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5 Most Easy Ways to Get Turkish Citizenship


Turkish Citizenship by investment 2023, What are the conditions to obtain Turkish citizenship by investment? 

The minimum investment amount required to apply for Turkish citizenship by real estate investment increased from $250,000 to $400,000 on June 13, 2022. After this date, to be able to apply for citizenship by real estate investment, the value of the real estate(s) purchased must be at least $400,000.

5 Ways to Get Turkish Citizenship are:

  1. Turkish Citizenship by Investment - Buying Property worth of 400.000$ and other 5 ways
  2. Company Registration in Turkey & Work Permit (Çalışma İzni) - 5 years
  3. Citizenship by Birth
  4. Citizenship by Marriage
  5. Citizenship by Buying Property in Turkey at any Value minimum (75,000$)– After 5 Years

According to the law, now it is guaranteed to obtain Turkish citizenship by marriage, birth, paternity and by making an investment in Turkey. 

The Turkish citizenship by Investment Program (TCBI) launched in January 2017 caused accelerated growth in the real estate sector, attracting foreign investors from all over the world. 

Turkish citizenship gives the chance to access both European and Asian markets to investors. Also, to acquire lifetime citizenship of a country that is in the process of full membership negotiations with the European Union.

Turkey allows foreign nationals to invest in different channels in the country and to obtain the right to citizenship.


6 Alternatives of Getting Turkish Citizenship by Investment


There are 6 ways to obtain Turkish citizenship by investment:

  1. Turkish citizenship by investment 400.000 USD property
  2. Making a fixed capital of investment worth a minimum of $500.000
  3. Employing at least 50 people
  4. A minimum of 500 thousand Dollars (it may be equal to different currencies or Turkish Lira) worth of deposits in banks operating in Turkey should be admitted.

Condition: Deposit cannot be withdrawn from the bank for 3 years.

  1.  A minimum amount of 500,000 USD (or equal to a different foreign currency or Turkish Lira) government debt should be purchased

Condition: Government debt securities must be kept for 3 years.

  1. A real estate investment fund share or venture capital investment fund share worth a minimum of 500 thousand Dollars should be purchased.

Condition: Participation shares must be kept for 3 years.


Turkish Citizenship by Property Investment – Buying Real estate in Turkey worth a minimum of $400.000


The amount for Turkish citizenship by property investment was increased from 250,000$ to 400,000$ by the Decision of the President as of June 13, 2022. You can apply for citizenship with the properties you already purchased. The real estate value purchased between January 12, 2017, and September 18, 2018, must be at least $ 1 million. Therefore, property amounts under $ 1 million purchased before this date are not sufficient for citizenship applications.

You can obtain Turkish citizenship by property investment for yourself, your spouse and your children below 18 years with a commitment not to sell it back within 3 years. A Turkish passport is issued in 3 months.


  1. The property must be purchased in cash.
  2. The owner of the property your going to buy should be a Turkish citizen.
  3. The title deed should be ready.
  4. Has no problem in terms of debt.
  5. You purchase 2 or 3 properties, it is enough for all to be 400 thousand dollars in total.



Documents Required for Turkish Citizenship Application


Documents required for Turkish citizenship by investment at the application stage are:

  1. (VAT-4) Form for Turkish citizenship by investment application. Other Citizenship Application Forms
  2. Population Registration - Birth Certificate (For all family members)
  3. Residence Certificate
  4.  Marital Status Certificate (Showing that the person purchasing the real estate on behalf of the property is married, single, or divorced)
  5. Certificate of Death (If the applicant is a widow, a document regarding the death of a spouse)
  6. Health insurance
  7. 4 Biometric Photos (Taken on a white background)
  8. Passport
  9. Parental Consent Letter (For the child under the age of 18 who will receive Turkish citizenship of the applicant. Must be issued by a notary, overseas representative, or competent authorities of his / her country. 

Note: Original and Notarized Turkish Translation of above Documents

     10. Power of Attorney (For authorization of the lawyer)

     11. Certificate of Conformity

     12. Service Fee Receipt (Must be obtained from the Finance Cashier)


3 Stages of Getting Turkish Citizenship by Investment


How to Apply for Turkish Citizenship?

3 Stages of Getting Turkish Citizenship by Property Investment are:

1. Obtaining the Certificate of Conformity

After the transfer of the Title deed took place; a certificate of conformity is being obtained from the General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre together with;

  •  Bank transfer receipts,
  • Real estate valuation report for Turkish citizenship acquisition,
  •  Annotation of "cannot sell for 3 years" put into the title deed / Property Sales Commitment Contract.

2. Application for Turkish Residence Permit

To obtain a Turkey residence permit, you should apply for the Provincial Migration Management with the necessary documents.

The investor has the right to renew the residence permit until his / her citizenship process is completed.

3. Application for Turkish Citizenship

The application is finalized by applying for Turkish citizenship by investment to the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs together with the residence permit and all of the documents you get before this stage.

After the application, the competent authorities evaluate the application.

After the eligibility of the application for citizenship in Turkey is determined, it is signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish citizenship process is completed.



Getting Tax Registration Number
Opening a Turkish Bank Account
Finding the Property
Obtaining Real Estate Appraisal Report
Purchasing the Property
Obtaining the Certificate of Conformity
Application for Turkish Residency
Application for Turkish Citizenship



How Long Does it Take to Get Turkish Citizenship?

How Long Does it Take to Get Turkish Citizenship by investment?

It takes 3 to 4 months to officially get Turkish citizenship by investment in 2023 after you made the investment and applied for citizenship. Also, it is feasible to obtain Turkish Citizenship for the family members: spouse (wife/husband) and children below 18 years old within one week as the main applicant obtained citizenship. You can also get your new Turkish Passport and ID Card immediately after it. However, it may vary from one to two weeks depending on the time of appointment for the Turkish passport.

The total amount of the Turkish passport fee is updated for 2023.


689,70 Turkish Liras for passports up to 6 months
1008.30 Turkish Liras for 1 year
1646.10 Turkish Liras for 2 years 
2,338.50 Turkish Liras for 3 years
3,295.50 Turkish Liras for more than 3 years.


Where to Apply for Turkish Citizenship and Turkish Passport?

European Side General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs | Turkish Citizenship by Investment


As of 17.12.2020, the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs relocated to the Zeytinburnu district of Istanbul. You can apply for Turkish citizenship by investing in the new address of citizenship affairs. You can take an appointment for citizenship application by investment, Turkish national ID, Turkish passport, driver's license from the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs website randevu.nvi.gov.tr/.

The New Address of the European Side General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs in 2021 is Civizlibag Metrobus or Tramway Stop. Below is the full address:

Merkezefendi Mahallesi Mevlevihane Caddesi No: 30 Zeytinburnu / ISTANBUL

For citizenship application through living 5 years in Turkey or Turkish citizenship by marriage application, you can apply to the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Population and Citizenship in Fatih district. Below is the full address:

Address: Hirka-i Serif, Istanbul Valiligii Ek Hizmet Binasi, Adnan Menderes Blv. No:2, 34122 Fatih / ISTANBUL


How to Follow the Turkish Citizenship Application through the Website?


You can follow your Turkish citizenship results after your application from the https://vatan.nvi.gov.tr/moduller/basvuru/basvurudurumbilgi.aspx website.

As you click the link there is some information that should be filled

  1. The first field is asking for the application number
  2. The second field should be filled with the date of birth of the applicant (investor)
  3. Click on the “ I’m not robot check box” Ben robot değilim
  4. Click search (Sorgula)

As MELARES Turkey Properties; with our reliable and expert citizenship lawyers, we ensure that your citizenship processes result in minimum cost and meticulousness.



25 Benefits of Getting Turkish Citizenship by Investment


10 Advantages of Getting Turkish Citizenship by Investment are: 

  1. The right for residence lifetime residence in Turkey
  2. You can benefit from the strong Turkish health system (free).
  3. You can benefit from quality educational institutions (free).
  4. The right of work and investment opportunity in Turkey without any limitations
  5. Citizenship right to spouse and children below 18 years old of the applicant
  6. The right to get an E-2 Investor Visa in the USA for a five-year renewable period
  7. All international incentives granted to Turkish citizens through bilateral or multilateral agreements, including but not limited to the Ankara Agreement
  8. You will have the right to vote.
  9. The Republic of Turkey allows dual citizenship benefits.
  10. Turkish citizenship visa-free countries - Turkish passport allows you to travel to 111 countries without a visa or by obtaining a visa at the gate. Special passport and Service Passport holders can travel to 146 countries without a visa and 9 countries issue visas at the gate.




Citizenship Lawyer - Working with Lawyers of MELARES


"Why should I work with Turkish citizenship lawyers?", "What are the benefits of Turkish citizenship lawyers in my application?"


When applying for Turkish citizenship, nobody knows Turkish law rules better than Citizenship lawyers. Moreover, lawyers have specialization fields in certain subjects.

The most professional citizenship lawyers with the knowledge and experience in foreign citizenship will guide you in the right way and make your transactions easier while keeping you away from complexity. The only person that can help you for acquiring Turkish citizenship is an expert lawyer.

With a professional citizenship lawyer and a reliable real estate company, you will obtain the best and most profitable results.




The Advantages of Turkish Citizenship Lawyers in the Application of Citizenship


By cooperating with citizenship lawyers of MELARES in your official procedures, including citizenship, you will have the following privileges:


  1. Checking whether the property that you plan to purchase is suitable for Turkish citizenship conditions and providing the most accurate information and guidance.
  2. Controlling the zoning status of the property, whether it has a building license, and whether there are any restrictions, foreclosures and problematic situations on the property.
  3. Controlling the authenticity of the Real Estate Appraisal Report, which is required for the application for Turkish citizenship and proves that the value of the real estate you bought is at least USD 400.000. 
  4. Applying to the relevant official institution for a Residence Permit. 
  5. Providing all necessary legal counseling in all of your processes from the preparation of the documents required for Turkish citizenship and Turkish passport according to the provisions of the Law.
  6. Following the processes meticulously until the final stage.


Other Ways to Obtain Turkish Citizenship


Turkish Citizenship by Birth

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

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

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

* Except for 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.


Turkish Citizenship by Marriage

Another way for foreigners to obtain Turkish citizenship is through marriage. Marrying a Turkish citizen does not entitle the foreigner to obtain citizenship directly.

Conditions for Turkish Citizenship by Marriage;

1. The foreign person must have been married to a Turkish citizen for at least 3 years. Also, continuing marriage is among the conditions.

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.


Turkish Citizenship General Application by Buying Property in Turkey at any Value (Minimum 75,000$)

It is possible to acquire Turkish citizenship in 5 years by buying property at any price, but it should cost a minimum amount of 75,000$. Foreigners whose has an uninterrupted residence period in Turkey for 5 years with a special residence permit for property owners can acquire Turkish citizenship through a general application. You should apply for a special residence permit to immovable property owners with your title deed regularly in these 5 years. You should not be abroad in Turkey for more than 12 months in this period. A Turkish passport is issued in 3 months.

Note (Touristic and student residence permits are not valid for this way of obtaining citizenship so be careful to apply for a residence permit with your title deed.)


Acquiring Citizenship by Decision of Competent Authority

In this way, a citizenship file is issued to foreigners who want to obtain Turkish citizenship and who have the necessary conditions for application. This file is sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs for a decision.

The necessary investigations and research are carried out by the Ministry. At the end of this process, those who are deemed eligible for citizenship acquire Turkish citizenship by a decision of the Ministry.

As a result of the examination and research, the request of foreigners whose situation is not approved is rejected by the Ministry.


Acquiring Citizenship through Adoption

If a non-adult foreigner is adopted by a Turkish citizen, he/she can gain Turkish citizenship from the date of the decision. In this case, the person who receives Turkish citizenship should not have an obstacle in terms of national security and public order.


Acquiring Citizenship with the Right to Choose

According to the citizenship law, a mother or father may lose Turkish citizenship for certain reasons. If the mother or father lost Turkish citizenship requests, also their children lose their Turkish citizenship with the approval of the other parent.

According to the above situation, children who lost Turkish citizenship can gain Turkish citizenship by exercising their right to choose within three years after they become adults.


15 Turkish Citizenship Question Answered by Citizenship Lawyers


15 Most Frequently Asked Turkish Citizenship Questions with their Answers

1. How to transfer the sales price of the property purchased for Turkish citizenship?

The transfer of the sales price can be made in foreign currency or in Turkish Lira through foreign banks or through the banks in our country.

It must be proved by a receipt approved by the banks that the price has been sent/paid by the purchaser of the real estate. The payments which have been made by hand are not valid


Can the transfer of the purchase amount be made in multiple transactions?  What if the transaction in currencies other than dollars?


The purchase price of property can be transferred with multiple transactions. The total transaction amount should be meet a minimum $400.000. If the transfer amount in a different currency, on the transfer of title deed date the amount should be meet with $400.000 in exchange.

2. What is needed to obtain a “Certificate of Conformity”?

After receiving of "not to sale for 3 years" commitment of the purchased real estate, the transaction documents are sent to the authority to issue a certificate of conformity by the Land Registry Office and the certificate is issued.

After receiving the "Certificate of Conformity" the following applications are made;

 + To the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management for residence (residence permit)

 + Provincial Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs for Citizenship.

3. Can I apply for Turkish citizenship with the Real Estate Sales Promise Agreement?

Provided that the following conditions are fulfilled, an application for Turkish citizenship can be made with the Real Estate Sales Promise Agreement.

 + On and after 07.12.2018; the properties having the flat-ownership or construction servitude, the amount of at least USD 400.000 or equivalent must be paid in advance (at the latest on the signature date of the contract).

 + Commitment should be added to the land registry, related to the Real Estate Sales Promise Contract that was issued in Notary shall not be transferred and deletion for 3 years.

4. Can I apply for Turkish citizenship with the properties I have already purchased?

 + In case of at least USD 1.000.000 of the value of the purchased real estate between 12.01.2017 and 18.09.2018,

 + In case of the value of the purchased real estates / real estates is at least USD 400.000 on and after 19.09.2018,

 + In case the value of the real estate / real estates whose sales promises contract has been issued after 07.12.2018 is worth USD 400.000,

Turkish Citizenship applications can be made.

5. Can I apply for Turkish citizenship by purchasing more than one property? Should all real estates worth $ 400,000 be purchased at once?

There is no limit to the number of properties that can be acquired through sale or which may be subject to the promise of sale. The important thing is that the real estate value totals sought on the dates specified in the Law are in compliance with the application for Turkish citizenship.

No. Turkish citizenship can be applied for real estate purchased from different places and at different times.

6. What types of properties can I buy for Turkish citizenship?

In the purchase (title deed transfer) process, the qualification of the real estate does not matter. The qualification of the property can be housing, workplace, land, field, garden and so on.

In the process of making commitments through the Real Estat Sales Promis issued in the notary public, the condominium or floor easement of the real estate must be established.

7. Can I sell my property before the end of the 3 years?

This situation is asked by the Land Registry to the Provincial Directorate of Population and Citizenship and the situation related to citizenship is reconsidered.


Real estate purchasing for Turkish citizenship and "3 Years Not to Sell" commitment can be done by a power of attorney?

Yes. In case there is authorization in the related power of attorney this can be done.

8. How soon can I get Turkish citizenship?

Your citizenship application process varies depending on certain conditions and how accurately you prepare your documents.

If your application documents are correct and complete, and if the research result is positive that there is no obstacle to obtaining Turkish citizenship, you may be able to obtain your Turkish citizenship in approximately in 90 days after your application.

9. Do I have to work with a lawyer to get Turkish citizenship?

Yes. You need to work with a lawyer to apply for Turkish citizenship.

It is a great benefit to work with a lawyer who knows Turkish law and the procedures, principles and conditions of Turkish citizenship very well.

Experienced lawyers prevent you from losing time by directing you right. It also organizes all your Turkish citizenship processes for you. Without being in Turkey, you can handle your transactions with the power of attorney that you will give to a lawyer.


10. How can I get citizenship by investing in Turkey? How is the citizenship process beginning and progressing?

One of the necessary methods for a foreign real person to obtain Turkish citizenship by investing is to purchase Real Estate. Apartments, villas, shops, stores, etc. There is a requirement not to sell the property for 3 years.

Except this,

* You can deposit a minimum of USD 500.000 or equivalent Turkish Lira or foreign currency Deposits to the bank. There is a condition not to withdraw this money from the bank for 3 years.

* You can make a Fixed Capital Investment of a minimum of USD 500.000 or equivalent in Turkish Lira or foreign currency.

* You can get a minimum of USD 500.000 or equivalent Turkish Lira or foreign currency Government Debt Instruments. These Instruments are required to be kept for 3 years.

* You can purchase a Real Estate Investment Fund Participation Share or Venture Capital Investment Fund Participation Share with a minimum value of USD 500,000 or equivalent in Turkish Lira or foreign currency. These Participation Shares are required to be kept for 3 years.

* You can provide employment for 50 people.

The citizenship procedures start with buying a property. Such property should be minimum valued at $400.000. After the purchase of the property, the application phase starts. The application phase is basically submitting the relevant documents to the relevant authorities. The applicant who meets the relevant requirements can apply for citizenship for himself or herself, his wife, and kids below 18 years old.

11. When I apply for Turkish citizenship by buying property, can my family benefit from citizenship? Will my newborn child benefit from this right when I get Turkish citizenship?

Along with his application for Turkish citizenship, the spouse and children under 18 years of age also benefit. They also get Turkish citizenship.

This situation not including a person's mother, father, or children over the age of 18.

Yes. When you get Turkish citizenship, your newborn and the children that are going to born will also be born as Turkish citizens.


Is it possible for adult dependents to apply for citizenship with their family?


Yes, for example, if the applicant has a dependent family member, he/she can also apply for this member in order to get Turkish citizenship.

12. Can more than one person gain citizenship through a single property?

It is no longer possible to apply for citizenship through common (shared) houses. The condition of the acquisition of Turkish citizenship for real estate investment is a minimum of $400.000. More than one person cannot gain citizenship through a single property.

13. What is the situation for the children's who are adopted or spouse's other marriages?

Children from other marriages and also adopted children can also be the subject for the acquisition of Turkish citizenship.


14. Is a foreign property owner taxable and what are the conditions? Is there a VAT exemption to foreigners? In which conditions are there?

A real estate owner in Turkey has to pay real estate ownership tax. Such tax is paid annually. And its calculated according to the value of the real estate. If the real estate is leased also annually a real estate income tax is paid.

Yes, there is. The main condition of VAT exemption is the money should be transferred to Turkey from abroad. 


15. Does citizenship help other family members or relatives to get visa easier?

Investors who acquired Turkish citizenship can also invite their relatives via visa invitation letters.

Find out more about 12 Turkish Citizenship Questions Answered by Citizenship Lawyers


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