Turkish Citizenship Through Investment

As it is known, with the new amendments in the regulations enacted on September 19, the Turkish government had reduced the minimum limit of required investments for foreigners to acquire Turkish citizenship. With these amendments, the thresholds of the different investment types to acquire citizenship dropped to one fourth or one-sixth of the previous minimum limits. It is important to note that whoever wants to benefit from the opportunities of the recent amendments have to do new investments.

Accordingly;

  • The threshold for acquiring citizenship by investing in real estate has been lowered from USD 1,000,000 to USD 250,000. The investment may not be transferred or withdrawn for a period of 3 years.
  • The threshold for acquiring citizenship by depositing money into a Turkish bank account on condition that, the given amount shall not be withdrawn for at least 3 years, has been lowered from USD  3,000,000  to  USD 500,000.
  • The threshold for acquiring citizenship by virtue of employing Turkish citizens has been reduced from a minimum of 100 employees to a minimum of 50 employees.
  • The threshold for acquiring citizenship by purchasing government bonds has been lowered from USD 3,000,000 to USD 500,000.
  • The threshold for acquiring citizenship by investing in fixed capital assets has been lowered from USD 2,000,000 to USD 500,000. The investment may not be transferred or withdrawn for a period of 3 years.

Previous And Current Investment Limits For Turkish Citizenship

Depositing Money Into A Turkish Bank

Previous Lower Limit

USD 3.000.000 or equivalent other currency

Current Lower Limit

USD 500.000 or equivalent other currency

Fixed Capital Investment

Fixed Capital Investment means investing in assets that long-term usable construction, restoration or new, non-current assets that can able to produce for long-term.

Previous Lower Limit

USD 2.000.000 or equivalent other currency

Current Lower Limit

USD 500.000 or equivalent other currency

Real Estate Investment

Previous Lower Limit

USD 1.000.000 or equivalent other currency

Current Lower Limit

USD 250.000 or equivalent other currency

Debt Instrument Investment

A debt instrument is a paper or electronic obligation that enables the issuing party to raise funds by promising to repay a lender in accordance with terms of a contract.

Previous Lower Limit

USD 3.000.000 or equivalent other currency

Current Lower Limit

USD 500.000 or equivalent other currency

Providing Employment

Previous Lower Limit

100 Turkish Citizen employees

Current Lower Limit

50 Turkish Citizen employees

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