Significant changes have taken place in 2018 with the enforcement of the new Swiss Citizenship Federal Law (LN).
The modifications concern the minimum of years spent in Switzerland as a resident and the type of permit held by the applicant. First, ten years instead of twelve are required as minimum residency duration. Secondly, only residents holding a C Permit are now able to apply.
Therefore, obtaining Swiss citizenship no longer relies on how long a person has been residing in Switzerland, but it depends on the nature of the permit held by the applicant.
These changes mean shorter naturalisation periods for current residents holding a Permit C. However, residents who do not hold a C Permit will have to obtain it first before being able to apply for Swiss citizenship.
The key issue lies in the fact that, to this date, a legitimation card or Ci Permit do not confer the rights to apply for a C Permit. Only retirees having lived for at least 10 years in Switzerland and children born in in the country can request the C permit if they can demonstrate that they are well integrated.