Why TURKEY

Why TURKEY

  • Muslim country offering democratic and Westernised lifestyle.
  • One of the Best Climates in the World throughout the year.
  • Safe, Happy and Wonderful environment to settle with family.
  • Traditionally very hospitable, tolerant and welcoming manner to all foreigners.
  • Fantastic nature, wonderful beaches, green forests and lakes
  • Excellent food, globally renowned Turkish cuisine, one of the few countries offering food security
  • Superb Health Facilities
  • Superb Educational Facilities
  • High Quality of Life
  • Easy to do Business
  • Regional Powerhouse
  • Highest GDP rate per capita when comparing with other CIP jurisdictions:
  • One of the largest and strongest economies in the World
  • G20, NATO Member
  • EU Candidate Country
  • Prospective Visa free travel to EU (Schengen zone) for all Turkish Citizens,
  • Easy to obtain long-term, multiple entry visa to EU, US, Canada, UK and Australia for Turkish citizens
  • Strong, Independent Legal System and Courts
  • Fair Tax System
  • Perfectly located, nestled between Europe, Asia and the Middle East and Africa
  • Opportunity to relocate and live in Istanbul, one of the most beautiful and developed towns in the World or any other part of Turkey
  • Superb Educational Facilities

Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”) In Relation To Turkish Citizenship By Investment Programme

Do I have to travel to Turkey to start Turkish Citizenship procedures?

Due to coronavirus pandemic and international travel restrictions, we can now open the bank account remotely, and we can also finalize the property transfer as well as other necessary tasks remotely. We can proceed on behalf of you with an apostilled PoA (Power of Attorney) including bank account opening, property sale transfer as well as further Turkish Citizenship application procedures without your travel to Turkey required.

Do you offer Approved Properties for Turkish Citizenship?

Yes. To facilitate the property investment for our Clients, we have set a special real estate department working internally with our firm. Once we start working for your citizenship case; our real estate tam will present you several new, luxurious, and high end approved properties available to proceed and in line with the Turkish Citizenship by Investment program rules. We work with financially strong developers only to make sure our clients’ investments will be on the safer side. Our experienced real estate team and lawyers for Turkish citizenship program will make sure all points are duly checked prior making the investment.

For Turkish Citizenship application, should the investment of minimum $250K USD be in a single property? If the applicant invests into two or more separate properties, will he be eligible to apply for Citizenship?

Turkey Citizenship by Investment programme allows the investors/main applicants to invest into multiple properties/units, provided that the total amounts exceed $250k USD, you can proceed with the ownership of multiple properties.

For property option, is any property valued above $250K eligible to apply for Turkish citizenship? Or are there only specific real estate projects that are approved and eligible?

The property shall essentially meet certain criteria including having a verified expert valuation report in place as well as a building license, and the title deed shall also be ideally clear out of any restrictions on the Title Deed before finalising the sale transfer. Otherwise it will not be suitable to proceed for Turkish Citizenship.

In Bank Deposit Option, can I earn interest on the deposited amounts?

Yes, it is possible to earn regular interest on the deposited amounts. We can open a new bank account for you in Turkey in -1- Day only. As experienced immigration attorneys and Citizenship lawyers in Istanbul, Turkey, we can also advise you thoroughly on your Turkish citizenship applications through Bank Deposit Option. The monies could be deposited in any currency: USD, TRY (Turkish Lira), EURO, GBP or other major currencies depending on Investor’s own choice. It is also possible to earn a regular interest income either quarterly, or yearly basis on the total deposited amounts.

Is the Turkish citizenship acquired/valid for life?

Yes, once the Turkish citizenship acquired, it will be valid for life and it would be valid for the next generations, your decendants as well.

Can we change our names after obtaining citizenships?

If the applicants would prefer to change their names and surnames, they are allowed to do so and you can entirely have new Turkish names and surnames as well. However, this shall be done prior to submitting citizenship applications.

Do the applicants have to reside in Turkey for a certain period of time at any stage of the application?

No, there is no residency requirement in Turkey either during the application process or after obtaining Turkish citizenship. You can keep living abroad after obtaining Turkey citizenship.

How many times will the applicants need to travel to Turkey during the whole application process?

Ideally it is advisable to visit Turkey first for the initial procedures and then secondly once the citizenship is obtained for submission of fingerprints. However, if you are not able to travel to Turkey, we can then advise you on your Turkish Citizenship application without your visit required to Turkey, though certain conditions will apply.

How many family members can apply for citizenship along with the Main Applicant?

It is possible to obtain Turkish citizenship for the Investor (Main Applicant) as well as for all family members: spouse (wife) and children below 18 years old. There is actually no limitation on the total number of family members (applicants). However Children above 18 yeard old, and Parents cannot be included into the same application.

It would be necessary to make a separate investments for them to obtain the Turkish citizenship or alternatively, you can consider to apply for Turkish Residency Permit (Turkish PR) for the other family members that cannot be included into your application which is subject to different rules than citizenship program.

Turkish Citizenship for new children (those who are born after acquisition of TC) Does the child need to be born in Turkey or can the child be born anywhere?

Turkish citizenship can be acquired through birth from a Turkish citizen father or mother within the union of marriage, regardless of the birth place. Once you become a citizen of Turkey through the Turkish investment programme, your future children will automatically acquire Turkey citizenship by birth.

Is there any language requirement to apply for Turkish Citizenship?

There is no Turkish language knowledge requirement to apply for Turkey’s citizenship by investment programme.

Once the Turkish citizenship is acquired, in the case that the applicant will not stay in Turkey, what will be his tax liabilities in Turkey?

Turkey will not tax you for your income abroad. In principle, you would not be liable to pay taxes in Turkey if you would not reside inside Turkey for more than 6 months. Nonetheless, the exemption to this could be if/when you would earn a regular income inside Turkey; for example if you would rent out your investment property, and if/when you are earning rental gains, then you would be subject to pay taxes arising of such income. We can provide you further detailed Turkish tax advice, Turkish and international tax optimisation, wealth management services according to your specific case and requirements.

Once being granted for Turkish citizenship, is it compulsory to exercise military services in Turkey?

As a rule, Turkish Citizenship by Investment Investors (Main Applicants) who are aged over 22 years old are all exempted of military in Turkey. Therefore you will not be liable to exercise military service after you would obtain Turkish Citizenship if you are over 22..

However, male children would be later liable with Turkish military service once after they would be over 18 years old. But with the recent changes made in Turkish law, it is possible to be exempted of military service in Turkey by paying a fee of around $6000 USD to the relevant Turkish Authorities.

Is there an official legislation for the Turkish Citizenship by Investment Program?

Yes. The investment amount as well as the scope of the Turkish Citizenship by Investment Program was laid down in Turkish Official Gazette and introduced back on 18th September 2018. You can review the official website of the Investment Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey for further information.

After Acquisiton Of The Turkish Citizenship

Once after becoming a Turkish Citizen, we can also advise you on:

New Company Formations & Business Set Up In Turkey

As a full service leading Turkish law firm, we provide advice to our foreign clients with respect to operating in Turkey under the most suitable corporate structure and assist them on new company formations. Please review our Company Formation section for further detailed info.

US E2 Visa Application: Relocating To United States As A Turkish Citizen

Turkey is an E2 Treaty Country with the US. This means once after obtaining Turkish citizenship, you can apply for US E2 Visa thus you can relocate to the United States together with your family. We advise our clients on the preparation of the US E2 Visa Application, arrangement of franchise companies in the USA as well as submissin of the visas either through US Consulate in Turkey or inside USA.

You can review a Webinar in which our CEO, Güvenç Ketenci and Angie Rupert of California based Rupert law firm discussed the whole procedure of applying to US E2 Visa after obtaining Turkish Citizenship by investment in our youtube channel.

Uk Turkish Business Person Visa: Ankara Agreement Application/ Settlement In Uk And Eu Countries After Obtaining Turkish Citizenship

We can also extensively advise you on your Ankara Agreement (UK Turkish Business Person Visa) application should you consider relocating in the UK with your family. We prepare the business plans, and submit Ankara Agreement applications either directly to the UK Home Office through our office in London or via the British Embassy in Ankara or British Consul General in Istanbul, Turkey.

We can also advise you on your relocations as a Turkish Citizen to the Netherlands or Germany and other EU jurisdictions vis a vis Ankara Agreement.

Why You Should Work With Us?

As Ketenci&Ketenci, we can assist you thoroughly on Turkish Citizenship by investment scheme:

As a leading, immigration law firm in Turkey we have a long and successful track record of advising our clients globally.

We have been the pioneers in Turkey advising on citizenship and migration matters leading Turkish law firm, Since 2009, we have been successfully advising our clients on a variety of CIP (Citizenship by Investment) programs including Carebbean programs; Dominica, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts, Grenada Citizenships by Invesment, and Malta Citizenship by Invesment program as well as RBI (Residency by Investment) programs including Portugal and Greece Residency by Investments. Our Turkey immigration Attorneys are very experienced and able to advise in multiple languages.

We have also advised our Clients for them to obtain US Green Cards through EB-5 Program, and US E-2 Investor Visas therefore permanent USA Residency together with our partner firms and carefully selected US-based immigration lawyers. We also advise extensively on UK Turkish Business Person Visas; namely the Ankara Agreement related applications, as well as on UK Tier-1 Investor Visa applications, we advise our Clients through our own branch office in London.

This preeminent international migration, citizenship and residency experience as well as our traditional corporate working culture paved the way for us to become the leading law firm advising on Turkish citizenship by investment.

Over the years, our Clients included US, EU, MENA and China based Multinationals, Fortune 500 Corporations, SMEs Private Equity Funds, International banks as well as High Net Worth Individuals. Please visit our Clients section to see the list of some of our corporate clients that we work together.

You will therefore get the full benefit of working with one of the most reputable and corporate law firms in Turkey working internationally for many years, advising on global and Turkish migration and citizenship matters.

We always strive to provide the finest legal services and aim to provide crystal clear advice on the procedures and keep informed our clients regularly on all steps from Day1, up until the Turkish citizenship is officially obtained. We also provide further legal advice and services to all our clients once after the completion of the procedures, we advise in their new ventures in Turkey and Turkish law related legal requirements as new Turkish citizens.

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