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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 date Registration deadline
October
6 october FULL
13 october FULL
20 october 5 october
27 october 12 october
November
3 november 19 october
10 november 26 october
17 november 2 november
24 november 9 november
December
1st december 17 november
8 december 24 november
15 december 1 december

Nyon

Exam date Registration deadline
October
1st october FULL
08 october FULL
15 october FULL
November
12 november 28 october
19 november 4 november
26 november 11 november
December
3 december 19 november
10 december 26 november
17 december 3 december

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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