For those wanting to become Swiss, Geneva will no longer charge based on income. For some the price will be a less than a third of what they’d pay now.
On Wednesday, the cantonal government announced that the fees will change on 1 June 2017.
Currently the total cost ranges from CHF 930 to CHF 4,160 depending on age and income. Those over 25 pay CHF 920 and those under this age pay CHF 500. Then based on your income these fees are doubled (for income over 40,000 p.a.), tripled (for income over 80,000 p.a.) or quadrupled (for income over 120,000 p.a.). Finally additional charges of up to CHF 480 are added. Detailed information on Geneva’s charges can be found on Geneva’s website. On 27 January 2017, the government of Geneva, passed laws changing naturalisation fees, removing the income-based multiplier.
Those currently paying CHF 4,160, will pay only CHF 1,250 from 1 June 2017. For those under 25 the fees will fall only slightly to CHF 850.