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Turkish Citizenship FAQ

Yes, a foreigner can obtain Turkish citizenship in several ways, including buying a property in Turkey, provided that the property's purchase is after 2/1/2017.

In order to be eligible, property purchased on 19/09/2018 and thereafter must be at least $250,000 USD.

The property valuation report must be obtained from a professional property valuer and certified by the Turkish government's accredited institutions.

The property valuation report's preparation date must not exceed 3 months from the application's date; the report is valid until completing the procedure for applying for Turkish citizenship.

The value of a property registered in the title deed cannot be lower than the value recorded in the valuation report. If there is a difference between the two values, the property will be rejected for the Turkish citizenship application process.

According to the Central Bank of Turkey price bulletin, the dollar's exchange rate will be calculated according to the purchase date's official price.

This is against the law; all financial payments from the buyer to the seller must be under-documented bank transfers, issued from the buyer's account to the seller's account.

It can’t; the law states that the property's value must be slightly higher than the amount specified in the regulations so that the Turkish citizenship process will proceed properly.

The foreign investor will be asked to provide transfer receipts that confirm bank transfers between buyer and seller, from the sending bank and the receiving bank.

Unfortunately, property cannot be purchased from a foreigner. You must buy the property from a Turkish citizen or a Turkish company. Properties purchased from foreigners will not be eligible to apply for Turkish citizenship.

The amount paid will be calculated only from the property's value, and if there are installments or mortgages, unpaid charges will not be calculated. Therefore, the installments paid must exceed $250,000 so that you can apply for Turkish citizenship, for a property purchased in installments.

No, the property can only be sold after three years from the date of purchase. You must write a pledge in the title deed, specifying not to sell the property for 3 years.

Yes, spouses and children under 18 years of age will obtain Turkish citizenship when applying, using the same file of the property owner.

Yes, it is possible to buy several properties, provided that the documentation of all properties are together, and the total value of the properties are more than $250,000 at the date of submission of the application.

The Turkish Government shall study the file of each investor. Based on the file's review, the decision to grant citizenship shall be taken independently of each request. The decision shall be issued in case of approval by the Presidency of the Republic.

Yes, you can buy any property you choose if it exceeds $250,000, be it an apartment, villa, retail store, or any other property in Turkey.

Three months is the period specified for the completion of procedures for obtaining Turkish citizenships; from the beginning of the procedures, i.e., the delivery of the required documents in full to the Turkish Government, until the signature by the President of the Republic, who has the authority to grant Turkish nationality.

If the property's date of purchase is before 12/01/2017, you cannot apply for Turkish citizenship. If the purchase date is 12/01/2017 until 18/09/2018, the property must be at least 1 million USD. If the date of purchase is after 19/09/2018, it must be at least $250,000 USD.

If you obtained Turkish citizenship after 22, you would be exempted from military service in Turkey.

You can submit a separate file for each child of 18 years or older to obtain Turkish citizenship in return for a real estate investment, and the same conditions must be applied in full.

Yes, you can undoubtedly maintain both citizenships; there are no requirements for renouncing your original nationality when you receive Turkish citizenship.

Yes, you can submit a citizenship file via an agency at the Turkish embassy in your country, or at the notary public in Turkey. You can choose any person to follow up the proceedings on your behalf.

It usually takes approximately 3-6 months to obtain Turkish citizenship and Turkish passports for the principal applicant (investor) and other family members, provided that all the documentation is ready and duly compiled. Pre and post-investment works are appropriately completed and diligently followed up.

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