Turkey Citizenship

Revised Aug 2017 – Resource, Ministry Of Interior. Migration Management Ankara Office Turkey


Application Authority: Application authorities concerning citizenship applications are Turkish consulates at overseas and highest civilian authority (governorship of the city residing) within the country in accordance with 11th article of 403 Numbered Turkish Citizenship Law and 15th Article of Regulation concerning the application of this law.
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Concerning citizenship applications of foreign nationals residing in Turkey and submitting their application within the country will be governed as the following;

Application files prepared by City Directorate of Population Registry and Citizenship where the application is submitted with regard to citizenship granting process will be sent to City Security Directorates to be investigated.

Final decision is taken by General Directorate of Population Registry and Citizenship for the foreign nationals investigation processes of which have been completed concerning whether they will be granted Turkish citizenship or not.

Investigations concerning Turkish Citizenship Applications submitted within the country due to Marriage with Turkish Citizen:

Security directorate of residence should perform the below mentioned investigations for applicants.

Accordingly whether the applicant is;

a) Married to a Turkish Citizen at least for three years and whether the marriage is continuing or not,

b) Whether they are actually living together except for force majeure,

c) Whether they are involved in activities such as prostitution, intervened in these activities, slave trafficking etc.,

d) Whether they are suspicious in terms of public order, national security and general ethics,

e) Whether the marriage is serious complying with the issues given above, not for benefits should be investigated.

Furthermore foreigners living in our country have to carry and submit their passport with valid visa or residence permit when asked in accordance with 5682 numbered Passport law.

Foreigners have to comply with Turkish rules during their stay in Turkey. Foreigners involved in illegal activities and those who do not comply with the rules will be handled in accordance with 5682-5683 numbered Passport and Residence Law and Foreigners Residence and Travels in Turkey, upon completion of legal/administrative procedures they will be deported and their entrance to our country will be restricted.