How to Get Citizenship by Investment in Turkey ?

With the law published on 19.09.2018 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.


Main Steps for Turkish Citizenship by Investment

1: Open a Bank Account: An account should be opened in the name of the investor in a Turkish bank.
2: Make an Investment: Carry out the necessary investment transactions such as property title deed transfer or preliminary contract for sale , 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Turkish Citizenship By Investment

Question: How does Turkish citizenship acquisition work?
Answer: 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, you 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, you 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 between 45 and 60 days.

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

Q: Should I buy one property above 250.000 USD or can it be multiple?
A: You might buy multiple properties which have a total value of more than 250.000 USD.The only certain thing is 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: What is the responsibility of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization?
A:
 The ministry verifies if the value declared on Title Deed correct and above 250.000 USD with sworn appraisers. All the property value should be paid by bank transfer to the Property Sellers.

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: It takes time between 45 and 60 days. The government has opened a special Citizenship office to reduce time.

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

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

Q: I bought 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.

Q: Do I need to complete 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. It has a condition for dual citizenships; you may choose between two countries. If you have already completed, you might need to prove it. For people elder than 22 years old, you need to ask at the application if there is a special condition at Population and Citizenship General Directorate for appropriate information.

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

Q: Do my mother and father obtain citizenship in Turkey? What about my child above 18 years old?
A: No.

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 proves their situation.

Q: You say, citizenship process might take 2 months time. Do I get Residence Permit on the application process?
A: Residence permit (no:6458/31-J) is granted to you and your family. You get Residence Permit on the same day after property approval without any waiting time.

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 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: How do I get Turkish citizenship as a heimatlos (stateless person)?
A: When you buy at least 250.000 USD property, you can apply to Turkish citizenship with a required document certifying applicant’s statelessness. (Travel document issued by the United Nations.)

Q: Is there any critical point that I should know?
A: Ministry wants to be sure that the value is minimum 250.000 USD. Sworn property valuation companies verify that the price is correct in order to prevent from price fraud. Appraisers might have up to %20 deviation (difference) than its sales price. Therefore we advise you to buy property calculating this evaluation.

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
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