ACQUIRING TURKISH CITIZENSHIP

FOR FOREIGN CITIZENS

Legal Basis of Turkish Citizenship Process

According to the paragraph (b) of the first paragraph of Article 12 of the Turkish Citizenship Law No. 5901;

By investing in the scope and amount determined by the President, those who receive a residence permit in accordance with paragraph (j) of the first paragraph of Article 31.

 

Turquoise Card holders, with the condition of not having an attitude which inhibits national security and public order,
Turkish citizenship can be acquired with the decision of the President.

* Foreigners in the scope mentioned above; their spouse and minor or dependent child can acquire Turkish citizenship if they apply with the foreigner.

QUESTION & ANSWER

According to the new arrangement, should only one real estate be bought for 250 thousand Dollars or may it be more than one. If yes, where should I carry out the procedures for title deeds taken from different title deed offices ?

Yes, total amount of one or more than one title deeds should be 250 thousand dollars or more. Requests involving real estates within the field of authority more than one Title Deeds Offices are carried out by the title deeds office where the application is made within the scope of title deeds transactions outside the field of authority.

Turkish Citizenship Criteria For Foreign Investors

Making fixed capital investment in the amount of at least 500.000 US Dollars or correspond to foreign currency or equivalent amount of Turkish Lira.

Purchasing at least 250.000 US Dollars or correspond to foreign currency or equivalent amount of Turkish Lira in accordance with immovable title deeds for three years.

Employing 50 personnel.

Depositing at least 500,000 US Dollars or correspond to foreign currency or equivalent amount of Turkish Lira to the banks operating in Turkey, with the conditions of keeping for at least 3 years.

Purchasing government debt instruments at least 500,000 US Dollars or correspond to foreign currency or equivalent amount of Turkish Lira, provided that keeping for three years.

Purchasing real estate investment fund participation share or venture capital investment fund participation amount at least 500,000 USD or equivalent foreign currency or equivalent Turkish Lira with the condition of keeping at least 3 years.

QUESTION & ANSWER

I have title deeds equal to 250 thousand Dollars which were bought before the arrangement on Turkish Citizenship by investment, can apply for citizenship ?

No, to apply for citizenship, the value of the property should be minimum 1.000.000 for the properties bought between 12.01.2017 – 18.09.2018. And the value of the property should be minimum 250.000 US dollars for the properties bought on or after 19.09.2018.

STEPS FOR CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION

PROCESS FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS

Turkish Citizenship Process by Fixed Capital Investment

FIRST STEP – Getting Certificate of Conformity

SECOND STEP – Getting Residence Permit

THIRD STEP
Citizenship Application

The application for certificate of conformity is made to Ministry of lndustry and Technology General Directorate of incentive implementation and Foreign Capital.

The required documents for residence permit are provided under sub-paragraph (j) of Article 37 of Law No. 6458.

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Apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management for residence.

The required documents for citizenship application are provided.

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Apply to Provincial Directorate of Population and Citizenship for residence.

Sending your citizenship file to the NVİGM.

QUESTION & ANSWER

My friend will transfer his real estate in the value of 250 thousand Dollars to me, can I apply for citizenship in this way?

In new applications for Turkish citizenship, sales price must be transferred through bank and it must be certified by the banks with receipts indicating that such amount is withdrawn from the buyer’s account and deposited to the seller’s account.

Turkish Citizenship Process By Purchasing Immovable Title Deeds for 3 years

FIRST STEP – Getting Certificate of Conformity

SECOND STEP – Getting Residence Permit

THIRD STEP
Citizenship Application

The application for certificate of conformity is made to Ministry of Environment and Urbanization General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre.

The required documents for residence permit are provided under sub-paragraph (j) of Article 31 of Law No. 6458.

Apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management for residence.

The required documents for citizenship application are provided.

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Apply to Provincial Directorate of Population and Citizenship for residence.

Sending your citizenship file to the NVİGM.

QUESTION & ANSWER

I have properties which are bought previously, can we apply for Turkish citizenship for all my family if I transfer such properties to my wife ?

No, the properties which are subject to acquisition in that respect should not be registered in the name of any foreign real person including the spouse or children of the person and they should not be one of the properties which were transferred by the person, his wife or children after 12.01.2017.

Turkish Citizenship Process By Employing 50 Personnel

FIRST STEP – Getting Certificate of Conformity

SECOND STEP – Getting Residence Permit

THIRD STEP
Citizenship Application

The application for certificate of conformity is made to Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Services General Directorate of International Labor.

The required documents for residence permit are provided under sub-paragraph (j) of Article 31 of Law No. 6458.

Apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management for residence.

The required documents for citizenship application are provided.

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Apply to Provincial Directorate of Population and Citizenship for residence.

Sending your citizenship file to the NVİGM.

QUESTION & ANSWER

I bought a property in the value of 250 thousand Dollars with a bank loan, there is mortgage on my title deed placed by the bank. Can I apply for citizenship with this title deed ?

In the event that the property to be acquired is subject to mortgage or bought with a mortgage, the amount excluding the mortgage amount is taken into consideration in determining the required value.

Turkish Citizenship Process By Deposit 500,000 USD to Banks Operating in Turkey

FIRST STEP – Getting Certificate of Conformity

SECOND STEP – Getting Residence Permit

THIRD STEP
Citizenship Application

The application for certificate of conformity is made to Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency Financial Consumer Relations Department.

The required documents for residence permit are provided under sub-paragraph (j) of Article 31 of Law No. 6458.

Apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management for residence.

The required documents for citizenship application are provided.

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Apply to Provincial Directorate of Population and Citizenship for residence.

Sending your citizenship file to the NVİGM.

QUESTION & ANSWER

I have title deeds equal to 250 thousand Dollars which were bought before the arrangement on Turkish Citizenship by investment, can I apply for citizenship ?

No, to apply for citizenship, the value of the property should be minimum 1.000.000 for the properties bought between 12.01.2017 – 18.09.2018; And the value of the property should be minimum 250.000 US Dollars for the properties bought on or after 19.09.2018.

Turkish Citizenship Process By Purchasing Govt. Debt Instruments

FIRST STEP – Getting Certificate of Conformity

SECOND STEP – Getting Residence Permit

THIRD STEP
Citizenship Application

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The application for certificate of conformity is made to Ministry of Treasury and Finance.

The required documents for residence permit are provided under sub-paragraph (j) of Article 31 of Law No. 6458.

Apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management for residence.

The required documents for citizenship application are provided.

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Apply to Provincial Directorate of Population and Citizenship for residence.

Sending your citizenship file to the NVİGM.

QUESTION & ANSWER

I bought the property in the value of 250 thousand Dollars at the title deeds office, but I did not put an annotation to the title deed since I did not know about it. What should I do now ?

If there is a request on the properties for which acquisition process is completed; in other words for the properties which were acquired after 12.01.2017 and do not have an annotation on the official deeds; a registration request document is drawn up by the title deed where the application was made and necessary indication is done in the declarations section of the related properties if the investor requested that related statement is registered.

Turkish Citizenship Process by Investing 500,000 USD

FIRST STEP – Getting Certificate of Conformity

SECOND STEP – Getting Residence Permit

THIRD STEP
Citizenship Application

The application for certificate of conformity is made to Capital Markets Board Intermediary Activities Department.

The required documents for residence permit are provided under sub-paragraph (j) of Article 31 of Law No. 6458.

Apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management for residence.

The required documents for citizenship application are provided.

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Apply to Provincial Directorate of Population and Citizenship for residence.

Sending your citizenship file to the NVİGM.

QUESTION & ANSWER

I bought my property for 250 thousand Dollars after the law is passed, but appraisal value is higher, can I apply for citizenship ?

No, the sales price on the title deed cannot be less than the price on the assessment report. The value of the property or properties in US Dollars is calculated based on the effective selling rate of the Republic of Turkey Central Bank on the date of the transaction. (If it is not announced yet on the transaction date, the effective selling rate of the previous day is taken as basis.) For the properties for which acquisition process is completed, the price on the official deed and assessment report should be above the amounts determined in the Regulations.

Turkish Citizenship Process for Turquoise Card Holders

FIRST STEP – Getting Certificate of Conformity

SECOND STEP – Getting Residence Permit

THIRD STEP
Citizenship Application

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In accordance with Article 11 of Law No. 6735, the Turquoise Card application is made.

In accordance with the third paragraph of Article 19 of the Turquoise Card Regulation, its offered by AÇSHB.

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Provincial Directorate of Population and Citizenship is instructed to organize citizenship files.

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Citizenship file is organised and sent to NVİGM.

QUESTION & ANSWER

Real Estate investment amount is indicated as Dollars, but the transactions are carried out in Turkish Liras at the title deeds offices. In that case, how the calculation is done ? In addition, the investment amount is indicated as 1 million Dollars on the websites of some government agencies, but it is covered in the news as 250 thousand Dollars, which one is correct ?

As known; in the provision “who is determined by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanism to buy a real estate for minimum 1.000.000 US Dollars” is replaced with “250.000 US Dollars or equivalent foreign currency or Turkish Liras”. In the same decision, “and/or cross exchange rate” is added after “effective selling rate”. As title deeds offices draw up official deeds based on Turkish Liras, the value of 250.000 US Dollars is determined based on the effective selling rate.

NVİGM Citizenship, Turkish Citizenship
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The Citizenship and Citizenship Directorate issued a citizenship file and sent to the NVİGM.

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In case the archival research is positive, it is submitted to the Ministry Authority to be sent to the Presidency.

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Its sent to Presidency to take the decision of President.

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An archival research is done to determine whether there is any form of obstacle in terms of national security and public order.

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Turkish citizenship is acquired with the Presidents decision to get Turkish citizenship.

QUESTION & ANSWER

I want to be a Turkish citizen by making real estate investment in Turkey. The price of the house I am going to buy is around 200 thousand Dollars. Can I apply for citizenship by indicating that it is 250 thousand Dollars at the title deeds office ?

No, real estate value assessment report indicating the market value of the property approved by an assessment organization operating within the scope of Free Market Board is required while determining the price of the real estate. The assessment report submitted during acquisition should have been drawn up at least three months before the application date. This assessment report will be valid until the transaction is completed. For the real estate for which acquisition process is completed, assessment report drawn up according to the acquisition date is required.

 

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