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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 been married to a Turkish citizen for at least three years and should have been actually living together.
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 poublic.
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”.

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).

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Latest comments about this article

 By themadcow  26.3.2012

My daughter (who is English) wants to give up her Turkish Nationality when her divorce from her Turkish husband is through but she cannot find out how to do that. There is lots of information about how to acquire it.

 By rio  7.4.2011

hello people in here...im looking for a site here in the internet that could help my present situation regarding my visa here in Turkey.I am a Filipina,I arrived here in turkey 4 years ago without proper visa,until now.I wanted to know,what are the ways to obtain a proper visa?Thank you...I hope you guys could help me regarding this matter...

 By Tahani Khajil  19.7.2010

Hello Everyone, I wanted to ask you something. i was born in turkey and my family stayed in turkey about 5 years, 3 years before i was born. anyway my father studied his Masters and Phd in ankara. now i am an engineer and i am planing to have my masters and Phd in Turkey. my mother is not turkish too. do i have a chance to apply to turkish citizenship and get it?? please anyone who have knowledge in turkish law please tell me .

 By starry  30.1.2006

i am currently applying for Turkish citizenship. Below is a list of things that they asked me for. Please be aware that this list is for those applying independently ie.those not applying through marriage. In addition at my initial interview I was told that it is very difficult to obtain Turkish citizenship independently and that i should add any other documents which are relevant (university degree etc.)and would sell me as a worthy candidate. After they have recieved the below they then send the police to see you at your home and they do a small interview with you, you then have to go to the police station to give fingerprints. That is the stage i am at now next i have to go to the passport office for an interview and to give them additional copies of my passport and residents/work permit. From there everything goes back to the point where i applied and if all is ok I go before a panel in March. if again all is okay everything will go to Ankara. 403 SAYILI KANUNUN 6 VE 7NCI MADDELERINE GORE TURK VATANDASLIGINA ALINMAK UZERE MURACAAT EDENLERDEN ISTENEN BELGELER. 1. form dilekce 2.hangi devlet vatandasi oldugunu gosterin bir belgenin Turkce´ye cevrilmis onayli ornegi (pasaporttun turkce tercumeli noter tasdikli ornegi) 3. ikamet tezkeresinin onayli ornegi (ileriye dogru en az 6 aylik suresi bulunmasi ve noter tasdikli olmasi 4. evli ise esinin ve varsa resit olmayan cocuklarinin kimliklerini ve aile baglarini kanitlayan resmi belgelerin turkce´ye cevrilmis noter tasdikli onayli ornegi 5. milli egitim kurumlarinca veya konsolosluklarca duzenlenen turkce konusma belgesi 6. genel saglik bakimindan tehlike teskil edecek bir hastaligi bulunmadigina dair yurt icinde saglik kurulu raporu (heyet raporu), yurt disinda Turk konsolosluklarinca onaylanmis doktor raporu 7. gecimini ne ile temin ettigini gosterir noter tasdikli belge.(basvuru tarihinden itibaren geriye dogru en az 6 aylik prim odeme belgeleri eklenecek) 8. ulkesi yetkili Makamlarindan alinmis kimlik bilgilerini gosterir resmi belge(Turkce tercumeli noter tasdikli 9. 2 adet fotograf NOT: butun belgeler 1 Asil, 2´er adet fotokopi cekilecek ve toplam 3 suret olarak ayri ayri dosyalara konulacak

 By kockoz  6.6.2005

Can anyone advise me PLEASE im married to a turk and i have turkish citizenship already. I am expecting a baby in 3 weeks time and want to register it english with turkish citizenship the same as me can anyone advise me how i do this and is it easy

 By stevelt  3.4.2005

I too would like to know what steps to take to gain Turkish Nationality. Perhaps someone official can provide the information required? Where to go? What papers are needed? Who to see? How long it takes?

 By deanne  23.11.2004

what is the next step? I have been on the nufus mudur web page...it is all in Turkish and it is not clear what documents are required or where to actually start applying for citizenship...but maybe it is just me...help?

 By Phyllis Erdogan  24.10.2003

I understand that to gain Turkish citizenship the person must choose a name and surname that fit Turkish spelling rules. Can anyone tell me where that rule is to be found in the Turkish legal documents?

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