Since 1 January 2019,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.

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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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Geneva

Exam dateRegistration deadline
January
30 januaryFULL
February
4 februaryFULL
11 februaryFULL
18 februaryFULL
25 february10 february
March
5 march19 february
12 march26 february
19 march4 march
26 march11 march
April
2 april18 march
21 april5 april
28 april12 april

Nyon

Exam dateRegistration deadline
January
28 januaryFULL
February
6 februaryFULL
13 februaryFULL
20 february5 february
27 february12 february
March
3 march17 february
10 march24 february
17 march1st march
24 march9 march
31 march15 march
April
23 april8 april
30 april15 april

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 30.00 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.

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