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How to Obtain a Turkish Citizenship

Posted by Nagham Akminas on 18 February 2016
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Turkish laws allow foreigners the right to apply for Turkish citizenship in the following cases:

– Accommodation on the Turkish territories.
– Descendant of Turkish Ottoman origins.
– Marrying a Turkish citizen.
– Naturalization by adoption.
– Granting citizenship based on a special governmental decision.

Granting citizenship to by residing on Turkish territories

There are a set of requirements for granting citizenship by residing on Turkish territory, but these requirements are necessary and not sufficient. Meaning that providing them does not necessarily mean obtaining Turkish citizenship because the Turkish government is the one that decides to grant citizenship or not.

1 – The law specifies a period of 5 years continuous stay on the Turkish territory, and authorized a departure for a period not exceeding six months during that.

2 – The period could increase to 8 years if a half-length of the student stay was calculated if the student continued to live in Turkey and got a job.

3 – Confirm the desire for actual residence and sustainable stay in Turkey to the Turkish authorities by the following rules:

  • Buying a property in Turkey.
  • Establishing a business or investment in Turkey.
  • Transferring business activities to Turkey.
  • To obtain a work permit in Turkey.
  • Marrying a Turkish
  • Apply for naturalization for the entire family at once.
  • The presence of father or mother or brother or son (for the applicant that hold Turkish citizenship)
  • The completion of university education in Turkey.

4 – The applicant is free of communicable diseases according to reports issued by hospitals accredited by the government.

5 – Having good morals and conduct. A security study is conducted to investigate the behavior of the person from the perimeter of the neighborhood and places of residence within a period of five years.

6 – Medium knowledge of Turkish language, enough for daily life.

7- Has a career where he could work on spending on himself and his family.

8 – Does not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

9 – To respond to the government request In the event it forced him to give up the previous citizenship.

10 – If the national law of the nationality of the applicant is required stripped of his citizenship and allowing him without barriers then this condition is a must.

11 – The absence of any ruling by the Turkish judiciary against the citizenship applicant for and especially in tax evasion, fraud, smuggling and various criminal cases, and not to have been jailed in Turkey on criminal background.

Descendant of Ottoman Turkish origin

Applicants for must provide the documents that prove their case and to be translated and certified by notary, then by the governor or then they are assessed duly.

Consulates and embassies abroad can also receive requests for naturalization with the documents attached, without the presence of the person in Turkish territory.

Marrying a Turkish citizen

Obtaining a Turkish citizenship through marriage is common, and is easier than other methods because the only requirement is the continuity of the marriage for three years, where it is entitled to foreign party who is married to a Turkish citizen to apply for the Turkish citizenship.

This does not mean the application is accepted. Because the Turkish government is keen to confirm the continuation of the marriage for three years in a stable manner and that it is done on the intention for establishing family, and not a marriage for different purposes. The government also confirmed that the marriage does not pose any threat to Turkish national security.

Naturalization by adoption

Turkish law allows adoption, and if a Turkish family or person adopted a foreign minor citizen and it proved that this adoption does not represent any threat to national security, and public security, the foreign minor would obtain a Turkish citizenship immediately when the adoption is documented.

Granting citizenship based on a special governmental decision

Turkish Citizenship Law allows the council of ministers and the executive government to give any foreigner Turkish nationality if it does not represent a threat to national security or public safety, and it was from one of the following cases:

  • Those who are believed they would a great service to Turkey in the fields of industry, science, technology, economic, social, sports, culture, and arts.
  • Those who are believed that it is necessary to obtain Turkish citizenship.
  • Those are considered immigrants.

Those that achieve the terms of any of the previous cases can apply to the Directorate General of Civil Status for citizenship where the application and presented documents will be studied by a Specialized committee and when the terms required are met, the file will be sent to Council of Ministers, which makes the final decision, and sometimes they ask the foreigner to abandon his original nationality to be granted Turkish citizenship and this isn’t necessarily considered an impediment for the executive government for the approval.

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11 thoughts on “How to Obtain a Turkish Citizenship

  • gerald lynch
    on 10 July 2016

    i own a property in alanya this last 10 years does this enable me to get a long term visa

    • on 29 July 2016

      Dear Gerald Lynch, when you own a property in Turkey, you are automatically able to get 1 year residence permit after making your application to

      In your first application, you will get 1 year residency whereas in your next applications, you will be granted a longer period residence permit.

      Let us know if you have any further enquiries. You can email to

  • gerald lynch
    on 10 July 2016

    can i get a long term visa if i own property in turkey

  • Yousaf
    on 13 November 2016

    After buying a property, do we have to live several years in turkey to get citizenship or we can stay out of turkey anywhere

  • Dilnoza Abdusamatova
    on 22 December 2016

    I have Uzbekistan nationality, but working in Yemen . I want to by a flat in Istanbul.Can you advice what should I do? Thanks.

    • Cenan Can Tekin
      on 23 December 2016

      We are giving full service for your need. Buying a property is a very simple process as long as we find a property that will match your needs. We will contact you by email ASAP.

  • Steve Millward
    on 1 January 2017

    I have back and forth to Turkey for the last 20 years I have owned property in Turkey for the last 15 years I speak a good level of Turkish .
    I have worked importing from Turkey and would now like to export From Turkey behind a Turkish resident .
    Working in Turkey would be easier for me if I was a Turkish citizen , do you think my chances are good enough ?

    • on 3 January 2017

      Dear Mr. Steve, it is likely that your application will be positively evaluated and you will be granted the citizenship. We recommend you to make your application.

  • on 16 January 2017
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