAGE

A foreigner married to a Swiss citizen does not automatically obtain the citizenship. One can obtain Swiss citizenship if the following requirements are met.

If the couple lives in Switzerland:

    1. The couple have lived together for 3 years;
    2. The applicant has lived in Switzerland for a total of 5 years;
    3. The 12 months leading to the application are completely spent in Switzerland;

If the couple resides outside of Switzerland, they have to live together for at least 6 years in their marriage.

Other requirements:

    1. The applicant has integrated into Swiss culture and society;
    2. The applicant respects the public order and the Federal Constitution;
    3. The applicant can understand and express themselves in a national language sufficiently, in most situations of everyday life, such as at home, workplace or other public places;
    4. The applicant is an active participant in the economic life of the country or acquires an education at an appropriate level;
    5. The applicant supports the integration of his/her family;
    6. The applicant has satisfied all other requirements of the canton he or she resides in.

SWITZERLAND: NATURALIZATION

The rule of thumb to become a Swiss citizen via naturalization is based on the Swiss Citizenship Act (SCA). Once the Swiss Confederation grants you a citizenship certificate via naturalization, you might apply and obtain a Swiss national ID card as well as a Swiss passport. The requirements for you to be naturalized in Switzerland are:

    1. You have lived legally in Switzerland for 10 years and you still hold your permanent residence card when you apply. During the period between the age of 10 to 20, each year counts as 2 years for tallying;
    2. You have to demonstrate that you have integrated into the Swiss culture and customs;
    3. You have to pass a language proficiency test in German, Italian or French;
    4. You show respect for public security and the values enshrined in the Federal Constitution;
    5. You have satisfied all other requirements of the canton you reside in.

Process of Obtaining Swiss Citizenship via Naturalization

Each canton has different laws regarding naturalization in Switzerland. The general steps are of the following:

    1. If your canton requires, your application for naturalisation may be submitted to the vote of the communal electorate at a communal assembly;
    2. Then, if your canton approves your status as a naturalized Swiss, your application for naturalisation is forwarded to the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM);
    3. The federal government will then examine the qualifications of you as a Swiss citizen, and other general requirements outlined above;
    4. If you meet all requirements, the SEM will grant the federal naturalisation licence and send it to the cantonal naturalisation authority for final decision;
    5. Your local canton has one year to decide on your status;
    6. Once approved, you will receive a notice to attend a citizenship ceremony, and become a full Swiss citizen.

Once you obtain your Swiss nationality, you do not have to renounce your original nationality.

SWITZERLAND: OUR MISSION

A nation tucked away in the depths of Alps known for its neutrality and stunning beauty, Switzerland is probably one of the most coveted nationalities in the entire world. Swiss passports are known to be extremely powerful and grants someone significant refuge in cases of emergency. Inimex and its team members are here to help you at every step towards Switzerland citizenship. Our team of professional immigration lawyers based in Zurich and Geneva are able to advice on eligibility and accompany you around all cantons. Our sworn translators certified by the government in German, French and Italian, as well as our local teams, work tirelessly to make sure your documents are well-prepared and your transition the smoothest possible. Here we have compiled all information you need for Swiss citizenship.

Three main pathways to Swiss citizenship exist: naturalization, descent, and marriage. The requirements for different methods are detailed in each section, but regardless of the type of citizenship acquisition, the general requirement is that the applicant has to demonstrate strong ties to Switzerland or the nationality request may be denied. Basic requirements for citizenship is outlined in Swiss law Ordonnance sur la nationalité suisse:

    1. Successful integration into Swiss society (art.6);
    2. Accustomed to the Swiss lifestyle and culture (art. 2);
    3. Clear criminal record in both Switzerland and abroad, no debt enforcement or insolvency proceedings in the last five years (art. 4);
    4. Contributing to the country’s economy or completing education (art. 7).

Should you require consultation regarding any of these methods, Inimex’s Swiss office can help you via telephone, WhatsApp, and Viber (+33 621 662 009 or + 377 607 933 859) or via Skype (Linimex).

SWITZERLAND: DESCENT

There are a few ways for a child of Swiss descent to claim citizenship. The child is automatically a Swiss citizen if:

    1. If one of the parents is Swiss citizen, and they are married;
    2. If the birth mother is Swiss citizen.

If the parents are not married, but the father is a Swiss citizen and recognizes the child before the child reaches majority, the child automatically joins Swiss citizenship.

You can claim Swiss citizenship by ancestry if:

    1. You are born abroad and at least one of your parents is Swiss;
    2. You are younger than 25 years old.

Regardless, you should prove significant ties to Switzerland, and demonstrate that you have integrated into the Swiss society and culture.

SWITZERLAND: MARRIAGE

A foreigner married to a Swiss citizen does not automatically obtain the citizenship. One can obtain Swiss citizenship if the following requirements are met.

If the couple lives in Switzerland:

    1. The couple have lived together for 3 years;
    2. The applicant has lived in Switzerland for a total of 5 years;
    3. The 12 months leading to the application are completely spent in Switzerland;

If the couple resides outside of Switzerland, they have to live together for at least 6 years in their marriage.

Other requirements:

    1. The applicant has integrated into Swiss culture and society;
    2. The applicant respects the public order and the Federal Constitution;
    3. The applicant can understand and express themselves in a national language sufficiently, in most situations of everyday life, such as at home, workplace or other public places;
    4. The applicant is an active participant in the economic life of the country or acquires an education at an appropriate level;
    5. The applicant supports the integration of his/her family;
    6. The applicant has satisfied all other requirements of the canton he or she resides in.

SWITZERLAND: NATURALIZATION

The rule of thumb to become a Swiss citizen via naturalization is based on the Swiss Citizenship Act (SCA). Once the Swiss Confederation grants you a citizenship certificate via naturalization, you might apply and obtain a Swiss national ID card as well as a Swiss passport. The requirements for you to be naturalized in Switzerland are:

    1. You have lived legally in Switzerland for 10 years and you still hold your permanent residence card when you apply. During the period between the age of 10 to 20, each year counts as 2 years for tallying;
    2. You have to demonstrate that you have integrated into the Swiss culture and customs;
    3. You have to pass a language proficiency test in German, Italian or French;
    4. You show respect for public security and the values enshrined in the Federal Constitution;
    5. You have satisfied all other requirements of the canton you reside in.

Process of Obtaining Swiss Citizenship via Naturalization

Each canton has different laws regarding naturalization in Switzerland. The general steps are of the following:

    1. If your canton requires, your application for naturalisation may be submitted to the vote of the communal electorate at a communal assembly;
    2. Then, if your canton approves your status as a naturalized Swiss, your application for naturalisation is forwarded to the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM);
    3. The federal government will then examine the qualifications of you as a Swiss citizen, and other general requirements outlined above;
    4. If you meet all requirements, the SEM will grant the federal naturalisation licence and send it to the cantonal naturalisation authority for final decision;
    5. Your local canton has one year to decide on your status;
    6. Once approved, you will receive a notice to attend a citizenship ceremony, and become a full Swiss citizen.

Once you obtain your Swiss nationality, you do not have to renounce your original nationality.