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How to Get Turkish Citizenship After Marriage

11 January 2020
How to Get Turkish Citizenship After Marriage

Turkish Citizenship Law enables foreigners who marry Turkish citizens to get Turkish nationality via marriage. Thus, it is possible to get Turkish citizenship after marriage according to laws. However, marrying a Turkish citizen doesn’t bring citizenship automatically, there are some conditions to be met to get citizenship after marriage.

Details of Getting Turkish Citizenship After Marriage

  • The foreigner has to be married for at least three years in the application day for citizenship,
  • The Turkish authorities look for three conditions in applications through marriage;
    • The applicants must live in a family as a unity. Therefore, couples must live together.
    • The applicant mustn’t have any action that is not suitable for marriage
    • The applicant mustn’t be a threat to Turkish national security and social order.
  • If the Turkish citizen wife or husband dies after application, the citizenship status of the foreigner is not affected by it.
  • In the case of divorce after citizenship, if the court believes that the marriage was sincere, the citizenship status of the foreigner is not affected by divorce. If the court believes that the marriage wasn’t sincere and its aim was only to get citizenship, the citizenship status of the foreigner is abolished.

Besides these conditions, the applicant must be an adult for his or her own country’s constitution. If he or she is stateless, then the applicant must be an adult according to the Turkish constitution. The applicant mustn’t have health conditions that endanger society. Furthermore, the applicants must have good morality and be a trustable person and mustn’t have bad addictions. Moreover, the applicant must speak Turkish in a desired and necessary level.

Another Ways to Get Turkish Citizenship

Marriage is not the only way to get Turkish citizenship. The criteria listed above such as good morality, not to be a threat to national security are valid for all applicants. Besides these, here are the ways to get Turkish citizenship:

Turkish Citizenship Through Property Investment

Turkey welcomes all property investors due to its developing and expanding construction sector. Turkey’s importance to construction sectors makes this sector one of the most stable way to invest. Thus, foreigners who want to get Turkish citizenship can acquire it through buying immovable assets worth of at least $250.000. However, the applicants can’t sell their houses, offices or lands for three years.

Turkey has developing cities and they are really profitable in terms of property investments. New living areas are being constructed in big cities of Turkey such as İstanbul, Ankara, and Bursa. Also, the touristic cities of Turkey such as Antalya in the Mediterranean, İzmir in the Aegean, are very profitable for property investment.

The citizenship through investment is easy but there are lots of detailed conditions to be met. Thus, it is advantageous for investors to consult companies for property ownership. For opportunities and consultation during the application process, you can visit here.

Turkish Citizenship Through Capital Investment

The investors who invest in Turkey in the amount of at least $500.000, can apply for and get Turkish citizenship. Also, buying state bonds worth at least $500.000 enables you to get Turkish citizenship. The applicants who apply via capital investment can’t sell their investments or bonds for at least three years.

How to Apply for Turkish Citizenship

For each type of application, the applicant must get confirmation from different Turkish authorities. Here is detailed information about the process for each type of applicant.

Application Process for Citizenships through Marriage 

  • If the application takes place in Turkey, the applicants must apply to the governorate of the city that they are registered. However, if the applicants apply from abroad, they must apply to embassies or consulates of Turkey in that country.
  • They must show the marriage document as proof of marriage and intention to live in Turkey during the application.

The Required Documents for Citizenships Through Marriage

  • The fully filled citizenship application form,
  • The photocopy of the Turkish wife or husband’s identity card,
  • The passport, which is translated and confirmed by a notary,
  • The birth document of the applicant, translated in Turkish
  • Marriage license, confirmed by notary,
  • For the applicant who lives in Turkey, the document of the last residence permit,
  • A document that proves husband and wife lives together, such as a bank account, a rental contract,
  • The biometric photo was taken at most six months before the application date,
  • If the applicant is charged for any crime, the relative document,
  • A document that proves the applicant paid the citizenship application fee.

These are the necessary documents for an applicant who wants to be a Turkish citizen through marriage.

Application Process for Citizenships through Investments 

                The application address is the same for all types of applications. If the applicant is in Turkey, the address is governorate of the city that the applicant is registered. If the applicant applies from abroad, the address is the embassies or consulates of Turkey in the relevant country. However, for all types of investments, there are different documents that must be confirmed by the ministry in charge. Here is the detail for all types of investments;

  • If you make an investment through buying immovable assets, you have to apply to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization to prove the convenience of the investment to get Turkish nationality.
  • If you make a capital investment, you have to apply to the Ministry of Industry and Technology General Directorate of Incentive Implementation and Foreign Investment to prove the convenience of the investment to get Turkish nationality.
  • If you make an investment by creating employment, you have to apply to the Ministry of Labour, Social Services and Family General Directorate of International Labor to prove the convenience of your investment to get Turkish nationality.

 These are the addresses that you must have your relevant documents confirmed before the application. 

It is actually very easy to get Turkish citizenship after marriage because the applicant proves his or her intention to live in Turkey, which a subject that Turkish authorities attach importance. If you complete all the documents and the marriage is sincere, you can be a Turkish citizen easily.

 

 

 

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