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Turkish Citizenship by Investment

This article deals with the ways of getting Turkish citizenship through real estate investment, bank deposit, establishing a job, and investment in fixed assets, besides highlighting the advantages of citizenship.

Getting Turkish citizenship through investment takes place within the framework of a set of conditions and procedures, referred to in the Naturalization Law amendments 2022, ratified by Turkish President Recep Erdogan early this year.

In this article by Binaa Investment, the ways to get Turkish Citizenship by Investment are reviewed; Whether by purchasing a property, investing in fixed assets, bank deposit, or employing Turks, with an illustration of the procedures and conditions for getting citizenship through real estate investment in light of the recent amendments.


Advantages of Turkish citizenship

  • The holder of Turkish citizenship has citizen rights and permanent residence on Turkish territory, with no need to renew a residence permit or get an entry visa.
  • Benefiting from the public services provided to citizens, in the field of health, education, and others, in addition to being supported by the government.
  • Getting the Turkish passport, which ranks 50th on the list of the most powerful passports in the world; it gives the right to keep the nationality of origin, besides having a validity of 10 years, with easy renewal.
  •  You will have the right to live and work in Turkey indefinitely.
  •  You will be able to vote in Turkish elections and participate in other aspects of public life.
  • The right to own property in Turkey freely and without having to obtain security approval.
  •  You will be able to travel freely inside and outside Turkey.
  • Those who obtain Turkish citizenship benefit from the same rights and privileges as Turkish citizens.
  • Turkey allows dual citizenship with certain countries. This means that you can become a Turkish citizen without giving up your current citizenship.
  • The Turkish government offers generous retirement benefits to elderly citizens. These benefits include a monthly pension, free health care, and discounts on public transportation.
  • Turkey is a relatively inexpensive country to live in. Expenses such as food, housing, and transportation are relatively low compared to other developed countries.
  • Turkey, in general, is a very welcoming and hospitable country for foreigners.
  • In recent years, the government has made an effort to make the country more foreign-friendly.
  • One of the most important advantages of obtaining Turkish citizenship is the possibility of practicing professions that foreigners are prohibited from practicing or practicing with certain restrictions, such as medicine, law, engineering and customs clearance.


The most important ways to obtain Turkish citizenship:

Apart from investing, there are many ways and means to help you obtain Turkish citizenship, which you can learn about through the following paragraphs:

1-Nationality through marriage:

In order to obtain Turkish citizenship by marriage, the applicant must have been married to a Turkish citizen for at least three years. The applicant must also have lived in Turkey for at least two of those years. In addition, the applicant must prove that he is financially stable and has no criminal record. If these requirements are met, the applicant can then apply for Turkish citizenship.


2- Citizenship by adoption:

According to the Turkish Nationality Law, a foreign child who has been adopted by a Turkish citizen can be granted citizenship. The child must be under the age of 18 at the time of adoption, and the adoption process must be finalized in a court in Turkey. The parent(s) or adoptive parents must have been Turkish citizens for at least 5 years, and must not have any criminal record. In addition, they must have sufficient income to support a child, and they must provide proof of adequate housing.


3- Nationality by proof of origins:

Applicants must prove that they have Turkish ancestry and that one of their relatives is affiliated with Turkey. The most common way to do this is to provide a birth certificate or other proof of Turkish citizenship for the applicant or his or her parents in addition to a document showing the family relationship between the applicant and his relative in Turkey.

In some cases, additional documents may be required.


4- Exceptional Nationality:

Turkey offers exceptional citizenship to those who have made a scientific achievement, whether it is a VIP or a refugee. Scientific achievement can be in any field without limitation, from medicine to technology. The important people are celebrities, athletes, artists, and entrepreneurs. As for the third category, they must have fled their country due to conflict or persecution.

Turkish Citizenship by Investment

A foreign investor can get Turkish citizenship through one of the following ways:

1-   Turkish citizenship by real estate investment

Buy one or more real estate units of at least 250 thousand US dollars, and start the procedures for getting citizenship for you and your family, provided that the property remains in your possession for three years; at that period, you can benefit by leasing it.

2-   Turkish citizenship by bank deposit

You can get citizenship via bank deposit or purchase of government bonds.

By depositing $500,000 in a Turkish bank for 3 years or buying government bonds of the same value, but also keeping them for three years.

3-   Turkish citizenship by fixed investment

An investment in fixed assets of $500,000 qualifies you to get Turkish citizenship. This type of investment is under the supervision of the Ministry of Industry and Technology.

4-   Turkish citizenship by employing Turks

Concerning a foreign investor, who established a company on Turkish soil, he can get citizenship after employing a minimum of 50 Turkish citizens. The procedures are carried out under the supervision of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

The required documents for naturalization in Turkey 2022

Some official documents and papers are submitted by the foreigner to the government departments, according to which the procedures for getting Turkish citizenship are completed, including what is being extracted from the investor's country, and another from government departments in Turkey.

Of course, some documents differ according to the type of application submitted for getting citizenship. However, talking about the required documents for citizenship through real estate investment under the amendments to the Turkish Citizenship Law 2022, are as follows:

  • An official receipt for transferring the property value in US dollars to the Central Bank of Turkey.
  • A receipt for transferring the property price in Turkish lira from the buyer's account to the seller's account.
  • A translated copy of the passport and certified by the notary
  • Translation of the birth certificate and certified by the notary public.
  • A copy of the title deed of the real estate "Tabu"
  • Real estate appraisal document


Turkish citizenship procedures through real estate investment

If you would like to get Turkish citizenship through real estate investment, the Binaa Investment Company team of lawyers and real estate advisors will be with you step by step, starting from choosing the right property among a range of offers from major Turkish construction companies.

We also assist you in the purchase procedures and transferring the ownership of the property in your name. Thus, we immediately start submitting the file of naturalization that meets the conditions to the concerned authorities, according to which you get Turkish citizenship.

That was a quick presentation of the ways to get Turkish citizenship through investment, besides the required documents for the file of naturalization through real estate ownership in Turkey. For more information, please contact us.


Edited by: Binaa Investment©


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