Since 1 January 2018,Logo Fide new conditions for obtaining naturalisation have been in application in Switzerland.

According to Art. 6 of the Swiss Nationality Ordinance, any person wishing to obtain citizenship must demonstrate oral language skills in at least one Swiss national language at reference level B1, and written language skills at least at reference level A2 of the European Reference Framework for Languages.

The Confederation only sets minimum conditions within the framework of the ordinary naturalisation procedure. The cantonal authorities may provide additional conditions for naturalisation and thus require higher levels of language proficiency.

For naturalization, certificates that simply confirm participation in a language course and completed online assessment tests are not enough.

As regards residence and settlement permits, a new law came into effect on 1 January 2019. Federal law requires that candidates for a C licence must provide written proof of level A1 and oral proof of level A2 in one of the national languages. For the B permit, the minimum requirement is level A1 orally.

In these cases, language course certificates or language certificates may be accepted until 31/12/2019.

What is fide?

Fide stands for "French, Italian, German in Switzerland" and refers to the Swiss programme for the promotion of linguistic integration. fide's objective is to guarantee effective and high-quality language development and assessment opportunities for allophones*. Fide's diploma is recognised at the Swiss level and is issued on behalf of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). It certifies the oral and written skills of the candidate in the three national languages.

*A person whose mother tongue is a foreign language in the community where he or she is located.

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Conditions of participation

  • Minimum age 16 years old
  • Presentation of a photo ID document

Barrier-free access

All people with disabilities can participate in the True Language Assessment. Special arrangements are made between the evaluation centre and the Faith Secretariat.

Next sessions of French fide Exam 2019

Genève

Evaluation datesRegistration deadline
October 10September 15
November 14October 20
December 12November 17

Nyon

Evaluation datesRegistration deadline
October 17September 22
November 21October 27
December 5November 10

Lausanne

Evaluation datesRegistration deadline
October 31October 6
November 28November 3
December 19November 24

Registration process

Use the form to register, make sure you have these documents at hand:

  • Your residence permit
  • Your AVS card
  • Your agenda

Any person registered for the evaluation will receive a confirmation of registration at least two weeks before the date of the evaluation, detailing the place, day and time of the visit.

Documentations

Cancellation policy

  1. The registration fee for the final evaluation must be paid at least three business days before the first evaluation date.
  2. In the case of cancellation until the closing date of registration, an administrative fee of CHF 20.00 will be charged.
  3. In the case of cancellation between the closing date for registration and the date of the evaluation, the amount corresponding to the registration is due.
  4. In the case of absence or delay in the evaluation, no refund can be made.

Conduct of the assessment

The evaluation is divided into two parts:

  • Oral: Talking and understanding (40 minutes) taking place in the morning.
  • Written: Reading and writing (60 minutes) in the afternoon.

You can register for both parties or only one of them. After passing the language evaluation, you will receive a language passport indicating the level achieved (A1, A2 or B1) in the corresponding national language, separately for written and oral skills.

Evaluations can take place on two different days with a maximum difference of one week between the two. The written part always takes place after the oral part.

Evaluations are only carried out in our Geneva, Nyon and Lausanne centres.

Our accredited fide evaluation centres