When I become a Turkish citizen, do I have to give up my current citizenship?
Is it possible in Turkey to have dual citizenship?
Yes, dual nationality is permitted in Turkey; however, you should check with your consulate about your original nationality, as several countries, such as India, China, and Saudi Arabia, do not recognize or have restrictions on dual nationality.
Is it necessary to live in Turkey to gain Turkish citizenship?
No, not necessary.
Which nationalities are eligible to obtain a Turkish passport?
All nationalities who can purchase property in Turkey are eligible to apply for Turkish citizenship through investment.
I am unable to travel to Turkey. How can I become a Turkish citizen?
If you provide us with a power of attorney, Estaport Real Estate will oversee the entire procedure from start to finish.
Can I apply for citizenship on real estates that are under construction and whose title deed I still have not received?
Yes, anyone who commits to purchase $250,000 worth of property from a notary public can obtain citizenship.
I bought real estate in Turkey before. Can I apply for citizenship?
Yes. If you have a notarized property purchase commitment and you have paid installments through the bank after 19.09.2018 and the total payments are over 250.000 USD, you can apply for it.
What are the benefits of Turkish citizenship?
The benefits of being a Turkish citizen can be summarized as follows: There is no requirement for a minimum period of residence in Turkey. Medical support is included in the price. There are pension plans accessible. Plans for free education and university reimbursement are available. Turkey Passport holders can travel to more than 110 countries without needing a visa.
If the citizenship process will take 2 to 6 months, can I get a residence permit before this process?
As soon as your application is approved, you and your 1st-degree family members will be granted a residence permit on the same day without any waiting period.
How long does it take for Turkish citizenship?
Within 2 to 6 months, the procedure is completed. To save time, the Turkish authorities of the government have established a dedicated Citizenship office.
What is the Turkish citizenship by investment process and how does it work?
Firstly, when you purchase a property with a value of 250,000 USD or more, you need to obtain Turkish Citizenship by applying to the General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre.
After making the necessary checks, the Land Registry Office gives approval for citizenship between 3 and 7 workdays. After the citizenship permit is approved, you apply for a residence permit.
Finally, you apply to the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship on the same day with the approval of your citizenship and residence permit. The process takes between 2 and 6 months. Although the process may seem confusing, don’t worry. We will guide you and help you until you obtain citizenship and make your life easier.
How to Buy an Investment Property in Turkey?
As a reliable real estate agency, we cooperate only with sworn valuers and we will provide you with the best price and property options. In this way, you will get a guarantee to purchase a property that meets the regulation requirement. If you live abroad, you just need to provide us with a Power of Attorney so we could process all necessary legal paper works.
The idea of real estate investment may appear like a difficult and demanding process. However, it is actually a very easy procedure to buy property in Turkey. The key to managing this is once you made your decision about buying a property in Turkey you need to find a professional and reliable local real estate company.
What Documents required for Turkish Citizenship Application?
- Filled out the application form
- 12 Biometric photos of each family member
- Birth certificate
- Health insurance
- Residence permit (may be temporary or Tourist visa is also accepted)
- Marriage certificate and birth certificates if applicable
- Tax payment receipt
- Title deed or property purchase commitment from Notary
- Appraisal report
- Bank transactions as proof of investment (value of $ 250,000or $ 500,000 depending on investment’s type)
What Investment Strategies to Obtain Turkish Citizenship ?
- Purchase a property (single or multiple properties) worth $ 250,000
*With title deed restriction of keeping the property for at least 3 years
*Permanent residence is not required
- A cash deposit of $ 500,000 in Turkish banks
*Withdrawal not permitted during minimum 3 years
- Purchase the government bonds of $ 500,000
*Selling the bonds not permitted during minimum 3 years
- Make fixed-asset business worth $ 500,000
- Employ 50 Turks in your company in Turkey
How to Get Turkish Citizenship by Buying Property?
In May 2017 Turkish government launched an excellent investment program for foreign entrepreneurs. Decisions published in the Turkish Official Gazette on 19 September 2018 and 07 December 2018 revised certain regulations on the transition of foreigners to Turkish citizenship.
This program allows any foreign nationals to buy a property or bring capital according to certain regulations and give them an opportunity to gain Turkish citizenship. When the program was reviewed by the government in 2018, the conditions of investment were lowered which made this citizenship project the most attractive in the world.
Can I rent out my property?
Yes. Estaport Real Estate will help you to rent it out over the year.
Can I insure my property?
Of course. Estaport Real Estate will help you to ensure your property at the most favorable rates
Are there any ongoing taxes?
State property tax and environmental cleaning tax. However, these are relatively low and mostly less than 100 USD altogether.
What are the costs associated with buying property in Turkey?
The costs related to buying property are in general around 4% of the value of the property.
What documents are required?
A copy of your passport translated into Turkish, 4 passport-sized photos, and a Turkish tax number to be able to purchase a property in your name. Estaport Real Estate helps you to obtain a Turkish tax number from the local tax office.
What is the general buying process in Turkey?
Estaport Real Estate will carry out the title deed checks. A contract will be drawn up between the seller and the buyer. This will give the details of the completion date, payment schedule, terms & conditions. When this is signed by the parties, the down payment is paid.
You then apply for a security clearance to allow you to own a property in Turkey – this will often be applied for you on your behalf by the developer or Estaport Real Estate. You can sign a Power of Attorney at the notary public to conclude all the necessary paperwork if your circumstances require so.
When a security clearance is obtained you (or your attorney) will sign a deed of transfer in front of an officer of the Land Registry Office who then records you as the official owner of the property.
Why should I use a real estate agent?
Going through an established Estate Agency like Estaport Real Estate has several advantages. First of all, you will get to see a wide range of properties that match your criteria and not just one specific developer. Secondly, you will have the benefit of our international standards and experience in addition to a fully staffed office to support you both in Turkey and back home.
Can everybody sell property in Turkey?
NO! In order to Turkish law only certified and registered real estate agents can mediate and offer brokerage services. Estaport Real Estate is an authorized and certified real estate agency registered at Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Who Can Buy Real Estate In Turkey ?
In general, all nationalities can buy and own real estate in Turkey. There are only three countries that Turkey has frozen its diplomatic relations with, and they are North Korea, Armenia, and Syria.
Some countries prevent Turkish citizens from owning their lands. That is why citizens of these countries are not allowed to own property in Turkey. There are some exceptions like Russia. Citizens of Russia can purchase with special permission from the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Is There Any Restriction For Foreigners To Buy Real Estate In Turkey?
As a foreigner in Turkey, you cannot own a group of lands exceeding 2.5 hectares (25,000 square meters). Foreigners and foreign commercial companies are also not allowed to buy property, in strategic areas, or security areas in Turkey.
Foreigners are also prohibited from buying real estate in some areas, such as lands that are strategically important in terms of energy, agriculture, mining, history, cultural values, biological plants and national security.
Do Foreigners have the right to own property in Turkey?
Yes, foreigners have the right to own property in Turkey. In September 2012, the Turkish Parliament issued a decision providing for the right to own foreigners in Turkey without taking into account the principle of reciprocity.
Can I get a residence permit in Turkey if I buy a property in Turkey?
Every foreigner can receive a residence permit for 1 year (every year renewed with Tapu) until you sell your property.