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In the process of applying for Turkish Citizenship as a married American

Expat living in Turkey married to a Turk living in Turkey

Right now, I have decided to get my Turkish citizenship after years of living in Turkey and being married (17 years of marriage with 2 kids). I could have gotten my Turkish citizenship earlier but kept putting off. The last time I had considered it was around the 2016 Turkish coup attempt. My husband and I were making plans to start the process but threw it all out the window after the coup. Now, it’s 2024 and two kids later, I think it’s time.

Reason for getting Turkish citizenship?

I haven’t been back in the US for many many years and I just don’t see myself returning to live there. Maybe I’ll move to Europe or something. It would have to take a war or natural disaster on this side of the world for me to want to move back to the US. Visiting? Sure. But permanently living? Not likely at the time.

Another reason for getting my Turkish citizenship is because of my sons. They have dual Turkish-American citizenship. Turkish citizenship because of their dad and American citizenship because of me. I would like to easily and quickly get into Turkey if something happens to them or they need me for any reason.

My final reason for getting Turkish citizenship is because, well, I have lived her for 16 years. I think it’s time to make it permanent. I do love the Turkish culture, language, etc.

Starting the Process

Right now, I’m waiting for my sister to send over my birth certificate from the United States. My husband and I visited the “İl Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık Müdürlüğü ” office in our location and was told that my birth certificate needed an “apostille” (An Apostille is a certificate that authenticates the signature of a public official on a document for use in another country.).

After that, we’ll start the process as soon as my birth certificate comes in and I’ll make another post. For now, I didn’t see any Turkish citizenship exam or the need to be able to speak Turkish as a requirement to getting citizenship. If I hear or read anything about those, I’ll write about it as well in my next post about my citizenship process.

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