Immigration To Turkey From Pakistan

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Author:
Rihab Saad

Managing Director
Next Generation Equity

Are you a Pakistani citizen contemplating a move abroad? Turkey might be the destination you’re seeking. Known for its rich history and vibrant culture, Turkey has undergone a remarkable transformation. What was once a transit country has now emerged as a prime destination for immigrants.

This shift is largely due to Turkey’s comprehensive immigration policies, which include specific agreements with various countries, Pakistan included. These agreements position Turkey as an especially appealing option for Pakistani citizens looking to relocate, offering a blend of rich cultural heritage, a high standard of living, and a welcoming environment for immigrants.

How to Immigrate to Turkey from Pakistan

The process of immigrating to Turkey from Pakistan is facilitated by bilateral agreements and Turkey’s welcoming immigration policies, making it a viable option for those looking to relocate. Turkey’s immigration laws have evolved to accommodate a growing interest from international migrants, including Pakistani citizens. The country offers several pathways to obtaining Turkish citizenship, each designed to suit different needs and circumstances.

Turkish Citizenship By Investment

For Pakistanis, the most common route to Turkish citizenship is through investment. Turkey’s investment program allows Pakistani citizens to gain Turksih citizenship by meeting specific investment criteria. These include:

1. Real Estate Investment 

Acquire residential, commercial, or land properties with a total value of no less than USD 400,000. Multiple properties can be combined to reach this amount if acquired within a two-month period. These assets must be retained for a minimum of three years before they can be sold.

2. Fixed Capital Contribution Investment

Invest a minimum of USD 500,000 (or its foreign currency equivalent) in fixed capital, verified by the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology.

3. Bank Deposit

Place a minimum deposit of USD 500,000 (or its equivalent in foreign currency) in a bank account in Turkey, with the option to withdraw it after three years.

4. Government Bond Investment

Invest a minimum of USD 500,000 or its equivalent in foreign currency in Turkish government bonds, with the investment being retrievable after three years.

5. Invest in a Real Estate Investment Fund or Venture Capital Investment Fund

Contribute at least USD 500,000 (or its equivalent in foreign currency) to a real estate investment fund or venture capital investment fund recognized by the Capital Markets Board of Turkey, holding the investment for three years. This option allows for potential passive income generation.

6. Create Employment Opportunities

Foster employment by hiring at least 50 staff in a Turkish enterprise, a commitment confirmed by the Turkish Ministry of Family, Labour, and Social Services. Equity must be maintained for a minimum of three years.

7. Private Pension System Investment

Contribute a minimum of USD 500,000 or its equivalent in foreign currency to a private pension scheme to be held for at least three years.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible to apply for Turkish citizenship, as a Pakistani investor, you must meet certain criteria. These include:

  • Being at least 18 years old
  • Having no criminal record in both Turkey and Pakistan
  • Not having resided in or entered Turkey illegally
  • Required to be in satisfactory health condition without any major medical issues.
  • Required to present evidence of valid health insurance coverage within Turkey.
  • Must demonstrate the lawful source of the income used for the investment.
  • Required to possess a Tax Identification Number from Turkey.
  • All individuals applying are required to submit birth certificates, passports, and recent biometric color photographs.
  • Required to supply up-to-date proof of residence, like utility bills.

The Immigration Process from Pakistan to Turkey

1. Register with NGE:

Enter into a retainer agreement with Next Generation Equity, a recognized and government-sanctioned facilitator for Citizenship by Investment programs, to assist in your application.

2. Obtain a Residency Permit and Turkish Tax ID:

It’s necessary to secure a residency permit for your family and acquire a Turkish Tax Identification Number.

3. Request a Certificate of Eligibility:

You must apply for a real estate investment eligibility certificate with the General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadaster under the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

4. Establish a Bank Account in Turkey:

Opening a bank account in Turkey is required to manage your investment transactions.

5. Execute the Investment:

Choose and proceed with your preferred Citizenship by Investment pathway, ensuring you document your investment.

6. Compile Required Documentation:

Collaborate with Next Generation Equity to collect all necessary documentation, ensuring it is correctly organized.

7. Application Submission:

With all documents prepared, we’ll submit your application to the Provincial Directorate of Census and Citizenship, overseeing all subsequent correspondence. An interview might be requested.

8. Application Assessment:

The Provincial Directorate of Census and Citizenship will review your submission and conduct thorough background checks. Upon satisfactory evaluation, they will issue an ‘approval in principle’ notice within 120 days from application receipt.

9. Passport Collection:

Your passport(s) will be dispatched to you by mail.

Timeline:

The process generally spans approximately 120 days from application submission to approval receipt.

A picture of the waterfront in Turkey.

How to Gain Residency in Turkey

Work Visa and Permit

  • Process: To work in Turkey, Pakistani nationals need a job offer from a Turkish employer. The employer must apply for a work permit on behalf of the employee through the Turkish Ministry of Family, Labor, and Social Services. The process involves proving that the job position cannot be filled by a Turkish citizen.
  • Requirements: Job offer, passport, application form, photos, and sometimes proof of qualifications or experience.

Student Visa

  • Process: Pakistani students accepted into Turkish educational institutions can apply for a student visa. This requires applying through the Turkish Embassy or Consulate in Pakistan with the acceptance letter from the institution.
  • Requirements: Acceptance letter, proof of financial means to cover living expenses and tuition, health insurance, and passport.

Humanitarian or Temporary Protection

  • Process: While primarily applicable to refugees, Pakistanis facing severe risk or persecution could seek temporary protection or humanitarian residence in Turkey, especially if returning to Pakistan poses a serious threat to their safety.
  • Requirements: Vary based on individual circumstances but generally involve proving the risk or persecution faced.

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Advantages of Moving to Turkey for Pakistani Immigrants

  • Education and Healthcare: Turkey offers excellent free education and a robust healthcare system, making it an attractive destination for families.
  • Cultural Compatibility: The majority Muslim population in Turkey ensures that Pakistani immigrants can practice their religion freely and find cultural similarities, easing the integration process.
  • Visa-Free Travel: Turkish citizenship grants visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 110 countries, enhancing global mobility.
  • High Quality of Life: Turkey offers a high quality of life, ranking higher than Pakistan in terms of living standards. It’s considered safer and more peaceful.

Tips & Insights for Successful Immigration to Turkey

Learning the Language

Mastering the Turkish language is invaluable for integrating into society, accessing services, and enhancing employment prospects. Consider enrolling in language courses before your move or when you arrive. Many community centers and universities offer language programs tailored for immigrants.

Financial Planning

Carefully plan your finances, including opening a bank account in Turkey. It is important that you understand the cost of living and manage the currency exchange. Budgeting for your initial months in Turkey without employment is crucial until you find a job or establish other income sources.

Employment Opportunities

Research the job market and employment opportunities in your field before moving. Networking, both online and in person, can be key to finding employment. Consider leveraging platforms like LinkedIn or joining professional associations in Turkey.

Cultural Adaptation

Embrace Turkish culture and customs to enrich your integration experience. Participating in local festivals, observing social norms, and trying new foods can help you settle in more easily.

Healthcare Access

Ensure you understand how to access healthcare services in Turkey. Registering for health insurance and knowing the nearest hospitals and clinics to your residence are important steps to ensure you are ready in an emergency.

Education for Children

If you’re moving with family, research your children’s education system and schooling options. Turkey offers international schools that might suit children transitioning from the Pakistani education system.

Housing and Accommodation

Securing your accommodation before arriving in Turkey can help you feel much more at ease. Research the neighborhoods, rental agreements, and your rights as a tenant to find a comfortable and safe home.

Stay Connected with Your Embassy

Registering with the Pakistani Embassy in Turkey can provide additional support and security. Embassies often offer services, information, and events for their nationals abroad.

Engage with the Community

Beyond building a support network, actively engage with the local community to foster meaningful connections. Volunteering, joining clubs, or participating in community activities can enhance your sense of belonging.

Understanding the Legal Framework

Familiarize yourself with Turkey’s immigration laws, residency requirements, and your rights as an immigrant. Staying informed about legal matters can help you navigate bureaucracy more effectively and avoid pitfalls.

A picture of the architecture in Turkey.

Immigrating to Turkey

Immigrating to Turkey from Pakistan is one of the easier moves a person can make. The countries have strong ties and cultural familiarity. Whether you migrate through investment or other means, the travel benefits, healthcare and education opportunities, and the safety of Turkey ensure this move will be worth it.

Contact us today for a free consultation on your move to Turkey.

FAQ

What are the primary pathways for Pakistani citizens to obtain Turkish citizenship?

There are several pathways to Turkish citizenship, including real estate investment, fixed capital contribution, bank deposit, government bond investment, real estate or venture capital fund investment, creating employment opportunities, and private pension system investment.

How much do I need to invest in real estate to qualify for Turkish citizenship?

A minimum investment of USD 400,000 in real estate is required, which must be held for at least three years.

Are there any specific requirements for Pakistani citizens applying for Turkish citizenship by investment?

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have no criminal record in Turkey or Pakistan, have not entered or resided in Turkey illegally, be in good health, have valid health insurance in Turkey, and demonstrate the legality of their income.

Can I include my family in my application for Turkish citizenship by investment?

Yes, you can include your spouse and dependent children in your application. The investment amount might vary depending on the number of family members included.

How long does it take to get Citizenship By Investment in Turkey?

The process typically takes around 120 days, from the application submission to obtaining approval, though timelines can vary based on individual circumstances.

Is it necessary to reside in Turkey to maintain citizenship obtained through investment?

No mandatory residence requirements for maintaining citizenship obtained through investment exist.

Do Pakistanis face any challenges migrating to Turkey?

Upon arrival in Turkey, Pakistani immigrants often encounter a significant language barrier. While some speak English, it’s not as prevalent as Turkish, the official language. This can pose challenges in communication, job hunting, and assimilation into Turkish society. It can also hinder access to essential services like healthcare and education.

Does Turkey allow dual citizenship?

Yes, Turkey allows dual citizenship. So, you can keep your original nationality while also becoming a Turkish citizen.

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