The number of people looking to obtain Turkish citizenship has a tendency to increase with each passing day. What are the ways of becoming a Turkish citizen and benefit from the many privileges of the citizenship?
1) By Birth
Jus sanguinis (blood relationship). A child of a Turkish citizen, inside and outside Turkey, is considered to be a Turkish citizen.
2) By Adaption
If a child under 18 years old is adopted by a Turkish citizen, he/she will automatically become a Turkish citizen as well.
3) By Naturalization
If a person is a resident of Turkey for a continuous period of 5 years before his/her application, has clearly demonstrated that he/she wants to settle in Turkey, understands and speaks Turkish adequately, has a sufficient income, poses no threat for the national security and national health, he/she can apply for Turkish citizenship.
If a person is married to a Turkish citizen, he/she may apply for naturalization provided that he/she is married for 3 years or more, resides with his/her spouse, there is no jeopardy threatening their marriage, and he/she poses no threat for the national security and national health.
4) By Investment
If any of the criteria mentioned below is met, a foreigner may apply for citizenship.
a) Making a fixed capital of investment worth a minimum of $500.000
b) Purchasing a real estate property worth a minimum of $400.000 and annotating that the property will not be resold within the 3 years following the purchase
c) Employing at least 50 people
d) Depositing a minimum of $500.000 in banks operating in Turkey provided that no withdrawal of the same amount will be made within the first 3 years
e) Purchasing government bonds worth a minimum of $500.000, provided that no bond will be sold within the first 3 years
f) Purchasing a real estate investment fund share or venture capital investment fund share worth a minimum of $500.000, provided that they will not be sold within the first 3 years