Turkish Citizenship

Exceptional Turkish Citizenship by Real Estate Acquisition

  • Step 1- Obtain Tax Registry Number
  • Step 2- Open a Bank Account in Turkey
  • Step 3- Find the Real Estate
  • Step 4- Purchase the Real Estate
  • Step 5- Obtain Certificate of Conformity
  • Step 6- Obtain Short-term Residence Permit in Turkey
  • Step 7- Apply for Turkish Citizenship

Requirements for Real Estate Investment

Applicants are required to buy a real estate in Turkey which is worth a minimum of 250,000 US dollars or the same amount in foreign currency or Turkish Lira by attaching annotation to the title deed registry that it will not be sold within the first three years after the purchase. Or applicants must commit to purchase the real estate, which is worth a minimum of 250,000 US dollars or the same amount in foreign currency or Turkish Lira with condominium and construction servitude costs paid in advance, by a Real Estate Preliminary Contract for Sale before Notary and annotate to the title deed that this contract cannot be handed over or canceled for three years. The criteria for the monetary amount can be met by a single or multiple real estates in accordance with the provisions of the law.

The commitment that the applicants will keep hold of the real estate(s) they purchase for at least 3 years shall be attached to the Title Deed and/or Notarized Sales Contract; the annotation to the land registry should be determined by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

The value of the real estate(s) will be determined through an official assessment by the valuation companies announced by the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BRSA). The value of the property/properties must be at least 250,000 US dollars in the Real Estate Valuation Report. (The date of issue of this Real Estate Valuation Report cannot be later than three months before the date of application for citizenship. This valuation report shall be deemed valid until the transaction is completed.)

The sales price of the real estate(s) will be paid to the seller via bank transfer. This transaction between the buyer and the seller’s account shall be documented by bank receipt for proof.

The officially declared value of the real estate(s) must be minimum 250,000 US dollars at the time of the Notarized Sales Contract and/or of its ownership transfer at the Land Registry Office. In determining the monetary value of the real estate(s), the Republic of Turkey Central Bank’s effective exchange rate and/or cross foreign exchange rate at the time of valuation will prevail.

The real estate(s) that will be purchased cannot be registered under any foreign real person’s name including the applicant’s spouse and children. Furthermore, the real estate(s) cannot be one that was transferred after 12.01.2017 by the foreign person, their spouse or children or any foreign real person. In addition, the real estate subject to purchase must not be one of the real estates registered in the name of the company to which the foreign real person is the partner or manager.

In case the real estate is purchased with a mortgage loan or is subject to mortgage by any means, the mortgage value will be deducted from the total value of the real estate given in the valuation report and the remaining amount will be valid.(For this reason, it is important to clean the mortgages that have been paid off but not cleaned from the Title Deeds Registry Office before the report is prepared.)

The application will be sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, Foreigners Department via the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, Land Registry Office.

Steps for Turkish Citizenship Application by Real Estate Investment

1- Obtain Tax Registry Number
  • Tax registration number can be obtained from any tax office in Turkey.
  • Original passport and photographs are required.
2- Open a Bank Account in Turkey
  • Documentation of transactions during the buying stage will be required.
  • Original passport and tax registration number will be required.
  • An official document (such as public utility bill) showing your current address will be required.
3- Find the Real Estate
  • The total value of the real estate must be at least 250,000 US dollars or equivalent value in Turkish Lira (one or more real estates).
  • The building of the real estate must be completed or close to completion.
  • Habitation license must be granted for the real estate.
  • Its construction servitude or title deed must be ready.
  • It must be suitable for the Official Valuation Survey.
4- Purchase the Real Estate
  • Payments must be paid by bank transfer and he transaction must be documented by bank receipt.
  • A title deed registry and/or notarized sales contract/sales contract with the explanation “Not to be Sold for 3 Years” must be obtained.
5- Obtain Certificate of Conformity
  • Official Valuation Survey must be requested and provided.
  • Bank transfer receipt must be sent.
  • Application must be made to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.
6- Obtain Short-term Residence Permit in Turkey
  • The necessary documents must be assembled.
  • The application must be made to the Directorate General of Migration Management.
7- Apply for Turkish Citizenship
  • The necessary documents must be assembled.
  • The application must be made to the Directorate General of Migration Management.

Information About the Programme

  • Time condition for all investments is 3 years.
  • You can be a Turkish citizen with the condition that you can take back all investments along with legal revenues 3 years later.
  • You can sell your real estate once the required time expires and you are granted Turkish citizenship.
  • The applicant’s spouse and children who are younger than 18 years old will also be granted Turkish citizenship.
  • You do not have to live in Turkey to participate in the Programme.
  • Your Turkish Citizenship will remain for a lifetime and your children will be born as Turkish citizens.
  • You can keep multiple citizenships along with your Turkish Citizenship.

Documents Required

1- Documents Required for Purchasing Real Estate

2- Documents Required for Obtaining Short-term Residence Permit

3- Documents Required for Applying for Turkish Citizenship

*Upon the determination that the foreigner meets the requirements sought in the application by fulfilling the above-mentioned procedures in accordance with the rules and obtains all the documents, he/she may gain Turkish citizenship exceptionally in accordance with the decision of the President as per the Turkish Citizenship Law No. 5901 Article 12/1-b.

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