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Citizenship in Turkey Through Real Estate Investment

You can acquire Turkish citizenship through the purchase of property in Turkey with a value of at least USD 400,000 in Turkey with the decision published in the Official Journal of Turkey in 2022. It has become the preferred type of citizenship program in recent years as it maintains citizenship and is a profitable long-term investment.

Working with a professional real estate company makes the process easier, especially if you are investing in Turkey for citizenship to obtain. That’s why we offer professional guidance to make your process smooth and stress-free. Aegean Locations is a leading real estate company with local expertise in Izmir, Turkey.

We have several experts in our team. Our professionals and lawyers will guide you through the entire Turkish citizenship process. We will help you to meet the requirements for Turkish citizenship and enjoy all the benefits of Turkish citizenship. See also this link for more information About Us.

Types of Turkish Citizenship Programs

Turkish Citizenship through Investment

The investment opportunities that it Eligible to apply for Turkish citizenship are:

-Deposit of USD 500,000 in cash in Turkish banks.
-An investment of $500,000 worth of government bonds.
-An investment of $500,000 worth of shares in Turkish REITs or VCTs.
-An investment of $500,000 in fixed assets.
-Hire 50 employees for your company.
-Purchase of real estate in Turkey for a minimum value of 400,000 USD.

Important Note: You must register an agreement which states not to sell these assets for 3 years. It applies to all programs.

Birth
According to Article 1 of Turkish Citizenship Law No. 403, if you were born in Turkey to a Turkish father or mother or abroad, you can pretend to be a Turkish citizen. If the parents are successful in their naturalization applications, their children can also obtain citizenship. Anyone who has lost their Turkish citizenship can be naturalized again under certain conditions.

Marriage
You cannot acquire Turkish citizenship directly by marrying a Turkish citizen. At the time of application, the applicant must have been married to a Turkish citizen for at least 3 years and the marriage must exist. If applicants meet the requirements, they only have the right to apply for Turkish citizenship.

Permanent Residence
Foreigners who have lived in Turkey for at least 5 years with a residence permit are eligible if they are long-term residents and have not been outside the country for more than 185 days per year. You must prove that you can support yourself financially. In addition, the officers will conduct an on-site search and ask you to take part in a conversation in Turkish.

The turquoise card system
The Turquoise Card -System It’s like Green Card in United States. If you own a turquoise card, it is possible to live and work in Turkey. It is designed for highly qualified foreign educators, investors or anyone contributing to artistic, sporting, social and cultural activities. For more information, see Turquoise Card.

Turkish citizenship through investment Appliance

First of all, you need to purchase a property in Turkey with a minimum value of $400.000 USD. Our real estate experts will help you find your dream home or any other type of property that suits your needs and expectations. We various quality properties in İzmir on our website. Therefore, it is very easy for us to find a property according to your wishes.

After the purchase is made, we will ask the General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadaster the requirements for citizenship of Turkey. The officials examine the assessment report and the title deed documents. The application is usually approved within 3 to 7 days.

Afterwards we submit the application to the Immigration Office the same day. After applying for citizenship in Turkey, the whole process is followed at Citizenship Information Office in Izmir and Ankara. The whole Turkish citizenship procedure is completed within 3 to 6 months.

If you do not have time for this procedure, you can give power of attorney to Aegean Locations for all these procedures. Our POA (Power of Attorney) template consists only of the rights required for the citizenship process. We can handle the whole process for you while you are in your home country.

Required Documents for Citizenship in Turkey Through Investment

-Application form provided by the Turkish government.
-Valid passport.
-Correct Size (Biometric)4 passport photos of each family member.
-Apostilled Birth certificate of all family members.
-Residence permit or valid tourist visa in passport.
-If applicable, documents proving your relationship with your spouse and children (marriage certificate, birth certificates of children).
-If applicable, Turkish ID copy and address of relatives of the applicant in Turkey.
-Citizenship Tax payment slip.
-Expert report.
-Bank receipt showing you converted at least $400,000 to Turkish Liras.
-Title or Notarized commitment to purchase the property.

Important Note: In some cases, a statement from the government of the Native country of the applicant is needed. This document states that the applicant does not have a criminal background.

Obtaining Citizenship in Turkey Step by Step

1. Introduction call & Property options overview
We always schedule a first introduction call in order to specify the needs of each client.
Afterwards a detailed overview with various suitable properties for sale in Turkey is send.

2. Arranging Property Tours
The first goal of Aegean Locations is to find your dream home. Our professional brokers can organize virtual property tours or property tours at location. After a selection is made, we do in depth checks on the title deeds and other details.

3. Purchase your ideal property in Turkey
Once we have found the perfect Real estate in Izmir for you, we will guide you through every stage of the buying process. Our local experts make it easy to buy property and apply for citizenship in Turkey. We will assist with the official sales agreements and all other documentation.

4. Applying for Citizenship in Turkey
Our lawyers will provide legal assistance during the whole Turkish Citizenship Program.

5. Receive Turkish passports
The process usually takes between 3 and 6 months before the Turkish passports are received.

The most important Benefits of Turkish Citizenship

-You do not need to declare assets or income, that you already have in other countries.
-Your spouse and children under the age of 18 can obtain citizenship from you.
-Permanent residence in Turkey is not required for a specific period of time. If you get a residence permit, you can continue to live abroad and apply for citizenship.
-Most countries allow Turkish citizens to stay 30 to 90 days without a visa. Some countries issue a visa on arrival or an electronic visa (e-Visa) at the time of online application.
-It is possible to sell your investment convert after 3 years and benefit from capital gains. The Turkish real estate market has an average annual capital appreciation of 12%. Real estate prices in Izmir increase by 10-15% in USD every year.

For more information regarding Citizenship in Turkey, you can check our BUYERS GUIDE as well.

Frequently Asked Questions Citizenship in Turkey

You apply to the General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadaster after buying a property worth at least USD 400,000. It is possible to purchase multiple properties with a total value of $400,000. The application form will be sent to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. Appraisers will review and confirm your property is worth at least $400,000. You cannot sell this property for up to 3 years. In the final phase, your application will be submitted to the General Directorate for Population and Citizenship Affairs and receives an invitation for the final signature. The whole process takes between 3 and 6 months.
The team at Aegean Locations will help you prepare all the necessary documents when you buy a property through us.
You must ensure that the value of your property is at least $400,000. The Ministry would like a confirmation of the value by a sworn valuer to verify the accuracy of the declared value and to avoid fraud. The valuation report can show a deviation of up to 20% of the sales price. Therefore, Aegean Locations recommends that you buy property by assessing its value.

The Turkish state allows multiple nationalities. But you should check the laws of your country. Some countries like China, India and Saudi Arabia do not recognize multiple nationalities.

Yes, the main applicant plus spouse and all children under the age of 18 are able to apply.

In general, it takes between 3 and 6 months.
The General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadaster calculates the lira /dollar rate on the date of your request based on the rate of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey. The appraisal report can differentiate up to 20% of the sales price. Therefore, Aegean Locations recommends that you purchase properties after an estimation of the value.
Yes, citizenship is granted to you, your spouse and children under the age of 18.
No. First, it must be verified that the applicant does not represent a threat to national security.
Aegean Locations will guide you through the entire process, from finding your dream home to handling all your government procedures.
No. Aegean Locations can organize the whole process for you from start to finish with a Power of Attorney.
After you purchase a property worth at least $400,000, you can apply for citizenship with the required paper stating that you are stateless. This is a document issued by the United Nations.
You do not need to do military service if you can prove that you have already served in the army in your home country or if you turned 22 on the day you acquired Turkish citizenship.
People of all nationalities who meet the requirements can apply.
Yes, you can apply for Turkish citizenship with title applications after September 20, 2018.
Yes, you can. The total value of your property must be greater than $400,000, and you need to provide a currency swap statement from the Bank in Turkey.
No, the Turkish government needs the mandatory appraisal of the property and the appraisal can only be made with a separate title deed (Tapu). However, it is possible to purchase a property before the appliance.

You can buy more than one property with a total value over $400,000. But you have to apply for all of them at the same time. If the declared values ​​exceed $400,000, your application for citizenship will be accepted.

You can apply for a Turquoise Card if your budget doesn’t enough to acquire Turkish citizenship through investment. The Turquoise Card is like the United States Green Card. Gives all the rights of a Turkish citizen, except for the right to vote.
No. Turkish law allows dual or multiple citizenships. Depends on your state regulations.
Yes. You can have citizenship from three countries. However, some countries do not recognize multiple citizenship, so you should check your country’s laws.

The Ministry confirms with certified experts that the declared value is higher at $400,000. The full value of the property must be paid to the property sellers by bank transfer.

First, the applicant needs to purchase Real Estate Investment Fund shares (REIF) valued more than 500,000 USD or Turkish Lira equivalent. Afterwards the applicant will proceed to the bank (Halkbank, İş Bank, Akbank or QNB Finansbank) and agree to keep it in his/her Turkish bank account for a minimum of 3 years after the application. The application form will be sent to the Capital Markets Board of Turkey. Afterwards the applicant will receive a “Citizenship Approval Certificate” from the bank. It is a document required for applying for citizenship by investing funds. The request will be sent to the General Directorate of Population – and citizenship matters. The last stage is where the applicant is invited to the last autograph sessions. Aegean Locations can help you to collect and fill in all needed documents.

No, you can provide the documents requested of your family members for the application. However, often the local authorities are requesting a fingerprint of each member. For this procedure each applicant needs to be physically in Turkey.

Yes, he/she can if he/she shows that he/she doesn’t take care of himself/herself can. However, some specific application documents are required.

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