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Turkish Citizenship

Turkish citizenship is defined as the getting Turkish citizenship by foreign citizens who do not have citizenship ties with the state of the Republic of Turkey.

In Turkish citizenship law, it has been accepted that citizenship is a legal bond between the individual and the state, and no discrimination has been made between individuals based on race, religion, language or any other reason.

A foreign citizen who has gottenTurkish citizenship holds a Turkish passport and can travel to many countries without a visa. The requirements for getting Turkish citizenship vary depending on the type of application for Turkish citizenship. Operations related to the getting and loss of citizenship are regulated by the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs under the Ministry of Interior and are subject to certain laws.

According to the projection law on Turkish Citizenship, getting citizenship is regulated in two main ways. One of them is gaining Turkish citizenship by birth. The other one was arranged as gettingTurkish citizenship afterwards.

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How to get Turkish Citizenship ?

According to the projection law on Turkish Citizenship, getting citizenship is regulated in two main ways. The first of these is getting Turkish citizenship by birth. The other one was arranged as the getting Turkish citizenship afterwards. Let’s talk a little about how to get Turkish citizenship.

Turkish citizenship at birth

Turkey has not adopted the right to get citizenship based on birth place. Therefore, being born in Turkey will not provide any right in terms of citizenship. Citizenship at birth is based on kinship. A person may be a Turkish citizen at birth only if one of his/her parents is a Turkish citizen.

Child of a Turkish mother or father is automatically a Turkish citizen. However, adults whose mother and/or father is a Turkish citizen but who were not registered to a civil registry office until they turn 18 may be registered as a Turkish citizen if it is decided by the Ministry upon an examination that they have gotten Turkish citizenship.

Turkish citizenship afterwards

If you meet the conditions in the Turkish Citizenship Law, you can get Turkish citizenship after birth and marriage. As stated in the Turkish citizenship law, there are different ways and conditions for getting Turkish citizenship later.

  • Turkish citizenship with residence

    According to Turkish citizenship law No. 5901, general ways of getting Turkish citizenship in the terms of reference, the residence of people with foreign nationality in Turkey to get Turkish citizenship by way of to reside continuously in Turkey for a period of 5 years is required. A foreign national can establish a company in Turkey during this time, work with a work permit or complete his or her education life in Turkey. They can also be abroad with the condition that they do not exceed a total of twelve months within the 5-year (five-year) residence period. If the amount of time spent abroad does not exceed twelve months, these periods are evaluated within the prescribed session period.

    A foreign national who meets these conditions can apply for Turkish citizenship and get a Turkish passport.

  • Turkish citizenship by marriage

    Foreigners who have been married to a Turkish citizen for at least three years and continue to marry can apply to getTurkish citizenship. Foreign citizens whose application for Turkish citizenship is accepted can get a Turkish passport.

  • Turkish citizenship by investment

    In Order To Encourage Foreign Investment, Turkey Has Reduced The Minimum Amount Of Investment Required For Foreign Citizens To Have Turkish Citizenship. According To The Turkish Citizenship Law No. 5901 And The New Regulations Brought By The Regulation On The Implementation Of The Said Law Dated 18.09.2018, Foreign Investors Who Fulfill One Of The Following Criteria Can Get Turkish Citizenship And Hold A Turkish Passport Together With Their Spouses And Children Under The Age Of 18.

Ways to get Turkish citizenship by investment ;
  • Turkish Citizenship by providing employment to 50 people.

    It Is Envisaged That Those Who Have A Residence Permit From Foreign Investors Determined By The Ministry Of Family, Labor And Social Services, And Those Who Have The Turquoise Card And Their Foreign Spouses Can Get Turkish Citizenship And Get A Turkish Passport By The Decision Of The President Of The Republic.

  • Turkish citizenship by making a fixed capital investment of 500,000 USD.

    It is foreseen that foreign investors identified by the Ministry of Industry and Technology, where they have invested 500,000 USD in fixed capital, can get Turkish citizenship and get a Turkish passport.

  • Turkish citizenship by depositing 500,000 USD in Turkish banks.

    It has been foreseen that foreign investors determined by the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency, whose deposits of 500,000 USD have been deposited in banks operating in Turkey for 3 years, can get Turkish citizenship and get a Turkish passport.

  • Turkish Citizenship by receiving investment fund participation share of 500.000 USD.

    A foreign investor identified by the Capital Market Board who receives a participation share in a real estate investment fund or a participation share in a venture capital investment fund in the amount of 500,000 USD and holds it for three years can get Turkish citizenship and get a Turkish passport.

  • Turkish citizenship by purchasing 500,000 USD worth of government debt instruments.

    It has been foreseen that a foreign investor identified by the Ministry of Treasury and Finance, who has purchased government borrowing instruments in the amount of 500,000 USD, can get Turkish citizenship and get a Turkish passport, provided that they hold them for 3 years.

  • Turkish Citizenship by purchasing a property with a minimum value of 400,000 USD in Turkey.

    Foreign investors who have purchased property in the amount of 400,000 USD and determined by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, where the land registry says that it cannot be sold for three years, can get a Turkish passport by getting Turkish citizenship for themselves, their spouses and children under the age of 18.

Turkish citizenship by buying property

Turkish citizenship
by property investment

The value of the real estate purchased between 12.01.2017 and 18.09.2018 had to be at least 1,000,000 USD and above.

With the change made in the Regulation on the Implementation of the Turkish Citizenship Law, foreigners can get Turkish citizenship by exceptional means by purchasing real estate in the amount of at least 400,000 US $ or equivalent foreign currency or equivalent Turkish Lira as of 12.06.2022.

For this purpose, a property on which a condominium or construction servitude has been established must be purchased under a contract of transfer of deed or notarized promise of sale.

The real estate must be worth at least 400,000 USD or the equivalent must be deposited in the seller’s account in foreign currency or Turkish Lira. The property purchased in the process of getting Turkish citizenship through investment can not be sold for 3 years and, this commitment will be commented on the deed.

7 Steps
Application for Turkish citizenship by investment
Step 1
Getting a tax number in Turkey

In order to establish a foreign investor company in Turkey, open a bank account, buy property, get Turkish citizenship by investment, and accordingly get a Turkish passport, foreign citizens in Turkey must first get a tax identification number from the tax offices in Turkey.

In order to get a tax identification number, the passport and photo of the foreign investor are requested. As a first step, your tax identification number is extracted from the authorized tax office in the region by our expert consultants.

Step 2
Opening a bank account in Turkey

In Turkey, a foreign investor must open an account at banks operating in Turkey in order to buy property and get a Turkish passport by gaining Turkish citizenship through investment. In order for a foreign investor to get Turkish citizenship by investing in the purchase of property, he or she must transfer a payment of at least 400,000 USD from his or her own bank account to the seller’s bank account. Applications that do not have payment documents issued by the bank among the documents for applying for Turkish citizenship are not accepted.

An account is opened in your name by our consultants at the bank operating in Turkey in accordance with you and the conditions of your country. After the account is opened in your name at the bank, it is issued to you by the bank on a debit card and credit card. In this way, when buying a property from the opened bank account, we can transfer the sale price to the seller’s account and receive a receipt from the bank. In addition, you can make many differences in transactions with your bank account and cards.

Step 3
Finding a property for sale in Turkey

A foreign investor can get Turkish citizenship by investing in property in Turkey. But in order to gain Turkish citizenship by investing in property, you must meet a number of application requirements. Each property may not be subject to the terms of application to get Turkish citizenship by investment.

The deed to the property must be floor-eased or floor-owned. The registered value of the property in the title deed and the value in the valuation report must not be less than 400,000 USD.

Regardless of the purpose of buying property in Turkey, a foreign investor must first find the property that he/she will buy. Finding the right property is one of the steps that requires important and professional help. There are 81 provinces in Turkey. The first step in finding a property should be to decide which area to buy a property from. In short, you must first decide which province of Turkey to buy a property from. There are many major provinces in Turkey such as Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Antalya. After deciding on the city where you will buy the property, you should determine which area of the city you choose is suitable for you. This selection varies depending on the type of property and the purpose of purchasing the property. Your purchase goal can be commercial investments such as offices, shops, or individual properties such as apartments, villas. You can use or rent the property you have purchased. All these factors determine the type of property and in which area the property should be.

As it turns out, buying a property is a process that requires detailed and expert help. To buy a property in Istanbul, our expert consultants will find the right property for you to meet your demands. In the right location, we offer properties with high investment value, completed delivery or ongoing reliability tested to foreign investors all over the world with the best price guarantee.

Step 4
Buying a property in Turkey

After completing the necessary documents to purchase a property in Turkey, an application is made to the land registry offices in the district where the property is located.

Deeds vary by property type. There may also be a restriction on any mortgage, foreclosure, comment, etc. on the deed. There are details that need to be checked before applying for sales.

These;

- Control of condominium, construction servitude, zoning and settlement status of deeds,

- Checking whether there is a restriction on the deeds such as mortgage, foreclosure, comment, etc.,

- Control of the details of the property, such as island, sheet, parcel and independent section number, on the deeds,

- Correct writing of the sale value in the deed during the application,

- If the property is used by the tenant, checking whether the tenant pays the rent regularly,

- If the buyer is going to use the property, get a covenant from the tenant that he will evict the property on the appointed date,

- How to transfer money to the seller during the transfer of the deed,

- Checking the accuracy of the valuation report for applying for Turkish citizenship,

- Checking whether the sale value of the Turkish Lira written in the deed for the application for Turkish citizenship is in the amount of 400,000 USD,

- There are many important details such as commenting during the sale in order to gain Turkish citizenship by investing in the property.

The sale and transfer of the property purchased in the process of gettingTurkish citizenship by investment is a serious process that includes many more details and must necessarily be carried out by expert lawyers and real estate consultants.

Our company provides professional services with real estate consultants and lawyers who specialize in buying real estate in Istanbul, gaining Turkish citizenship through investment.

Step 5
Application documents for Turkish citizenship

After completing the purchase of the property correctly, the application documents for getting Turkish citizenship with the investment of the property are completed.

As at other important stages, applying for Turkish citizenship is a process that must be performed by professional lawyers and never accepts mistakes.

Documents required for applying for Turkish Citizenship ;

  • Deeds of property or property worth a minimum of 400,000 USD received in Turkey,
  • Receipt issued and approved by the bank stating that the sales price has been deposited into the seller’s account,
  • Notarized passport translation,
  • 6 biometric photos taken according to ICAO criteria,
  • Certificate of conformity obtained from the land registry offices,
  • Foreign identity form,
  • Real estate valuation report,
  • In the land registry office, annotating on the real estate that cannot be sold for 3 years.,
  • 3 certificates of conformity received from the Land Registry and Cadastre Directorate / Department of Foreign Affairs,
  • Health insurance,
  • Document showing marital status,
  • Birth or population registration certificate showing credentials.

After the documents are completed, our expert lawyers can apply for Turkish citizenship for you. After the application, first a residence permit in Turkey is issued. Then, after Turkish citizenship is confirmed, the investor can get a Turkish passport.

Applications are evaluated by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, the Department of Foreign Affairs of the General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre. Applications that do not have any deficiencies are completed within seven (7) workdays.

Step 6
Residence permit in Turkey

Foreign investors who have completed their application for Turkish citizenship in full apply for a residence permit to the Directorate General of Provincial Migration Management of the Republic of Turkey. After the application, it takes seven to fifteen days for the investor’s residence card to be issued. Our expert lawyers will professionally apply for a residence permit, which is the preliminary stage of applying for Turkish citizenship.

Step 7
Turkish Citizenship

At the last stage, after getting a residence permit in Turkey, an application for Turkish citizenship is made. Applications for Turkish citizenship are made to the foreign investor office of the general directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs for Istanbul and Ankara. For other cities, an application must be made to the relevant governorships.

Applications for Turkish citizenship are evaluated by the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs. After the evaluation, the decision on the getting Turkish citizenship of foreigners applying is submitted to the approval of the presidency. After the approval of the presidency, a foreign investor gains the right to become a Turkish citizen. Getting Turkish citizenship and the completion of the application process are completed within three to six months. After the foreign investor’s application for Turkish citizenship is approved, he, his wife and children under the age of 18 get Turkish citizenship. An investor and family whose Turkish citizenship is approved can get Turkish passports.

You can get professional support from our lawyers to apply for Turkish citizenship.

Faq
Frequently asked questions about Turkish citizenship through investment ;

According to Turkish Citizenship Law, getting citizenship is regulated in two main ways. The first of these is Turkish citizenship by birth. The other one was arranged as Turkish citizenship afterwards.

All citizens who buy real estate in Turkey can apply. However, Syrian citizens who are sanctioned by the law of Mukabele-i Bilmisil will not be able to apply for Turkish citizenship through the buying a real estate.

Deeds of property or property worth a minimum of 400,000 USD received in Turkey,

- Receipt issued and approved by the bank stating that the sales price has been deposited into the seller’s account,

- 6 biometric photos taken in accordance with ICAO criteria,

- Documents Required for Getting a Certificate of Conformity:

- Foreign identity form,

- Real estate valuation report,

- Putting an annotation on the real estate that it cannot be sold for 3 years in the directorate of land registry,

3 certificates of conformity received from the Land Registry and Cadastre Directorate / Department of Foreign Affairs,

- Health insurance,

- Document showing marital status,

- Birth or population registration certificate showing credentials.

Foreigners and turquoise card holders who receive residence permits by investing in accordance with article 31 of the International Protection Law No. 6458.

- Turkish Citizenship by providing employment to 50 people.

- Turkish citizenship by making a fixed capital investment of 500,000 USD.

- Turkish citizenship by depositing 500,000 USD in Turkish banks.

- Turkish Citizenship by receiving investment fund participation share of 500.000 USD.

- Turkish citizenship by purchasing 500,000 USD worth of government debt instruments.

- Turkish Citizenship by purchasing a property with a minimum value of 400,000 USD in Turkey.

In the legislation, there is no obligation to complete residence permit or citizenship applications within a certain period of time. Applications for residence permits are completed within seven to fifteen working days, and Turkish citizenship is completed within three to six months, depending on the intensity.

The application process for Turkish citizenship through investment can be carried out by the investor or his/her deputy. An application for Turkish citizenship can be executed remotely by a foreign investor’s deputy in the process leading up to getting a residence permit and Turkish citizenship. Foreign investors do not need to be present in Turkey in applications made by their deputies. However, in order to get a Turkish passport after getting Turkish citizenship, the foreigner must personally be present at the Provincial Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs.

Property received after 12.06.2022 is accepted when getting Turkish citizenship by taking property worth 400,000 USD. Investments made before this date are not covered.

TKGM calculates the value of the real estate in USD at the effective sale rate of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey at the date of the transaction. The setup archive can be found at this link. https://www.tcmb.gov.tr/kurlar/kurlar_en.html

The spouse of a foreign investor applying for Turkish citizenship and their children under the age of 18 can also apply for citizenship and get Turkish citizenship if they have completed the necessary papers and documents.

If young children whose citizenship status is examined, depending on their parents, are minors before the citizenship procedures are completed, the application authorities are informed and requested to rearrange the citizenship file in their names.

The real estate to be purchased must not be registered in the land registry on behalf of a foreign national or a company of which it is a partner. In other words, a foreign investor who buys a property whose owner is a foreign national cannot apply for Turkish citizenship. The owner of the property purchased in gettingTurkish citizenship by investment must be a Turkish citizen.

The sale price must be paid to the seller by bank transfer; it must be documented by a bank receipt (bank receipt with wire transfer, EFT or wire transfer check) certified by the banks where the price is deposited by the buyer or related people into the account of the seller or related people. For transfers to be made from abroad, the bank receipt belonging to the account in which the price was transferred must also be presented.

By applying for Turkish citizenship through property investment, a foreign investor can get all kinds of real estate in the Republic of Turkey, such as house, land, workplace and field. However, in case of purchase of land or field, they must submit their projects for approval by the relevant ministry within 2 years. (Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and municipality).

Sales of contracts to be held at the notary public are only possible for real estate where the condominium and construction servitude have been established.

The value in the real estate valuation report should not be below 400,000 USD. While the value given in the valuation report (TL) is found in US Dollars, the effective selling rate of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, which is valid on the last business day before the report date, will be taken as a basis. The setup archive can be found at this link. https://www.tcmb.gov.tr/kurlar/kurlar_en.html

With the newly introduced regulations, it has become possible to purchase the immovable in installments, provided that the immovable is purchased after 12.06.2022 and each installment price is after this date. Payments in installments before 12.06.2022 will not be considered. The value of the installments in US dollars is calculated based on the effective sales rate of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey at the date of the transaction. The setup archive can be found at this link. https://www.tcmb.gov.tr/kurlar/kurlar_en.html

There is no limit on the number of real estates to be purchased. If a foreign national buys more than one property at the same time or at different times after 12.06.2022, if he/she wants, he/she can get Turkish citizenship if the total value of these real estate is at least $ 400,000 (USD / US dollars) … In addition, if there is an annotation of not being able to sell for three years on all these immovables, it should be applied in the same way.

There is no limit on the number of real estates to be purchased. If two foreign investors jointly get a property with a 50% share, the total value must be at least 500,000 $ (USD / American Dollars). In these conditions, investors can apply for Turkish citizenship for themselves and their families separately.

You can check the Turkish citizenship application process on the website of the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs; https://vatan.nvi.gov.tr/moduller/basvuru/basvurudurumbilgi.aspx

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According to the Projection Turkish Citizenship Law, Turkish passports are issued by making an appointment with the Provincial Population and Citizenship Directorates, and foreign representatives abroad, immediately after the Turkish citizenship applications of foreign investors, who apply in accordance with the conditions of getting of citizenship, are approved by the necessary authorities. A foreign investor can get a Turkish passport for his wife and all children under the age of 18.

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Along with the amendment to the law, 183 citizens of countries have been granted the right to get property in Turkey “without seeking a condition of reciprocity”. The concept of reciprocity can be defined as the rights that countries provide to their mutual citizens. In other words, it can be explained as the fact that citizens of two countries can mutually buy property from each other’s countries. Foreign investors will now be able to buy property from Turkey without such a requirement between the two countries with the amendment to the law.

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