Simplified naturalisation of the spouse of a Swiss citizen

Since 1 January 1992, Swiss men and women who marry a foreign national have received equal treatment with regard to Swiss citizenship. It follows that women of foreign nationality no longer automatically acquire Swiss citizenship by marrying a Swiss citizen. The foreign spouse of a Swiss national abroad may however apply for simplified naturalisation under certain circumstances (Article 21 para. 2 of the Swiss Citizenship Act, SCA).


Swiss law recognises dual citizenship. You can in principle keep your original citizenship. Acquisition of Swiss citizenship may, however, result in loss of your original citizenship if the law of your country of origin requires it. Relevant official information can be obtained from the authorities of the country of origin.

Dual Citizenship