The Interview is probably the hardest part of the Turkish Citizenship Process. Not for what happens during the interview or that it is even hard. But more due to the worry and stress of what it will be like and what will happen, will you be able to answer the questions and is your Turkish good enough.
Not until it was all over did I realise the pressure I was placing on myself for this interview which lasted 10 minutes tops.
In Adapazari where I live the interview and all the paperwork for the Turkish Citizenship is done at the Adalet Sarayi, which is the main court here. The build is a bit intimidating with its concrete Soviet Union look. My husband compares it to the Pentagon.
So What Happens During the Interview?
We arrived and checked through some paperwork and signed some forms. We were then showed to a seating area where 8 or 10 other people were waiting. We were told the interview would be at 2pm but actually they meant they would begin then and you wait to be called.
Everyone was clearly nervous and it reminded me more of a dental surgery. Once all the officials were ready they began the interviews.
You will be interviewed by a Panel of people made up of Officials of the area. I had 5 people but you can have up to 8 people on the Panel. For me the Panel was made up of the Mayor, Chief of Police, Education Head, for the Area, Family Liaison Office and one other I am not sure of his position.
They then proceeded to ask me a series of questions in Turkish. I had asked previously to friends what to expect and had prepared a list of possible questions and practised these beforehand. Which is a good thing to do to help relax you. (I will list these questions at the end of the article.)
When I was called my husband and child were asked to wait outside for the first part of my Interview.
The main worry for everyone is speaking Turkish especially for those like me who are not fluent yet. I have a good knowledge of basic Turkish which gets me by but in a situation like this I would say my Turkish is not good enough yet.
But don’t worry about this, they just want to make sure your answers match the paper work they have and that you are a real person.
For me unfortunately they didn’t ask me many of my prepared questions. They asked me things like what do I think of the Turkish Culture and about my husbands family. The Mayor wanted to practise his English which was a little helpful and confusing. Luckily the Chief of Police helped me out when I didn’t understand a question or was struggling with a word to answer with.
I have also been told that if you are struggling they will ask your husband to come in and he can help with translation. The main thing is to try, use as much of the Turkish you have and show you are willing to learn and speak.
After a couple of nerve wracking minutes my husband was then allowed into the interview and they proceeded to speak with him and ignored me for the rest of the time. They asked a little about my son who was happily sitting on an official’s knee.
Once we were done the Mayor offered his congratulations to me saying I will be granted my Turkish Citizen once my paper work is cleared. So now I await the arrival of my Turkish Citizenship Card (Kimlik).
I am relieved to get the process done and the interview out of the way. It was something I was really dreading but also something I am glad I have done and another experience to notch on my belt.
If you are married especially as a women it is almost guaranteed that you will be given Citizenship and therefore they are easier on you at the interview. If you are a Man or unmarried the interview can be harder and especially if you are unmarried you will be expected to speak Turkish and prove you can support yourself here in Turkey. The paper work for an unmarried person is also different.
If you are in the process or starting the process for your Turkish Citizenship I wish you all the very best of luck.
If you have been through the process I would love to hear your experiences or any questions you have.
Here are the Standard Questions you may be asked at Interview:
Where are you from?
Where and when did you meet your Partner?
When did you get Married?
Do you have children?
How old is your child(children)?
What is your religion?
How long have you been in Turkey?
What is your partners job?
Are you working in Turkey?
What job did you used to do?
Other unusual Questions?
You may be asked if you know who Ataturk is.
You may be asked if you know the national anthem.
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