Top 20 Question About Turkish Citizenship

6 September 2019

The Turkish Investor Program is a privileged citizenship program which enables you to. receive a Turkish Passport, with the right to live, work, and enjoy easy access to Schengen. zone countries, by investing in Turkish real estate. We answered the 20 most frequently asked questions about this topic in 2019.

Q: How should I calculate the exchange rate of USD and TL?

A: On the date of your application, the Tapu Office will calculate the value of your investment according to the Central Bank selling rate, on the date of your transfer.

Q: How long does the process take to obtain Turkish Passport?

A: At the moment the processing time is between 3 to 4 months, but the Turkish Government  is eager to reduce this time.

Q: May I buy commercial properties with rental income and still get Turkish Citizenship by investment?

A: Yes, any property you buy counts towards your Citizenship application.

 

Q: It seems complicated to apply and get Turkish Citizenship. Do you offer any assistance for this process?

A: Yes. Our expert legal team is available to help you and to guide you all through the process.

Q: I do not have time to come to Turkey. How can I get Turkish Citizenship?

A: You just need to set up and send your Power of Attorney to Istanbul Government Projects.  We can then follow all the processes, from buying your property, to receiving your Citizenship

Q: How many people may apply for on one Title Deed?

A: Only one person and family (spouse and children under 18) can get the Citizenship.

Q: I bought property property before 20.09.2018. May I apply for citizenship?

A: Yes.  If your investment was made before 20.09.2018, you can apply for citizenship by investing a total of $1.000.000.

Q: I bought property property before 20.09.2018. May I apply for citizenship by transferring ownership of my property?

A: Turkish laws restrict citizenship application via such transfer. You should sell your property and make a new investment to be able to apply for Turkish Citizenship.

Q: Do I need to complete Turkish Military Service if I become a Turkish citizen?

A: There are several answers to this question.  Children under 18 years old, will be obliged to complete Military Service when they reach military age.  It has a condition for dual citizenships; you can choose between your two countries. For example, If you have already completed Military Service in your own country,, you might need to prove it. For people older than 22 years old, you need to ask at the application stage whether there is a special condition at Population and Citizenship General Directorate for appropriate information.

Q: Which nationalities may apply for Turkish passport?

A: All nationalities who are able to buy property in Turkey, may apply for Turkish citizenship by investment.

Q: Can my mother and father obtain citizenship in Turkey? What about my child above 18 years old?

A: They can be eligible to apply, only if they buy property to the value of $250.000 or more, in their own name.

Q: I have an invalid (disabled) child above 18 years old? What about his/her situation?

A: Any dependent child, who is incapable of taking care of him/herself, can become Turkish citizens with their parents, on provision of special application documents which proves their disability.

Q: What are the required documents for citizenship?

A: Istanbul Government Projects can help you to supply all the necessary documents after you have purchased property with us.

Q: You say, citizenship process might take 6 months time. Do I get Residence Permit on the application process?

A: Yes. A Residence permit (no:6458/31-J) is granted to you and your family.

Q: Is there any critical point that I should know?

A: The Turkish Ministry wants to be sure that the property value is a $250,000, thus sworn property valuation companies must verify that the price is correct, so as to prevent any price fraud. Appraisers might have up to 2-3% deviation (difference) than the property sales price, Istanbul Government Projects is able to advise you regarding property evaluation.

For more information, you can also read our “How to Get Citizenship in Turkey” article or you can download the PDF file that contains all the information here.