Forming a bridge between the continents of Europe and Asia and surrounded by the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, and Aegean Sea, Turkey occupies a unique geographic location. Turkey as a highly diverse and heterogeneous country, also combines the elements of traditionalism and modernity. Turkey’s free trade agreements with EFTA (European Free Trade Association) and 32 other countries signify its commitment to economic freedom and open markets. Please note that the Visa Liberalization Dialogue between Turkey and the EU, if successful, will safeguard open borders with 26 Schengen countries.
The amendment made to the “Regulation of the Turkish Citizenship Law” on January 12, 2017 has enabled foreign nationals to acquire Turkish citizenship through investment. Turkey introduced the citizenship by investment program soon after recognizing its unparalleled benefits. Turkey has continued to facilitate foreign investment in the country by easing the investment requirements (which will be illuminated below).
If you are longing for a cost-effective life in a diverse country, immigration to the fascinating country of Turkey and obtaining its citizenship will make your dreams a reality.
Benefits associated with the Turkish citizenship by investment program include:
- Turkey is home to liberal investment policies.
- Turks have continuously adopted a welcoming attitude towards foreigners.
- No minimum period of residence required.
- Turkey has developed a flexible immigration program for investors with different needs and financial budgets.
- Investors are privileged to travel to 111 (as of May 2018) countries worldwide including most countries in Latin America and Southeast Asia without the need to go through the cumbersome visa process.
- The program covers your spouse, children under 18 years old and dependent children over 18 years old who suffer from medical conditions.
- Dual or multiple citizenship is allowed under Turkish law.
Applicants should act in accordance with the following criteria in order to be granted Turkish citizenship:
- They should open a bank account and make necessary investments.
- Holding a valid residence permit at the time of citizenship application is a must. However, investors do not need to maintain residence in Turkey and they may reside in their home country as long as they wish.
- Investors should submit the required documents including an official statement from the concerned ministry (attesting that qualifying investment has been made), passport copy, birth and marriage certificate, residence permit, and medical certificate (noting the investor’s physical and mental health). The competent authority for reviewing the application would be the governorship of the applicant’s domicile. Should he/she live abroad, the Turkish consulate undertakes such responsibility.
Investors can take advantage of any of the following investment options in order to be granted Turkish citizenship:
- Real Estate Investment
Foreign investors can make a minimum investment of $250,000 in real estate. The recent amendment to the Turkish Citizenship Act (on September 18, 2018) cut the minimum investment amount from $1,000,000 to $250,000. Investors are prohibited from selling the property for 3 years to be noted in the title deed.
- Cash Deposit
Under this alternative, investors may make a deposit of $500,000 in a Turkish bank, down from a previous value set at $3,000,000. The deposit must remain intact for 3 years.
- Fixed Capital Investment
The fixed capital investment option has been reduced from $2,000,000 to $500,000 for foreign investors.
- Job Creation
Individuals employing at least 50 employees are also eligible to apply for Turkish citizenship. Prior to the recent changes, hiring at least 100 employees led to Turkish citizenship provided that other conditions were also met.
- Government Bonds
Acquisition of Turkish citizenship is feasible through the purchase of government bonds as well. The government bonds should be of $500,000 value at a minimum and should be held for at least 3 years. The minimum investment amount was previously set at $3,000,000.
- Companies’ Shares
Investors may purchase real estate investment fund shares or venture capital investment fund shares worth at least $500,000 (previously $1.5 Million). They should not be sold for at least 3 years.
Make Turkey your second home
GDP nominal (per capita)
GDP (purchasing power parity)
Textile, electronics, tourism, mining and manufacturing
- Favorable investment conditions
- Dual or multiple citizenship allowed
- Possible member of the EU
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