- Turkey Country profile
- Benefits of the program
- Investment requirements
- Visa-free and visa-on-arrival country list
About the program
The Turkish citizenship by Investment program was introduced by the government in 2018 and is focused on real estate investments. The program features a straightforward application process, and investors can benefit from rental income and may re-sell their property.
To be able to apply for this program, you should be at least 18 years of age, in good health, and without a criminal record.
In addition, you are required to maintain your real estate purchase for a holding period of 3 years.
As a citizen of Turkey, you will be able to travel visa-free or with a visa-on-arrival to over 110 countries and territories in the world, including Singapore, Hong Kong and Brazil.
E-2 Investor Visa
As a Turkish citizen, you will be able to apply for the E-2 investor visa for the United States.
Designed to be a smooth and straightforward process with a timeframe of 4 to 6 months to your new citizenship.
Turkey does not impose taxes on worldwide income, capital gains, gift, wealth and inheritance.
Minimal residency required
There are no physical residency requirements. You are not required to visit before or after the application.
Dual Citizenship permitted
There is no need to renounce your current citizenship(s).
Main applicant requirements
- 18+ years of age
- Good health
- No criminal record
- Successfully pass due diligence checks
- Confirmed investment sources
- Spouse of the main applicant
- Children (biological or adopted) under 18 years of age
The expected timeframe for the application process is 6 months. The first stage of the document collection can differ in length depending on the applicant’s ability to gather the documents. Our team guides this process with samples and best practice advice.
The reviewal stage is subject to the respective Government schedule and can be impacted by factors which we, as authorised agents have no control over. Savory and Partners collaborates with the Government throughout the entire process, and we aim to provide the quickest and smoothest experience for the applicant.
Read about the process steps in detail here.
Article 20 of the Regulation on the Implementation of the Turkish Nationality Law (“Regulation“) stipulating the exceptional cases on which Turkish nationality is obtained, was amended by the Presidential Decree No. 106 (“Decree“) which was published in the Official Gazette dated , September 19, 2018 and entered into force on the same date.
A new prerequisite for obtaining Turkish citizenship has also been introduced to Article 20 of the Regulation. Accordingly, if Capital Markets Board determines that a foreigner has purchased a share of real estate investment fund or venture capital fund with a minimum requested value of foreign currency or equivalent Turkish Lira on condition that the share would be hold by such foreigner for three years at least, Turkish citizenship can be obtained upon a Presidential decree.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I include my family when applying for Turkey Citizenship by Investment Program?
Yes, you can include qualified members of your family in the application. A qualified family member can be a child not older than 18 years that is currently enrolled in an educational institution and a spouse
Q: Are there any interviews, language tests, or work experience requirements when applying for Turkey Citizenship by Investment Program?
No, there are no requirements for an interview, language proficiency or work experience.
Q: Do I need to visit Turkey before obtaining my citizenship?
You are not required to visit Turkey before or after obtaining your citizenship, you are, however, welcome to visit and explore the country.
Q: Does Turkey provide a biometric (ePassport) passport?
Yes, the passport of Turkey is a biometric passport, also known as an ePassport.
Q: How many pages does the Turkey passport have?
The biometric passport of Turkey has 38 pages out of which 35 are visa pages.