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Latest News of Turkish Citizenship


Latest News of Turkish Citizenship

As a result of the constant change of laws and renewed procedures, especially concerning obtaining Turkish citizenship, we present this article from the Property Advisor Company to keep you updated on the latest news of Turkish citizenship.

The latest developments in the Turkish Citizenship law:

The Turkish Citizenship Act of 11-2-2010 is one of the most widespread laws due to its golden opportunities to obtain Turkish citizenship.

The Basic Law stipulated that foreigners would be granted Turkish citizenship under one of the following conditions:

- Owning a property worth USD 1 million, with a pledge not to transfer ownership for three years.

- Depositing $3 million in a Turkish bank for three years with the approval of the General Authority for Banking Supervision.

-Investment in Turkey worth $2 million documented by the Turkish Ministry of Economy.

-Providing employment opportunities for 100 Turkish citizens with the approval of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

- The use of government lending instruments to buy what is worth $3 million for three years with the approval of the General Advisory Council of the Turkish Treasury.

Latest news for Turkish citizenship for investors:

However, this law lasted only a few years until the new amendments came in 2018 issued number 5901, so what did they carry? Foreigners inside or outside Turkey are entitled to apply for Turkish citizenship under one of the following conditions.

- Real estate ownership: The value of ownership of the property has been reduced from US$1 million to a quarter of a million US Dollars or its equivalent in Turkish lira at the time of purchase while maintaining the requirement not to transfer the property for three years.

- Bank deposit: Depositing half a million dollars in a Turkish bank instead of three million qualifies the investor for Turkish citizenship following the latest amendments provided that the amount is not withdrawn for three years.

-Investment: Investing in a Turkish project or buying 500,000 in government bonds.

-Providing employment opportunities for at least 50 Turkish citizens.

These amendments have been widespread among investors who want to obtain a Turkish passport because of its strength and many advantages.

The latest news on Turkish citizenship in other ways:

Investment is not the only way to obtain Turkish citizenship according to Turkish law, there are other ways to qualify the foreigner to obtain citizenship, the most important of which are:

Marriage to a Turkish person, three years after this marriage, the other party is entitled to apply for Turkish citizenship.

- There is real proof of a person's lineage of Turkish origin, by submitting an Ottoman document or proof of his affiliation with a Turkish family.

-Residence in Turkey with an official work permit for five years or more.

- Exceptional nationalities are granted exceptionally especially to those who have competencies and experience in the scientific fields or distinguished persons who have proven their loyalty and work to the Turkish state.

The latest news on Turkish citizenship for Syrians:

There are some exceptions and conditions set by the Turkish government on the methods of obtaining Turkish citizenship after the amendment, including excluding Syrians from the process of obtaining Turkish citizenship through real estate ownership, but the remaining conditions of investing, depositing money, or providing employment opportunities for Turks are also applicable to Syrians, so the Holder of Syrian nationality can obtain Turkish citizenship through one of the previous methods and thus can easily own real estate.

These are the most important emerging points of Turkish citizenship, if you want to get a closer look at the real estate projects that qualify you to get Turkish Citizenship you can contact us.


Exceptional Turkish citizenship

States adopt laws to regulate their official provisions and procedures, but each law has exceptions imposed by the changing nature of life, and the Turkish citizenship law is no exception to this rule. Despite successive amendments to the conditions for Turkish citizenship, many were able to obtain exceptional Turkish citizenship without meeting the known conditions. This was perhaps one of the most prominent factors that encouraged many investors and creative minds to settle in the arms of the rising state, hoping to obtain exceptional Turkish citizenship and all the benefits and privileges that follow.

The recent high turnout in the Turkish state, especially from Arabs, has been a great impetus for these exceptional measures, which help foreigners to stay legally in Turkey and enjoy the powers and rights that guarantee them a decent and safe life.

However, many question marks occasionally arise about the concept of exceptional Turkish citizenship and how to obtain it, and in our article, we will highlight the most prominent legal points concerning the issue of exceptional citizenship.

What is exceptional Turkish citizenship?

It is the nationality obtained by a foreign citizen residing in Turkey without fulfilling the legal requirements and hence the name of the exceptional. Although there are precedents for giving Turkish citizenship to different nationalities, this has spread significantly as the number of Syrian community in Turkey has increased. This is because of the desire of the Turkish State to provide a higher level of security and protection for the people of this community, to preserve their rights, and to promote their integration and productivity in Turkish society.

What are the ways to obtain exceptional Turkish citizenship?

As an exceptional nationality, there are no fixed limits to obtain it, but its obtaining depends on the availability of several factors, most notably: academic and educational level, practical experience, legal record, number of years of residence, official permissions such as work, education, etc. It is a nationality that cannot be purchased for exchange of money, that exceptional nationality is not subject to the laws of obtaining Turkish citizenship through ownership or investment.

It is noteworthy that obtaining exceptional Turkish citizenship is faster for qualified people if they reside in cities and non-major areas, which makes it more difficult to obtain them in cities such as Ankara and Istanbul.

What are the stages of obtaining exceptional Turkish citizenship?

The exceptional citizenship application process begins by sending a written application to Ankara's main immigration department, explaining the foreigner's legal status and qualifications that encourage the government to grant them exceptional citizenship. All necessary official papers are sent, and the applicant receives a response within a period of up to two months. The government's response to these requests is based on its eligibility and priority policies in dealing with foreigners, particularly with students or refugees.

To help foreigners meet their requirements and obtain equal opportunities once exceptional Turkish citizenship is applied, the Government encourages them to constantly update their personal data so that the Government is kept up to date with the latest scientific and practical achievements that increase the chance of obtaining citizenship. If the Immigration department accepts the application for citizenship, the stages of the citizenship file begin, but this does not mean that the citizenship is confirmed. The application file goes through eight stages, interspersed with a thorough search of the applicant to ascertain its eligibility. The fourth stage is the longest and most accurate stage, where citizenship processes often stand if there is a need to stop the process of granting citizenship. If citizenship is approved, the government submitting the approval of the Council of Ministers and the delivery of the Turkish passport within several months of the application shall be informed.

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