Turkish Citizenship

Turkish Citizenship by Real Estate Investment

You can gain Turkish citizenship by purchasing a property worth at least 400,000 USD in Turkey with the decision published in the Official Gazette of Turkey in 2022. It is the most preferred type of citizenship in recent years because you both gain citizenship and have a long-term profitable investment. 

Working with a professional real estate company makes your process easy, especially investing in Turkey for citizenship. So, we offer professional guidance to make your process stress-free and simple.

Istanbul Homes is a leading real estate company with local expertise in Turkey. We guarantee our customers %100 Happiness and Zero Failure throughout the whole process.

We have more than 120 local experts on our team. We know how important it is to be able to communicate in your language. So, we are speaking more than 20 languages in our offices, including English, Turkish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, German, French, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Pashto, Urdu, Punjabi, etc. 

Our professionals and company lawyers guide you through the whole Turkish citizenship process. We help you meet citizenship Turkey requirements and enjoy all the benefits of Turkish citizenship with Zero Failure.

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Turkish Citizenship Types

Turkish Citizenship by Investment

Turkish Citizenship by InvestmentThe investment options that are suitable for Turkish citizenship application are as follows:

  • Buy real estate worth at least 400,000 USD in Turkey.
  • Commit to a notary to buy real estate worth at least in Turkey.
  • Deposit 500,000 USD in cash in Turkish banks.
  • Purchase government bonds worth 500,000 USD.
  • Buy shares worth 500,000 USD in Turkish REITs or VCTs.
  • Invest 500,000 USD in fixed assets.
  • Hire 50 people for your company.

Note: You must adhere to the condition of not selling for 3 years. It is valid for all of them.

You can also apply for citizenship by fund investment. It is also one of the most preferred options. For more information, you can
visit Turkish citizenship by fund investment.

Birth

BirthAccording 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, their children can also get citizenship. Those who have lost their Turkish citizenship can be naturalized again, depending on some conditions.

The Turquoise Card System

The Turquoise Card SystemIt is like Green Card in the United States. It allows you to live and work permanently in Turkey. It is developed for qualified foreign high-level educators, investors, or anyone who will contribute to arts, sports, social and cultural activities. Visit Turquoise Card for more information.

Marriage

You cannot obtain Turkish citizenship directly based on marriage to a Turkish citizen. At the time of application, the applicant must have been married to a Turkish citizen for at least 3 years, and the marriage must be ongoing. 

When applicants meet the requirements, they only have the right to apply for Turkish citizenship.

Long-Term Residence

Foreigners who have lived in Turkey for 5 years or more with a residence permit are eligible if they have Long-Term Residencenot stayed outside the country for more than 185 days per year. 

You must show that you can support yourself financially. Also, the officials conduct an on-the-spot home inspection and ask you to attend an interview in Turkish.

How to Apply for Citizenship of Turkey by Investment?

Firstly, you need to buy real estate in Turkey that is worth at least 400,000 USD. Our property experts help you find your dream home or another type of real estate that meets your needs and expectations. We have tens of thousands of properties on our listing pages. So, it is very easy for us to find a property just like you want.

After finding, we apply to the General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre to ensure that you meet the requirements for Turkey property citizenship. The officers check the appraisal report and bank transfer documents. The application is generally approved within 3 to 7 days.

Then, we apply to the Immigration Office 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 Turkish citizenship is completed within 2 to 6 months.

If you do not time for all these procedures, you can give a power of attorney to Istanbul Homes. Our POA (Power of Attorney) template consists of only the required rights for a buying process. We handle the process for you with Zero Failure. You can visit Power of Attorney for detailed information.

How to Apply for Citizenship of Turkey by Investment?Required Documents for Turkey Citizenship Through Investment

  • Application form
  • Valid passport
  • 4 passport-size photos of each member of your family
  • Birth Certificate
  • Residence permit or valid Touristic Visa on passport
  • If applicable, documents proving your relationships with your spouse and children (marriage license, children’s birth certificates)
  • If applicable, Turkish ID copy and address of applicant’s relatives in Turkey
  • Application tax payment receipt
  • Appraisal report
  • Bank receipt showing that your real estate is worth at least 400.000 USD
  • Title deed or Notarized property purchase commitment

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Main Steps of Obtaining Citizenship in TurkeyMain Steps of Obtaining Citizenship in Turkey

1. Organizing Viewing Tours

Istanbul Homes’ first aim is to find your dream home. Our professional agents organize viewing tours of the most suitable properties for you. They are chosen according to your expectations and needs.

2. Buying a Property

After finding the perfect home for you, we guide you at every stage of the buying process. Our local experts make buying property in Turkey and citizenship applications easy for you.

3. Apply for Citizenship

Our company lawyers provide legal assistance during the Turkey citizenship program.

4. Receive Your Turkish Passports

Also, we help you get your Turkish passport. The process usually takes between 2 and 6 months.

Turkey Citizenship Benefits

  • You do not need to declare any assets or income you already have in other countries.
  • Your spouse and children under the age of 18 can get citizenship with you.
  • Permanent residence in Turkey for a certain time is not required. When you get a residence permit, you can continue to live abroad and apply for citizenship.
  • Most countries allow Turkish citizens to stay 30 to 90 days without the need for a visa. Some countries issue a visa on arrival or an Electronic Visa (e-Visa) upon online application.
  • You can turn your investment into cash with a high return 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Citizenship in Turkey

Q: How to become a Turkish citizen, and how does this process work?
A:
You apply to the General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre after purchasing real estate worth at least 400,000 USD. You can buy more than one property. The important thing is that the total value must be at least 400,000 USD.

Your application form is sent to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. Appraisers check and confirm that your property is worth at least 400,000 USD. You are not allowed to sell this property for up to 3 years. 

In the last stage, your application is sent to the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, and you receive an invitation for final signatures. This process takes between 2 and 6 months.

Q: What documents do you need to get Turkish citizenship?
A:
Istanbul Homes team helps you prepare all the required documents if you buy a property through us.

Q: How should I calculate the dollar and Turkish lira exchange rate?
A:
The General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre calculates the lira/dollar rate on the date of your application according to the rate of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey.

Q: How long does the Turkish citizenship application process take?
A:
It takes between 2 and 6 months.

Q: What is the most critical point we need to know in the citizenship application?
A:
You need to be careful that the value of your real estate is worth at least 400.000 USD. The ministry wants the confirmation of the value by a sworn appraiser to see that the value given is correct and to prevent fraud.

The valuation report can show a difference of up to 20% in the selling price. So, Istanbul Homes recommends you buy real estate by evaluating its value.

Q: Is there an obligation to have an interview or test at any stage?
A:
No.

Q: Will my citizenship be granted when I meet the requirements?
A:
No. First, it must be verified that the applicant does not pose a threat to national security.

Q: Do you help in the process of applying for and getting Turkish citizenship?
A:
Istanbul Homes guides you through the whole process, from finding your dream home to handling all your legal procedures.

Q: Do I need to go to Turkey to get citizenship?
A:
No. Istanbul Homes follows the whole process for you from the beginning to the end.

Q: How do I get citizenship in Turkey as a stateless person?
A:
You purchase a property worth at least 400,000 USD. Then, you apply for citizenship with the required paper showing that you are stateless. It is a travel document issued by the United Nations.

Q: The process of getting Turkish citizenship takes about 2 months. Can I get a residence permit during this process?
A:
Yes. You and your family can get a residence permit. (No:6458/31-J)

Q: Do I have to do military service if I become a Turkish citizen?
A:
You do not need to do military service if you can prove that you have served in the military in your home country before or if you turned 22 on the day you acquired Turkish citizenship.

Q: Who can apply for a Turkish passport? Which nationalities?
A:
Persons of all nationalities that meet the requirements can apply.

Q: Is it necessary to live in Turkey to get citizenship?
A:
No.

Q: Is it possible to get dual citizenship in Turkey?
A:
Turkish State allows multiple nationalities. But, you need to check the laws of your country. Some countries, such as China, India, and Saudi Arabia, do not recognize multiple nationalities.

Q: Is it possible to have 3 citizenships in Turkey?
A:
Yes. You may hold citizenship in three countries. But, some countries do not recognize multiple citizenships, so you need to check the laws of your country.

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 depends on your state regulation.

Q: Is there an alternative way for getting Turkish Citizenship?
A:
You can apply for a Turquoise Card if your budget is not enough to acquire Turkish citizenship by investment. The Turquoise Card is like the Green Card of the United States. 

It gives all the rights of a Turkish citizen, except for the right to vote and the mandatory military service for the men.

Q: Can the applicant do business in Turkey?
A:
Yes.

Q: Do I need to buy only one property above 400.000 USD, or can it be multiple units?
A:
You can purchase more than one property with a total value of more than 400,000 USD. But, you need to apply for all of them at the same time. If the declared values ​​are over 400,000 USD, your citizenship application will be accepted. 

Q: Can I become a Turkish citizen if I buy an under-construction property that does not have a title deed to my name?
A:
Yes. The Turkish government recognizes the Notarized Real Estate Purchase Commitment. You can apply for citizenship with it.

Q: I purchase a home with installments. Can I get Turkish citizenship?
A:
Yes. If you have a Notarized Real Estate Purchase Commitment you can apply for Turkish citizenship. The total value of your property should be over 400,000 USD.

Q: Can I apply for citizenship with the property I bought earlier?
A:
Yes. You can apply for Turkish citizenship with title deed applications after September 20, 2018.

Q: Can I purchase a commercial property with a rental income guarantee? Does it allow me to get citizenship by investment?
A:
Yes. All property types are suitable.

Q: What is the responsibility of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization?
A:
The Ministry confirms with sworn experts that the declared value is more than 400,000 USD. All property value must be paid to Property Sellers by bank transfer.

Q: How to become a Turkish citizen by fund investment?
A:
Firstly, you buy the real estate investment fund (REIF) with a value of over 500,000 USD or equivalent in Turkish Lira. Then, you go to your bank (Halkbank, İş Bank, Akbank, or QNB Finansbank) and commit to keeping it in your Turkish bank account for 3 years for application. 

Your application form is sent to the Capital Markets Board Of Turkey. We receive a "Citizenship Approval Certificate" from the bank. It is a required paper for citizenship application by fund investment. Istanbul Homes helps you collect/fill in all the needed documents.

Your application is sent to the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs. Then, you are invited for final signatures.

Q: Can my family get Turkish Citizenship?
A:
Yes. Citizenship is granted to you, your spouse, and your children under the age of 18.

Q: I have a disabled child/children over the age of 18. Can he/she get citizenship?
A:
Yes, they can if you prove they cannot take care of themselves. But, some specific application documents are required.

Q: We have a child over the age of 18. Does he/she get Turkish citizenship with us?
A:
No.

Q: Do I need to bring my whole family to Turkey during any phase of the citizenship application?
A:
No. You must have the documents requested from your family for the application.

Q: Can more than one person apply for citizenship with a title deed?
A:
Yes. You, your spouse, and all your children under the age of 18.