In september 2018 Turkey announced changes to their Turkish Citizenship by Investment program, allowing new buyers to acquire citizenship from spending as little as 400.000 USD – making it one of the most affordable and attractive citizenship by investment initiatives in the World.

Since then, thousands of new buyers have applied for and successfully obtained Turkish Citizenship through investment in real estate in Turkey. This blog will guide you through the process  from A-Z including all requirements, offical steps, and what are the benefits of having Turkish Citizenship.

What are the advantages of having Turkish Citizenship?

Citizenship for spouse and children – Spouse of the applicant, as well as any children who are under the age of 18 will also be granted Turkish Citizenship under the scheme. Any children born after will be granted citizenship.

Dual Citizenship – Turkey allows Dual Citizenships, meaning that you can keep your current citizenships without having to give anything up in order to appy.

Visa-free travel – Those who hold an ordinary Turkish Passport can travel to 104 countrieswithout a visa or recieve a visa upon arrival. This ranks a Turkish Passport in the top 30 most powerful passports in the world A Turkish Passport is renewable every 10 years.

You can work in Turkey – Those with citizenship are free to work in Turkey. Previously, a work permit would be needed. Citizenship makes it easier to work in a country that is the gateway between Europe and Middle East.

Healthcare, insurance, and bureaucratic ease – With citizenship you will have Access to cheaper healthcare options and insurance policies in Turkey. You will also be able to vote in national elections. You will also have Access to a state pension and can apply for Turkish loans.

No minimum residency required – Citizenship means that you can come and go from Turkey as you wish without losing your citizenship. You do not have to live in Turkey once you have obtained your citizenship.


Step 1 – Get  a Turkish Tax Registration Number

You can recieve a Tax Registration Number at any tax Office in Turkey using your orginal passport and photos are required.

Step 2 – Open a bank account in Turkey

Passport and Tax Registration Number are required to open a bank account in Turkey. You will also need an offical document such as a utility bill showing current address.

Step 3 – Find a property worth at least 400,000 USD

The property must be worth at least 400,000 USD and can be either a single home or multiple units such as those investing in apartments in Turkey. The residence must be close to  being completed or already completed with a Habitation Licence granted and Title Deed or Construction Servitude ready. It must be suitable for an Offical Valuation.

Step 4 – Buy the property in Turkey

Property has to be purchased using a Bank Transfer with document and transaction by receipt. The Title Deed Registry or Notarised Sales Contract has to be annotated to state that the home won’t be sold within the next three years. After three years is up, you can sell all your investments in Turkey and keep the citizenship.

Step 5 – Obtain a Certificate of Conformity

This is done by providing the Offical Valuation Survey and submitting the receipt of the Bank Transfer to the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation.

Step 6 – Apply for Turkish Residency

Apply for Turkish Residency at the Directorate General of Migration management after receiving your Turkish Residency and gathering all the necessary documents to do so. You now have Turkish Citizenship.


·       Copy of birth Certificate

·       Certificate of Residence

·       Records to show all family members – husband, wife, children

·       If the applicant is widowed than a death certificate is needed

·       Evidence of health insurance

·       12 Biometric photos with a White backround

·       Original passport

·       Power of Attorney granted

·       Notarised Turkish translations of all documents

·       All application forms filled in


1.     Provide employment for at least 50 people in Turkey

2.     Fixed Capital Investment of at least 500,000 USD

3.     Purchase State Dept Instruments worth 500,000 USD

4.     Deposit at least 500,000 USD into a Turkish Bank

5.     Venture Capital Investment Fund worth 500,000 USD

Please note that all of these options listed above cost meret han double the price of acquiring citizenship by investing in real estate.


Superb climate – Some cities in Turkey offer more than 300 days of sunny weather year round. Buying a property in Izmir to meet citizenship requirements also provides a wonderful lifestyle for those seeking glitzand glamour.

Between East and West – Turkey is the bridge between the East and West, and as such, offers unparalelled business opportunities and travel opportunities. Buying a property in Izmir is your entrance into Turkey’s metropolis gateway.

Safe for the family – Turks are very hospitable and welcoming to foreigners and expats alike. Those who live in Turkey can do so in safe and happy environment with some of the best international schools and facilities available.

Turkish food – Turkish food is some of the best around the World. Known for its flavours and delights, Turkish cuisine will have you coming back to Turkey time and time again to sample a kebab or indulge in fresh vegetables and colorful food.

Turkish healthcare  – Offering affordable and excellent healthcare services, Turkey is fast rising as one of the worlds leading destinations for healthcare and private medicaltourism with 5-star hospitals throughout the country.

Regional powerhouse – Turkey is at the front of developed countries in the region. As a EU Candidate Country and G20, NATO Member,i things are onlylooking possitive for Turkey going forward.

Value for Money – Due to the depreciation of the Turkish Lira, now is the perfect time to purchase real estate in Turkey at excellent prices. You can easily pick up a three or four bedroom villa in some of the most desirable locations in the country to meet the 400,000 USD requirement.

Help to get Turkish Citizenship by Investment?

With more than 15 years of experience, Smart Twins is an industry leader when it comes to all things real estate in Turkey. We have careffuly selected a range of properties that have been pre-approved for the Turkish Citizenship by investment program and offer the widest number of portfolio throughout the country. Using our bargaining power and in-house lawyers to secure you favourable prices, we are happy to assist you from A-Z in appy-lying for and successfully obtaining citizenship. For more information, please call or contact us to start your application today.

Turkish Citizenship by Investment Programme

You can be a Turkish Citizen by purchasing a property in Turkey that is worth a minimum of $400,000.

The Spouse and children who are less than 18 years old will also be granted Turkish Citizenship.

Your Turkish Citizenship will remain throughout your life and your children will be born as Turkish Citizens.

You can keep multiple citizenships along with your Turkish Citizenship.