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How to Obtain Turkish Citizenship
by Different Ways?

What are the Other Ways to Obtain Turkish Citizenshp?

 

The easiest and financial aspects of the advantageous ways to be a Turkish citizen, is to buy one or more real estate in Turkey worth to USD 250,000. However, this is not the only way to obtain Turkish citizenship. Although it is longer and laborious, there are other ways to obtain Turkish citizenship, other than property investment.

If a foreigner who does not have a citizenship bond with the Turkish state wishes to obtain Turkish citizenship, he / she can apply for Turkish citizenship in other ways than investment, provided that it has the procedures, principles and necessary conditions specified in the Law.

 

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What are the Requirements for Turkish Citizenship Application?

1. Having adult and distinguishing power, according to his/her own national law and according to Turkish laws if stateless,

2. Five years uninterrupted residing in Turkey backwards from the date of application,

3. To confirm that decided to settle in Turkey with his/her behaviors,

4. Not having a disease that poses a general health hazard,

5. Having good morals,

6. Able to speak enough Turkish,

7. Having the income or occupation to provide livelihood of himself and the people that he/she is responsible,

8. Not to be an obstacle in terms of national security and public order.

 

What are the Ways to Obtain Turkish Citizenship?

Turkish citizenship is achieved in two ways.

1. With Birth

2. Subsequently 

 

1. Citizenship Acquired Through Birth

Turkish citizenship acquired through birth is acquired spontaneously on the basis of family ties or birthplace. Citizenship acquired through birth takes effect from the moment of birth.

 

What Does the Paternity Mean?

* In the marriage union, a child born of Turkish citizen mother or father in Turkey or outside, is a Turkish citizen.

* Except of the marriage union, a child born of a Turkish citizen mother and a foreign father, is a Turkish citizen.

* Except of the marriage union, a child born of a Turkish citizen father and a foreign mother gains Turkish citizenship provided that the procedures and principles that establish the lineage are followed.

 

What Does Birth Place Mean?

* The child born of a foreign mother and father in Turkey, but who has not gain another country's citizenship, is a Turkish citizen beginning from his/her birth.

* Unless otherwise fixed, the child that found in Turkey is considered as born in Turkey.

 

2. Citizenship Obtained Afterwards

In the following ways, Turkish citizenship can be acquired afterwards.

* By competent authority decision

* By adoption

* Exercise of the right of choose

 

 

>> Obtaining Turkish Citizenship by Competent Authority Decision

* A foreigner can obtain Turkish citizenship by the decision of the competent authority, provided that he / she has the conditions specified in Law No. 5901.

* Carrying the conditions specified in the Law does not provide a definitive right to a person to obtain Turkish citizenship.

* The procedures and principles regarding the acquisition of Turkish citizenship are determined by the Ministry (opinions of relevant public institutions and organizations are also received).

* A citizenship file is issued on behalf of the foreigner who wants to obtain Turkish citizenship and the file is sent to the Ministry for necessary examination and research.

* Since the procedures for obtaining Turkish citizenship are carried out by the Ministry, applicants who are deemed eligible may acquire Turkish citizenship, and requests that are not approved are rejected by the Ministry.

* The acquisition of Turkish citizenship by the decision of the competent authority does not affect the citizenship of the spouse.

* Children in custody of the mother or father acquire Turkish citizenship provided that the other spouse consents.

* If the parents acquire Turkish citizenship together, their children also acquire Turkish citizenship.

 

>>> Obtaining Turkish Citizenship Through Adoption

Adults who are adopted by a Turkish citizen can acquire Turkish citizenship from the date of decision.

The non-adult person who will acquire Turkish citizenship by adoption should not have an obstacle in terms of national security and public order.

 

>>> Acquiring Turkish Citizenship With The Right To Choose

Children that lose their Turkish citizenship upon the request of their mother or father who lost their Turkish citizenship, can acquire Turkish citizenship by using their right to choose within 3 years after they become adults.

 

What are Exceptional Circumstances in Achieving Turkish Citizenship?

 

The foreigners stated below can obtain Turkish citizenship by the decision of the President.

However, these persons should not be in a position that will constitute an obstacle in terms of national security and public order. Otherwise, their requests are rejected by the Ministry.

1. The people who brings industrial facilities to Turkey or having / will be having extraordinary services in the fields of scientific, technological, economic, social, sporting, cultural, artistic and the people whose reasoned proposals about themselves are made by the relevant ministries.

2. As per Article 31/1 (j) of Law No. 6458, foreigners who have obtained a residence permit and hold Turquoise Cards and their foreign spouse, non-adult or dependent foreign child of him and his spouse.

3. Persons deemed requisite to become citizens.

4. People who are considered immigrants.

 

Regaining of Turkish Citizenship

Turkish citizenship can be regained "without a requirement for residence" or "depending on the condition of residence". In these cases, what are the required conditions? In the section below, you can review the brief information on the subject.

 

Regaining Turkish Citizenship Without Requiring a Residence Requirement

Regardless of the duration of residence in Turkey, the people stated below can regain their Turkish citizenship by the decision of the Ministry.

In order for these people to regain Turkish citizenship, there is a condition that they do not have an obstacle in terms of national security.

1. Those who have lost their Turkish citizenship by getting permission to leave.

2. Those who lose their Turkish citizenship due to their mother or father and do not exercise their right to choose within 3 years of their adulthood.

 

RegainingTurkish Citizenship Depending on the Residence Requirement

With the Decision of the President;

People who lose their Turkish citizenship by the decision of the President due to the actions listed below can regain Turkish citizenship by the decision of the President.

In this case, 2 conditions are asked;

* Person's the three-years of residency requirement to in Turkey,

* Person should not have an obstacle in terms of national security.

1. Those who are in a foreign country's service (that does not match benefit of Turkey) and do not leave this duty in the informed period (not less than three months) given to them.

2. Without the permission of the President, who continues to work with all kinds of services voluntarily in a state which is at war with Turkey.

3. Those who voluntarily serve in military of a foreign government without permission.

 4. Those who have been carried out an investigation or prosecution, because of the crimes written in the articles 302, 309., 310., 311., 312., 313., 314. and 315. of the Turkish Criminal Code, and who does not return to Turkey within three months despite the Ministry's "return home" announcement.

 

With the decision of the Ministry

As per article 34 of the Law No. 5901; Persons who leave Turkish citizenship can regain Turkish citizenship by the decision of Ministry and on condition of residence for three years.

In this case, 2 conditions are asked;

* Person's the three-years of residency requirement to in Turkey,

* Person should not have an obstacle in terms of national security.

 

How to Calculate Duration in Acquiring Turkish Citizenship Depending on Residence Conditions?

If a foreigner lives in Turkey in accordance with the Turkish law, this is considered as "residency" .

A foreign person wishing to obtain Turkish citizenship, can be found outside Turkey not to exceed a total of 12 months within a period of residence required for the application. The period spent outside of Turkey, is considered within the residence period stipulated in Law No. 5901.

 

How to Get Turkish Citizenship Through Marriage?

 

 

Another way for foreigners to obtain Turkish citizenship is marriage. Marrying a foreigner to a Turkish citizen does not give the person directly entitle Turkish citizenship. The following conditions must be fulfilled in order to apply.

 

Conditions for Earning Turkish Citizenship by Marriage;

1. Married with a Turkish citizen for at least three years and continuing marriage (except when the marriage ends due to the death of a Turkish citizen spouse after the application)

2. Living in a family union,

3. Not to engage in activities incompatible with the marriage union,

4. The absence of a situation that would constitute an obstacle in terms of national security and public order.

 

When is Turkish Citizenship Canceled?

If the following situations arise, the decision to obtain Turkish citizenship is canceled by the authority that made the decision.

* False statement of related person,

* Hiding important matters that are essential for gaining citizenship.

NOTE: The cancellation decision is also applied to spouses and children who acquire Turkish citizenship depending on the related person.

 

For Citizens of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to Obtain Turkish Citizenship

Citizens of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus who apply by declaring their wish to become a Turkish citizen in writing acquire Turkish citizenship.

In this case, the "conditions required for application" specified in Law No. 5901 are also applied to these individuals. You can review the related conditions from section "What are the Required Conditions for Turkish Citizenship Application?".

 

Where to Apply for Turkish Citizenship?

 

Foreigners should do their applications regarding Turkish citizenship to the following institutions either by themselves or by proxy.

* For applications made domestically, to the Governorship at the place of residence,

* For applications made in abroad, to Foreign Delegations. 

For more details of acquiring citizenship of Turkey click the link. 

 

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