201811.27
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Decrease in Investment Amount When Applying for Turkish Citizenship

On 19.09.2018, the Official Gazette published the Presidential Decree No. 106 amending Article 20 of the Regulation on the Implementation of the Turkish Citizenship Law laying down the conditions on which Turkish citizenship is obtained. Pursuant to these amendments indicated in the Presidential Decree, the quantitative limits set for the investments in capital and real estate have been considerably reduced. Therefore obtaining a Turkish citizenship has become significantly easier than before.

This is an example roadmap outlining the stages and steps to be conducted when applying for citizenship by means of investment.

A. Purchasing property worth USD 250.000 or TL equivalent amount

  1. Instructing a lawyer
  2. Obtaining a Valuation Report
  3. Legal report on the property
  4. Completing Purchase of Property at the Land Registry
  5. Obtaining a certificate of suitability: Obtain a certificate of suitability for the property. In order to do this, apply to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and the General Directorate of Land Registers. Provide the requested documents for a residence permit in accordance to the Code no. 6458 Article 31 Item (j).
  6. Obtaining a residence permit: Provide the requested documents for citizenship application to the Provincial Migration Management at where the applicant resides.
  7. Application for citizenship: Apply to the Provincial Population and Citizenship Affairs Department at where the applicant resides. The application is then processed and sent to the Directorate General of Population and Citizenship Affairs.
  8. Stages of the Citizenship Application Process:
    1. Provincial Population and Citizenship Affairs Department issues a citizenship file and sends it to the Directorate General of Population and Citizenship Affairs
    2. The Directorate General of Population and Citizenship Affairs conducts an archive investigation about whether there are any concerns which could constitute an impediment on the national security and public order with the Directorate General of Security and the National Intelligence Organization.
    3. If the result of the archive investigation is positive, it is submitted to the Ministry Office in order to be sent to the Presidency.
    4. If approved at the Ministry Office, the file is sent to the Presidency.
    5. If the President determines to award citizenship, then the applicant successfully obtains citizenship.

 B. Investing USD 500.000 or TL equivalent amount capital

  1. Instructing a lawyer
  2. Opening a designated bank account
  3. Transferring funds to the designated bank account
  4. Obtaining a certificate of suitability: Obtaining a certificate of suitability for the property. In order to do this, apply to the Ministry of Industry and Technology, Directorate General of Implementation and Foreign Investment. Next, provide the requested documents for a residence permit in accordance to the Code no. 6458 Article 31 Item (j).
  5. Obtaining a residence permit: Provide the requested documents for citizenship application to the Provincial Migration Management at where the applicant resides.
  6. Application for citizenship: Apply to the Provincial Population and Citizenship Affairs Department at where the applicant resides. The application is then processed and sent to the Directorate General of Population and Citizenship Affairs.

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