Visas, residence permits and citizenship in Turkey
Turkey has a liberal visa regime for over a hundred nationalities who can obtain entry rights simply by paying a fee at the border or online. There are many types of residence permits for applicants and their dependents, which, in the case of property, do not depend on the value of the real estate purchase.
Citizens of 120 countries can stay in Turkey for
Required documents for
Property owners who want to extend their stay should apply for a
- passport and copy
- completed application
- proof of property ownership in Turkey: title deed (Tapu) or lease agreement
- private health insurance issued in Turkey
- bank statement from a Turkish bank confirming sufficient funds to live in the country (at least $1,000 per month)
- state fee payment receipt
Turkish authorities have issued a comprehensive document on migration laws available online. Property owners, owners of businesses incorporated in Turkey, spouses of Turkish citizens, foreign citizens with work permits are eligible for residence permits among others. There are six types of residence permit in Turkey:
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- Family Residence Permit
- Student Residence Permit
- Humanitarian Residence Permit
- Victim of Human Trafficking Residence Permit
Residence permits for property owners
Residence permits for owners do not depend on the property value. Dependents including spouses, children under 18 and parents can also apply. Since April 2013 residence permits have been extended to up to one year for property owners upon application with title deed (Tapu).
How to apply
The initial application must be made to the Turkish consulate in the applicant’s country of residence. The permit is issued by the Directorate General of Migration Management. Once the permit has been granted, individuals must register at their address of residence within 20 days of their entry to Turkey.
After eight years on
Starting 2017, Turkey grants citizenship to the buyers of the property of at least $1M in value owning it for three years.
The investors who have put at least $2M into capital stock in the Republic or at least $3M into public bonds, created at least 100 jobs or have been holding at least $3M in a current account with a Turkish bank for 3 years can also apply for citizenship.