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Turkish Citizenship for Children Born in Turkey

Ken Grubb

If you and your spouse or partner have a child who was born in Turkey, they aren't automatically a Turkish citizen. Turkish citizenship for a child is based on the citizenship of the parents.

If Neither Parent is a Turkish Citizen

If neither you nor your spouse or partner is a Turkish citizen, you must apply for a residence permit for the child. When the child is 18 or more years of age, they may apply to become a Turkish citizen by choice.

If you or your spouse or partner becomes a Turkish citizen through the Citizenship by Investment Program, your children may also become Turkish citizens.

If One or Both Parents is a Turkish Citizen

If you or your spouse or partner is a Turkish citizen, the child is legally considered to be a Turkish citizen from the day of their birth, whether they're born in Turkey or not, and whether you or your spouse or partner are married or not. In this case, the citizenship procedure is merely a formality, and only requires proof that one or both parents are Turkish citizens.

Turkish Citizenship Appointment

If your child has at least one Turkish parent, you must make an appointment at the Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Affairs Directorate, or Nüfus). You can book an appointment here: https://randevu.nvi.gov.tr/.

Required Documents

Typically, you'll need the following documents for the child:

The VAT-2 form is in 2 parts. The first part is the part you fill in, and the second includes the required documents and instructions. To learn how to get a copy of a birth certificate in Turkey, see How to Get a Copy of a Turkish Birth Certificate.

Applying for a Turkish Passport

While you're at your appointment, you can also apply for a passport for your child. He or she will need this to travel outside of Turkey and return.

Dual Citizenship

Turkey has no laws which prohibit dual citizenship. However, some other countries do. So, before you apply for Turkish citizenship, you should check the laws of your own country first. To learn more about dual citizenship, see Dual Citizenship Rules.

Name Changes

You won't be required to change your name to a Turkish one, but you can adopt a Turkish name if you want one. To learn more about the name rules, see Rules for non-Turkish names.

Turkish Citizenship Law

Turkish Citizenship Law is the Turkish Nationality Act No. 5901 as amended.

Ken Grubb, author.

As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.


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