How to Get Turkish Citizenship
The Turkish Government made some regulations on the transition of foreign nationals to citizenship in Turkey. The decisions which were published in 2018 in the Official Gazette determined the least purchasing limit as 250.000 USD. Now with the new amendment which will be effective from June 13, 2022, foreigners will be able to apply for citizenship by purchasing a property worth at least 400.000 USD.
Foreign investors can apply for Turkish nationality when they purchase at least $400,000 worth of real estate in Turkey and commit to purchasing real estate worth $400,000 from a notary public.
Obtaining citizenship in Turkey is very easy with legal support and the correct guidance of reliable experts.
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Antalya Homes ® is the leading real estate agency in Turkey. We are experts on the citizenship of Turkey by investment. Our professionals guide you through the entire process, from finding your dream home to getting your Turkish passport.
Citizenship Types in Turkey
The Turkish government introduced a new fast track system to become a Turkish citizen.
You can apply for the Turkey Citizenship program if you buy a property worth 400.000 USD or bank deposit 500.000 USD in Turkish banks. You must keep them for 3 years.
You can also invest at least 500.000 USD in fixed capital or employ 50 Turkish people. Alternatively, you can read Turkish Citizenship By Fund Investment
It is introduced in 2017. It is an alternative type of citizenship that grants almost full rights. Business executives, investors, and people who have skills or attributes in technology, economics, sports, culture, and arts can apply for the card.
You can visit The Turquoise Card of Turkey for the details.
Property owners who have lived in Turkey for an uninterrupted period of five years apply for citizenship. Article 11 of the Law No. 5901 lists the necessary conditions for an uninterrupted residence permits. There is no minimum amount for property value.
According to Article 1 of the Turkish Citizenship Law No. 403, if you were born to a Turkish citizen mother or father in Turkey or abroad, you can claim to be a Turkish citizen.
If the parents are successful in their citizenship applications, children can also benefit from it. Anyone who has lost their Turkish nationality can also re-apply.
You can get citizenship after 3 years of marriage to a Turkish citizen. There are certain conditions for it. Some are to live together, refrain from behavior that could damage the marital union, and pose no threat to national security or public order.
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Citizenship by Investment Options in Turkey
* with the condition of not selling for 3 years
* with the condition of not withdrawing for 3 years
* with the condition of not selling for 3 years
* with the condition of not selling for 3 years
* with the condition of hiring Turkish citizens as labor force
Steps of Turkish Citizenship Applications Through Property Investment
We organize a viewing tour of properties that meet your expectations and the citizenship of Turkey’s requirements.
We inspect the properties closely and find the best home for you.
Our company lawyers provide legal support in investing in Turkey’s citizenship. You experience a very easy-going program with Antalya Homes.
It is a period of 2 to 6 months, depending on the number of applicant's family members and documents.
Required Documents for Turkish Nationality
Preparing documents for citizenship requires special knowledge and experience. Since each person has different conditions and statuses, we recommend getting legal support from our company lawyers.
We have delivered hundreds of Turkish passports. So we know all details of the process. The required documents are as follows:
4 passport-size photos of each member of your family
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)
If applicable, Turkish ID copy and address of applicant's relatives in Turkey
Application tax payment receipt
Bank receipt showing payment of minimum 400.000 USD
Title deed or Notarized property purchase commitment
Citizenship Application Process in Turkey
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You must apply through the local governorship office where you live in Turkey for other citizenship applications. If you live abroad, you can apply through the consulate.
Required documents and application types will vary depending on your situation. It may include a passport, birth certificate, residence permit, marriage certificate, Turkish identity number of relatives, and photographs. Other documents may be required. Individual applicants will also need to attend an interview in Turkish.
The duration of applications depends on the specific circumstances of the applicant. You can follow the updates from the Ministry of Interior. According to the terms and conditions of Citizenship Law No. 5901, if your application is rejected, you can re-apply to the governorship of your place of residence.
Key Benefits of Citizenship in Turkey
Your spouse and children under the age of 18 can obtain citizenship at the same time as you.
You do not need to declare your current assets or income in other countries.
You do not have to have lived in Turkey for a certain period to qualify for citizenship. You can continue to live abroad and apply for citizenship as soon as you receive a residence permit.
You can cash out your investment after holding it for 3 years. The Turkish real estate market has an annual average capital appreciation of 12%. Real estate prices in Istanbul increase by about 20-25% every year.
Visa-Free Travel with Turkish Passport
Turkish passport holders have visa-free and visas on arrival access to more than 100 countries. The vast majority of these countries allow Turkish citizens to stay between 30 and 90 days without requiring a visa. Some countries issue a visa on arrival or an electronic visa upon online application.
The Visa Liberalization Dialogue between Turkey and the EU was launched in 2013. It aims to grant Turkish citizens travel freely to Schengen countries. When this is accomplished, 26 more European countries will be added to the list of visa-free countries.
Notable Visa-Free Countries
- NORTH CYPRUS
- HONG KONG
- SOUTH KOREA
- SRI LANKA
- ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
- COSTA RICA
- DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
- EL SALVADOR
- IVORY COAST
- SOUTH AFRICA
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about Turkish Citizenship
Q: How does the Turkish citizenship by real estate investment program work?A: Firstly, you purchase a property with a value of at least 400,000 USD. Then you request Turkish nationality by applying to the General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre (Tapu Office).
After the application, the appraisal report and bank transfer documents are checked. The Land Registry Office gives approval for citizenship between 3 and 7 days. After the citizenship approval, we apply to the Immigration Office on the same day without waiting for an appointment for a temporary residence permit.
Finally, we apply to the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship with approval and residence permit on the same day. After the title deed application, the whole process is followed in the Citizenship Information Office in Istanbul and Ankara. The acquisition of citizenship is completed within 2 to 6 months.
Q: How should I calculate the exchange rate of USD and TL?A: Tapu Office calculates the value at the date of the application over the Turkish Republic Central Bank selling rate (efektif satış kuru).
Q: How long does this process take?A: The process is completed between 2 and 6 months. The government has opened a special citizenship office to shorten the time.
Q: Is there any critical point that I should know?A: The ministry wants to make sure the property value is a minimum of $400,000. Sworn property valuation companies verify that the price is correct to prevent price fraud.
Appraisers may show deviations (difference) of up to 20% from the selling price. For this reason, Antalya Homes recommends you buy a property by calculating this evaluation.
Whatever you get for citizenship will be the same in the appraisal report as we give you the Best Price Guarantee. We will recommend the best-priced properties in Turkey that match the report.
Q: Is there any requirement for an interview or test at any stage?A: No.
Q: Will my citizenship automatically be granted when I fulfill the conditions?A: No. The citizenship approval is subject to verification from archive records of national security agencies that the applicant poses no threat to national security.
Q: Applying and getting nationality in Turkey seems complicated. Will you help me with Turkish citizenship by investment process?A: Antalya Homes' expert team guides you throughout the whole process. Since 2004, we have been guaranteeing our customers 100% happiness on their journey to reach their dream home.
Q: I do not have time to come to Turkey. How can I get Turkish Nationality?A: If you send Antalya Homes power of attorney, we will follow up the whole process for you from beginning to end.
Q: How do I get nationality in Turkey as a heimatlos (stateless person)?A: You can apply for Turkish nationality when you buy a property worth at least 400,000 USD. You need the required documents proving that the applicant is stateless. (Travel document issued by the United Nations.)
Q: You say that the citizenship process can take 2 months. Do I get a Residence Permit during the application process?A: A residence permit (no:6458/31-J) is granted to you and your family. We get a Residence Permit on the same day after property approval.
Q: If I become a Turkish citizen, do I have to complete my Turkish Military Service?A: There are several answers:
•When your child under the age of 18 reaches the age of military service, he has to do military service.
•If you have dual citizenship, you can choose between the two countries. If you have already completed it, you may need to prove it.
•For those over the age of 22, you should ask the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship for appropriate information during the application, whether there is a special case or not.
Q: Which nationalities may apply for a Turkish passport?A: All nationalities can apply for Turkish citizenship by real estate investment. You can get your Turkey citizenship benefits by buying a property.
Q: Is it mandatory to live in Turkey to obtain Citizenship?A: No.
Q: Is it possible to have dual nationality in Turkey?A: Yes. But you should check with your consulate about your original citizenship because some countries, such as India, China, and Saudi Arabia, do not recognize or have specific restrictions for dual citizenship.
Q: Does Turkey allow triple citizenship?A: Yes. You can have dual or multiple citizenship when you become a Turkish citizen. But You should check with the consulate of your original nationality. Some countries do not allow or have specific restrictions for multiple citizenship.
Q: Do I have to renounce my current citizenship when I become a Turkish citizen?A: No. Turkish laws allow dual or multiple citizenships. It is up to your own state regulation.
Q: Is there an alternative to Turkish Citizenship?A: If your budget is not enough to get citizenship in Turkey by investment, you may apply for a Turquoise Card. The Turquoise Card is like the Green Card of the USA.
You can have all the rights of a Turkish Citizen, except for the right to vote and compulsory military service for men.
Q: Is the applicant free to do any job or business in Turkey?A: Yes, professions, such as doctors, lawyers, etc., can. You need to be a member of the bar associations regarding the special equivalence of the certificates.
Q: Should I buy a property over 400.000 USD or can I have more than one?A: You can buy one or more. The main point is that the total value should be more than 400.000 USD.
The tapu office does not accept applications below this value. You need to apply for all at the same time.
Q: Can I apply for citizenship if I buy a property under construction that does not yet have a title deed in my name?A: Yes. The government accepts a Notarized Property Purchase Commitment.
If the value is over 400.000 USD, you can apply for citizenship with Notarized Property Purchase Commitment.
Q: Can I get citizenship in Turkey if I buy property in installments?A: Yes, you can if:
• You have a Notarized Property Purchase Commitment.
• You have paid the installments through the bank after September 19, 2018.
• The total payment is over 400,000 USD.
Q: I bought a property in Turkey before. Can I apply for citizenship now?A: Title deed applications made after September 19, 2018 (at the Land Registry Office) can obtain Turkish citizenship by investment.
For example, you have purchased a property, but you have not yet registered the Title Deed on your behalf and continue to pay in installments. Each payment made after September 19, 2018 is valid for your citizenship application.
Q: Can I get Turkish Citizenship by investment by buying commercial real estate with rental income?A: Yes, all property types are eligible. Check rental income properties here.
Q: What is the responsibility of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization?A: The Ministry verifies with sworn appraisers whether the value declared in the Land Registry is correct and above 400,000 USD. All money transactions must be made to property sellers by bank transfer.
Q: How to apply for nationality in Turkey by fund investment. How does this process work?A: It is one of the fastest ways of getting nationality in Turkey. You purchase the real estate investment fund (REIF) with a value of over USD 500,000 or equivalent in Turkish Lira. Then you contact your bank (Halkbank, İş Bank, Akbank, or QNB Finansbank). You commit to keep it in your Turkish bank account for 3 years.
Your application form is sent to the Capital Markets Board Of Turkey. We get an "Approval Document for Citizenship" from the bank. It is mandatory for citizenship application by fund investment. Antalya Homes ® helps you collect/fill all required documents.
Finally, the application is sent to the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs. Then you are invited for final signatures. (Read more about Real Estate Funds in Turkey.)
Q: Can my family get citizenship in Turkey?A: Yes. You, your spouse, and all of your children under the age of 18 (on the application date) can obtain citizenship.
Q: I have an invalid (disabled) child over 18 years old. What about his/her situation?A: Children, who cannot take care of themselves, become Turkish citizens together with their parents. You need specific application documents proving their status.
Q: Is there a requirement for the applicants to bring their entire family to Turkey at any stage?A: No. Only the applicants should be there with all the necessary documents of their family members.
Q: How many people may apply for citizenship with a single Title Deed?A: Only one person and their first-degree relative can obtain citizenship.