How to Properly Apply for Turkish Citizenship

How to Properly Apply for Turkish Citizenship

How to Properly Apply for Turkish Citizenship

Most Commonly-Made Mistakes When Applying For Turkish Citizenship By Investment

Foreign nationals often make costly mistakes when applying for Turkish citizenship without consulting with an immigration lawyer. Here are the top 10 most commonly-made mistakes when applying for Turkish citizenship by investment:

1) Documents not duly attested: Foreign nationals require up to 10 different documents that should be duly attested from the authorities of different countries, depending on where the documents were issued, in which language they are and where they will be submitted. Bringing documents without internationally-recognized attestation will result in the Turkish citizenship application being denied.

2) Registering the property on both spouses: The minimum investment limit for Turkish citizenship application by investment in property is 250,000 USD per applicant. Spouses and underage children may apply through the main applicant. However, registering a 250,000 USD-worth property on both the husband and the wife will result in two different applicants who have invested 125,000 USD each. In this case, neither of them may apply for Turkish citizenship.

3) Paying the price of the property to the realtor: For Turkish citizenship application, the price of the property must be paid directly to the seller. Paying the price to the realtor or anyone other than the seller will result in the Turkish citizenship application being denied.

4) Paying the price of the property in cash: For Turkish citizenship application, the price of the property must be paid by bank. Paying the price of the property in cash will result in the Turkish citizenship application being denied.

5) Buying the property from a foreign national: For Turkish citizenship application, the property must be bought from a Turkish national. Buying the property from a foreign national will result in the Turkish citizenship application being denied.

6) Buying a property that is not eligible: Not all properties in Turkey are eligible for consideration in the investment amount for the Turkish citizenship application. Buying an ineligible property will result in the Turkish citizenship application being denied.

7) Paying the deposit without a valid contract: While it may not directly affect the result of the Turkish citizenship application, paying a substantial security deposit for the apartment without a valid real estate sale contract is a major risk for the buyer.

8) Paying the price of the property without a valid contract: While it may not directly affect the result of the Turkish citizenship application, paying the entire price of the apartment without first acquiring the ownership at the land registry is a major risk for the buyer.

9) Paying the price of the property without securing the payment: All payments from a real estate buyer should be secured in order to avoid the risk of a default on the seller’s side. This is why real estate buyers should consult with a real estate attorney who is experienced in real estate purchases.

10) Spelling mistakes and mismatches: Any spelling mistake or mismatch between the submitted documents will result in the Turkish citizenship application being denied. For example, in the event that the applicant’s surname in the passport is not the same as it is in the birth certificate, or if the names of the applicant’s parents in the birth certificate do not match the names submitted to the land registry, the Turkish citizenship application will be denied. Such a mistake may cost the applicant many months and lots of legal fees.

Obtaining Turkish citizenship by investment might be a challenging process for foreign nationals who are not familiar with the Turkish laws and requirements. This is why Turkish citizenship applicants are recommended to consult with an immigration lawyer.

Antalya Lawyer Baris Erkan Celebi and his Antalya Law Firm offer legal assistance and representation for foreign nationals who’d like to apply for Turkish citizenship.