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CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are based upon Article 66 of the Turkish Constitution and regulated in Law 403 of the Turkish Citizenship Law of 1964.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Turkey does not automatically confer citizenship. Exception: A child born to unknown or stateless parents.

BY DESCENT: Child, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of Turkey, regardless of the child's country of birth.

MARRIAGE: A foreign woman who marries a citizen of Turkey may acquire Turkish citizenship upon making a declaration of intent.

BY NATURALIZATION: Turkish citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person has resided in Turkey for at least five years. Person has shown intent to remain in Turkey. Person is familiar with the Turkish language. Person has sufficient means for self-support. Person has no illness considered threatening to public health.

The following persons may be eligible for citizenship without fulfilling the residency requirement: Persons of Turkish descent, their spouses, and minor children. The child of a person who, regardless of circumstances, has lost citizenship. Spouse of a Turkish citizen and the spouse's minor children.



VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Turkish Embassy for details and proper paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of naturalized Turkish citizenship: Person is involved in activities threatening to the security of Turkey.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be directed to the address below:

Embassy of the Republic of Turkey Consular Section 2525 Massachusetts Ave., NW Washington, DC 20036

Embassy Telephone: 202-612-6700 Consular Telephone: 202-612-6740 (only 2:30-4:00 p.m.; not in service 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) Fax: 202-612-6744



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