Becoming a Swiss Citizen
Proving Swiss Integration
After you have met the formal requirements, you will be invited by the office in charge for an initial meeting. They’ll inform you about the further process, for example, in which way you have to prove your economic, social and linguistic integration into Switzerland.
Not only do applicants have to be economically independent, you also have to demonstrate you are integrated into Swiss life and society and are familiar with the following:
Swiss political system
Swiss culture and customs
Regional facts about your municipality/canton and your surrounding area.
In some cantons, applicants will need to sit a written test, but the most common test is the “Einbürgerungsgespräch”, a face-to-face interview with a group representing the local government. Normally, the Federal Migration Office will follow their consensus on whether an applicant is sufficiently well-integrated.
milengua preparation courses
milengua courses guarantee an excellent preparation for the Einbürgerungsgespräch. This course covers the topics that come up in the interview and also practices answering questions and giving explanations in German. Furthermore, we will provide you with helpful tips on how you can prove your successful integration into Swiss life and society. Additionally, we offer Swiss German classes to get your comprehension of the local dialect to a high level.
During the "Einbürgerungsgespräch" (naturalization interview), you must be able to hold a 30- minute conversation about your Swiss integration and your motivation behind becoming a Swiss citizen, answer questions on politics, history, geography, culture, and regional topics.
And as if that wasn't challenging enough, these interviews are often held in regional dialects – so applicants must at least have a good comprehension of Swiss German while they can speak High German.
In the course, you will simulate the interview several times and learn how to appropriately answer personal questions about your motivation for becoming a Swiss citizen.
The course addresses people who already have a good level of German and have passed their required language exams. However, if you don't feel fluent enough or still have to prove your language level, we recommend you take language lessons or the exam preparation course first.
In most cantons, applicants require an A2 Level for written language and a B1 Level for spoken language per the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR). Evidence of language proficiency is obtained through a certificate through an officially accredited institute (for German, e.g., Goethe, telc) or through the "fide language passport" – a program provided by the Swiss migration service.
If you have any more questions or want more information about the Swiss naturalization process and milengua’s preparation courses, please contact us!
If you want to get a better idea of how a preparation course works, just sign up for a free demo lesson and you’ll meet your personal tutor for a free trial of 30 minutes, where you can try our method without any obligations.