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Citizenship FAQ

How can you obtain Turkish citizenship through investment?

There are many ways the investor can obtain Turkish citizenship, including: Buying a property for at least $400,000 with a commitment not to sell it for a period of 3 years, depositing an amount of 500 thousand US dollars in a Turkish bank, investing $500,000 in fixed assets, and establishing a company and employing at least 50 Turkish citizens in the company.

What are the conditions for obtaining Turkish citizenship?

Purchasing a property with a value of $400,000 or more in Turkey, and that property should be from a Turkish citizen or a Turkish construction company, owning the title deed of the property even if it is under construction, paying the whole price of the property by transferring the money by bank whether the bank outside or inside Turkey, the commitment for not selling of purchased real estate for a period of 3 years.

How to apply for Turkish citizenship?

Purchasing a property that meets the Turkish citizenship conditions, paying for the property by bank transfer from inside or outside Turkey, receiving a letter from the Land Registry Office stating that the property meets the conditions for obtaining citizenship, submitting a request to the immigration department to obtain the investor’s permit residence and start processing his file, Submission of all identification papers for the investor’s family (family record) including his wife and children under 18 years old, The papers must be issued by the civil registry of the investor’s country, provided that they are certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the investor’s country, and finally they must be translated and certified by the Turkish notary public at the Turkish embassy in the investor's country.

What are the advantages of Turkish Passport?

The Turkish passport holders enjoy many advantages as Turkish citizens are qualifying for the investor visa program (E-2) in United States, granting free school and university education for your children, the citizenship lasts for life time and can be passed on to newborns, granting free medical care services for all citizens, the right to vote in all types of elections, pensioners benefit from retirement programs as Turkish citizens, the possibility of obtaining citizenship Turkish without having to physically live in Turkey.

How long will it take to apply for Turkish citizenship after purchasing real estate?

Turkish citizenship file goes through four phases since the date of submitting the file, and these phases take between 45 days to three months after receiving all the files until the decision to accept the Turkish citizenship file is issued.

Is there any interview with the official authorities before getting Turkish citizenship?

There are not any interviews to obtain citizenship, After completing and examining the documents, the Turkish government takes the decision to grant citizenship.

Can I rent or sell the property after obtaining Turkish citizenship?

You can sell the property after 3 years from the date of purchasing the property, as one of the conditions for obtaining Turkish citizenship is that the property should not be sold before 3 years have passed from the date of property purchasing, but there are no restrictions on renting your property, especially since a large scale of the Turkish real estate market is based on investment and getting profit returns.

Can I obtain a residence permit in Turkey during the Turkish citizenship process?

You can obtain real estate permit residence after purchasing a property that meets the conditions for obtaining citizenship, and the investor obtains real estate residence for himself and his family until the issuance of the new Turkish ID for the investor.

Is there a requirement to know the Turkish language to obtain Turkish citizenship?

No, Turkish language is not required to obtain Turkish citizenship.

Living or residing in Turkey is an obligation after purchasing real estate?

No, there is no such condition. The buyer can be in any other country and does not need to be in Turkey. On the contrary, the investor can buy online while he is in any part of the world and does not require his presence in Turkey.

Is it possible for partners in real estate purchases to get citizenship?

No, according to the recent amendments made by the Turkish government to the Citizenship Law in December 2022, it is not possible to grant Turkish citizenship to more than one investor by participating in the purchase of a property, and only one investor can obtain Turkish citizenship through a property, even if the value of the property is double the nationality value.

Is there a requirement to revoke original citizenship in order to obtain Turkish citizenship?

It is not required to revoke your original nationality in order to obtain Turkish citizenship. On the contrary, Turkish law allows dual citizenship. If you live in a country that does not allow dual citizenship, such as Germany, Turkey has the Turquoise Card Program, which gives you the full rights of a Turkish citizen, except for voting in elections in Turkey.

Buying Property FAQ

How is the price of the Turkish lira calculated in US dollars?

The price of the Turkish lira is calculated according to the official rate set by the Central Bank on the date of purchase.

What taxes must be paid during and after purchasing a property?

There is a property transfer tax to transfer the ownership of the property from the seller to register the property with the name of the new owner. It is estimated at 4% of the value of the property, and it is a fee imposed by the state on both the seller and the buyer. It should be paid equally at a rate of 2% for each. In addition to value-added tax, it ranges from 1% to 18% of the value of the property, and this tax depends on the type of property, its area, and the price per square meter of the land.

Who are the citizens of the countries who have the right to become Turkish citizens?

All nationalities are entitled to own real estate in order to invest and obtain Turkish citizenship, with the exception of the countries of Armenia, Cuba, North Korea and Syria, as they are completely prohibited from owning any property in Turkey, and there are some restrictions for neighboring countries such as Greece, as it is forbidden to own real estate or lands near the common borders or the maritime borders on the Mediterranean, Likewise, the situation for citizens of Ukraine and Russia is prohibited from owning property near the maritime borders on the Black Sea.

Are there annual taxes that the investor must pay after purchasing the property?

Municipalities in Turkey impose annual fees on real estate belonging to their region that do not exceed 0.03% of the total value of the property, and they are known as “EMLAK VERGİSİ”, and they are taxes that must be paid annually to the administration of the municipality in which the property is located, and the value is determined by the municipality in which this property is located and paid there as well It is usually paid every May of each year for the services provided by the municipality to the area in which the property is located.

Can I get help while obtaining Turkish citizenship?

MAB Turkey offers you with all advisory services in the field of purchasing real estate in Turkey, and we will be with you step by step before and during the purchase process. We also provides you with after-sales services, especially with regard to legal support and assistance to obtain Turkish citizenship.

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