Acquiring Turkish Citizenship – The legal regulations regarding the acquisition of citizenship of the State of the Republic of Turkey are included in the Turkish Citizenship Law No. 5901.
The acquisition of Turkish citizenship is divided into general and exceptional conditions. According to this distinction, the conditions for acquiring Turkish citizenship are as follows:
1. General Conditions for Acquiring Turkish Citizenship;
Turkish citizenship in general; birth, lineage, adoption, selection and the decision of the competent authority.
By birth, citizenship is automatically acquired on the basis of lineage or place of birth. A child born to a Turkish mother becomes a Turkish citizen.
A child born within or outside of Turkey from a Turkish citizen mother or father in a marriage union becomes a Turkish citizen by lineage. However, a child born out of wedlock to a Turkish citizen mother and a foreign father is also a Turkish citizen. However, a child born out of a marriage union from a Turkish citizen father and a foreign mother acquires Turkish citizenship only upon fulfillment of the conditions that ensure the establishment of lineage.
Unlike other countries, a child born in Turkey cannot directly qualify for Turkish citizenship. However, a child who was born in Turkey and did not acquire the citizenship of any country is deemed to have been born in Turkey.
Turkish citizenship can also be acquired through adoption or the exercise of the right to choose.
Foreigners who want to acquire Turkish Citizenship with the Decision of the Competent Authority;
a) – Must be mature and have the power to distinguish according to its own national law or, if stateless, according to Turkish laws,
b) Having resided in Turkey for five consecutive years, backwards from the date of application,
c) Confirming by his actions that he has decided to settle in Turkey,
d) Not having a disease that poses a danger to general health,
e) Having good morals,
d)- Being able to speak Turkish enough,
f) – Having an income or profession that will provide for himself and his dependents in Turkey,
g) Not to be in a situation that would constitute an obstacle in terms of national security and public order.
conditions must be met. Foreigners who meet these conditions can apply for Turkish citizenship.
2. Exceptional Conditions for Acquiring Turkish Citizenship;
Turkish citizenship can be acquired with the decision of the President, provided that there is no obstacle in terms of national security and public order, under the following conditions;
a) – Persons who bring industrial facilities to Turkey or who have passed or are expected to pass extraordinary services in scientific, technological, economic, social, sports, cultural and artistic fields and for whom a justified offer has been made by the relevant ministries.
b)- Acquiring Turkish Citizenship by Investment,
c) – Persons deemed necessary to be naturalized.
d) – Persons who are accepted as immigrants.
e)- Foreigners who have been married to a Turkish citizen for at least three years and whose marriage continues, persons who meet the conditions of living in family unity, not engaging in any activity incompatible with the marriage union, and not having a situation that would constitute an obstacle in terms of national security and public order.
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