My mother is a Swiss citizen since the 1980s (we don't know exactly the year since we discovered recently that her ex-husband applied for her without saying anything to her), and got her Swiss passport a few days ago.
After that, I was looking in the website of the Swiss consulate to find out that since 2017 the son of a Swiss citizen can acquire citizenship directly before he turns 22, and this year (2018) the age was increased to 25.
But the Swiss consulate website in my country (Brazil) is really hard to understand for the citizenship part, so I am really confused if I am eligible of applying for citizenship or not, since my mother was never in Switzerland (neither was I), and I don't know German/French/Italian.
So, can I get Swiss citizenship from my mother (being a Brazilian male 23 years old, born in 1994)? My mother was already separated from her old husband at the time of my birth.
Edit to clarify some questions from the comments:
- My mother separated from her former husband in 1988.
- She was not married to my father when I was born (nor is she now).
- My mother was already a Swiss citizen before I was born.
I called to the Swiss consulate in Brazil and explained the situation. They told me I might not be eligible for the citizenship, because the age change in the law might not be retroactive, and since I was already 23 when the law changed, I would not be eligible to acquire the citizenship. However, searching the law in english/portuguese, I could not find any document suggesting the retroactive clause in the new law.