Reinstatement of citizenship

Anyone who has lost Swiss citizenship can apply for re-naturalisation even if they are residing abroad, provided they have close ties with Switzerland.

An application for the reinstatement of Swiss citizenship has to be filed within ten years from the date of the loss of citizenship. Persons who have been living in Switzerland for more than three years can file an application beyond this period.

Close ties with Switzerland

The applicant is considered to have close ties with Switzerland when she/he:

Applications for simplified naturalisation must be sent to the responsible Swiss representation.