Turkey has gained international investors’ attention, especially in the last decade, thanks to its living standards and the developed healthcare system as well as its scenic beauties. This attention also leads to an increase in citizenship applications. The citizenship application process is not so hard but can be complicated and challenging due to official transactions if applicants would like to apply for it on their own. At this point, Istanbul Homes guides its customers all through the citizenship process. You can find all the required steps to get Turkish Citizenship by investment in the following.
Citizenship by Investment
It is the most convenient way to get Turkish Citizenship if you are not born in a Turkish family. With the decision published on 19.09.2018 and 07.12.2018 on the Turkish Official Gazette, getting Turkish Citizenship is possible by buying a property in Turkey worth at least 250.000 USD or making a commitment in a notary to buy a property worth 250.000 USD. It will also be possible by depositing 500.000 USD in Turkish banks.
The most preferred type of citizenship in recent years is the one by real estate investment because the applicants both gain citizenship and have a consistently profitable investment. The required information about citizenship by investment will be provided in the continuation of the article.
How to Apply for Citizenship?
Istanbul Homes guarantees to be with you and guide you through the whole citizenship process. Firstly, you buy a property valued at 250.000 USD, and we apply to General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre (Tapu Office) to make sure that you get the qualifications for citizenship. After the application, the officers check the appraisal report and bank transfer documents. Transition to citizenship application is approved in between 3 and 7 days generally. With this approval, on the same day, we apply to the Immigration Office desk. After Title Deed application, all process is followed in a Citizenship Information Office in Istanbul and Ankara. They finalize citizenship acquisition within 2 to 6 months.
The advantage of applying for citizenship by investment with Istanbul Homes is the most reliable, inexpensive, and easy way. Why? Because we are a professional company with local expertise. There are many offices under the name of the brokerage. Most of these offices charge much more than the brokerage value. Also, many of them do not guide you correctly at every step. You should consider all the possibilities and work with a reliable company. Istanbul Homes is the leading real estate company in Turkey in terms of property sales to overseas investors with experience since 2004. To add, having more than 120 local experts in our team, 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. We know how important to be able to communicate in one’s language is, and we speak your language.
In the citizenship application, legal guidance is also critical. With our experienced team and with the support of our legal advisor team, this process will be easy and smooth for our customers and their families.
The other option is to give a power of attorney to Istanbul Homes to handle the process for you. We have our POA (Power of Attorney) template that contains only the required rights for a buying process. We have considerable experience and a reputation for Zero Failure since 2004 in the market. (For detailed information, read “Power of Attorney When Buying Property in Turkey”)
Required Documents for Turkish Citizenship by Investment Application
• Application form
• Valid passport
• Four passport-size photos of each member of your family
• Birth Certificate
• Residence permit or valid Touristic Visa on passport
• Certificate of good medical health
• If applicable, documents proving your relationships with your spouse and children (marriage license, birth certificates of children)
• If applicable, Turkish ID copy and address of applicant 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
Benefits of Turkish Citizenship
Continuous residence in Turkey for a certain period is not required to become eligible for citizenship. You can continue to live abroad and apply for citizenship as soon as you get the residence permit.
Your wife/husband and children under 18 years old can get citizenship together with you at the same time.
When you apply for citizenship, you do not have to declare your assets or income that you currently have in other countries.
Many of the 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 Visa (e-Visa) upon online application.
Moreover, you can benefit from visa-free travels to many countries with your Turkish passport.
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 that 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. It is an easy and simple process for customers at Istanbul Homes, thanks to our local experts.
3. Apply for Citizenship
In your Citizenship application, our company lawyers provide legal assistance during the whole process.
4. Receive Your Turkish Passports
Istanbul Homes assist its customers also in receiving their Turkish passports. The process usually takes around 2 to 6 months.
Turkish Citizenship by Investment
With the decision published on 19.09.2018 and 07.12.2018 on the Turkish Official Gazette, it is possible to be a Turkish citizen by buying a property in Turkey worth at least 250.000 USD or making a commitment in a notary to buy a property worth 250.000 USD. You can also apply for Turkish citizenship by depositing 500.000 USD in Turkish banks or employing 50 Turkish people in your workplace. However, you will not be allowed to sell this property for up to three years. (Alternatively, learn more about the Turkish Citizenship By Fund Investment here)
According to Article 1 of the Turkish Citizenship Law No. 403, you can claim to be a Turkish citizen if you are born either in Turkey or abroad to a Turkish citizen father or mother. However, you cannot get citizenship if both your father and mother are not Turkish citizens. Also, if a mother and father are successful in their citizenship applications, this is extended to the children. To add, those who had lost their Turkish citizenship can be re-naturalized depending on some conditions.
Turquoise Card System
The Government of the Republic of Turkey has created the Turquoise card system to attract qualified foreign high-level educators, investors, or anyone who will contribute to arts, sports, social and cultural activities. (Read more about Turquoise Card.)
You cannot directly acquire Turkish citizenship based on marriage with a Turkish citizen. The applicant must have been married to a Turkish citizen for at least three years at the time of application, and the marriage must be ongoing. When the person meets these conditions, s/he obtains the right to "only" apply for Turkish citizenship.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ About the Process
Q: How to become a Turkish citizen, and how does this process work?
A: After purchasing the property valued above 250.000 USD, you can apply to the 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 the 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 for up to three years. Finally, the application is sent to the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, and you get an invitation for final signatures. The citizenship acquisition is finalized within 2 to 6 months.
Q: What documents do you need to get Turkish citizenship?
A: After purchasing a property with us, the Istanbul Homes team helps you to prepare all the required documents.
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 based on the rate of the Turkish Central Bank.
Q: How much does this process take?
A: The citizenship acquisition is finalized within 2 to 6 months.
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 to prevent 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: Is there any necessity for an interview or test at any phase?
Q: Will my citizenship be granted when I fulfill the requirements?
A: No. Primarily, it should be verified that the applicant did not pose a threat to national security.
Q: Do you help in the process of applying for and getting Turkish citizenship?
A: Istanbul Homes will be with you and guide you through the whole process.
Q: Do I need to come to Turkey to get citizenship?
A: No. Istanbul Homes follows up the whole process for you from the beginning until the end.
Q: How do I obtain citizenship in Turkey as a stateless person?
A: When you purchase at least 250.000 USD property, you can apply for Turkish citizenship with a required document certifying the applicant’s statelessness. (Travel document issued by the United Nations.)
Q: The process of getting Turkish citizenship takes about two months. Can I obtain a Residence Permit during this process?
A: You and your family can obtain a Residence Permit. (No:6458/31-J)
Q: If I become a Turkish citizen, do I have to do military service?
A: If you can prove that you served in the military in your home country before or if you are above 22 years old on the day you gained Turkish citizenship, you do not have to do military service in Turkey.
Q: Who may apply for a Turkish passport? Which nationalities?
A: All nationalities who buy real estate in Turkeywith a value of more than 250.000 USD can apply.
Q: Is it necessary to live in Turkey to obtain citizenship?
Q: Is it possible to have multiple nationalities in Turkey?
A: Turkish Government allows multiple nationalities. However, you may check with your consulate regarding your original nationality because some countries such as China, India, and Saudi Arabia do not recognize multiple nationalities.
Q: When I become a Turkish citizen, do I have to renounce my current citizenship?
A: No, Turkish laws allow dual or multiple citizenships. It depends on your state regulation.
Q: Is there an alternative way for 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 serves as the Green Card of the United States. Turquoise Card gives its holder all the rights of citizenship except for the right to vote and the mandatory military service for the men.
Q: May the applicant do any business in Turkey?
FAQ About the Properties
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, the General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre accepts citizenship applications.
Q: Can I be eligible to become a Turkish citizen if I purchase a property under construction that I haven't got a title deed in my name?
A: Yes, the Turkish government recognizes Notarized Property Purchase Commitment, too. You may apply with Notarized Property Purchase Commitment for citizenship if the payment is above 250.000 USD.
Q: I purchase a property with installments. May I get Turkish citizenship?
A: Yes. You may apply for Turkish citizenship if you have Notarized Property Purchase Commitment, you have paid installments after 19.09.2018 through the bank, and total payments are above 250.000 USD.
Q: Can I apply for citizenship with the property I bought earlier?
A: You can apply for Turkish citizenship with title deed applications after 20.09.2018.
Q: Can I purchase a commercial property with a rental income guarantee? Does this allow me to get citizenship by investment?
A: Yes, all type of property fits.
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: 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 it 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 an "Approval Document for Citizenship" from the bank that is mandatory for citizenship application by fund investment. Istanbul Homes helps you to collect/fill in all the needed documents. Finally, the application is sent to the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, and you are invited for final signatures.
FAQ About the Acquisition of Citizenship by Family Members
Q: May my family get Turkish Citizenship?
A: Yes. Citizenship is granted to you, your wife/husband, and your children under the age of 18.
Q: I have an invalid child/children above 18 years old. Can he/she get citizenship?
A: If you prove they can’t take care of themselves, they may obtain Turkish citizenship with their parents with specific application documents.
Q: We have got a child above 18 years old. Does he/she get Turkish citizenship with us?
Q: Is there any necessity for the applicant to bring his/her whole family to Turkey during any phase?
A: There is not a necessity to bring your whole family to Turkey during any phases. Only documents belonging to the whole of your family should be with you.
Q: Can more than one person apply for the program on one Title Deed?
A: Yes. You, your wife (or husband), and all your children under the age of 18.