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Hi there,


I am planning to apply for naturalisation in Geneva. My request would be handled in Geneva community.


Has anyone gone through the process in Geneva recently? I would greatly appreciate if someone can share his/her experience. I wonder what kind of questions they ask in the personal interview at OCPM and how they assess your local integration in Geneva? Do you need to be member in local clubs etc.? 


Thank you in advance!


Tom


 

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Hi there,


I am planning to apply for naturalisation in Geneva. My request would be handled in Geneva community.


Has anyone gone through the process in Geneva recently? I would greatly appreciate if someone can share his/her experience. I wonder what kind of questions they ask in the personal interview at OCPM and how they assess your local integration in Geneva? Do you need to be member in local clubs etc.? 


Thank you in advance!


Tom


 


Thomas PMay 29, 2020 @ 00:17
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Whilst you are waiting for other replies, a search on the forum menu page will give you some information in the meantime.

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Whilst you are waiting for other replies, a search on the forum menu page will give you some information in the meantime.


TogJay, May 29, 2020 @ 00:29
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Hi TogJay,


thanks for your input. I had searched the forum before but only found one thread that did not contain too much information:


https://www.glocals.com/forums/general/Naturalisation---getting-the-swiss-passport---help-needed-244110.htm#msg_248266)


Hope some more people can share their experience here.

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Hi TogJay,


thanks for your input. I had searched the forum before but only found one thread that did not contain too much information:


https://www.glocals.com/forums/general/Naturalisation---getting-the-swiss-passport---help-needed-244110.htm#msg_248266)


Hope some more people can share their experience here.


Thomas P, May 30, 2020 @ 13:51
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Hi Thomas


finally have you got the Swiss citizenship? Could you share your experience of the interview?


I look for more information of the interview (not an exam) which will happen in January.


does anyone can offer any help or any information?


thanks a lot

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Hi Thomas


finally have you got the Swiss citizenship? Could you share your experience of the interview?


I look for more information of the interview (not an exam) which will happen in January.


does anyone can offer any help or any information?


thanks a lot


Jessica G, Dec 14, 2021 @ 22:28
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Hi, I will have my test on 19 January. Would love to do some group exercise to test my knowledge.This is the basis:


https://www.ge.ch/connaitre-suisse-geneve


About the interview, I will know more later.


Ping me if you are interested.

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Hi, I will have my test on 19 January. Would love to do some group exercise to test my knowledge.This is the basis:


https://www.ge.ch/connaitre-suisse-geneve


About the interview, I will know more later.


Ping me if you are interested.


Laura Leoncini, Dec 19, 2021 @ 11:32
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Jessica, Laura,


I completed this interview with the whole familiy earlier this year. We were successful and I think there was still a large margin. I expect if you do not know something they would ask easier questions to find some solid ground in your understanding of the Swiss political system.


We spent the largest part of the time talking about the topics of the "votations". We each explained one of our choice, and then he asked us about some others that he picked. The interviewer also asked if we knew the outcome of the vote for the examples, but this was already framed as a "bonus question".


About knowing the names of the politicians, I'm not sure how important it is. My wife did not know the mayor of our commune, and the question had first been put only to her. Anyway, the interviewer put it to the whole family next and I knew the name of the mayor (plus his party and what he studied - I think I overdid it a bit). It may depend on the interviewer if they want you to know all the members of the Federal Council and their areas of responsibility.


The few hard facts are embedded in a lot of chit chat, for example if you noticed any topics that are of interest in Geneva (e.g. shortage of housing, traffic problems...) And of course the question why you want to be Swiss.


Let me know if you are interested in more details.


Best,


Sven


 

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Jessica, Laura,


I completed this interview with the whole familiy earlier this year. We were successful and I think there was still a large margin. I expect if you do not know something they would ask easier questions to find some solid ground in your understanding of the Swiss political system.


We spent the largest part of the time talking about the topics of the "votations". We each explained one of our choice, and then he asked us about some others that he picked. The interviewer also asked if we knew the outcome of the vote for the examples, but this was already framed as a "bonus question".


About knowing the names of the politicians, I'm not sure how important it is. My wife did not know the mayor of our commune, and the question had first been put only to her. Anyway, the interviewer put it to the whole family next and I knew the name of the mayor (plus his party and what he studied - I think I overdid it a bit). It may depend on the interviewer if they want you to know all the members of the Federal Council and their areas of responsibility.


The few hard facts are embedded in a lot of chit chat, for example if you noticed any topics that are of interest in Geneva (e.g. shortage of housing, traffic problems...) And of course the question why you want to be Swiss.


Let me know if you are interested in more details.


Best,


Sven


 


Sven T, Dec 19, 2021 @ 15:55
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Hi Sven,


Thank you for the heads up.


What did you answer to the question "why you want to be Swiss"?

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Hi Sven,


Thank you for the heads up.


What did you answer to the question "why you want to be Swiss"?


Laura Leoncini, Dec 19, 2021 @ 19:55
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Hi Laura,


Switzerland already feels like home to me. I spent most of my adult life here, both of my children were born here, we own a house in Geneva... So the nationality would match what I feel.


In practical terms, the nationality obviously gives me the right to vote, and I think it's a good idea to participate in the political process. Sometimes I would have liked to support a collection of signatures, but I had to tell the people that I do not have the vote.


For the interview that should be enough, as this is not a monologue, either...


For me, "armed neutrality" is an important point, too. I was disappointed to see unified Germany get into dubious military adventures abroad at a staggering pace. I would not put my current country down in an interview, but Switzerland really suits me on that point.


Sven


 

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Hi Laura,


Switzerland already feels like home to me. I spent most of my adult life here, both of my children were born here, we own a house in Geneva... So the nationality would match what I feel.


In practical terms, the nationality obviously gives me the right to vote, and I think it's a good idea to participate in the political process. Sometimes I would have liked to support a collection of signatures, but I had to tell the people that I do not have the vote.


For the interview that should be enough, as this is not a monologue, either...


For me, "armed neutrality" is an important point, too. I was disappointed to see unified Germany get into dubious military adventures abroad at a staggering pace. I would not put my current country down in an interview, but Switzerland really suits me on that point.


Sven


 


Sven T, Dec 19, 2021 @ 23:05
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Jessica, Laura,

I completed this interview with the whole familiy earlier this year. We were successful and I think there was still a large margin. I expect if you do not know something they would ask easier questions to find some solid ground in your understanding of the Swiss political system.

We spent the largest part of the time talking about the topics of the "votations". We each explained one of our choice, and then he asked us about some others that he picked. The interviewer also asked if we knew the outcome of the vote for the examples, but this was already framed as a "bonus question".

About knowing the names of the politicians, I'm not sure how important it is. My wife did not know the mayor of our commune, and the question had first been put only to her. Anyway, the interviewer put it to the whole family next and I knew the name of the mayor (plus his party and what he studied - I think I overdid it a bit). It may depend on the interviewer if they want you to know all the members of the Federal Council and their areas of responsibility.

The few hard facts are embedded in a lot of chit chat, for example if you noticed any topics that are of interest in Geneva (e.g. shortage of housing, traffic problems...) And of course the question why you want to be Swiss.

Let me know if you are interested in more details.

Best,

Sven

 


Dec 19, 21 15:55

Thank you very much Sven for your detailed reply.


i will contact you for more details if you do not mind.


Talk to you soon

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Thank you very much Sven for your detailed reply.


i will contact you for more details if you do not mind.


Talk to you soon


Jessica G, Dec 20, 2021 @ 10:56
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Hi, I will have my test on 19 January. Would love to do some group exercise to test my knowledge.This is the basis:

https://www.ge.ch/connaitre-suisse-geneve

About the interview, I will know more later.

Ping me if you are interested.


Dec 19, 21 11:32

Hi Laura


19 Jan is the same interview for me,thanks for the link provided.


i will contact you separately to see if we can help each other to prepare the interview.


thank you

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Hi Laura


19 Jan is the same interview for me,thanks for the link provided.


i will contact you separately to see if we can help each other to prepare the interview.


thank you


Jessica G, Dec 20, 2021 @ 11:00
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I'm within the process, but the last document that I am missing is the confirmation of my French knowledge. The required level is B1, but the office in Geneva doesn't approve my DALF C1 diploma (as FIDE doesn't recognise it anymore), neither that I have a diploma of graduating the secondary education in Geneva , nor that I am a student of BSc studies in Geneva -all studies fully in French. 


As FIDE dates to approve my level of French are late, I wanted to check if someone was in a similar situation like me? And if you solved it withount additional costs and time investment?

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I'm within the process, but the last document that I am missing is the confirmation of my French knowledge. The required level is B1, but the office in Geneva doesn't approve my DALF C1 diploma (as FIDE doesn't recognise it anymore), neither that I have a diploma of graduating the secondary education in Geneva , nor that I am a student of BSc studies in Geneva -all studies fully in French. 


As FIDE dates to approve my level of French are late, I wanted to check if someone was in a similar situation like me? And if you solved it withount additional costs and time investment?


Kris R, Dec 20, 2021 @ 20:42
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Thank you Sven.

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Thank you Sven.


Laura Leoncini, Dec 22, 2021 @ 13:54
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I'm within the process, but the last document that I am missing is the confirmation of my French knowledge. The required level is B1, but the office in Geneva doesn't approve my DALF C1 diploma (as FIDE doesn't recognise it anymore), neither that I have a diploma of graduating the secondary education in Geneva , nor that I am a student of BSc studies in Geneva -all studies fully in French. 

As FIDE dates to approve my level of French are late, I wanted to check if someone was in a similar situation like me? And if you solved it withount additional costs and time investment?


Dec 20, 21 20:42

Hi Kris,


I did the FIDE test in Geneva, near Varembé.  I didn't have to wait long before being called. It costs about 250 chf.


I can check the name of the school if you want. 

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Hi Kris,


I did the FIDE test in Geneva, near Varembé.  I didn't have to wait long before being called. It costs about 250 chf.


I can check the name of the school if you want. 


Laura Leoncini, Dec 22, 2021 @ 13:56
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Hi Kris,

I did the FIDE test in Geneva, near Varembé.  I didn't have to wait long before being called. It costs about 250 chf.

I can check the name of the school if you want. 


Dec 22, 21 13:56

Thanks for answer Laura, I have already subscribed for FIDE's validation of my knowledge of French that will cost chf 150 and there was no date in Geneva before end of January. I find interesting that I have a C1 diploma and my schools required at least B2, but I have to prove I have B1 level... 

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Thanks for answer Laura, I have already subscribed for FIDE's validation of my knowledge of French that will cost chf 150 and there was no date in Geneva before end of January. I find interesting that I have a C1 diploma and my schools required at least B2, but I have to prove I have B1 level... 


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