How to Get Citizenship in Turkey | Turkish Citizenship by Investment

Citizenship in Turkey
TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY PROPERTY INVESTMENT 

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 of real estate in Turkey and who give a commitment to buy a property worth 250.000 USD from the notary.

 

How to Get Citizenship in Turkey | Turkish Citizenship Requirements

1 ARRANGE A VIEWING TOUR

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2 PURCHASE A PROPERTY

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3 APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP

We provide legal support with our company lawyers who have experience in citizenship by investment program. It’s a very easy-going program with Antalya Homes.

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4 RECEIVE YOUR TURKISH PASSPORTS

It’s a 2 to 6 months period depending on the applicant’s number of family members, documentation.

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TURKISH CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How does Turkish citizenship by investment work?A: When you buy properties valued above 250.000 USD, you apply to (Tapu Office) General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre, and demand to obtain Turkish Citizenship. After the application, the appraisal report and bank transfer documents are checked. 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 the 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 2 to 6 months.

Q: How should I calculate the exchange rate of USD and TL?A: On the application date, Tapu Office calculates the value from the Turkish Central Bank selling rate (efektif satış kuru).

Q: How long does this process take?A: The process is concluded within 2 to 6 months. The government has opened a special Citizenship office to reduce time.

Q: Is there any critical point that I should know?A: Ministry wants to be sure that the value is a minimum of 250.000 USD. Sworn property valuation companies verify that the price is correct in order to prevent price fraud. Appraisers might have up to %20 deviations (difference) than its sales price. Therefore Antalya Homes advises you to buy property calculating this evaluation.
As we give you the Best Price Guarantee that whatever you buy for citizenship, it will be the same on the appraisal report. We will advise you of the best-priced properties to match the appraisal 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 contingent upon verification from archive records of national security units that the applicant poses no threat to national security.

Q: It seems complicated to apply and get Turkish Citizenship. Will I have an assistant for this process?A: Expert team of Antalya Homes will be with you to guide you all through the process. We guarantee 100% happiness to our customers on their journey to reach their dream homes since 2004.

Q: I do not have time to come to Turkey. How can I get Turkish Citizenship?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 Turkish citizenship as a heimatlos (stateless person)?A: When you buy at least 250.000 USD of property, you can apply for Turkish citizenship with a required document certifying the applicant’s statelessness. (Travel document issued by the United Nations.)

Q: You say, the citizenship process might take 2 months time. Do I get a Residence Permit on 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: Do I need to complete the Turkish Military Service if I become a Turkish citizen?A: There are several answers. Your child under 18 years old, when they come to military age, yes they are obliged to do military service. For dual citizenships; you may choose between two countries. If you have already completed it, you might need to prove it. For people elder than 22 years old, you need to ask during the application if there is a special condition at Population and Citizenship General Directorate for appropriate information.

Q: Which nationalities may apply for a Turkish passport?A: All nationalities who are able to buy property in Turkey, may apply for Turkish citizenship by investment.

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, Turkey allows dual nationality, but you should check with your consulate regarding your original nationality because some countries like India, China, and Saudi Arabia do not recognize or have certain restrictions in place regarding dual nationality.

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 Turkish citizenship by investment, you may apply for a Turquoise Card. The Turquoise Card serves as the Green Card of the US. Turquoise Card gives its holder all the rights of a Turkish Citizen except for the right to vote and the mandatory military service for the men.

Q: Is the applicant free to do any job or business in Turkey?A: Yes. In professions such as doctors, lawyers, etc. It is necessary to subscribe to the bar associations regarding special equivalence of certificates.

Q: Should I buy one property above 250.000 USD or can it be multiple?A: 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.

Q: If I buy a property under construction which I haven't got a title deed in my name, may I apply for citizenship?A: Yes, the government accepts Notarized Property Purchase Commitment, too. If the payment is above 250.000 USD, you may apply with Notarized Property Purchase Commitment for citizenship.

Q: I buy a property with installments, may I get Turkish citizenship?A: Yes, if you have Notarized Property Purchase Commitment and if you have paid installments after 19.09.2018 through the bank and if total payments are above 250.000 USD; you may apply for Turkish citizenship.

Q: I bought a property in Turkey previously. May I apply for citizenship now?A: Title deed applications (at Tapu Office) after 18.09.2018 may obtain Turkish citizenship by investment. For example, you bought a property but you did not register Title Deed on your behalf yet and you keep paying installments. Every payment after 19.September.2018 counts for your citizenship application.

Q: May I buy commercial properties with rental income and get Turkish Citizenship by investment?A: Yes, any property you buy is counted. Check rental income properties here.

Q: What is the responsibility of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization?A: The ministry verifies if the value declared on Title Deed is correct and above 250.000 USD with sworn appraisers. All the money transactions should be done by bank transfer to the Property Sellers.

Q: How to become Turkish citizenship by fund investment and how does this process work?A: After purchasing the real estate investment fund (REIF) valued above 500.000 USD, you can apply to your bank (Halkbank, İş Bank, Akbank, or QNB Finansbank). It is one of the fastest ways of getting Turkish citizenship. This application form is sent to the Capital Markets Board Of Turkey. We receive "Approval Document for Citizenship" from the bank which is mandatory for citizenship application by fund investment. Antalya Homes helps you to collect/fill all needed documents. Finally, the application is sent to the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, and you are invited for final signatures. (Read more about Real Estate Funds in Turkey.)

Q: Shall my family get Turkish Citizenship?A: Yes. You, your wife (or husband), and all of your children under the age of 18 (on the application date) may get citizenship.

Q: I have an invalid (disabled) child above 18 years old? What about his/her situation?A: Your child who is incapable of taking care of him/herself, they become Turkish citizens with their parents with special application documents which prove their situation.

Q: Is there any requirement for the applicant to bring his entire family to Turkey during any stage?A: No. The only applicant should be there with all the required documents of his/her family members.

Q: How many people may apply for citizenship on one Title Deed?A: Only one person and his family from a first degree can get citizenship.

 

KEY BENEFITS

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BECOME A CITIZEN WITH YOUR FAMILY

Your spouse and children under 18 years old can acquire citizenship together with you at the same time.

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NO WEALTH DECLARATION

When you apply for citizenship, you are not required to declare your assets or income that you currently have in other countries.

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NO NEED TO BE A PERMANENT RESIDENT

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.

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HIGH RETURN OF INVESTMENT

After holding your investment for 3 years, you can cash out your investment. The Turkish property market has an average capital appreciation of 12% annually. Property prices rise roughly 20-25% yearly in İstanbul.

Required Documents for Turkish Citizenship by Investment Application

Preparing documents for citizenship needs special knowledge and experience. As every person has different conditions and status, it’s advised to get juridical support from our company lawyers. As we have delivered hundreds of passports, we give you full support for preparing documents.

  • Application Form

  • Valid passport

  • 4 passport-size photos of each member of your family

  • 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's 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

Citizenship Types in Turkey

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Citizenship by Investment

In 2018, the Turkish government introduced a new fast-track system to become a Turkish citizen. People who are eligible to apply include anyone who has bought a property worth 250.000 USD or deposited 500.000 USD in Turkish banks. Both transactions will need to stay in place for three years. People who have invested at least 500.000 USD in fixed capital or employ 50 Turkish people are also eligible. (Alternatively, read more about the Turkish Citizenship By Fund Investment here)

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The Turquoise System

Introduced in 2017, the Turquoise System allows people who have skills or attributes in technology, economics, sports, culture,e and arts, as well as business executives and investors to apply for an alternative type of citizenship that grants almost full rights. (Read more about the Turquoise Card system here)

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Property and Residence Permit Holders

Any property owner in Turkey who has lived in the country for a straight, uninterrupted period of 5 years can also apply on the condition that they have stayed for 5 years in Turkey. Article 11 of Act 5901 lists the requirements for an uninterrupted residence permit. There isn’t a minimal amount for the property value.

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Birth

The easiest way is to be born into a family with a Turkish mother and father. According to Article 1 of the Turkish Citizenship Law No. 403, citizens born to one or both Turkish parents have the right to get citizenship at once. Alternatively, if a mother and father are successful in their applications, this is extended to the children. Anyone who has lost their Turkish citizenship can also re-apply.

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Marriage

Many foreigners have obtained citizenship after 3 years of marriage to a Turkish citizen. Certain conditions apply including living together, refraining from behavior that could damage the marital union, and posing no threat to national security or public order.

The Application Process in General

How to Get Citizenship in Turkey | Turkish Citizenship RequirementsAntalya Homes team helps you from the beginning until you get your passports when you buy a property for citizenship by investment.

How to Get Citizenship in Turkey | Turkish Citizenship RequirementsFor 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.

How to Get Citizenship in Turkey | Turkish Citizenship RequirementsThey 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.

How to Get Citizenship in Turkey | Turkish Citizenship RequirementsThe length of time that applications for citizenship in Turkey depends on the specific circumstances of the applicant but updates can be obtained from the Interior Ministry. Under the terms and conditions of 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 more than 100 countries where Turkish citizens can already travel freely. (Read more about the Benefits of Turkish Passport here)

INVESTMENT INSTRUMENTS

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Buy Properties Worth of 250.000 USD

* with a deed restriction not to sell for 3 years

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Deposit 500.000 USD Cash in Turkish Banks

* with a condition not to withdraw for 3 years

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Buy Government Bonds Worth of 500.000 USD

* with a condition not to sell for 3 years

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Buy Shares Worth 500.000 USD in Turkish REITs or VCTs

* with a condition not to sell for 3 years

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Make 500.000 USD Fixed-Asset Investment

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Hire 50 Employees in Your Company

VISA-FREE TRAVEL

Currently, Turkish citizens can travel to more than 100 countries without the need to follow a cumbersome visa application process. The vast majority of these countries allow Turkish citizens to stay 30 to 90 days without any visa requirement while 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 rights 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.

 

NOTABLE VISA-FREE COUNTRIES

EUROPE

  • ALBANIA
  • ARMENIA
  • AZERBAIJAN
  • BELARUS
  • BOSNIA
  • KOSOVA
  • MACEDONIA
  • MOLDOVA
  • MONTENEGRO
  • CYPRUS
  • SERBIA
  • UKRANIA

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ASIA

  • BAHRAIN
  • HONG KONG
  • INDONESIA
  • JAPAN
  • JORDAN
  • KAZAKHSTAN
  • KUWAIT
  • LEBANON
  • MALAYSIA
  • OMAN
  • QATAR
  • SINGAPORE
  • SOUTH KOREA

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AMERICAS

  • ARGENTINA
  • BAHAMA
  • BRAZIL
  • CHILE
  • COLOMBIA
  • MEXICO
  • PANAMA
  • PARAGUAY
  • PERU
  • URUGUAY

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AFRICA

  • KENYA
  • LIBYA
  • MADAGASCAR
  • MAURITIUS
  • MOROCCO
  • SENEGAL
  • SEYCHELLES
  • SOUTH AFRICA
  • TANZANIA
  • TUNISIA

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