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OBTAINING TURKISH CITIZENSHIP

Ways to obtain Turkish citizenship include:

Turkish citizenship for being the spouse of a Turkish citizen
Turkish citizenship for being a long term resident in Turkey
Turkish citizenship as an Investor

Before applying for Turkish citizenship make sure that your country of origin accepts dual nationality, otherwise you may lose your own citizenship. (Those with two citizenships already may find one of the original countries refuses three nationalities/citizenship's)

Important:
Please keep in mind that requirements slightly vary from one province to the other. You may find that some applicants must show a title deed while others are not required to, the number of photos may change and the application fee is apparently not standard. The official website does not mention it, but some applicants are asked to present police record checks.

TURKISH CITIZENSHIP THROUGH MARRIAGE
Conditions:
Before a foreign spouse of a Turkish citizen can apply for citizenship he/she must have been married for at least 3 years. The marriage must continue and the application will only be accepted if the foreign spouse’s general behaviour is in line with Turkish ethics and if the applicant does not represent a threat to public health, order and security.


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Required documents:

- Application form VAT-6
- Full Nüfus Kayıt Örneği (Identity Register Copy) of the Turkish spouse.
- Applicant’s passport with notarized Turkish translation
- Applicant’s birth certificate obtained from the relevant country with apostille stamp and notarized Turkish translation
- Marriage certificate (if concluded married abroad with apostille stamp and notarized Turkish translation) Turkish Marriage Book.
- Residence permit valid for minimum 6 months at the time of application (if application is done in Turkey)
- Photocopy of the Turkish spouse’s ID card
- Copy of judgment if the applicant has ever been convicted in Turkey

Where is the application made:
Applications are made to the Turkish consulates (if the applicant lives outside Turkey) or to the civil registry office (İl Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık Müdürlüğü) in the main city of the province where the applicant resides.

What happens after the file is accepted:
The local police are required to research to establish whether the spouses really live together or whether it is a fake marriage. They may visit the residence, and also interview neighbours. During the application process the applicant and the Turkish spouse, and the couple together are invited to the processing office for an interview.

TURKISH CITIZENSHIP FOR LONG RESIDENCY
Conditions:
The applicant must have legally resided in Turkey for at least 5 years without interruption at the time of application. By his/her behaviour the applicant should make it obvious that he/she intends to stay in Turkey. Within the last 5 years he/she must not have left Turkey for longer than 6 months. Attention: Your residence permit Type is considered. For example, Student permits are not accepted.
The applicant must not represent a threat to public health, order and security. The applicant must prove a sufficient level of knowledge in the Turkish language.

Required documents (not standard over all of Turkey, authority may ask for additional documentation)

- Document from the police (Emniyet Müdürlüğü Yabancılar Şubesi) confirming that the applicant is eligible for citizenship application
- Application form VAT-3
- Applicant’s passport with notarized Turkish translation
- Applicant’s birth certificate obtained from the relevant country with apostille stamp and notarized Turkish translation
- Document showing the applicant’s marital status (with apostille stamp and notarized Turkish translation)
- Residence permit valid for minimum 6 months at the time of application
- Copy of judgment if the applicant has ever been convicted in Turkey
- if applicant has children under 18 at the time of application the children will be included in the citizenship application and additional documents for the child(ren) are required
- General health report from a state hospital
- Proof of sufficient regular income (e.g. work permit, pension, rental income)
- Passport sized photos (indicated numbers vary from 4 and 8)

Where is the application made:
Applications are made to the Turkish consulates (if the applicant lives outside Turkey) or to the civil registry office (İl Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık Müdürlüğü) attached to the province where the applicant resides.

What happens after the file is accepted:
At some point the applicant will be invited for a Turkish test and a general interview where you may have to give reasons why you want to become a Turkish citizen. While Turkish tests are pretty simple for spouses of Turkish citizens they are more of a challenge for single applicants.

Please note:
The status of the application can be followed online.
The processing of a citizenship application takes between 12 and 24 months.
The applicant’s residence permit must be maintained as current until informed of decision. Do not take a tourist visa to fill ‘a gap’

TURKISH CITIZENSHIP FOR INVESTMENT

Following recent changes in article 20 of the Citizenship Law No. 5901 it is now possible to have Turkish citizenship granted for major investments following a decision of the Council of Ministers. For details click here.

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