New and flexible conditions for foreigners to obtain Turkish citizenship were passed in Parliament. With the decision published on 19.09.2018 on the Turkish Official Gazette, The law on obtaining Turkish citizenship for foreign investors has changed.
Q: How to become a Turkish citizenship and how does this process work?
A: After purchasing the property valued above 250.000 USD, you can apply to General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre (Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü in Turkish). It is one of the fastest ways of getting Turkish citizenship. This application form is sent to Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. Appraisers check and verify the value of the properties if they are more than 250.000 USD value. But bear in mind, you will not be allowed to sell this property up to three years. Finally, the application is sent to General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs and you are invited for final signatures.
Q: Do I need to purchase only one property above 250.000 USD or can it be multiple units?
A: You can purchase various properties with a total value of more than 250.000 USD. But you need to apply at the same time for all. If the declared values are above 250.000 USD, General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre accepts citizenship applications
Q: How much does this process take?
A: It takes time between 6 to 24 months if all the required documents are complete for the citizenship application.
Q: Will my family get Turkish Citizenship?
A: Yes. Citizenship is granted to you, your wife / husband and your children under the age of 18.
Q: Can I purchase a commercial property with rental income guarantee? Does this allow me to get citizenship by investment?
A: Yes, any type of property fits.
Q: How should I calculate the dollar and Turkish lira exchange rate?
A: General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre calculates the lira/dollar rate on an application date in accordance with the rate of the Turkish Central Bank.
Q: What is the responsibility of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization?
A: The Ministry verifies that the value declared in the Land Registry is more than 250.000 USD with sworn experts. All the property value must be paid to the Property Sellers by bank transfer.
Q: Do you help in the process of applying and getting a Turkish citizenship?
A: Istanbul Homes' will be with you and guide you through the whole process.
Q: Can I apply for citizenship with the property I bought earlier?
A: You can apply to Turkish citizenship with title deed applications after 20.09.2018.
Q: Who may apply for a Turkish passport? Which nationalities?
A: All nationalities who buy property with a value of more than 250.000 USD can apply.
Q: What documents do you need to get Turkish citizenship?
A: After purchase property with us, Istanbul Homes team helps you to supply all required documents.
Q: The process of getting Turkish citizenship takes about 6 months. Can I get Residence Permit during this process?
A: You and your family can get a Residence Permit. (No:6458/31-J)
Q: What is the most critical point we need to know?
A: Ministry wants to make sure that the minimum value is 250.000 USD. Sworn property valuation companies validate that the price is correct in order to prevent from price fraud. Appraisers might have up to %20 diversion (difference) than its sales price. Thus Istanbul Homes advise you to buy property calculating this evaluation.
Q: Do I need to come to Turkey to get citizenship?
A: No. Istanbul Homes follow up for you all process from the begin until the end with power of attorney.
Q: Can more than one person apply for one Title Deed?
A: Yes. You, your wife (or husband) and all your children under the age of 18.
Q: We have got a child above 18 years old. Does he/she get a Turkish citizenship with us?
Q: I have an invalid child/children above 18 years old. Can him/her get a citizenship?
A: If you prove they can’t take care of themselves, they may obtain Turkish citizenship with their parents with special application documents.
Q: If I become a Turkish citizen, do I have to do military service?
A: It's not clear yet. We will let you know as soon as we learn it.
Obtaining Turkish Citizenship
Obtaining Turkish citizenship is the most obvious route if you want to live, work and do business in Turkey on a permanent basis. We are often asked by our customers as to how they do this, but one of the common questions is whether Turkey allows dual citizenship. They do, but applicants should check with their home country because a few don’t. Depending on your circumstances, there are different ways in which to apply.
Buying Property in Turkey: According to a law enacted on the 19th of September 2018, anyone who buys Turkish property worth 250.000 USD and keeps it for three years is eligible for citizenship. This opportunity appeals to high-income earners from around the world, who want to do business, and live or work here. If these circumstances apply to you, Istanbul Homes will help you at every step of the way to applying. (Read more about the buy a property to get Turkish citizenship.)
Long-Term Residence: Foreigners who have lived in Turkey for five years or more on a residency permit are eligible if they have not spent over 185 days a year outside the country. When applying, you need to show you can financially support yourself. Also, officials will conduct an on-the-spot home check and ask you to attend an interview in Turkish.
Family Connections: Turkey’s Citizenship Law No 403 says anyone with a Turkish mother and mother can automatically become a Turkish citizen. Alternatively, if you have married a Turk, you can apply after three years of marriage if you haven’t been living apart, do not engage in behavior that threatens the union and are not a national security risk.
Turquoise Card System: Another choice is the Turquoise card. It is not citizenship but grants residents, many of the same rights as a Turkish national. This system is for high-level educators, investors or anyone who will contribute to arts, sports, social and cultural activities. Think of it as the equivalent of a green card. Read more about it here.
How to Apply for Citizenship?
People living abroad should apply at the nearest Turkish consulate. Otherwise, submit applications to the governor’s office in the town where you live. The process and supporting documents vary depending on the basis you are applying.
Once your application has been accepted, the process takes an average of three to six months, but the Interior Ministry will give updates upon requests. Examples of supporting documents include but are not restricted to...
• 4 passport photos
• Birth Certificate
• Residency permit
• Certificate of good medical health
Applying for Residence Permit in Turkey
Obtaining Turkish citizenship is a lengthy process with many requirements, but if you are not eligible, the next alternative is residency, which many foreigners’ living in Turkey have. This entitles you to live in the country all year round. Read more about the residency permit application here.