Swiss by marriage

Foreign nationals married to Swiss citizens living abroad can apply for simplified naturalisation after having lived together for at least six years and on condition they have close ties with Switzerland.

If the married couple live in Switzerland, the foreign spouse (male or female) may apply for simplified naturalisation if the married couple have been living in Switzerland for five years and if they have been living together for at least three years.

Successful integration

The prerequisite for simplified naturalisation is successful integration according to Art. 12 para. 1 and para. 2 of the Swiss Citizenship Act (SCA).

The following requirements have to be met:

Appropriate account will be taken of the situation of applicants who on the grounds of disability, illness or difficult personal circumstances are unable to fulfil these integration requirements, or can fulfil them only in part. 

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 Swiss representation responsible.