Ways to obtain Turkish citizenship through investment

Investment is the best and fastest way to Turkish citizenship, as the Turkish investment law allowed foreign investors to obtain Turkish citizenship in Turkey, by owning a property in Turkey worth $250,000 or through a bank deposit of $500,000 or more, within one of the banks operating in Turkey, provided that the deposited amount is not withdrawn for a minimum period of three years, or that the investors employ at least fifty workers of Turkish citizenship.

Conditions for obtaining Turkish citizenship through investment

After the amendment of the Citizenship Law, the conditions for obtaining Turkish citizenship through investment became easier. Everyone who fulfills the conditions has the right to apply for Turkish citizenship according to one of the following items:

  1. Buying a property worth at least $250,000, and not selling it for three years, instead of $1,000,000 in the previous decision.

  2. A fixed investment of at least $500,000.

  3. Providing a job opportunity for at least 50 Turkish citizens, instead of 100 citizens.

  4. Reducing the value of the deposit requirement in Turkish banks from $3,000,000 to $500,000.

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What are the documents required to obtain Turkish citizenship through investment?

Knowing the documents required for Turkish citizenship has become a necessity for investors wishing to apply for Turkish citizenship in exchange for investment. Real estate investment is the most important type of investment that grants Turkish citizenship to many investors, so preparing these papers in full shortens the duration of the citizenship application process significantly, which is :

  • A copy of the title deed of the purchased property, or the contract of the promise to sell with the notary public (the noter).

  • A valid real estate appraisal report, bearing in mind that the validity period of real estate appraisal reports is three months, with a value not exceeding the value recorded in the title deed. It has a specific issuance cost, and it is extracted within two or three working days by an evaluation institution licensed by the Turkish government.

  • The original payment receipts from the buyer's account, stamped with a live seal from the sending bank.

  • Original receipts from the seller's account, sealed with a live seal from the receiving bank. These receipts are the certified proof that the value of the property was paid and transferred from the seller's account to the buyer's account.

  • Two copies of the power of attorney for the application for citizenship, granted by the investor to the legal team to submit the citizenship file, and follow up with the official departments. The agency is regulated by a notary public in Turkey (Notary). In the event that the investor’s wife/husband is added to the naturalization file, a similar agency must be submitted for each of the spouses, and one joint agency can be organized for the client and his wife. As well as the translation of the passport into Turkish, certified by the notary public in Turkey (Notary) for all family members: husband and wife, and children under the age of eighteen years.

Stages and procedures for obtaining a Turkish passport through investment

The Turkish State has identified clear ways of obtaining citizenship through investment, according to specific criteria that must be observed. The stages and procedures are as follows:

  • Submission to the relevant authority according to the category of investment selected to obtain the certificate of eligibility, which will enable them to complete their applications.

  • To obtain the required documents and submit the residence permit in accordance with article 31 (j) of Act No. 6458, and to submit these documents to the Directorate of Immigration of the State where he intends to reside, and through the Directorate of Immigration of the State where he intends to reside.

  • Submission of the citizenship transaction and documents requested to the Directorate of Census and Nationality of the State, after which the citizenship treatment is submitted for approval by the Directorate-General of Population and Nationality.

Does the investor grant Turkish citizenship to his family?

Turkish law grants citizenship to the families of eligible investors and their children under 18 years of age. Since real estate is the best option for investors, the required papers for Turkish citizenship are issued by the wife of the landlord and his children under 18 years of age:

  1. Application form for obtaining Turkish citizenship (the application must be filled out in large Latin letters without missing or errors, and the application must be signed by the concerned person or his agent).

  2. If the husband applies for citizenship for him and his children only without the wife (in case the husband does not wish to grant the wife citizenship, for example, or the wife is divorced), the consent of the mother must be submitted to grant her children under eighteen years of age Turkish citizenship (this document is not needed if both spouses apply Applying for citizenship, i.e. in the event of obtaining a power of attorney from both the wife and husband).

  3. Civil status document: The marriage contract or any other document establishing the situation of the applicant, whether single or married.

  4. The birth certificate or any other document establishing the birth information, such as the removal of the civil registration of all family members (it must contain the names of the parents of each individual).

  5. Family statement document or family book.

  6. Two biometric personal photos (recent for all family members).

Citizenship through investment

How long does it take to obtain Turkish citizenship through investment?

The period is linked to the availability of all the required documents for Turkish citizenship in exchange for investment, to the investor, his wife, and children under 18 years of age, based on practical experience. This has made the duration of granting Turkish citizenship a standard of not more than two months, primarily due to the completion of all the required documents, as well as the experience of the assigned team.

The services of the Gars Company in the field of obtaining Turkish citizenship through investment

Gars Consulting Company provides legal consultancy services based on its professional staff with great experience in the Turkish market and the laws in the country. For all those who wish to acquire Turkish citizenship, Gars Consulting Company offers its accumulated experiences to make the dream of Turkish citizenship a reality. Gars has hundreds of files whose owners obtained Turkish citizenship in the shortest possible period.

Proving the existence of Ottoman origin is one of the ways through which the Turkish law grants the right of obtaining Turkish citizenship, which is issued in a period between six months to one year from the application date after proving the existence of an Ottoman origin or proving affiliation to any Turkish origin whether grandfather, grandmother, father, or mother using any birth certificate document or a military certificate, after that you need to obtain a Turkish government document called (Ottoman Origins Document).

Some foreigners can obtain Turkish citizenship in some exceptional cases, if they do not pose a threat to national security and do not threaten public order, such as:

  • Everyone who contributes and is expected to contribute to the effective and fundamental development of industry, technology, economic, social science, art, and sports.
  • People who are believed that they must obtain Turkish citizenship.
  • People who have been accepted as refugees.

Generally speaking, Turkish citizenship and the Turkish passport can be obtained in several ways, some of which fall under the investment clause, others fall under the clause, in addition to other situations through which the Turkish citizenship can be acquired.

  1. Obtaining Turkish citizenship through investment according to one of the following items:
  • Real estate ownership
  • Financial deposit
  • Investing in Turkey
  • Hiring 50 Turkish citizens.
  1. Obtaining Turkish citizenship through marriage or lineage
  2. Other situations for obtaining Turkish citizenship
  • Residence in Turkey with a 5-years work permit period
  • Exceptional nationality which is usually granted to certain people like those with university certificate of who came to Turkey and live in it.

The Turkish passport is one of the strongest passports in the world, and while so many countries require a visa, they grant it for the holders of Turkish citizenship with easy terms. The Turkish passport holder can travel to more than 80 countries with a Turkish passport without a visa, or with a visa issued upon arrival at the airport.

What are the requirements for Turkish citizenship?

The conditions for obtaining Turkish citizenship differ based on the different cases that lead to it such as real estate investment, shares investment, employing Turkish employees, etc... but they all have these conditions in common:

  1. The person must be of one of the nationalities allowed to benefit from the Citizenship Law.
  2. The person must be an adult.
  3. The person must adhere to the provisions of the Citizenship Law and its details that fall under it.
  4. The person must be free of serious infectious diseases.
  5. The person must have a clean criminal record.

Briefly, applying for Turkish citizenship and the stages of obtaining it are seven stages, but they can be summarized in the following four points:

Submitting the citizenship application request to the competent authority such as the investment office for investors and the Population Department for in case of marrying a Turkish person; after preparing the required documents and papers according to the case (investment, real estate ownership, Turkish origin...).

Then the request is transferred to the Population Department for necessary action.

The study and security research stage.

The decision-making stage.

The conditions for obtaining a Turkish passport and obtaining Turkish citizenship differ according to the different ways that lead to obtaining the citizenship (real estate investment - shares investment - employment Turkish citizens...), and these conditions all have these items in common:

The person is of one of the nationalities allowed to benefit from the nationality law.

The person must be an adult.

Adherence to the provisions of the Nationality Law and the details it falls under them.

The person should have no serious infectious diseases.

Clean criminal record.

According to the decision of granting Turkish citizenship to investors that was issued in 2018, obtaining Turkish citizenship in exchange for a real estate investment worth only $250,000 has become possible, the decision specified buying a property worth $250,000 at least and not selling it for three years; instead of one million US dollars in the previous decision, and according to the real estate ownership law, the owner has the right to apply for Turkish citizenship.

You can also obtain a Turkish passport by:

1.Investing in Turkey with a value of 500 thousand dollars.

2.Depositing $500,000 in a Turkish bank for 3 years.

3.Buying shares of government bonds worth $500,000.

4.Employing 50 Turkish citizens.

5.Turkish citizenship by residence permit for 5 years.

6.Turkish citizenship by marrying a Turkish person.

  1. Turkish citizenship by proofing Turkish origins.

Right now, the Turkish passport holder can enter the following European countries: Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia, and Montenegro, and if Turkey joins the European Union, the option to enter European countries will be available of course.

The Turkish passport is one of the strongest passports in the world, and many of the countries that require visa grant holders of Turkish passport the visa with easy conditions.

The Turkish passport allows its holder to enter more than 43 countries without being required to obtain a visa in advance, including Qatar, Tunisia, Jordan, Iraq, Morocco, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia, Paraguay, Serbia, South Africa, Thailand, Northern Cyprus, Ukraine, Uruguay.

The Turkish passport holder can also enter more than 40 countries with a visa issued upon arrival, the most important of which are: Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Sudan, and most African countries, in addition to three countries that issue an electronic visa online, they are Ivory Coast, Jamaica, and Mexico.

In 2020, the Turkish passport was ranked 24th in the world after the Corona pandemic, recording 86 points on the passport index, it allows its holder to enter more than 40 countries without obtaining an entry visa in advance, and holders of Turkish passport can enter more than 40 countries with an entry visa issued upon arrival, and more than three countries grant the Turkish passport holder an electronic entry visa online. It is expected that the Turkish passport will return to its rank after Corona which removed it from its previous position slightly.

Edited by Gars Consulting Company

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