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Turkish Citizenship Application

The legislation on the conditions of transition to Turkish Citizenship is determined by Law No. 5901 and Implementing Regulation No. 5627.

There are 2 types of application methods related to the application for Turkish citizenship:

1. Application for Citizenship depending on your stay in Turkey:

If a work permit is obtained in Turkey for 5 years or more, there is a right to apply for citizenship.

Foreigners who stay in Turkey for 5 years or more with a work permit cannot become citizens directly.

They are only entitled to apply for Turkish Citizenship.

Citizenship procedures take between 2 – 2.5 years depending on the busy schedule of the Population and Citizenship Directorate.

First of all, it will be calculated how many years you have had a work permit in Turkey and how many years you have stayed abroad.

If you have stayed abroad for more than 1 year in the last 5 years, you are not entitled to apply.

Completion period of this process is maximum 4 months.

After the application, Fingerprints and Appointments for the interview will be taken from the Foreigners Branch Directorate.

The appointment system allows a maximum of 4 months to pass.

After the fingerprinting process, the Foreigners Branch Directorate informs the Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs by issuing a report about you.

This process takes a maximum of 8 to 10 months.

After the report reaches the Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, an appointment will be made for the final stage, the Commission interview.

The appointment system will allow a maximum of 1 month later.

Commission interview is the last stage related to citizenship procedures and it will be determined whether you will gain citizenship or not within maximum 8-10 months.

The reason for the long duration of the procedures is due to the request of many people to become Turkish citizens and the pandemic.

We do not have any authority to expedite transactions.

Important: Whether or not Turkish citizenship will be granted after the application is made depends entirely on the decision of the Ministry of Interior.

No commitment is made by us

NOTE 1: If the foreign personnel and you have a finalized or pending lawsuit or similar approved penalty in any country in Turkey or abroad, there is a possibility that your application may result in a negative outcome. If this is the case, we kindly request you to inform us.

NOTE 2: The Civil Registry and Nationality Directorate has the right to request additional documents if it deems necessary.

2. Application for Exceptional Citizenship:

Exceptional citizenship application conditions have been designated by the implementing regulation numbered 5267 and the decision of the President numbered 5072.

Those who have been determined by the Ministry of Industry and Technology to have made a fixed capital investment in the amount of minimum 50.000 US Dollar or equivalent foreign currency.

Persons who are determined by the Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change to have purchased immovable property amounting to at least USD 250,000 or its equivalent in foreign currency on the condition that an annotation not to be sold for three years is placed in the land registry records, or where condominium ownership or condominium easement has been established, where at least USD 250,000 or its equivalent in foreign currency is deposited in advance and the sale of the immovable property is promised with a notarized contract, provided that the commitment that it will not be transferred and abandoned for three years is annotated in the land registry.

NOTE: The amount of 250.000 USD in this article shall be applied as 400.000 USD as of 13.07.2022.

It has been determined by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security that it has created employment for minimum 50 persons.

It has been determined by the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency that it deposits to the banks operating in Turkey with the condition of keeping the deposit in the amount of minimum 500.000 US Dollar or equivalent foreign currency for three years.

Foreigners who are determined by the Ministry of Treasury and Finance to have purchased State debt instruments in the amount of at least 500.000 US Dollars or its equivalent in foreign currency for a period of three years.

It has been determined by the Capital Market Board that it has purchased real estate investment fund participation share or venture capital investment fund participation share in the amount of minimum 500.000 US Dollars or equivalent foreign currency on the condition of retaining the same for at least three years.

Contribution in the amount of minimum 500.000 US Dollar or equivalent foreign currency is determined by the Insurance and Private Pension Regulation and Supervision Agency that it has invested in the private pension system with the condition of keeping the contribution in the funds determined by the Insurance and Private Pension Regulation and Supervision Agency and staying in the system for three years.

Citizenship application for property purchase in the amount of at least $250,000;

Provided that it is purchased after 19.09.2018, if the total amount of one or more (land, field, office, apartment, etc.) is 250.000 $ or more, citizenship applications can be made for the owner, his wife and children under the age of 18, if any.

What to Know: 

The appraiser to be appointed by the land registry office will determine the approximate value by comparing it with the property precedents.

The amount of the property must be deposited by the transaction holder to the accounts of the owner of the property by explanation. (Receipts should be kept.)

The property must be purchased from a Turkish citizen, no foreigner must be among the previous owners of the apartment.

An annotation should be placed in the land registry office indicating that the purchased property will not be sold for 3 years.

After the sale process is completed, a certificate of conformity must be requested by writing to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization through the land registry office for the citizenship process.

The area where the purchased property is located should not be closed to the sale of property to foreigners for military or security reasons. (Information should be obtained from the land registry office.)

The citizenship application process will start after the certificate of conformity that you will provide by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

Process:

  • An application for compulsory residence permit is made before the exceptional application for Turkish citizenship; Miorec will provide support during the preparation of the document and preparation of the application file.
  • The residence permit application is made by Miorec by power of attorney and
  • Documents can be provided with the support of Miorec within the scope of citizenship application and application file is prepared.
  • Citizenship application and follow-up is made by Miorec.
  • Following the citizenship approval, an appointment is made with the relevant Civil Registry Office for the provision of Turkish identity card and the procedure of giving fingerprints of the applicant is supported.

The finalization of citizenship procedures is determined according to the density of the ministry and the average is 6-8 months.