Cantonal residence requirements for regular naturalisation for applications until 31.12.2017

Cantons with short residence requirements (two to three years)

Canton  Minimum residence requirements
AR 3 years in the canton
BE 2 years
FR 3 years in the canton
GE 2 years
JU 2 years in the community of prospective naturalisation
LU at least 3 years in the community of prospective naturalisation
NE the final 3 years before the submission of the application in the canton without interruption
SH 2 years in the canton and in the community of prospective naturalisation
ZH at least 2 uninterrupted years in the community of prospective naturalisation

Cantons with medium residence requirements (five or six years)

Canton 
Minimum residence requirements
AG 5 years in the canton, 3 years in the community of prospective naturalisation
AI 5 years in the canton
BL 5 years in the canton
BS 5 years in the canton, of which the final 3 years in the community of prospective naturalisation
GL 6 years in the canton, of which the final 3 years in the community of prospective naturalisation
GR 6 years in the canton
NW the final 6 years before the submission of the application in the canton without interruption, of which the final 3 years uninterrupted in the community of prospective naturalisation
OW 5 years
SO 6 years in the canton
SZ As a rule, 5 years in a community of the Canton of Schwyz
TG 6 years in the canton, of which 3 years in the community of prospective naturalisation
TI 5 years in the canton, 3 years in the community of prospective naturalisation
UR 5 years in the canton
VD 5 years in the canton, 1 to 5 years in the community
VS 5 years in the canton
ZG 5 years in the canton, of which the final 3 years uninterrupted in the community of prospective naturalisation

Cantons with long residence requirements (eight to twelve years)

Canton  Minimum residence requirements
SG 8 years in the canton

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