Turkish Citizenship Paperwork and Process

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If you are considering taking Turkish Citizenship you will need to file various paperwork and meet certain criteria.  This is a rough guide to what you need to do and how the process works.

The process is fairly simple now, the cost at the moment is 100 Lira but always subject to change.

The main cost comes in when you have to get various parts of the paperwork notarized and translated which is never cheap and costs normal start around 50 to 80 lira upwards.

If you have Turkish Citizenship please be aware that the British Consulate will no longer help you in matters in Turkey as you are now a Turkish Citizen and the responsibility of the Turkish State.

Some of the benefits of Turkish Citizenship are:

  • Work, without a work permit (but be aware you will get paid Turkish wages and not those of a foreign worker!)
  • Vote in both national and local elections
  • Purchase a car as a Turkish Citizen and no longer require plates for foreign residents.
  • Pay towards a state pension
  • Access to cheaper Health Insurance and other Insurance policies
  • You also no longer require residency permit

If you are not married to a Turkish Citizen:

  • You must be at the age of consent of your country. For the UK you must be 18 years old or over.
  • If you are not married to a Turkish Citizen you must have lived in Turkey for 5 years and only have spent 180  days or less outside of the country in that 5 year period.
  • If you are apply for Citizenship and are not married to a Turkish Citizenship you must have proof of income to support yourself and any dependants.
  • You must have proof of your intent to settle in Turkey, i.e property
  • You must have a good understanding of Turkish
  • Be of good health

Married to a Turkish Citizen:

  • You must be at the age of consent of your country.  For the UK you must be 18 years old or over.
  • You must have been married to a Turkish Citizen for 3 years, but you do not have to have resided in Turkey during this period.
  • If you are a women married to a Turkish man you are still required to go through the same process though you should be granted Turkish Citizenship easily.
  • Have a good understanding of Turkish
  • Be of good health

What Paperwork is needed:

Before you start out please be aware that every office in each area can ask for different paperwork so you are better to go to your local Vatandaşlık and ask what paperwork and costs are involved.

  • Passport (translated and notarized)
  • Birth certificate (translated and notarized)
  • If married to a Turkish national, the official documents confirming the identities and family ties of the spouse and all underage children.
  • Certification of applicant’s ability to speak Turkish (a certificate will be issued by Turkish consular section upon a successful interview of the applicant).
  • A medical certificate confirming the applicant’s good health (can be obtained at any hospital).
  • 4 to 6 photographs
  • Completed application forms (can be obtained from the Turkish consular section or at the NVİ).

What is the Process

After completing all required paperwork and paying your fees you will then be required to go to the local police station.

Here you will get your fingerprints taken and mug shot and some paperwork to sign.

You will be required to go through a medical examination to prove you are of good health and certificate issued.

You will be subject to a police check at your home, I’ve had various reports of this from just a chat at the door to inspecting your home.  (all depends on your area)

You will then need to go for an interview.  This is normally done in front of a panel of interviews between 3 and 5 people.  You will be expected to converse in Turkish, if you are not married to a Turkish Citizen you will require to have a high level of Turkish.

There are various reports of what you need to know, they will basicly ask you some questions and chat with you to see what your intentions are, how good your knowledge of Turkish is and your knowledge of the country.

After your interview and all paperwork is completed your file will be sent to Ankara to be placed before a court for a decision to be made if you should be granted Turkish Citizenship or not.

The whole process varies in time but expect for it to take from 6 months to a year.  You should make sure if you are living in Turkey that your residents permit covers this duration its best to have at least a year on your permit.

It is said as a Women married to a Turkish man that the process is a mere formality and that if you are not Married to a Turkish Citizen or a Man married to a Turkish Women the process is much stricter.  Though everyone is still required to go through the same process and paper work no one is exempt.

I hope this guide has helped, if there is anything you would like to add or I have missed out something please comment below.

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12 Responses to “Turkish Citizenship Paperwork and Process”

  1. 7th July 2013

    Laura Rodriguez Reply

    Kerry… Did you have to add a Turkish name when you got your citizenship?
    I just learnt that I must add a Turkish name and my husband’s last name for getting my citizenship…. Is that true?

    • 7th July 2013

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      Hi No you can use your own name, its just an old myth that goes about. I did change mine because, my full name is so long and impossible. But don’t change if you don’t want to, you can also leave the religion blank or fill it in as you wish.

      Good Luck with the citizenship x

      • 8th July 2013

        Laura Rodriguez Reply

        Ok, Kerry. Thank you! 🙂

      • 14th September 2013

        Stacy Yılmaz Reply

        Hi, Im living in the Çorum region for 3 and a half years now. Can you tell me how much your citizenship cost and how long it took, to give me a better idea

        • 1st October 2013

          Kerry Arslan Reply

          Hi Stacy

          It was 100 lira last year and I don’t think it has changed, I am still waiting on getting my card, it can take up to 6 months to a year and some have waited longer. It all depends on your area and how quick they are with the process. The paper work was the easy bit, then I had nearly 4 months wait for my interview after that I had to wait for some other papers to be completed and now I believe its at Ankara awaiting for final approval.

          Good luck any questions do please ask.

  2. 4th April 2014

    Stacy Taylor-Yılmaz Reply

    Hi again Kerry
    After the finger printing which took 3 week to come to that point. After I will need a health exam, did they send you to a specific Dr? Can I go ahead and get that physical and save time? and how long after that was your interview and then finishing time from that(yes Im impatient, paperwork here takes so long, and didnt expect the finger printing so soon, I expected it to take at least 2 mths to that point).

    • 4th April 2014

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      Stacy, they didn’t send me for a medical but you can go to any hospital. But better to save yourself some cash and wait to see if they request it. You will also get a home police check, though they don’t always do that either. The process will take 6 monts to a year and you will be on a waiting list for your interview. I also believe there is a backlog due to the elections so depending on where you are you will most likely find yourself waiting. Your interview may take up to 2 months to come through or it might be next week. I applied in the October, my paper work completed in a month, it wasn’t until the February I got my interview, then the following September my kimlik came through.

      • 4th April 2014

        Stacy Taylor-Yılmaz Reply

        Just curious, what region are you in (just hopin your in heavy populated area)?

        • 5th April 2014

          Kerry Arslan Reply

          I would love to tell you I am, but I am not, I live in the Sakarya region and there are very few expats here! But some of the more populated expat areas do seem to move quicker. Keep my fingers crossed it all moves quickly for you.

  3. 17th April 2014

    Anna Bondaruk Reply

    Hi Kerry, Me and my husband (both foreigners) are living in Turkey for about 4 years now(me 3), and started to think about getting Turkish citizenship… On Russian speaking forums I read that you have to give up your own citizenship (but this is not the case if you are married to a Turkish citizenship holder)… I’m trying to find any information to verify that, but till now unsuccessfully. Do you know anything about that? My husband is a British cit.

    • 22nd April 2014

      Kerry Arslan Reply

      I know for British Citizens that is not the case, you can hold dual nationality no matter if you are married to a Turkish Citizen or not. As for Russian I am unsure of this but there will be something on Turkish Embassy or Russian Embassay in Turkey website regards this and the procedure for you. I know that Turkey allows Dual Citizenship but I am not clear on Russian laws. Sorry I can’t be more help.

  4. 16th June 2014

    victoria oskar Reply

    Hİ Kerry thanks for all your great information, i have lived in turkey now for 4 yrs and wont be married for 3 yrs until nxt march, do you know how soon i can begin the process for citizenship, or do you have to wait until a ful 3 yrs have passed. thanks kerry.

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