TURKISH CITIZENSHIP INVESTMENT
Following an amendment to the Turkish Citizenship Law’s Article 12, dated 18.09.2018, new arrangements were made regarding the right of foreign investors to acquire Turkish citizenship and the amounts mentioned in the Article 20 of the Regulation on the Implementation of the afore mentioned Law. In accordance with those recent changes, foreigners can become Turkish citizens once they own property worth at least 250,000 US Dollars, which they must keep for three years.
In 2019, according to official data, foreigners purchased 4.6 billion US Dollars worth of properties in Turkey, with a large proportion of these being from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Russia.
AREA OF PRACTICE:
Our Turkish citizenship department includes buying and selling residential and commercial properties to both domestic and foreign customers in Turkey, and our Turkish real estate lawyers can also represent clients in real property acquisition.
Our lawyers will prepare the real estate sales contracts or amend those contracts which have been prepared by developers.
They are also on hand to represent our clients throughout their Turkish citizenship application process until new passports have been issued.
TEAM OF EXPERTS:
Our in-house Legal Department operates as a Turkish Immigration Law Firm, to offer a complete service, with excellence and professionalism in real estate and citizenship law.
Our team of lawyers and portfolio managers are on hand to process real estate acquisitions as required for Turkish citizenship applications. We also handle Work and Residence Permit applications and can assist with other immigration issues including extension of resident and work permits, filing a law suit to reply to any objections or to appeal against refusal of permits.
The process begins when the investment has been completed (property purchased), assisted by our solicitors, who then obtain the required Conformity Certificate in order to apply for Turkish citizenship. Once the investment step is completed the foreign applicant who wants to obtain citizenship attends a meeting with the Immigration Authorities. Our English-speaking attorney will help the foreigner to prepare the required documents and accompany him/her to the meeting.
Once the applicant has provided all the requested documents, our attorneys will put together the Citizenship File, the last step of the application.
PROPERTY PURCHASE SERVICES
Our Legal Department are experienced in all aspects of legal services for property purchase and management of the same for our foreign clients. Our services include preparation, legal assistance and representation regarding the sale or purchase of real estate property in Turkey.
An English-speaking attorney will prepare your purchase and sale agreement to buy or sell an off-plan or second-hand house or apartment in Turkey, whilst at the same time, advising you of any potential pitfalls, or recommend specific changes that would benefit you, and discuss or negotiate these concerns and changes with the other party, and finally will accompany you to the Title Deed Office to complete the transaction.
MAIN STEPS FOR TURKISH CITIZENSHIP
Open a Turkish Bank Account
Our experienced team can assist you when you open your Turkish bank account, the first requirement for the buying/citizenship process
Make your Investment
Our solicitors will ensure the process is completed smoothly and quickly.
Apply for Residence Permit
All applicants are required to hold a Residence Permit before applying for Citizenship. There is no requirement to reside in Turkey, once the RP is acquired.
Apply for Citizenship
Once your RP is obtained you can apply for Citizenship immediately. There is no requirement for physical presence in Turkey during the application process as our Legal Team can prepare all documentation on your behalf.