Q&A about Turkish Citizenship
Updated: Apr 8, 2019
Q: How does citizenship application process work in Turkey? A: When you buy properties valued above 250.000 USD, you apply to (Tapu Office) General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre; you demand to obtain Turkish Citizenship. This application is send to Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. Appraisers check and verify the value of the properties if they are more than 250.000 USD value. Ministry places the statement (satılamaz şerhi) on title deed(s) that you may not sell it for 3 years. They send the application finally to General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs. You are invited for final signatures to get ID cards and Turkish passport.
Q: Shall my family get Turkish Citizenship? A: Yes. You, your wife (or husband) and all your children under age of 18 (on the application date) may get citizenship.
Q: Should I buy one property above 250.000 USD or can it be multiple? A: You might buy several properties which has total value more than 250.000 USD. You need to apply at the same time for all. Tapu office accepts citizenship applications if the declared values are above 250.000 USD.
Q: What is the responsibility of Ministry of Environment and Urbanization? A: The ministry verifies if the value declared on Title Deed correct and above 250.000 USD with sworn appraisers. All the property value should be paid by bank transfer to the Property Sellers.
Q: How should I calculate the exchange rate of USD and TL? A: On the application date, Tapu Office calculates the value from Turkish Central Bank selling rate (efektif satış kuru).
Q: How long does this process take? A: It is takes time between 3 to 6 months. Government is eager to reduce time. We'll keep update the exact time here.
Q: May I buy commercial properties with rental income and get Turkish Citizenship by investment? A: Yes, any property you buy is counted. Check here rental income properties.
Q: It seems complicated to apply and get Turkish Citizenship. Will I have assistance for this process? A: Expert team of Emapark Real Estate will be with you to guide you all through the process. We guarantee 100% happiness to our customers on their journey to reaching their dream homes since 2004.
Q: I do not have time to come to Turkey. How can I get Turkish Citizenship? A: If you send Emapark Real Estate power of attorney, we may follow up for you all process from the beginning until the end.
Q: How many people may apply for on one Title Deed? A: Only one person and his family from first degree can get the citizenship.
Q: I bought property in Turkey previously. May I apply for citizenship now? A: Title deed applications (at Tapu Office) after 20.09.2018 may obtain Turkish citizenship by investment.
Q: Do I need to complete Turkish Military Service if I become a Turkish citizen? A: We do not know yet. Whenever we know it, we update it here.
Q: Which nationalities may apply for Turkish passport? A: All nationalities who is able to buy property in Turkey, may apply for Turkish citizenship by investment.
Q: Do my mother and father obtain citizenship in Turkey? What about my child above 18 years old? A: No.
Q: I have an invalid (disabled) child above 18 years old? What about his/her situation? A: Your child who is incapable of taking care of himself / herself, they become Turkish citizens with their parents with special application documents proves their situation.
Q: What are the required documents for citizenship? A: Emapark Real Estate team helps you to supply all needed documents after you purchase property with us.
Q: You say, citizenship process might take 6 months time. Do I get Residence Permit on the application process?
A: Residence permit (no: 6458/31-J) is granted to you and your family.
Q: Is “valuation report” on real estate sales to foreigners compulsory?
A: The General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre made a number of regulations that extend the scope of the real estate appraisal report requirement with the Circular No. 2019/1. Accordingly, real estate appraisal report that will be obtained from licensed real estate appraisal companies in all real estate sales which are foreign to buyer or seller as of March 4, 2019 has become compulsory.
Q: Is there any critical point that I should know?
A: Ministry wants to be sure that the value is minimum 250.000 USD. Sworn property valuation companies verify that the price is correct in order to prevent from price fraud. Appraisers might have upto %20 deviation (difference) than its sales price. Therefore Emapark Real Estate advises you to buy property calculating this evaluation.