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 Post subject: Getting a Turkish Passport?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:49 am 
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Merhaba,

I am an American citizen and married to my beautiful Turkish wife now for close to 10 years. We've lived in many places now, including 2 years in Istanbul, and now currently in the US. We visit Turkey 1-2 times per year with our two children as well (both have US passport and turkish id's). We're also planning to retire in Turkey eventually.

My question is a couple of things:
* I pay the $20 visa fee each time we come to Turkey. Is there anyway to get a longer term visa (multi-year) to avoid this?
* Barring some extended visa, is it possible to get a Turkish passport (assuming I could maintain both US and Turkish) given my wife is Turkish? I ask this because eventually we'll retire in turkey, so I imagine then I'd need or want one, so why not get one now. I'm 40 this year, so not as worried about military service anymore.

Any help, guidance, tips appreciated.

Aaron


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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Turkish Passport?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:27 am 
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Hi Kodiak73,

In order to get a Turkish passport you would have to get citizenship first and the main requirement for getting citizenship is being a valid resident in Turkey for 3 years. So you would have to retire to Turkey first and then apply for the citizenship. If get the citizenship you will then get a Turkish ID card. So you can use the ID card with your US passport to enter Turkey without paying any visa fees. That's what I am going at the moment.

As regards military service, if you have dual citizenship with Turkey and another country there is no military service regardless of your age.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting a Turkish Passport?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:17 am 
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Thank you for the advice. Looks like I'll do all of this then when I retire then in some years with my wife.

Thanks Again


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Hi Kodiak73,

In order to get a Turkish passport you would have to get citizenship first and the main requirement for getting citizenship is being a valid resident in Turkey for 3 years. So you would have to retire to Turkey first and then apply for the citizenship. If get the citizenship you will then get a Turkish ID card. So you can use the ID card with your US passport to enter Turkey without paying any visa fees. That's what I am going at the moment.

As regards military service, if you have dual citizenship with Turkey and another country there is no military service regardless of your age.


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