Turkish Citizenship

With the decisions published on 19.09.2018 and 07.12.2018 on the Turkish Official Gazette, some regulations regarding the transition of foreigners to Turkish citizenship changed. Turkish citizenship will be given directly to foreigners who buy at least 250.000 USD real estate in Turkey and who give a commitment to buy a property worth of 250.000 USD from the notary.

When you buy properties valued above 250.000 USD, you apply to (Tapu Office) General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre, you demand to obtain Turkish Citizenship. After the application, they check the appraisal report and bank transfer documents. Tapu Office gives approval for citizenship in between 3 and 7 days time. With this citizenship approval, we apply to the Immigration Office desk on the same day without waiting for an appointment for a contemporary residence permit. With the approval and residence permit, we apply finally to General Directorate of Population and Citizenship on the same day. After tapu application, all process is followed in a special Citizenship Information Office in Istanbul and Ankara. They finalize citizenship acquisition within 30 days.

Your wife (or husband) and all your children under the age of 18 (on the application date) may get citizenship. You might buy several properties which have a total value of more than 250.000 USD. You need to apply at the same time for all. Tapu office accepts citizenship applications if the declared values are above 250.000 USD.

Main Steps for Turkish Citizenship by Investment

1: Open a Bank Account: An account should be opened in a Turkish bank in the name of the investor.
2: Make an Investment: Carry out the necessary investment transactions such as property title deed transfer, cash deposit, government bond/share purchase etc.
3: Residence Permit Application: Applicants are required to hold a valid residence permit at the time of citizenship application. Nevertheless, permit holders can continue to live abroad as long as they wish.
4: Turkish Citizenship Application: After obtaining your residence permit, you can apply for Turkish citizenship immediately. A physical presence or interview is not required during the application process.

Required Documents for Turkish Citizenship by Investment Application

– Application Form 
– Valid passport
– 4 passport-size photos of each member of your family members
– Birth certificate
– Residence permit or valid Touristic Visa on your passport
– If applicable, documents proving your relationships with your spouse and children (marriage license, birth certificate for children’s)
– If applicable, Turkish ID copy and address of applicant relatives in Turkey
– Application tax payment receipt
– Appraisal report
– Bank receipt showing payment of minimum 250.000 USD
– Title deed or Notarized property purchase commitment

The Application Process in General

Marmara Property team helps you from the beginning until you get your passports when you buy a property for citizenship by investment.

For other types of citizenship applications, you need to apply via the local governorship office where you live in Turkey or via a consulate if you are living abroad. The documents required, and types of application will vary depending on your circumstances.

They can include but are not restricted to the passport, birth certificate, residence permit, marriage certificate, the Turkish identity number of relatives, photographs. Individual applicants will also need to attend an interview that will be carried out in Turkish.

The length of time that applications for citizenship in Turkey will take depends on the specific circumstances of the applicant but updates can be obtained from the Interior Ministry. Under the terms and conditions of the Citizenship Law No. 5901, you can re-apply to the governorship of your place of residence again if your application is rejected.

Benefits of Turkish Citizenship

– Your wife / husband and children under 18 years old can acquire citizenship together with you at the same time.
– When you apply for citizenship, you are not required to declare your assets or income that you currently have in other countries.
– You do not have to have lived continuously in Turkey for a certain period to become eligible for citizenship. You can continue to live abroad and apply for citizenship as soon as you get the residence permit.
– You can travel to many countries without the need to follow a cumbersome visa application process.

Many of these countries allow Turkish citizens to stay 30 to 90 days without any visa requirement and also some countries grant visas upon arrival or issue electronic visas upon online application.

The Visa Liberalization Dialogue, the aim of which is to grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel right to Schengen countries, between Turkey and the EU, was launched in 2013. Once achieved, further 26 European countries will be added to the list of 102 countries where Turkish citizens can already travel freely.

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