This article aims to clarify the matters concerning Turkish
citizenship acquisition in relation with Turkish Citizenship Law.
The article touched on the questions and answers related to
Acquisition of Turkish Citizenship.
Who is an alien according to Turkish Citizenship Law?
According to Turkish Citizenship Law, the person who does not
hold Turkish citizenship must be considered as an alien.
Who are the Turkish Citizens?
A person who is from Turkish father or Turkish mother even they
born in Turkey or not are regarded as Turkish citizen since from
Can alien mother's illiterate child be regarded as Turkish
If illiterate child who is born from alien mother becomes
Turkish citizen if he/she can prove his/her link with a Turkish
citizen via explained above ways:
A ) Declaration of legitimation,
B) With decision of paternity
Can adoption grant Turkish citizenship?
Adoption does not grant Turkish citizenship to an adopted child.
On the other hand, in case that the child's mother and father
is not known or not found, the child can acquire Turkish
Childbirth in Turkey is sufficient to grant Turkish
The child who could not acquire any citizenship from the mother
and the father is considered as a Turkish citizen since from their
birth. The children who are found in Turkish territory are regarded
as a Turkish citizen.
Is it possible to acquire Turkish citizenship via marriage?
Marriage with Turkish citizen does not grant Turkish citizenship
by itself. On the other hand, if the alien shall loose his/her own
citizenship by marriage with a Turkish citizen, the alien can
acquire Turkish citizenship at the moment of the marriage.
But in ordinary conditions subsequent to marriage with a Turkish
citizen, marriage must be continued for 3 years with actual
together living. If these conditions are satisfied, alien spouse
must apply to interior ministry's relevant department or if
she/he lives outside of Turkey, they must apply to Turkish
consulate in country of residence. Subsequent to application,
component department interrogates the status of ongoing marriage in
order to detect authenticity of the marriage.
What are the conditions of acquisition of Turkish citizenship by
means of Council of Ministers decision?
The aliens who hold following criteria's can obtain Turkish
A) According to his/her national law if the alien is stateless,
he or she must be at least 18
B) 5 years residence is required prior to application
C) Intention to settle in Turkey must be understood from
D) Having good moral values ( no conviction)
E) Having no any serious disease which threats public of the
F) Ability to speak satisfactory Turkish
G) Having sufficient income or profession to maintain his/her
What are the criteria's of the aliens to become Turkish
citizen by means of Turkish Interior Ministry proposal?
Aliens can be granted to Turkish citizenship by means of Turkish
Interior Ministry proposal or decision of Turkish Council of
Children of the person who lost their Turkish citizenship. The
child must be in lawful age for citizenship.
Person who is married with Turkish citizen and his/her lawful
Person who decide to settle in Turkey with the decision of
marriage with a Turkish citizen
Person who brought industrial facilities to the country or a
person who is having ability to contribute significant values in
social, economic field or technical, science and art.
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We would like to take this opportunity to inform you of important amendments introduced to the Cypriot Citizenship by Investment program on 16 September 2016 (as published in the official Government Gazette).
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