Obtain a Swiss Passport in 5 Steps

Written by: Bridgewest

Obtain-a-Swiss-passport-in-5-stepsThe number of foreign citizens moving to Switzerland for starting a business or for employment reasons who are required to obtain a residence, respectively work permit has risen a lot.  The number of those wanting to apply for citizenship has also increased. In 2014, the Parliament has proposed new changes to the naturalization legislation which is why foreigners moving to the country now face different requirements if they also want to obtain a Swiss passport. The new law will become effective starting with April, 2016. Below you can find how to obtain Swiss citizenship in 5 steps.

1.Residence before applying for a Swiss passport

Swiss citizenship implies becoming a citizen of the country, canton and commune and each tier comes with various requirements. At the moment, a foreign citizen must live in Switzerland for 12 years before acquiring a passport. At cantonal level requirements differ. Our lawyers in Switzerland can provide you with information about residency regulations for each canton.

2.Types of residence permits in Switzerland

There are two types of Swiss residence permits foreign citizens can apply for: a temporary or a permanent residence pass. The temporary one is divided into B, L or F category, while the permanent one is also known as a C permit. Our Swiss lawyers can explain what each type of permit means.

3.Education can help one obtain a Swiss passport sooner

Children of foreign citizens can obtain Swiss citizenship sooner, as from the 8th to the 18th birthday, the years count as double if the children are enrolled in local schools.


In order to become a Swiss citizen, one must know the national and local laws applicable and get acquainted with the tax system. The foreign citizen must also speak one of the official languages: German, French or Italian.

5.How much does it cost to obtain a Swiss passport?

Foreign citizens must be aware that there are various costs related to obtaining a Swiss passport as applications must be submitted with the national, cantonal and communal authorities. The costs depend from canton to canton. Our Swiss attorneys can inform you about the costs applicable in each canton.

If you have decided to immigrate to Switzerland and need assistance, do not hesitate to contact our local law firm.