Acquisition of Citizenship in Turkey

Thousands of foreigners want to acquire citizenship in Turkey every year. Of course, there are some requirements that need to be fulfilled to make an application for citizenship in Turkey just like all other countries. There are some various ways to acquire citizenship in Turkey.

– Citizenship directly acquired by means of making investments: Foreigners, who have purchased real estate in Turkey for an amount not less than USD 1 million, who have made investments in an amount at least USD 2 million or who have opened a deposit account of at least USD 3 million, are granted citizenship of the Republic of Turkey.

– Citizenship acquired by birth: A person born within the borders of the Republic of Turkey as a child of a Turkish mother and a Turkish father and, registered with the civil registry office of the Republic of Turkey.

– Citizenship acquired by a resolution of a competent authority: A foreigner, who wishes to acquire citizenship of the Republic of Turkey, may acquire it upon a resolution of a competent authority, if that person meets the requirements as set forth under the respective law.  However, it is an absolute right of a person, who have fulfilled all the requirements, to acquire citizenship of the Republic of Turkey. A citizen of a foreign country or a person, who is not a citizen of any country, may wish to acquire citizenship of the Republic of Turkey. To do that, these people need to have legally been within the borders of the Republic of Turkey for at least 5 years, holding a valid residence visa.  The easiest way to achieve this is to “purchase real estate in Turkey”, which allows the visa to be legally and affordably renewed each year in Turkey.

Considering all these requirements, the easiest way to acquire citizenship in Turkey is to obtain a residence visa and stay in Turkey for 5 years as an owner of real estate. Purchasing real estate every year is the easiest way to renew the visa. In this manner, you will make an investment and also easily hold a residence permit accordingly. Another advantage of this method is that you will have a residence permit for you whole family.

With its unique geographical location, rich and deep history, and being famous as a cradle of various cultures and civilizations, Turkey is a privileged choice for the citizens of foreign countries and their families.

New residents of Turkey mainly include those from the UK, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Belgium, France, the USA and various Gulf countries. Upon the abolishment of the reciprocity principle in the Ownership Act, foreign nationals from all over the world, who are the purchasers of and investors in real estate are now able to trade in real estate within the borders of the Republic of Turkey.

In Turkey, where the real estate industry grows very fast, there are houses suitable for those at all levels of income. From apartments located at the center of cities, to detached houses within the suburbs and, luxurious houses, where a variety of services is offered, there are many different alternatives. Especially modern mass housing projects in metropolitans offer all types of facilities to meet requirements for living in a city such as private security, children’s parks, playfields, social facilities, car parks and shopping centers etc.

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The Turkish economy has been delivering great performance with a stable growth for the last 14 years. There is a strong macroeconomic strategy, consistent finance policies and radical structural reforms, allowing the Turkish economy to be integrated into the world and, making the country one of the leaders in its region in respect of the volume of foreign direct investments (FDI).

These reforms have strengthened the position of the private sector in the Turkish economy, improved the abilities and flexibility of the finance sector and, ensured that the public finance is now on a strong foundation. With these reforms, the economic components and financial indicators of the country have been strengthened and, the economy has grown with an approximate growth rate of GDP of 5.6% per year between 2003 and 2016.

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