Citizenship

How Do I Become a Turkish Citizen

Turkish Citizenship by National Authority Decision

A foreigner who wishes to acquire Turkish citizenship, if he/she provides the conditions specified in the law, Turkey can give our citizenship to them with the decision of the Ministry. If you become a Turkish citizen by a decision of the national authority, your spouse’s citizenship status will not change. On the date of the acquisition of the citizenship of one of the parents, the children whose custody has the right to acquire Turkish citizenship upon the consent of the other spouse. If the other parent does not agree, the action is taken according to the judicial decision of one of the parents’ settlement. Children of parents who acquire Turkish citizenship together will also acquire citizenship. If the children of the parents who have not been treated with them apply for the acquisition of Turkish citizenship after they become adults, the provisions of the article on the general acquisition of Turkish citizenship shall apply to them.

Carrying the required conditions does not provide an absolute right for the acquisition of Turkish citizenship.

Acquiring of Turkish Citizenship as Generally 

Foreigners wishing to obtain Turkish citizenship may become citizens by the decision of the ministry if they meet the following conditions.

  1. The applicant must have the power of adult and discrimination under the law of the country of citizenship, and if he is stateless, he must have the power of adult and discrimination under the Turkish Civil Code No. 4721,
  2. Applicants must be persons residing in Turkey without interruption for five years before from the date of application. A foreigner who asked to gain citizenship can be found outside of Turkey within not to exceed 12 months in total residence time wanted to apply. The period spent outside the periods of residence in Turkey is evaluated,
  3. Foreigner should confirm with the behavior that decided to settle in Turkey. (Buy a real estate in Turkey, investing, build a business, transfer the trade or business center to Turkey, to work in a workplace with permission to work or to marry a Turkish citizen, family appeal, having the relatives who previously gained Turkish citizenship such as father, mother, children or siblings, or to complete education in Turkey,
  4. In terms of general health, there should be no dangerous disease,
  5. He/she must have good morality (he/she should give confidence to its environment and behaviors in the society, and should not have bad habits that are not welcome and contrary to the values of society),
  6. To be able to speak Turkish at a level that can adapt to social life,
  7. The person must have income or profession to ensure the livelihood which is obliged to look at itself and dependants in Turkey,
  8. The person should not be in a position to endanger national security and public order.

Acquiring Turkish Citizenship as Exceptionally

Provided that there is no danger to national security and public order, the following foreigners may acquire Turkish citizenship by the proposal of the Ministry and the decision of the Council of Ministers.

  1. Foreigners which providing industrial plants to Turkey, or have passed the extraordinary services such as economic, social, sporting, cultural, scientific, technological and artistic fields, or are expected to do so, and have been reasoned proposal by the relevant ministries,
  2. Foreigners who hold a residence permit by the Law on Foreigners and International Protection Nr.6458 and foreigners who hold a Turkuaz Card and their foreign spouse, minor and dependent children,
  3. Foreigners who are required to be naturalized,
  4. Foreigners who accept migrant (These are connected to the Turkish descendants and Turkish culture alone or batches Turkey come to settle, which are foreign acceptable according to migrant Settlement Law No. 5543),

In terms of national security and public order, the Ministry rejects the requests of those with a condition to constitute an obstacle. The procedures for applying for exceptional citizenship and gaining Turkish citizenship shall be carried out by the Ministry of Interior.

Turkish Citizenship by Investment

In 2018, the Turkish Government launched a new system for those who want to become Turkish citizens. According to this system, at least 400,000 USD buying real estate in Turkey, or at least 500,000 USD investment for 3 years to avoid touching the record that they make to foreign investment is given Turkish citizenship. Those who invest at least 500,000 USD in fixed capital or employ 50 Turkish personnel may also benefit from this system.

Turkish Citizenship by Marriage

A foreigner who marries a Turkish citizen cannot be a direct Turkish citizen. For this, he/she must be married to a Turkish citizen for at least 3 years and his/her marriage must be continuing. Foreigners who meet these requirements can apply for Turkish citizenship.

Among the applicants;

  • The condition of living in family unity,
  • The requirement not to engage in any activity that contradicts the marriage union,
  • There must be no situation that may pose a danger for national security and public order.

If there is a death of a Turkish citizen spouse after the application, the condition of living in a family union is not sought.

Turkish Citizenship by Adoption

A minor who has been adopted by a Turkish citizen may acquire Turkish citizenship as of the date of the adoption decision provided that there is no danger to public order and national security.

Getting Turkish Citizenship of Northern Cyprus Turkish Republic Citizens

TRNC citizens who apply for citizenship of the Republic of Turkey, If they declare in writing their wish to acquire citizenship of the Republic of Turkey, they will acquire it.

TRNC citizenship from those who have earned afterward, the decision of the Republic of Turkey on the authorities search the desired conditions for the acquisition of citizenship.

Blue Card

A Blue Card is issued to the persons who are Turkish citizens by birth but who lose their Turkish citizenship by obtaining permission to leave and their children who are traded together, upon request by our foreign representative offices abroad and by the Provincial Directorate of Population and Citizenship in Turkey. The holders of the blue card have the same rights as the Turkish citizens unless they pose a danger to national security and public order. However, blue cardholders are not obliged to do military service and do not have the right to choose and to be elected / to enter public duties and to import vehicles or household goods. If they have acquired rights related to social security, they are retained and used by the provisions of the law.

These people travel, working, session, investments, inheritance, and issues related to the acquisition of movable and immovable commercial activities in Turkey are conducted under the legislation being applied to the relevant agencies and institutions of Turkish citizens.

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19 Comments

  1. I was born in Turkey moved to Unites States and became a US Citizen. And now my wife who is a dual citizen and I decided to move to Turkey when we retire in 4 years. How can we do this the best way? Please advise.

    1. Hello,
      If you renounced your Turkish citizenship after becoming US cizizen you must apply for residence permit after entering Turkey. After residing within the country for three years on basis of residence permit you can have a right to reapply for Turkish citizenship.

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    1. Hello,
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  2. 1. For an international student coming to Turkey for studying, is there any other rule? Or does he have to follow any of the above rules?
    2. Let’s say I acquired Turkish Citizenship. Now I want to bring my family (parents & sister) from my home country to Turkey. Will my family members automatically get Turkish Citizenship through me?

    TIA.

    1. Hello,
      If after graduation foreigners directly transfer their student residence permit to work permit time spent in Turkey on basis of student permit will be also taken under consideration while applying for Turkish citizenship. However residency period as student is counted as half, e.g. if you reside in Turkey as student for four years you are eligible for citizenship after staying in Turkey for three more years on basis of work permit. Only foreigner’s spouse and children under 18 years old can be eligible for Turkish citizenship application. For other family members being related to a Turkish citizen can be only a benefit during residence permit application.

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      1. “”””””
        ACQUIRING OF TURKISH CITIZENSHIP AS GENERALLY

        * The person must have income or profession to ensure the livelihood which is obliged to look at itself and dependants in Turkey,
        “””””””

        According to this, if I do “REMOTE JOB” & pay tax to the Govt. then can I start living with my 4 members’ family in Turkey?

    1. Hello,
      The approximate time to acquire Turkish citizenship is 4 months upon the investment. Currently due to pandemic delays in procedures may occure and total evaluation take can take up to six months.

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    1. Hello,
      Foreigners staying in Turkey uninterruptedly for at least five years on basis of work permit are eligible for Turkish citizenship application. Work permit must be renewed during the whole evaluation process until Turkish citizenship application is approved.

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    1. Hello,
      After entering Turkey, foreigners can apply for residence permit before expiration of their visa. In order to make an application, foreigners must have address in Turkey and health insurance obtained within the country, which is covering the whole requested period of stay. Moreover, foreigner must prove having financial resources to stay in Turkey (at least 500 USD per each month of requested stay). Funds can be proved by bank statements from foreigner’s bank account in their home country. Application procedures last up to 3 months, depending on the city and available appointment dates. Foreigners are allowed to stay in Turkey legally during the whole application procedures even if their visa expires before receiving the result.

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  3. My Grandparent is Turkish but I don’t have his Turkish ID
    He is from Sennan Pasha Boys
    Can you help me
    In Egypt difficult to get family tree
    Thanks

    1. Hello,
      In order to apply for Turkish citizenship you need to prove your grandparent’s Turkish origins. If you have access to any related documents you can obtain a proof of your Turkish roots either from your home country or from Turkey to be eligible for Turkish citizenship application on this basis.

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  4. Hello. I live in the UK. I am married to a Turkish National. We have been married for 12 years and I would like to acquire a Turkish Nationally too. How do I do this living in the UK? Thank you

    1. Hello,
      If you meet all of the criteria to apply for Turkish citizenship application can be submitted through Turkish cosulate in your home country. For detailed information regarding required documents and procedures you should contact nearest Turkish Consulate/Embassy.

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