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05.08.2013
No language tests for foreigners seeking Swiss citizenship


At the end of last month, the city authorities announced that no standardised language tests would form part of the naturalisation procedure for foreign nationals and that only a personal interview would take place instead, once all other requirements had been fulfilled.
 
The city council said that it would become apparent during the course of the interview how well applicants had settled into Switzerland, with their knowledge of German to be just one area assessed.
 
Furthermore, the council decided that it was too much to expect applicants applying for citizenship to have a basic knowledge of the political system, especially bearing in mind that there were many Swiss citizens, too, who were not politically active.
 
In another aspect the council concluded that the level of integration by the spouse of an applicant should not play a role in whether citizenship was granted or not as this could mean that spouses who did not recognise the equality of men and women could lead to difficulties with regard to the applicant being granted citizenship and the council did not want to put such difficulties in the path of applicants.
 
What remained clear was that any applicants who had a criminal record would not be granted citizenship.


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