The Turkey Citizenship by Investment Program was launched in January 2017 to attract foreign direct investment to and boost growth in the country’s real estate sector. The program allows applicants to choose from a number of different types of economic contributions to Turkish society, thereby developing the country’s economy.
With the city of Istanbul embracing Europe and Asia on the Bosphorus Strait, Turkey is a transcontinental Eurasian country. Its location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance.
Requirements of Turkey Citizenship by Investment
To qualify for citizenship, the main applicant should fulfill one of the following investment requirements:
Acquire at least USD 400,000 worth of real estate
Invest a minimum of USD 500,000 in fixed capital contribution
Deposit at least USD 500,000 or equivalent foreign currency or Turkish lira into a Turkish bank account
Commit at least USD 500,000 or equivalent foreign currency or Turkish lira into government bonds
Commit at least USD 500,000 or equivalent foreign currency or Turkish lira into real estate investment fund share or venture capital investment fund share
Create jobs for at least 50 people, as attested by the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services
The main applicant may include their spouse, dependent children below the age of 18, and children of any age who are living with disabilities in their application.
Benefits of the Turkey Citizenship by Investment Program
Visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 110 destinations including Hong Kong, Japan,
Full citizenship granted to
the applicant and included
Eligibility for an E-2 Investor
Visa in the USA for a five-year renewable period
Access to a transcontinental Eurasian country that is a stable economic, financial, and political hub between Europe, Western Asia, the Middle East
Procedures and time frame of the Turkey Citizenship by Investment Program
After applicants have chosen the qualifying investment option, a residence permit application shall be made on the family’s behalf. The main applicant is then required to open a bank account in Turkey.
Once all application documents have been prepared (including applicable certifications and translations), the investment can be completed and the documents submitted to the government. Once the application has been received by the government, the review process will begin and an interview may be requested. Applications are typically approved within 120 days, following which the citizenship documents are issued. The passport application can then be submitted.