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Turkish Nationality

We thank Poroy & ÖzülküLaw firm for kindly providing information for this section.

The procedure for gaining Turkish citizenship is given below.
The applicant should be of full age according to his own national legal system.
The applicant must have resided in Turkey for 5 years, without any interruptions.
The applicant must have the intention of settling in Turkey. The foreigner should confirm his intention of settling in Turkey with behaviors such as acquiring immovable property, marrying and so on.
The applicant must have good moral standing, and having no relation to theft, smuggling, swindling etc...
The applicant should have no sickness or disease that threats the public.
The applicant must have the means to provide financially for himself/herself and his/her dependents.

There is an exceptional way of obtaining Turkish Citizenship in which all conditions of acceptance to citizenship are essential except the 5-years-residence period and the confirmation of will by behavior. In this kind of acceptance, the conditions of residence in Turkey for five years and the intention of settlement in Turkey shall not be necessary. This right has been given to:

The children of full age of those who have lost Turkish Citizenship.
Those who have married Turkish citizens and have children who have reached two years of age.
Those that are of Turkish origin and their wives/husbands and children of full age.
Those who have settled in Turkey with the intention of living in Turkey.
Those that are thought to import into Turkey new developments in social, economics, science, technology and art matters.
Those whose acceptances are deemed essential by “The Cabinet”.

According to Turkish Citizenship Law, marrying a foreigner does not influence the citizenship of the husband. Foreigner wife marrying a Turkish husband has the right to choose her own citizenship. But in some exceptions such as “having no citizenship”, the foreigner automatically shall gain the Turkish citizenship due to the principle of “having at least one citizenship”.There is no condition as resigning from the other citizenship for the wife who has married a Turkish citizen. Therefore, the Turkish Laws allow the wife to hold both of the citizenships implicitly.

Eligibility for citizenship is conditional upon the validity of the marriage. If one of the couple is already married at the time of the new marriage contract or is not mentally healthy or capable of understanding, the marriage is deemed null and void. Null and void marriages can be cancelled by a court decree. At the end of such a case, the wife may either lose or keep her citizenship, depending on her "good will" which means whether or not she was aware of the "cause" that would prevent the validity of the marriage with the husband.

The Fictitious Marriage
There is no provision in Turkish Laws that enables fictitious marriages to be readily cancelled. So, marriages built upon the aim of gaining Turkish citizenship are no subject to cancellation. If the marriage occurs before Turkish Authorities (which are consulates in foreign countries or the Turkish Marrying officers in Turkey), the notification should be done to the authorities married before.

If the marriage occurs before foreign authorities, which have the authority for marrying, the notice should be done to the Turkish registration authorities and The Ministry of Interior Affairs shall also be informed.The wife should make the citizenship claim, herself. The authority, which has received the claim that is made in accordance with the procedure, shall forward this claim to the security authorities and Census Directorate (Nüfus Müdürlüğü).

Please note that in June 2003, the Law on Turkish Nationality was amended to prevent marriages of convenience and introduces a waiting period of three years for foreigners to claim Turkish nationality after having married a Turkish national. It would be wise to consult a lawyer or authorized officials before taking any further action.

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Latest comments about this article

 By biltu  30.12.2006

I´m married to a turkish man in 2003.now he wants me to settle down in Istanbul.but he does not know how i can stay in Istanbul without residence permit & where to apply?pls help me.I want settle down in Istanbul legally.How my husband can help me regarding work permit & residence permit?Thank you & looking forward a reply from you.

 By bebekmutlu  11.11.2006

Sorry my earlier post did not mention an email address: dajino@ca.inter.net Thank you for any reply.

 By bebekmutlu  11.11.2006

I have married a Turkish citizen in 2003 in Canada and we both live in Canada since. He has legally immigrated to Canada and is waiting for his Canadian citizenship papers. I now would like the Turkish citizenship. We don´t have children together yet. Our marriage was never registered in Turkey. I don´t speak enough Turkish to have an interview in Turkish (I was told I need to speak Turkish to get the citizenship?). How should I proceed to get the citizenship? Thank you

 By airus1  9.10.2003

Is there any way if the forigner women wnat to married with a turkish who work as a policeman? pla replay me to this email address airus1@yahoo.com I really need to know the answer as soon as possible. Thanks

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