And the increasing attention in Turkey during these years is not only due to its strategic location between Asia and Europe, or its natural terrain and unique climatic conditions that attract visitors, but also because of its political stability, governmental facilities to encourage and support investors, and the huge investment projects that country created, for instance: New Istanbul canal, the 2nd largest airport in the world, Istanbul bridge. Thus, accelerating its economic growth, bringing it to the 2nd place during the 2nd quarter of 2022.
So, what are the advantages of Turkish citizenship? And what are the procedures and conditions for obtaining it?
You will find here all you need to know in VAAL’s comprehensive guide for getting Turkish citizenship.
Benefits of Turkish citizenship
After the growing number of investors in Turkey and return on investment (ROI) increased, and became a refuge for many families, the number of willing people to get Turkish citizenship and benefit from it became bigger.
Numerous people got Turkish citizenship by investment, especially investment in real estate (The most preferable and popular method to get Turkish citizenship), either through buying or investing in deposits and bonds, and we will discuss this later in the blog.
But now, what are the Turkish citizenship benefits? Why do countless people seek to get it?
Advantages of Turkish citizenship
The power of the Turkish passport ranked 39th in the world.
Turkish citizenship law allows its citizens to travel to more than 112 countries, feel freedom, and experience new cultures and customs.Holders of the Turkish passport can enter more than 67 countries without issuing a visa (visa-free), such as Qatar, Tunis, Japan, and Malaysia.
Also, the holder can enter more than 50 countries with visa issuing upon arrival, such as Kuwait, Lebanon, and Maldives.
And he can as well enter more than 5 countries through an electronic travel authorization (ETA), such as Mexico and Sri Lanka.
Ease of applying for an E-2 investor visa, through which you and your family can move to the USA, and set up your investment projects.
The right to get full free medical care services, and educational services.
The speed of issuing the Turkish passport can be renewed again after 10 years.
Ease of conducting procedures as a Turkish citizen and In addition to representing the Turkish embassy and consulate for its citizens everywhere.
Availability of multiple job chances for those who possess Turkish citizenship in Turkey, obtaining a work permit, unlike foreigners, for working it requires a work permit to start a job, besides the obligation to hire 5 Turkish employees in exchange for a foreign worker.
The full right to participate and vote in Turkish elections, and benefit from the Turkish nationality law of retirement.
Can have dual nationality, no need to renounce the mother’s nationality, and have the right to grant Turkish citizenship to wife, children under 18, and newborns.
No need to know the Turkish language or reside in Turkey to get the Turkish passport, except in rare cases.
How to get Turkish citizenship
Turkey offers multiple methods to get Turkish citizenship, with an easy process to help obtain a Turkish passport and benefit from it. This is the merit of the Turkish government, since it gives the opportunity to obtain citizenship, in exchange for investing in the country, and improving the economic system.
So, how to get Turkish citizenship? What is the best method?
1- Obtaining Turkish citizenship by investing 400.000$
Obtaining Turkish citizenship by investment is the best and cheaper way ever. A high percentage of investors and civilians trying to obtain it through investment, as investing in Turkey returns to its owner with unlimited benefits, especially investing in real estate.
Turkish citizenship through real estate offers a high return on investment (ROI), and many tax concessions and deductions. You can get Turkish citizenship by buying property or multiple properties with 400.000$, and not selling it before passing 3 years. But you have the complete freedom to invest in it in a way that suits you.
2- Obtaining Turkish citizenship by depositing in a bank 500.00$, or purchasing government bonds with the same amount.
The Turkish government provides another opportunity to get Turkish citizenship through a bank deposit or bonds with 500.000$ for a period of no less than 3 years and get the money back at the end of the period.
Bonds and deposits were and still are the preferred route for people who prefer getting a continuous low return on investment (ROI), in exchange for low-risk or risk-free investment, and keeping the money for a longer time and getting it back by the end of the period.
3- Obtaining Turkish citizenship by creating 50 job opportunities under the supervision of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.
Another way to get Turkish citizenship is to create 50 job opportunities for Turkish citizens, as it contributes to reducing the employment rate, increasing productivity, and thus leading to raising the level of the Turkish state’s economy.
Turkish citizenship requirements and conditions
The state issues many amendments and conditions related to obtaining citizenship from one time to another. The conditions may differ based on the manner in which citizenship was obtained, but in summary, the conditions for granting Turkish citizenship can be summarized as follows:
1- Being free of any disease that could threaten public health.
2- The applicant must be sane and mature in accordance with the Turkish Civil Code.
3- The integrity of the criminal record from any problem that may constitute a threat to the public security of the state.
4- Discipline, respecting the laws and regulations of the state, and showing virtuous morals.
5- To be one of the citizens of the countries that Turkey grants them Turkish citizenship.
6- With regard to obtaining citizenship through bonds, deposits, or creating job opportunities, the conditions are as above. As for obtaining citizenship through real estate investment, there are several conditions that must be met:
- Ensure that the real estate appraisal is completed by a credible government company (the report is valid for 3 months only).
- The property is being purchased by a Turkish seller or a Turkish construction company.
- Own a property or several properties worth $ 400,000 or its equivalent in Turkish lira, and the payment is made by bank transfer, and the receipts from the bank and receipt from the seller are all stamped.
- A copy of the title deed document (Tabu) that holds all the information related to the property.
- The property shall not be sold before the passing of 3 years from the date of its purchase.
Documents required for Turkish citizenship
It is important to bring all the required papers and documents when applying for Turkish citizenship, to ensure that the steps are going quickly without delay, and to receive the Turkish passport as soon as possible. and these are the documents required:
1- Application form to apply for Turkish citizenship.
2- A copy of the passport, marriage certificate, birth certificate, and family record, translated and notarized by the Turkish Foreign Ministry and Embassy.
3- 4 new personal photos for all family members.
4- Two copies of the agency for obtaining citizenship.
5- Completion of all the conditions for obtaining citizenship above.
Stages of obtaining the Turkish citizenship
After you have completed all the required papers and conditions, congratulations, you are now on a few steps to obtaining the Turkish passport. The Turkish passport is received in a period ranging from 90 days to 180 days, and the stages of naturalization in Turkey go through 7 stages, which can be listed as follows:
- The 1st stage: The request is registered on the system.
- The 2nd stage: The file was sent to the General Administration to study the file.
- The 3rd stage: The file has been received by the General Administration, and the checking of papers has begun.
- The 4th stage: The stage of expanded auditing and archiving has been entered, and sent to the competent authorities for evaluation.
- The 5th stage: Your file has been approved to be submitted to the Council of Ministers for approval.
- The 6th stage: Is the stage of waiting for the result.
- The 7th stage: The party to which the file was submitted must be reviewed to see the result.
What are the advantages of the citizenship by investment program in Turkey?
1-The family (wife and children under the age of 18) also obtain the second citizenship with the same investment value without any increase.
2-There is no minimum stay required.
3-Possibility to dispose of investments and return the money after 3 years.
4-Not requiring the declaration of assets or income.
5-The program is considered the most diverse in terms of ways to obtain citizenship, whereby the investor can choose the most suitable method for him.
6-The speed of completion of the transaction, as it does not take more than four months to obtain Turkish citizenship and a passport.
7-Government fees and administrative expenses when adding family members to the citizenship application file are almost non-existent, and thus this program has the least side expenses in the world.
The opportunity to invest in Turkey and obtain Turkish citizenship is a golden opportunity and has advantages that are increasing day by day due to the economic situation, and it is not as difficult as many other nationalities.
The ways to obtain Turkish citizenship are multiple to allow you to choose the method that suits you, and you can rely on our company VAAL Real Estate to facilitate the process of acquiring Turkish citizenship, starting with choosing an investment that suits your requirements, then completing all the necessary papers and conditions, to obtaining Turkish citizenship and a Turkish passport, and assisting you in the post-investment and full-equipment phase of the property.