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Citizenship by investment

On January 2017, the Government of Turkey published in the TC Resmi Gazzete (Official Gazzete of Turkey) an amendment of the Regulation on the Implementation of Turkish Citizenship Law. The amendment established a citizenship scheme, under which, foreign-nationals, and their dependents, who contribute economically to the country, may become Turkish citizens. Economic contributions must be oriented to stimulate the real estate market, bring foreign currencies and create jobs.


Investment creating jobs

You may become a Turkish citizen if you have a business in Turkey and you have created at least 50 full-time jobs for Turkish citizens. There is no minimum investment amount required.


- Confirmation by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security that you are employing at least 50 Turkish citizens.

Restricted Nationalities

No nationality is officially restricted

dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is recognized in Turkey. You are not required to renounce your previous nationality to become a citizen of Turkey.

Documents Required

  • Original and photocopy of passport
  • Four passport-size photos
  • Medical Certificate
  • Original Police Clearance Certificate
  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)
  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Social security certificate regarding employees
  • Statement of Source of Funds
  • Certified copy of Business License or Incorporation documents
  • dual citizenship Yes
  • Family members included Yes
  • land ownership Yes
  • Physical residence required No
  • Personal visit required No
  • Language skills required No
  • Interview required No
  • Investment Single -
  • Investment Family 4 -
  • Minimum annual income -
  • Time to citizenship
  • Time to permanent residency
  • Visa-free countries 105
  • Financing available No

Country details

The Republic of Turkey is a transcontinental country located in the crossroads between Europe and Asia, that extends across the Anatolian and Thracian peninsula in the Balkans area. It borders to the northeast with Georgia, to the east with Armenia, Iran and Azerbaijan, to the north with the Russian territorial waters in the Black Sea, to the northwest with Bulgaria and Greece, to the west with the Greek islands of the Aegean sea, to the south with the Cypriot waters, the Mediterranean Sea and Syria, and to the southeast with Iraq.

Due to its strategic position, located between Europe and Asia as well as between three seas, Turkey has been a historical crossroads between Eastern and Western cultures and civilizations. Its territory has been home to several great civilizations such as the Persian Empire, Ancient Greece, Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire, among others.

The country is inhabited by 80 million people. Its capital is Ankara, although its most populated city, as well as financial, cultural and commercial center, is Istanbul. Its official language is Turkish and its official currency is the Turkish Lira (TRY).

Visa Free Travel

With your new passport from Turkey you'll be able to access 105 countries visa free


To be a tax resident in Turkey, an individual must have its legal residency in Turkey or stay at least 6 months per year in the country. Persons who stay more than 6 months due to a temporary assignment, may be considered as non-residents.

Residents are subject to tax on their worldwide income, while non-residents pay taxes on their Turkish-source income.
Personal income is taxed at progressive rates up to 35% on income exceeding TRY 110,000.

Capital gains are subject to personal income tax, except gains from the sale of real property held for more than 5 years. Certain gains derived from the sale of shares and capital market instruments may be tax exempt.

Dividends received from local entities is usually 50% tax-exempt, those from non-resident entities are fully taxable. A minimum tax-exempt threshold may apply.

Interest income is taxed between 0% and 18% depending on its nature. Rental income is considered taxable income, but an exemption may apply subject to certain conditions.
Turkey has enacted controlled foreign companies rules. This means that profits retained in foreign entities owned deemed to be controlled by tax residents, may be attributable if certain conditions are met.

Real property tax is levied at rates that ranges from 0.1% to 0.3%, depending on the type of property. Both buyer and seller of real property are subject to a transfer tax at 4% (2% for each party).
Gifts are taxed at progressive rates from 10% to 30% and inheritances between 1% and 10%.

There is no wealth tax in Turkey.

V.A.T. is levied at a 18% rate. Reduced rates of 8% and 1% may apply to certain goods and services.

With regard to corporate taxation, resident entities are subject to a 20% income tax on their worldwide income. To learn more about Turkish corporate legal framework, taxes and tax treaties, check out

This should not be construed as tax advice. Flag Theory | Passports.IO has access to a global network of qualified attorneys and accountants who can give you the proper advice for your particular circumstances. Contact us for further information.

  • Property tax Yes
  • Transfer tax Yes
  • Inheritance tax Yes
  • Net worth tax No
  • CFC law Yes
  • Tax residency days 183
  • Personal income tax rate 35%
  • Capital Gains tax rate 35%
  • Investment income tax rate 17.5%
  • Territorial taxation No


Flag Theory | Passports.IO and our attorneys in Turkey, will guide you through each step of the process to ensure that it is as fast, efficient, pain free as possible.

First, we will do a due diligence check on you to ensure that you are eligible.

Before applying for citizenship, you will also need to obtain short term residence permit as per to Article 31/1(j) of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection.

Generally in order to make a short-term residence permit application, at first a foreigner should enter into Turkey with a valid visa or a foreigner may enter into Turkey by using visa exemptions.

Following valid entry into Turkey, foreigners who wish to extend their stay in Turkey, may apply for a "short-term residence permit”. Having noted with the foregoing, in order to apply for a short term residency permit; first foreigner should ender into Turkey validly and then an online application shall be made and an appointment date for the application shall be reserved from the Directorate of Immigration and foreigner should be present in Turkey at such reserved application date.

For regular short-term residence permit application process, the waiting period for an appointment/interview date at many popular districts (such as Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara) is quite long (8 to 24 weeks). However, in such special short-term applications (by the way of investment), the waiting period for an appointment date can be shorter (within one or two weeks after making online application) and such appointment date could be arranged for the applicants availability. The residence permits granted within the scope of subparagraph (j) the Article 31, residence permit shall be issued up to five (5) years (but generally applied for one year).

If required, we may incorporate your company, and introduce you to banks in order to open bank accounts and start to do business.

Once you have 50 employees, we will prepare all the documentation required to apply for the citizenship and handle all paperwork with the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. We will send you the application forms, and provide assistance to complete the questionnaires.

Once we have the confirmation from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, we will submit your citizenship application to the Ministry of Interior.

The application should be processed in a maximum period of 3 month. After your application is approved, you will receive your certificate of naturalization. Then, you may apply for the Turkish passport.

For further information on Turkish Citizenship by investment, contact us for a free private consultation.


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