What is the change? Switzerland has implemented new requirements for naturalization applicants.
What does the change mean? The Swiss Citizenship Act, which took effect Jan. 1, changed the Swiss residence requirements and instituted new integration requirements for naturalization applicants. The naturalization procedures and conditions are the same for all foreign nationals, whether they are EU or non-EU citizens.
Key changes: The changes to Switzerland’s citizenship requirements will touch on the following areas.
Background: The Swiss Citizenship Act, or Federal Act on the Acquisition and Loss of Swiss Citizenship, was approved in June 2014 and implemented Jan. 1, 2018. Applications submitted before Jan. 1 are processed in accordance with the law as it stood when the application was submitted.
BAL Analysis: Those applying for Swiss citizenship should confirm that they meet the new residence and integration requirements before submitting their application. The changes to the residence requirement may delay some applicants who wish to apply for Swiss citizenship but who do not benefit from the changes to how years of residence are counted. Cantons frequently apply additional requirements so exact processes may differ depending on the applicant’s location.
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