How to get Turkish Citizenship and Passport?
Last updated on May 16th, 2018 at 10:32 am
Islamic country Turkey is beautiful blend of eastern and western culture as it is a bridge between east and west. Turkey is one of the world’s developed countries and soon going to become a member of European Union. Its fast growing economy is the 6th largest economy in the Europe and 18th in the world. By 2030, it will become 12th largest economy as it is predicted. Turkish passport holders have visa free entry/visa on arrival access to 110 countries of the world. Turkish passport is world’s 49th strongest and valuable passport. Turkey allows dual citizenship, so foreigners don’t need to leave their former citizenship in order to get Turkish nationality. People from all over the world visit Turkey for tourism, work, business and other purposes. Pakistani, Indians, Bangladeshi and other South Asians also living and working in Turkey. Turkey is like a gateway to Europe as it supplies a large number of illegal immigrants to Europe. Turkey offers great opportunities to foreigners who want to live and work in Turkey and to become a citizen of this great country.
How to Become a Citizen of Turkey?
If you are thinking to live and work permanently in Turkey and do not want to leave it, you can apply for Turkish citizenship. Several programs for Turkish nationality are there for you. You have to choose the program which one is suitable for you. Basic requirements for Turkish citizenship are 18 years or above age, good health certificate, Basic knowledge of Turkish language, reasonable income, respectful to national laws in Turkey and good character (no criminal record); other requirements depend on the citizenship program you choose for you. Let’s discuss different ways to Turkish Citizenship and Passport.
Turkish citizenship by naturalization:
If you live in a country legally for a period of several years specified by the country’s government and then apply for citizenship it is called Citizenship through naturalization. It is the most common method of getting second citizenship of country. The required legal residency period is different for each country. In case of Turkey, it is five years. If you live in Turkey five years on work visa or other type of residency visas, you will be eligible to become a naturalized citizen. You can get Turkey work permit whether you are outside Turkey or inside Turkey by finding a job offer from a company/employer in Turkey. Many educational institutes are there in Turkey which accepts international students from all over the world. All you need to find a college or university on google, open their website, choose course you want to study in Turkey and then contact to university admission department through their website. They will let you know further procedure of enrollment. Once you get college acceptance letter/enrollment, you can proceed to Turkey student visa.
You will get a residence permit, once you are in Turkey on any type of long term visa. You can get it renewed each time by extending your visa. After living five years, you can apply for Turkish citizenship. During this period of five years, applicant can live outside Turkey 6 months in total in a year. International Students need to find a job for this purpose after their study as students cannot apply for citizenship soon after living five years in on student visa. However, if a student marries a Turkish citizen or follow other program, citizenship is possible accordingly.
Turkish citizenship by marriage:
It is the fastest and secure way to get easiest citizenship of a country. It is normally popular in young generation. In current era, it has become very easy due to social media platforms. If you marry a Turkish citizenship, you will be able to get Turkish citizenship in 3 years. Marriage can be conducted either in Turkey or outside Turkey. If marriage is done outside Turkey, foreign consulate of Turkey should be informed of marriage. After marriage, you can get a visa of 1-year duration which is extendable and it allows you to live and work in Turkey and after three years of marriage, you can get Turkish passport by marriage. if you get a baby after marriage, the citizenship approval will be faster. If marriage is broken up after getting nationality, no need to worry, your nationality will not be affected.
Turkey citizenship by investment programs:
Like many other countries, Turkey also have passport through investment programs with minimal requirement of stay in the country. Citizenship by investment has many options of making investment in the country. These programs are actually in the benefits of the country because your investment may generate revenue for the country and creates jobs for the local citizens. The following options are available for fast passport by investment in Turkey.
Buy property and get citizenship:
This program is to boost real estate and property value and business in Turkey. However, it is one of the fastest ways of getting citizenship. If you make an investment of 1 Million US dollars to buy property/real estate in Turkey, you can directly get Turkish citizenship along with your family members. But bear in mind, you will not be allowed to sell this property up to three years, As you have to make an agreement or promise that you will not sell this property and keep it under your name for three years. You are allowed to make use of this property for any business or other purposes.
Own a Property to Get Citizenship:
In this program, there is no limit of investment or value of property. If you buy any property with reasonable value in Turkey, you can get 1-year residence permit of Turkey. You can renew it every year. Once you have spent 5 years, you are eligible to apply for Turkish citizenship. But you have to keep your property under your name for a period of up to 5 years. You are allowed to make use of this property for any business or other purposes.
Invest in Company for Turkish Citizenship:
If you invest two million US dollars in Turkish company or buy shares in company with this amount, you can apply fast track citizenship. But you cannot withdraw your investment for three years.
Bank deposit Program:
If you make a fixed deposit with amount of three million US dollars in Turkish bank, you are eligible to apply for Turkish citizenship. You cannot withdraw your money during the period of three years.
Start a Business/company to get Turkish Passport:
Setting up a business organization or company is also good to live permanently in Turkey. There is only one major condition that your business or company must create 1 hundred jobs for local citizens. If you meet this requirement, you can get citizenship on fast track.
If you are interested in getting citizenship through investment, you should think before you proceed because there are much better options for rich people to get citizenship through investment. You can travel to 110 countries without visa with Turkish passport but you have no visa free access to Europe, Canada, USA and other developed countries. There are many other countries like Caribbeans which offer cheaper and faster programs for passport with high ranking of passport and visa free access to much more countries up to 150 countries of the world.
Refugees and asylum seekers in Turkey:
Turkey is a signatory to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol but it has some geographical limitations for refugees based on country of origin of asylum seekers and refugees. A large number of Pakistani, Indians and Bangladeshi asylum seekers are living in Turkey waiting for their cases to be finalized. Turkey doesn’t grant nationality to non-European asylum seekers rather it gives them temporary protection/humanitarian permits to live and work in the country. If application of asylum is accepted and asylum seeker is accepted as a refugee, UNHCR is responsible for his resettlement in third country like USA, Canada etc.