Top 25 Questions for Turkish Citizenship 2023

The most important questions regarding Turkish citizenship, and their exact answers in accordance with the Turkish Nationality Law and its Executive Regulations published on 15/10/2018.

Top 25 Questions for Turkish Citizenship 2023
2018-10-26 Last update 2023-01-11

Top 25 Questions for Turkish Citizenship 2023

Recently, the Ministry of Environment and Cities of Turkey has issued the executive regulations on the law of granting Turkish citizenship, and the new law has included important amendments to obtain Turkish citizenship including the granting of Turkish citizenship for buying a property worth $ 400 thousand dollars, after it was $ 250 thousand in the previous resolution.

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The following are the most important questions that have been dealt with in this regard, and their exact answers in accordance with the Turkish Nationality Law and its Executive Regulations published on 15/10/2018.

Q1: How Can Foreigners Get Turkish Citizenship?

Yes, the foreigner can obtain Turkish nationality in several ways, including buying a property in Turkey, provided that the purchase of the property should be after the date 12/1/2017.

Q2: What is the Minimum Rate of the Property Purchased for Turkish Citizenship?

The property purchased between 12/01/2017 and 18/09/2018 must be at least US $ 1 million.

Property purchased on 19/09/2018 and thereafter must be at least US $ 250 thousand.

Note: The law on obtaining Turkish citizenship in exchange for real estate has been amended as of April 2022, to become $400,000 instead of $250,000.

Q3: How to Evaluate Property Prices to Apply for Turkish Citizenship?

The property value evaluation report must be obtained, provided that it has been certified by the accredited institutions of the Turkish government.

Q4: What is the Timeframe for Setting a Property Price Report?

The preparation date of the property evaluation report must not exceed 3 months from the date of the application; the report is valid until the completion of the procedure for applying for Turkish citizenship.

Q5: Can the Property be Registered on Tapu with Lower Price than its Real Value?

The value of the property registered in the title deed cannot be lower than the value recorded in the valuation report. If there is a difference between the two values, the property will be rejected for Turkish citizenship.

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Q6: How to Calculate Dollar Rate for Purchasing Property in Turkey?

The exchange rate of the dollar will be calculated according to the official price at the date of purchase, according to the CBK price bulletin.

Q7: Can the Property Price be Lower than $400,000?

It cannot be done at all, but the value of the property must be slightly higher than the amount specified in the Regulations so that the progress of the Turkish citizenship process will proceed properly.

Q8: Can I Pay for Property Price with Cash?

This cannot be done, all financial payments from the buyer to the seller must be under-documented bank transfers issued from the buyer's account to the seller's account.

Q9: How to Check the Full Payment of Property in Turkey?

You will be asked to provide transfer receipts that confirm bank transfers between buyer and seller, from the sending bank and from the receiving bank.

Q10: Can I Buy a Property from my Brother or my Non-Turkish Friend and Apply for Turkish Citizenship?

The property cannot be purchased from a foreigner. You must buy the property from a Turkish person or a Turkish company. Properties purchased from foreigners will not help you apply for Turkish citizenship.

Q11: I have a property which I bought before the Turkish Citizenship Law was issued. Can I renounce ownership of this property and transfer it to my wife's name or one of my children and then buy it back to apply for Turkish citizenship?

No, it is not right to sell or renounce a property and then re-buy it after the date 12-01-2017 even if it is from the wife or a child, and will not entitle you to apply for Turkish citizenship no matter what the value of the property is.

Q12: Can I Buy a Property by Installments to Apply for Turkish Citizenship?

The amounts paid will be calculated only from the value of the property, and if there are installments or mortgage, unpaid amounts will not be calculated. Therefore, the installments paid must exceed $ 400,000 so that you can apply for Turkish citizenship for a property purchased in installments.

Q13: Can I Sell the Property Directly after Obtaining Turkish Citizenship?

No, the property can only be sold after 3 years from the date of purchase. You must write a pledge in the title deed not to sell the property for 3 years.

Q14: Will Turkish Citizenship Pass to my Wife and Childern Automatically after I Acquire it?

Yes, wife and children under 18 years of age get Turkish citizenship when applying in the same file of the property owner.

Q15: Can I Buy More than One Property to Apply for Turkish Citizenship?

Yes, it is possible to buy several properties, provided that the papers of all the properties together, and the total value of more than 400 thousand dollars at the date of submission of the application.

Q16: If all the Requirements are Met, Will I Get Turkish Citizenship?

The Turkish government shall study the file of each investor. Based on the security study of his file, the decision to grant citizenship shall be taken independently of each request. The decision shall be issued in case of approval by the Presidency of the Republic.

Q17: Can I Buy Any Residential or Commercial Property to Apply for Turkish Citizenship?

Yes, you can buy any property you choose on the condition that it exceeds $ 400,000, be it an apartment, villa, commercial store or any other property in Turkey.

Q18: How Long Does it Take to Obtain Turkish Citizenship by Property?

45 days is the period specified for the completion of procedures for obtaining Turkish citizenship, from the beginning of the procedures, ie the delivery of the required documents in full to the Turkish government, and until the signature by the President of the Republic who has the authority to approve the granting of Turkish nationality.

Q19: I have Already Purchased a Property, Can I Still Apply for Turkish Citizenship?

If the date of purchase of the property before 12/01/2017 you cannot apply for Turkish citizenship.

If the date of purchase after 12/01/2017 until 18/09/2018 the property must be at least USD 1 million.

If the date of purchase after 19/09/2018 it must be at least USD 250 thousand.

Note: The law on obtaining Turkish citizenship in exchange for real estate has been amended as of April 2022, to become $400,000 instead of $250,000.

Q20: Are Syrians Included by Turkish Citizenship Law?

Since the Syrian nationality holders cannot own real estate in Turkey at present, so the Syrian cannot obtain citizenship for a real estate investment, but he can benefit from the other options mentioned in this law to obtain Turkish citizenship:

  • Fixed investment of at least US $ 500,000.
  • Provide job opportunities for at least 50 Turkish citizens.
  • Deposit in Turkish banks for at least $ 500,000.

Q21: Will I be Obliged to Military Services After Acquiring the Turkish Citizenship?

If you got Turkish citizenship after the age of 22, you will be exempted from military service in Turkey.

Q22: How to Grant Turkish Citizenship to My Adult Childern After i Obtain it by Purchasing Property?

You can submit a separate file for each son of 18 years to obtain Turkish citizenship in return for a real estate investment, and the same conditions must be applied in full.

Q23: Can I Retain My Original Citizenship after Reciving Turkish Citizenship by Property?

Yes, you can certainly maintain both citizenships, there are no requirements for the renunciation of your original nationality when you get Turkish citizenship.

Q 24: Can I Authorize Anyone to Submit a Citizenship Application on My Behalf?

Yes, you can do an agency at the Turkish Embassy in your country, or at the Notary Public in Turkey, for any person you choose to follow up the proceedings on your behalf.

Q25: Can I Rent My Property After Purchasing it for Turkish Citizenship?

Yes, you can lease the property. It is important to retain ownership and not sell it for only 3 years.

Edited by: Imtilak Real Estate ©

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