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Apply for Turkish citizenship by real estate investment

There are several benefits of having a Turkish citizenship, especially while owning a property and being a permanent resident in Turkey. You do not need to go through continuous visa application processes, your closest family members can acquire citizenship together with you and you will have the opportunity to travel visa-free to several countries around the world!


If you invest in a real estate property in Turkey you will have the opportunity to obtain Turkish citizenship. The investor, his/hers spouse and children (under the age of 18) can obtain Turkish citizenship at the same time. These requirements are compulsory in this application:

The applicant invested in a real estate property worth a minimum of 250.000 USD, either by purchasing one single property or multiple properties, with provisions of regulations

The property must be valued by the authority announced by the Banking Supervision Board. The property’s minimum value has to be 250.000 USD in the valuation report

The official declared value of the property must be at least 250.000 USD when the sales contract is signed and/or when the ownership transfer takes place in Tapu Dairesi (Land Registry Office)

The applicant must keep the property for at least 3 years. This must be registered in the title deed or in the sales contract

If the property is purchased with a mortgage loan, or in any way is subject of a mortgage, the amount of the mortgage is deducted from the valuation stated in the valuation report and the remaining amount will be taken into account

The total amount of the property purchase must be paid to the seller via bank transfer and this has to be verified with a transfer receipt from the bank stating that the transaction was made from the buyer’s account to the seller’s account

Such property within this scope may not be registered under the name of another person, including the applicant’s spouse or children. Properties transferred by the applicant’s spouse or children after 12.01.2017 are not covered by this regulation

This application will be sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, Directorate of Foreigners Department, through the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Land Registry Office


Documents required when applying for Turkish citizenship by investment

Application form

Passport

12 biometric photos of the applicant (and co-applicants, if any)

Birth certificate

Health insurance

Residence permit

Vital Record showing all family members, such as husband, wife and children, Marriage certificate, Divorce certificate

In case the applicant is widowed, spouse’s Death certificate

Receipt that states payment of tax

Power of attorney

Title deed or proof of property purchase

All documents must be original and notarized translated into Turkish by a sworn translator


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