The naturalization process in outline

du 30/11/-0001 à 12:00 au 30/11/-0001 à 12:00

How is the procedure?

  • The first stage of the application is the application form to be obtained from the competent authority (depending on the canton).
  • The municipal police shall make a report after convocation of the candidate.
  • The applicant participates in a hearing in front of a municipal commission to test the candidate's knowledge of the history, geography, politics, culture and motivation of the candidate.
  • In some cantons, a candidate must also pass a written exam.
  • Upon acceptance at municipal level the file goes through various federal departments before the Council of State makes a decision.
  • The file is then processed by the Federal Office for Migration in Bern for the granting of federal authorization. Once issued, the candidate takes the oath in front of a delegation of the State Council.

The procedure varies in each canton and commune. For more information: