When clients purchase a home they frequently inquire how long their property ownership permits them to remain in Turkey. Homeownership and residence laws, on the other hand, are two separate things. To be a resident, you do not need to own a home. You can currently stay in Turkey on a tourist visa for 90 days out of 180 days, regardless of whether you own property. If you wish to stay for a more extended period, you’ll need a residency visa, which permits you to wait for the entire year. Some of the foreigners who live here have also obtained Turkish citizenship. Let’s have a look at both possibilities.
Regarding a stay in Turkey
Permit to reside
Proof of address
Visit the NUFUS office in the district where you own or rent a property for proof of address. They provide you with a supporting document to establish your registration at that address when you show them the Tapu or rental agreement.
This is a straightforward bank statement. Show a bank statement to demonstrate that you are financially self-sufficient. If you don’t have any savings but do have a source of income, such as a pension, show confirmation of that.
Your passport must have a validity date of at least six months. If it does not, your application will be rejected by Turkish officials.
4 x Biometric images: Obtaining biometric passport photos is required; else, your application will be denied.
This is only a copy of your health insurance policy. It must provide coverage for at least a year.
Tapu or rental contract duplicates
While some provinces like to view the original, it is worthwhile to make copies. Rent contracts must be notarised.
You can apply at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/ once you’ve gathered all of the required documentation. They then tell you how much tax you need to pay and set up an appointment for you to pay it. The residency permit will arrive in 3 to 6 weeks via the post office once this has occurred. The initial permission is for a year, followed by two-year visas. Long-term residency is also available to people who have resided in Turkey for eight years.
Becoming a Turkish citizen
You can apply for Turkish citizenship to live in Turkey for the rest of your life, eliminating the need to continuously reapplying for residency. This could be handy if you have children in school or wish to work, study, or own a business. Several options include three years of marriage to a Turkish citizen, five years of residency, and an expedited citizenship plan based on real estate investment. Purchase property worth at least $250,000 and commit to keeping it for at least three years to be eligible.
You must first obtain a residency permit
Nevertheless, citizenship is usually granted in six to nine months, so you only need it once. You must also be over the age of 18 and have a clean criminal record to qualify. The most pleasing aspect about the citizenship by property investment programme is that your application extends to your spouse and dependents, making your entire family Turkish citizens.