Turkish Citizenship
by Investment

How to become a citizen of Turkey

As of 19 September 2018 serious improvements have been made paving the way for obtaining Turkish citizenship by investment.

The newly launched Turkish Citizenship by Investment program is the fastest way to obtain the Turkish citizenship within an approximate period of 6 months. Applicants who purchase real estate in Turkey for a value of USD 250,000 shall legally become citizens of Turkey with the same rights as any Turkish national.

The second most reasonable option is, the foreigners determined by the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency that have deposited cash at least in the amount of USD 500.000,00 to the banks operating in Turkey on the condition to keep for 3 years may exceptionally acquire Turkish citizenship.

Types of Getting Turkish Citizenship by Investment

There are 5 different options to get your Turkish Citizenship, this means, it is possible to obtain Turkish Citizenship for yourself, as well as for your family members: your wife and children below 18 years old (18 years old included) with proceeding one of the undermentioned investment options according to your choice, and once the required conditions are duly met.

01

Real
Estate

Stipulates that a minimum amount of property (real estate) investment shall be made for $250.000 USD on the condition to not sell the invested property within the next 3 years. The amount has been reduced from $1.000.000 USD to $250.000 USD recently.

02

Bank
Deposit

Requires to deposit $500.000 USD in cash (or the equal value in Turkish Lira) for at least 3 years in one of the Turkish Banks.

03

Capital
Investment

Requires that a fixed capital investment shall be made minimum of $500.000 USD (or the equal value in TL). This investment shall be confirmed by the Ministry of Industry and Technology.

04

Government
Bonds & Bills

Government bonds and bills to be purchased on the condition to hold them for at least 3 years. And this investment shall be confirmed by the Ministry of Treasury and Finance.

05

Venture
Capital

An investment to be made into a Turkish real estate investment trust, or buy the shares of the venture capital investment fund with a minimum amount of $500.000 USD.

Benefits

Benefits of Turkey Citizenship

turkish-citizenship-benefits

Visa Free Travel

Visa-free access to 110+ countries in the world including Japan, South Korea, Singapore major countries in Asia and South America

Family

Lifetime citizenship extended to future generations of family and children

Dual Nationality

No need to renounce your current citizenship(s), therefore benefiting from all nationalities.

Personal Freedom

No residency requirements, you are entitled to apply instantly, and no interview, education or management experience required

Guaranteed

The program is based on the law & is guaranteed by the government.

Turkey Identity

A renewable Passport with ten years’ validity along with a Turkey Identity Card

Visa Free Countries for Turkey

Visa free and visa on arrival countries

Albania
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belize
Benin
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Cambodia
Cape Verde
Chile
Colombia
Comoros
Costa Rica
Côte d’Ivoire
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Eswatini
Ethiopia
Fiji
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Guatemala

Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
Honduras
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Macedonia
Madagascar
Malaysia
Maldives
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Micronesia
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Nepal
Nicaragua
Oman
Palau
Panama

Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Qatar
Rwanda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
São Tomé and Príncipe
Senegal
Serbia
Singapore
Somalia
South Africa
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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Phone Number:

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Address:

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Frequently Asked Questions

In case the property in the amount of 1.000.000 USD is purchased before the new legislation which is September 19, 2018, the applicant may place the aforementioned annotation (the restriction to not to sell the property for 3 years) and directly apply for the citizenship. In other words; the applicant does not have to purchase another property in case he owns a property worth 1.000.000 USD.

For example; if there are two families and the value of one property is 500.000 USD, both families may apply depending on such one property as long as both of the names of the main applicants are written on the title deed of such property.
Yes, you can buy more than one property provided that their total value is USD 250.000.
Yes, they can apply for citizenship. However they cannot apply via purchasing property since Syrians are not allowed to purchase property in Turkey. But they can apply by depositing USD 500.000 or buying governmental bonds in the amount of USD 500.000 or any other methods stated in this memorandum.
Yes, they can also apply for citizenship but they cannot use the method of purchasing property depending on the aforementioned reason.
Yes, they can apply depending on their second nationality and if they do they can use the method of purchasing property since they will not be regarded as Syrians once they apply on their second nationality.

Depending on the number of the family members, the charges are around TRY 2.000 – 5.000 for a family of four.

Yes, your wife and children under 18 or your dependent children over 18 can apply with the main applicant. If you desire, the family of the main applicant can apply after the main applicant becomes a Turkish citizen.
The children of the spouse under 18 may be included to the main applicant’s application process provided that the consent of the biological parent is received.
Yes, since handicapped children over 18 are considered as dependent children to parents, they are also included to the main applicant’s application.
Unfortunately there is no fast track option as of now. But we will do anything to expedite the process.
Since the law is new, we will try to use your previous residence permit, however the immigration authority may require such permit to be retaken.
We can handle almost everything by power of attorney. The main applicant has to come to Turkey only once.
Yes, you have to deposit such amount to the bank at a date after September 19, 2018. However if you have deposited such amount before September 19, 2018, you can withdraw your money and deposit it again. But in this case, the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency ("BRSA") has to give their consent to such transaction.
Yes, you can have interest or you can have contribution to your money for 3 years.
Yes, we can act on your behalf and purchase the property depending on the power of attorney
Yes, you can vote and you can use any other right like other Turkish citizens.
Yes, you can purchase property without any restriction.
It takes approximately 6 months however due to number of application files; such duration may be shortened or extended.
Unfortunately there is no way to negotiate with the developers however you may conclude an agreement with the developer stating that the money shall be refunded in case the citizenship application is denied. However it is not certain that every developer will agree with that.
Yes, the property can be off-plan as long as the purchasing price of the property –minimum USD 250.000- is written on the title deed. Please note that; there is no restriction and please also note that the applicant may even purchase land that is considered as “field” and the applicant may apply for citizenship accordingly.

No, the fee is only for services to be rendered. In other words, our fee is excluded from any charge, fee etc.

As previously explained, the following order is advised to be followed and please see the fee and charge estimation underlined;

(I) The property is selected by the client. Such property value shall be over USD 250.000.

(II) The applicant should check whether there is army permission on the property. If not, receiving the army permission takes around 2 months.

(III) An expert report is issued by a certified valuation company. (optional) Even though this is optional, the charge of such expert fee is around 1.000 – 2.000 TRY

(IV) The property transfer is completed at the title registry with the condition that the amount of USD 250.000 is written in the deed. There is 3% title deed transfer fee which calculated over the full purchase price.

(V) Once the transfer is completed, the application process begins. Since the law is very recent, the application fees are not precisely determined however it will not exceed 5.000 TRY

Please note that; there is no escrow system in Turkish law. Therefore, the applicant and/or the developer cannot keep the funds in an escrow account. Please be noted that; the title deed transfer shall be completed first in order to apply for citizenship.

You may be exempt from VAT (8%) in case you meet the following requirements;

- The property shall be residence or workplace
- Such property shall be purchased for the first time
- The purchasing price is transferred from the international bank account to the Seller’s Turkish bank account
- The applicant is not residing in Turkey. In case s/he has received a residence permit before, such applicant cannot be exempt from VAT.
- In case the property is sold following 1 year the purchase, the VAT amount shall be paid to the tax office with the interest

Yes, you can apply only with travel document but you cannot use property purchase option but only bank deposit option.
We have very close relationship with Turkiye Finans Bank, Albaraka Turk bank and Kuveyt Turk bank since they operate on Islamic rules. Accordingly we suggest that you work with such banks or any other bank that operates on Islamic rules.
Regulation of 06.03.2019 and 1058120 Number entered into force. Therefore, the identity card or passport (refugee travel document etc.) issued by other countries except for the identity card and passport issued by their own countries is also accepted in this scope, if it is presented with a residence permit certificate has issued by the Directorate General of Migration Management which is specific to the citizens of Palestinian State. Also, For stateless persons (Amendment to the Law No. 1058120 dated 06.03.2019) A stateless person identity document issued by governors will be sought in accordance with Article 50/2 of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection No. 6458.
In the event that the previous owner of the property is a non-Turkish person, it is important to have a look at the date of the previous sale. Nevertheless, in case previous owner has purchased such property before 2017, there is no obstacle in your sales transaction. However, in case the previous owner has purchased such property after 2017, we advise you not to purchase such property since your sales transaction may not be accepted as an investment and your citizenship application might be denied due to breach of the related law.