Turkey has gained international investors’ attention, especially in the last decade, thanks to its living standards and the developed healthcare system as well as its scenic beauties. This attention also leads to an increase in citizenship applications. The citizenship application process is not so hard but can be complicated and challenging due to official transactions if applicants would like to apply for it on their own. At this point, Home World Alanya guides its customers all through the citizenship process. You can find all the required steps to get Turkish Citizenship by investment in the following.
Citizenship by Investment
It is the most convenient way to get Turkish Citizenship if you are not born in a Turkish family. With the decision published on 19.09.2018 and 07.12.2018 on the Turkish Official Gazette, getting Turkish Citizenship is possible by buying a property in Turkey worth at least 400.000 USD or making a commitment in a notary to buy a property worth 400.000 USD. It will also be possible by depositing 500.000 USD in Turkish banks.
The most preferred type of citizenship in recent years is the one by real estate investment because the applicants both gain citizenship and have a consistently profitable investment. The required information about citizenship by investment will be provided in the continuation of the article.
How to Apply for Citizenship?
Home World Alanya guarantees to be with you and guide you through the whole citizenship process. Firstly, you buy a property valued at 400.000 USD, and we apply to (Tapu Office) General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre (Tapu Office) to make sure that you get the qualifications for citizenship. After the application, the officers check the appraisal report and bank transfer documents. Transition to citizenship application is approved in between 3 and 7 days generally. With this approval, on the same day, we apply to the Immigration Office desk. After Title Deed application, all process is followed in a Citizenship Information Office in Istanbul and Ankara. They finalize citizenship acquisition within 2 to 6 months.
The advantage of applying for citizenship by investment with Home World Alanya is the most reliable, inexpensive, and easy way. Why? Most of these offices charge much more than the brokerage value. Also, many of them do not guide you correctly at every step. You should consider all the possibilities and work with a reliable company. Home World Alanya is the leading real estate company in Turkey in terms of property sales to overseas investors with experience since 2011. To add, having more than 12 local experts in our team, we are speaking more than 10 languages in our offices, including English, Turkish, Russian, German, Arabic and Persian,We know how important to be able to communicate in one’s language is, and we speak your language.
In the citizenship application, legal guidance is also critical. With our experienced team and with the support of our legal advisor team, this process will be easy and smooth for our customers and their families.
The other option is to give a power of attorney to Home World Alanya to handle the process for you. We have our POA (Power of Attorney) template that contains only the required rights for a buying process. We have considerable experience and a reputation for Zero Failure since 2011 in the market. (For detailed information, read “Power of Attorney When Buying Property in Turkey”)
Required Documents for Turkish Citizenship by Investment Application
- Application form
• Valid passport
• Four passport-size photos of each member of your family
• Birth Certificate
• Residence permit or valid Touristic Visa on passport
• Certificate of good medical health
• If applicable, documents proving your relationships with your spouse and children (marriage license, birth certificates of children)
• If applicable, Turkish ID copy and address of applicant relatives in Turkey
• Application tax payment receipt
• Appraisal report
• Bank receipt showing payment of minimum 400.000 USD
• Title deed or Notarized property purchase commitment
Benefits of Turkish Citizenship
Continuous residence in Turkey for a certain period is not required to become eligible for citizenship. You can continue to live abroad and apply for citizenship as soon as you get the residence permit.
Your wife/husband and children under 18 years old can get citizenship together with you at the same time.
When you apply for citizenship, you do not have to declare your assets or income that you currently have in other countries.
Many of the countries allow Turkish citizens to stay 30 to 90 days without any visa requirement, and also some countries grant visas upon arrival or issue Electronic Visa (e-Visa) upon online application.
Moreover, you can benefit from visa-free travels to many countries with your Turkish passport.
Turkish Citizenship by Investment
With the decision published on 19.09.2018 and 07.12.2018 on the Turkish Official Gazette, it is possible to be a Turkish citizen by buying a property in Turkey worth at least 400.000 USD or making a commitment in a notary to buy a property worth 400.000 USD. You can also apply for Turkish citizenship by depositing 500.000 USD in Turkish banks or employing 50 Turkish people in your workplace. However, you will not be allowed to sell this property for up to three years. (Alternatively, learn more about the Turkish Citizenship By Fund Investment here)
According to Article 1 of the Turkish Citizenship Law No. 403, you can claim to be a Turkish citizen if you are born either in Turkey or abroad to a Turkish citizen father or mother. However, you cannot get citizenship if both your father and mother are not Turkish citizens. Also, if a mother and father are successful in their citizenship applications, this is extended to the children. To add, those who had lost their Turkish citizenship can be re-naturalized depending on some conditions.
Turquoise Card System
The Government of the Republic of Turkey has created the Turquoise card system to attract qualified foreign high-level educators, investors, or anyone who will contribute to arts, sports, social and cultural activities. (Read more about Turquoise Card.)
You cannot directly acquire Turkish citizenship based on marriage with a Turkish citizen. The applicant must have been married to a Turkish citizen for at least three years at the time of application, and the marriage must be ongoing. When the person meets these conditions, s/he obtains the right to “only” apply for Turkish citizenship.
Foreigners who have lived in Turkey for five years or more on a residency permit are eligible if they have not spent over 185 days a year outside the country. When applying, you need to show you can financially support yourself. Also, officials will conduct an on-the-spot home check and ask you to attend an interview in Turkish.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ About the Process
Q: How to become a Turkish citizen, and how does this process work?
A: After purchasing the property valued above 400.000 USD, you can apply to the General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre (Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü in Turkish). It is one of the fastest ways of getting Turkish citizenship. This application form is sent to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. Appraisers check and verify the value of the properties if they are more than 400.000 USD value. But bear in mind, you will not be allowed to sell this property for up to three years. Finally, the application is sent to the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, and you get an invitation for final signatures. The citizenship acquisition is finalized within 2 to 6 months.
Q: What documents do you need to get Turkish citizenship?
A: After purchasing a property with us, the Home World Alanya team helps you to prepare all the required documents.
Q: How should I calculate the dollar and Turkish lira exchange rate?
A: General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre calculates the lira/dollar rate on an application date based on the rate of the Turkish Central Bank.
Q: How much does this process take?
A: The citizenship acquisition is finalized within 2 to 6 months.
Q: What is the most critical point we need to know?
A: Ministry wants to make sure that the minimum value is 400.000 USD. Sworn property valuation companies validate that the price is correct to prevent price fraud. Appraisers might have up to 20% diversion (difference) than its sales price. Thus, Home World Alanya advise you to buy property calculating this evaluation.
Q: Is there any necessity for an interview or test at any phase?
Q: Will my citizenship be granted when I fulfill the requirements?
A: No. Primarily, it should be verified that the applicant did not pose a threat to national security.
Q: Do you help in the process of applying for and getting Turkish citizenship?
A: Home World Alanya will be with you and guide you through the whole process.
Q: Do I need to come to Turkey to get citizenship?
A: No. Home World Alanya follows up the whole process for you from the beginning until the end.
Q: How do I obtain citizenship in Turkey as a stateless person?
A: When you purchase at least 400.000 USD property, you can apply for Turkish citizenship with a required document certifying the applicant’s statelessness. (Travel document issued by the United Nations.)
Q: The process of getting Turkish citizenship takes about two months. Can I obtain a Residence Permit during this process?
A: You and your family can obtain a Residence Permit. (No:6458/31-J)
Q: If I become a Turkish citizen, do I have to do military service?
A: If you can prove that you served in the military in your home country before or if you are above 22 years old on the day you gained Turkish citizenship, you do not have to do military service in Turkey.
Q: Who may apply for a Turkish passport? Which nationalities?
A: All nationalities who buy real estate in Turkey with a value of more than 400.000 USD can apply.
Q: Is it necessary to live in Turkey to obtain citizenship?
Q: Is it possible to have multiple nationalities in Turkey?
A: Turkey Government allows multiple nationalities. However, you may check with your consulate regarding your original nationality because some countries such as China, India, and Saudi Arabia do not recognize multiple nationalities.
Q: When I become a Turkish citizen, do I have to renounce my current citizenship?
A: No, Turkish laws allow dual or multiple citizenships. It depends on your state regulation.
Q: Is there an alternative way for Turkish Citizenship?
A: You can apply for a Turquoise Card if your budget is not enough to acquire Turkish citizenship by investment. The Turquoise Card serves as the Green Card of the United States. Turquoise Card gives its holder all the rights of citizenship except for the right to vote and the mandatory military service for the men.
Q: May the applicant do any business in Turkey?
FAQ About the Properties
Q: Do I need to purchase only one property above 400.000 USD, or can it be multiple units?
A: You can purchase various properties with a total value of more than 400.000 USD. But you need to apply at the same time for all. If the declared values are above 400.00 USD, the General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre accepts citizenship applications.
Q: Can I be eligible to become a Turkish citizen if I purchase a property under construction that I haven’t got a title deed in my name?
A: Yes, the Turkish government recognizes Notarized Property Purchase Commitment, too. You may apply with Notarized Property Purchase Commitment for citizenship if the payment is above 400.000 USD.
Q: I purchase a property with installments. May I get Turkish citizenship?
A: Yes. You may apply for Turkish citizenship if you have Notarized Property Purchase Commitment, you have paid installments after 19.09.2018 through the bank, and total payments are above 400.000 USD.
Q: Can I apply for citizenship with the property I bought earlier?
A: You can apply for Turkish citizenship with title deed applications after 20.09.2018.
Q: Can I purchase a commercial property with a rental income guarantee? Does this allow me to get citizenship by investment?
A: Yes, all type of property fits.
Q: What is the responsibility of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization?
A: The Ministry verifies that the value declared in the Land Registry is more than 400.000 USD with sworn experts. All the property value must be paid to the Property Sellers by bank transfer.
Q: How to become Turkish citizenship by fund investment, and how does this process work?
A: After purchasing the real estate investment fund (REIF) valued above 500.000 USD, you can apply it to your bank (Halkbank, İş Bank, Akbank, or QNB Finansbank). It is one of the fastest ways of getting Turkish citizenship. This application form is sent to the Capital Markets Board Of Turkey. We receive an “Approval Document for Citizenship” from the bank that is mandatory for citizenship application by fund investment. Home World Alanya helps you to collect/fill in all the needed documents. Finally, the application is sent to the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, and you are invited for final signatures.
FAQ About the Acquisition of Citizenship by Family Members
Q: May my family get Turkish Citizenship?
A: Yes. Citizenship is granted to you, your wife/husband, and your children under the age of 18.
Q: I have an invalid child/children above 18 years old. Can he/she get citizenship?
A: If you prove they can’t take care of themselves, they may obtain Turkish citizenship with their parents with specific application documents.
Q: We have got a child above 18 years old. Does he/she get Turkish citizenship with us?
Q: Is there any necessity for the applicant to bring his/her whole family to Turkey during any phase?
A: There is not a necessity to bring your whole family to Turkey during any phases. Only documents belonging to the whole of your family should be with you.
Q: Can more than one person apply for the program on one Title Deed?
A: Yes. You, your wife (or husband), and all your children under the age of 18.
Power of Attorney
Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that gives a person the authority to represent or act on another person’s behalf in legal issues. When you issue a power of attorney to someone, it means within the law that “You may act on behalf of me for these powers”.
POA helps you with many legal transactions like a title deed conveyance when you buy a property in Turkey. However, Home World Alanya advise giving a power of attorney only to registered and certified solicitors or professional real estate agents. To add, you should be careful about giving a POA for only the powers that your attorney needs for a limited time. We strongly advise you not to issue a general POA that contains full authority.
When you buy real estate in Turkey, your POA includes the authority to buy a property on your behalf and obtain electric and water connections. In this case, the POA has only the required powers, and so your proxy cannot violate your rights. You should always think twice when you give the authority of selling a property.
Home World Alanya points out that professional guidance is a key factor when you give a POA, and so you should “leave the job to its experts”. Home World Alanya has its own POA template that contains only the required powers for buying a property in Turkey. Our professional team makes this process secure and easy for you. Since 2004, we guarantee our customers “Zero Failure” thanks to our comprehensive experience in the market.
Giving a Power of Attorney
You can give a power of attorney to all notaries in Turkey. The process generally takes 2 hours. The attorney does not need to be present when issuing a POA. You might need the proxy’s ID details, your passport, and your photo in some cases. Also, foreign buyers who do not speak Turkish need to have a sworn translator who registered to the notary office. Turkish notaries have sworn translators who will come to the notary offices within 15 minutes when they are called. To add, each Turkish Embassy and Consulate act also as a notary abroad with an appointment.
Turkey is a part of “The Hague Apostille Convention”. If you live in one of the countries that have the convention, you may go to any local notary to give a power of attorney. Your real estate agent may provide you a POA template that includes only the required powers. After issuing the POA, you need to apostille it at the competent authorities such as the district governorate, municipality, etc. You should note that some POA documents are only valid with photos in Turkey, and so you ask your local notary to attach your photograph to your POA as demanded,
Q: What is a power of attorney (POA)?
A: A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that gives a person (proxy) the power to act on behalf of another person (attorney) under notarial witness. The proxy has the authority to sign legal documents on behalf of the attorney for decisions that are related to his/her attorney’s property, finances, or medical care.
Q: What are the required documents to give a power of attorney?
A: Your original passport and its translation, tax number, and two passport photos (only for some transactions).
Q: How can I give a power of attorney in Turkey?
A: The officers prepare the POA for you at a notary office after receiving the required documents. A certified interpreter of the notary office translates the POA documents. After signing the documents, you pay the expenses and then get your receipts.
Q: Why do I need an interpreter to give a power of attorney in Turkey?
A: You must have a certified interpreter to explain the terms in the documents before the signatures since the papers are prepared only in the Turkish language.
Q: What is the cost of giving a power of attorney?
A: The officers calculate the cost after the POA document is ready since the notary office has certain prices according to the number of characters. So, the cost depends on what is written on the POA document.
Q: Do I have to be in Turkey if I want to give a power of attorney?
A: No. There are two ways of giving a power of attorney abroad which are;
- After making an appointment, you may go to the Turkish Consulate in your country to issue a power of attorney, and then you post it to your proxy in Turkey.
• If you live in one of the countries that have an apostille agreement with Turkey, you go to a notary office in your country to issue a power of attorney. Then, you take it to a component authority (district governorate, municipality, etc.) to make an apostille. After you post the documents to Turkey, they are sent to a notary office in Turkey for notarized translations. You should note that some POA’s are valid only with photos, and so you should ask your local notary to add your picture to this POA as demanded.
Q: Whom may I give a power of attorney to in Turkey?
A: You may give a power of attorney to any person, but the proxy should be over the age of 18.
Q: May the children under the age of 18 give a power of attorney in Turkey?
A: Children under the age of 18 can give a power of attorney only with the signed consent of their parents.
Q: Is it necessary to have a photo for power of attorney?
A: Yes. It is necessary for the POA that has selling power, but it is not compulsory for other types of power of attorneys.
Q: May I give a power of attorney to someone to withdraw money from my bank account?
A: Yes, you may do your bank transactions with a power of attorney.
Q: A tax number is necessary to give a power of attorney. How does this work if I give a power of attorney when I am not in Turkey?
A: The passport number is used as a tax number when you give a power of attorney from abroad. In such cases, you should add the power to get a tax number to the power of attorney. In this way, your proxy can get your tax number on your behalf.
Q: How many people can give a power of attorney to one person?
A: There is no limit to the number of people that can give a power of attorney to the same person.
Q: What kind of transactions and services can I do with a power of attorney?
A: Power of attorney gives a proxy the authority to do financial transactions, sign legal documents, or make health care decisions, but there are some exceptions which are;
- Your proxy must be a lawyer if you want your documents to be delivered to or received from the courts.
• Your proxy must be a lawyer if you make a transaction in the immigration office.
Turkish Citizenship By Fund Investment
Flexible and new requirements for foreigners to acquire Turkish citizenship came into force in the Turkish Parliament. According to the agreement published on 19.09.2018 in the Turkish Offical Gazette, the conditions for foreign investors to acquire Turkish citizenship were changed. Home World Alanya help you with that professional service throughout the all citizenship process in Turkey.
Information & FAQ about Turkish Citizenship by Fund Investment
- Minimum investment worth of 500.000 USD via banks (Halkbank, İş Bank, Akbank or QNB Finansbank)
• Capital Markets Board Of Turkey licensed funds
• In 2017 average performance: %32
• Your money and title deeds are under the control of the custodian
• Ernst and Young Company audits to funds
Question: How to obtain Turkish citizenship and how does the citizenship process work?
Answer: When purchased the real estate investment fund (REIF) valued above 500.000 USD, you may apply to the bank (Halkbank, İş Bank, Akbank, or QNB Finansbank). This is the shortest way to get Turkish citizenship. After the application, This form sends to the Capital Markets Board Of Turkey. As Home World Alanya, we receive from the bank “Approval Document for Citizenship” which is necessary for citizenship application fund investment. Lastly, the application is sent to the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, and you are invited for signature.
Q: What are the documents that you need to get Turkish citizenship?
A: After obtaining funds with us, the Home World Alanya team helps you to supply all the needed documents.
Q: Should I need to purchase just one fund above 500.000 USD or can it be multiple funds or bank deposits?
A: You may acquire various funds and put some portion of money into bank deposits with a total value of more than 500.000 USD. But bear in mind, you need to apply at the same time for all. If the values are above 500.000 USD, the Turkish Government accepts citizenship applications.
Q: What is the ‘three years’ rule?
A: Keep in mind you will not sell your investment for up to 3 years. Though you are able to get your interest, profit, or dividends.
Q: How long does the process take up the time?
A: If all the required documents are complete for the Turkish citizenship application, it takes time between 2 and 4 months.
Q: Should I purchase a commercial fund with a rental income guarantee? Does this allow me to obtain citizenship by investment?
A: Yes, you can invest in any type of fund. (land fund, house fund, or commercial fund)
Q: Can more than one person benefit from a fund?
A: You, your wife or husband, and your children under the age of 18 benefit from a fund.
Q: How much does Home World Alanya demand for process follow-up service fee?
A: At Home World Alanya, we are experienced about citizenship by real estate investment which is the most popular way to acquire citizenship. Home World Alanya help you from selecting the best option profitable funds until you receive Turkish passports. We demand 2.500 USD + VAT as a service fee.