Given its position as a major international transport hub at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, it comes as little surprise that Turkey’s citizenship by investment program is fast becoming one of the most popular in the world. Turkey’s cost-effective program offers fast processing times and access to a strong passport and diverse economy. In addition, Turkish passport holders are eligible for the United States E-2 Visa, which allows a person to relocate to the United States for the purpose of owning and operating a business.
Turkey offers two quick and cost-effective pathways to citizenship. Applicants can choose whether to make a $250,000 USD investment in real estate or maintain a balance of at least $500,000 USD with a Turkish bank. Both the real estate investment and the bank deposit must be maintained for at least three years. Applicants are able to earn rental income or interest on their investment over this period. A Turkish passport offers visa free access to more than 150 countries around the world, as well as the opportunity to engage in Turkey’s diverse economy.
STRONG PASSPORT Visa Free Access to up to 115 Countries.
FAST PROCESSING TIMES Passport and citizenship can typically be obtained within 4 - 6 months.
NO RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT No requirement to spend time in Turkey.
ACCESS TO E2 VISA Turkey is an E-2 Treaty Country with the United States and obtaining Turkish citizenship makes a person eligible for this visa category.
DUAL CITIZENSHIP No requirement to give up existing citizenship.
LOCATION Turkey sits at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Its national airline flies to more than 300 destinations worldwide.
MEDICAL CARE Access to free medical care for life for all included family members.
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An additional benefit of obtaining Turkish citizenship is that it offers access to the coveted E-2 Visa to the United States. The E-2 Visa allows a family to live and work in the United States for the purposes of owning and operating a business or franchise. The visa is often described as “the next best thing to a Green Card” because of the range of benefits it offers, including travel flexibility and the ability for a spouse to apply for work authorization in the United States. The key to an application is to present a credible business case to the US consulate in Istanbul. D&A is strongly positioned to help our clients build a strong business plan or alternatively find a franchise business which meets with the E-2 program requirements.
More than half of the world’s population are ineligible for the E-2 Visa, which requires your nation to have a relevant treaty with the United States. Citizens of China, Vietnam, Nigeria, South Africa, India, and many other countries are all ineligible. Yet by taking Turkish citizenship, a person or family could become eligible. D&A is one of very few law firms in the world with successful experience of helping clients from ineligible countries obtain an E-2 Visa through such a two-step process.
Whether it is in Turkey or the United States, D&A and our partners are able to help you and your family thrive in your new location. From setting up a business and finding a property to advising on tax, we stay by your side long after your visas has been issued. Our Turkish partners are specialized in matters related to residencies, citizenship, setting up businesses, property investment and asset management. Our US-based team is drawn from the very top law schools and accountancy firms and they are able to help navigated the complex world of setting up a business and paying US taxes. Our team is spread across the world, we speak your language and we deliver a local service to our clients wherever they live.