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Exceptional Acquisition of Citizenship

With (b) prepended to the first paragraph of Article 12 of the Law No. 5901 promulgated on July 28, 2016;

  • Those who obtain a residence permit further to (j) of the first paragraph of Article 31 of the Law No. 6458, by investing within the scope and amount determined by the President
  • Foreigners holding the Turquoise Card

may acquire Turkish citizenship based on the resolution of the President of the Republic of Turkey.

Scope and amounts determined as per the new regulations published in the Official Gazette on September 18, 2018, are defined below. Foreigners who meet any of the following criteria may be eligible for Turkish citizenship, subject to the decision of the President of the Republic of Turkey:

  • Made a minimum fixed capital investment of USD 500,000 or equivalent foreign currency or Turkish lira, as attested by the Ministry of Industry and Technology
  • Acquired a property worth a minimum of USD 250,000 or equivalent foreign currency or Turkish lira with a title deed restriction on its resale for at least three years, as attested by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization
  • Created jobs for at least 50 people, as attested by the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services
  • Deposited at least USD 500,000 or equivalent foreign currency or Turkish lira in banks operating in Turkey with the condition not to withdraw the same for at least three years, as attested by the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency
  • Bought at least USD 500,000 or equivalent foreign currency or Turkish lira worth of government bonds with the condition that they cannot be sold for at least three years, as attested by the Ministry of Treasury and Finance
  • Bought at least USD 500,000 or equivalent foreign currency or Turkish lira worth of real estate investment fund share or venture capital investment fund share with the condition that they cannot be sold for at least three years, as attested by the Capital Markets Board of Turkey

Source: http://www.invest.gov.tr

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