Written by lawyer: ORWA ABDULRAHIM
Many people think that the Turkish nationality is granted only for the investors in Turkey according to the law issued on 18/9/2018 G but in fact Turkish nationality has many other ways to get according to the law, in this article I would like to explain in details the procedures , ways and the requirements of getting the Turkish nationality.
Turkish nationality has it's long and short ways to get, here in this article I would like to begin with the long-term ways, l mean by long term that the procedures would take a long period of time with comparison of the short-term plan to obtain the nationality.
First : Long -term nationality
- Working permission
- Real estate residency permit ( IQAMA )
- Husband or wife of a Turkish citizen.
Second: Short- term nationality
It is granted for investors according to investors law issued on 18/9/2018 G
- Those who are doing great and distinguished services for the Turkish government .
- Those who hold high educational qualifications.
- People of Turkish origin
Long-term Turkish nationality details
The person who has working permission
after 5 continuous uninterrupted years stay in Turkey can apply for the Turkish nationality.
The conditions and terms :
- Valid continuous working permission for 5 years .
- Not convicted of any criminal act during this period of his service.
- Not to leave or go out of the country more than 3 months in each year .
Who benefits from it ?
- A person who has working permission
- his family ( husband - wife ) his kids under 18 years old.
- Those who have real estate residency permit
The real estate residency permit ( lQAMA) holders
You can obtain the real estate residency permit ( IQAMA ) if you kept this real estate property for 5 continuous uninterrupted years.
The conditions and terms :
1- A real state property for continued uninterrupted 5 years .
2- Not to be convicted by any criminal act.
3- Not to leave the country or go out from the country for more than 3 months each year.
Who benefits from it ?
The holder of a real estate residency permit ( IQAMA ) and his family ( husband - wife ) and the kids under 18 years old .
The ( husband - wife ) of the Turkish citizen.
The husband and wife of the Turkish citizen to get the family residency permit ( IQAMA) which is valid for 3 years , after the end of the three years he or she has the right to apply for the Turkish nationality .
The conditions and terms:
- Valid passport
- The family residency permit ( IQAMA )
-The proof that you have ended 3 years.
- Official marriage contract .
- The husband or the wife of the Turkish citizen benefit from this kind of nationality.
The short term nationality :
This kind of nationality is granted for the investors, a law was issued on 18/9/2018 G. , this law grants the Turkish nationality for foreign investors in an exceptional way according to certain laws and conditions , this requires from the investors .
- To invest in a mount of money exceeding 500000 $ .
- To deposit a sum of money within 500000 $ on condition of not drawing it from the bank for 3 years.
- Buying a real estate property with a mount of money not less than 250000$ on the condition of not selling it within 3 years.
- To employ 60 Turkish workers for 3 years
- The applicant should not be convicted or condemned of any offence or dishonoŕable criminal act .
The investor 's wife and his kids under 18 years benefit from this kind of nationality .
A person who is doing a great service for the Turkish government
like international artist those who offer services for the Turkish nationality , and those who offer services for the Turkish national security..
And it is granted for athletes and patent owners , and the inventors who provide the country with good useful inventions.
The cases are evaluated and assessed by the executive authority which has the authority which may need the authorization to grant the nationality.
The beneficiaries of this case are the wife and the kids under 18 years old.
Those who have high educational qualifications and those who have scientific certificates in important and rare majors .
This is assessed by the immigration department before giving the approval on the naturalization.... The beneficiaries of this naturalization are his wife and kids under 18 years old.
The applicants of Turkish origin :
People of Turkish origin who want to restore the nationality, everyone who descends to Turkish origin on condition of proving this by attested official documents
Conditions and terms :
-To prove the relation between the Turkish origin and the foreign branch , this needs to be confirmed by official documents.
-The applicant should prove that he had not been accused or committed any heinous crime.
-This kind of naturalization includes all the applicants regardless of their age .
Finally I want to refer that the Turkish government has both options either to approve or not on the request of the naturalization according the requirements of the national security , or for any other reasons .
But generally all the applicants for naturalization who have clean criminal record can get the Turkish nationality.