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Moving to Turkey: Wandering Soup
Below is a quick nutshell view for those that don't want to watch the Vlog:
Land- Yes! As an expat you can own land in Turkey, foreign nationals are free to buy property anywhere in Turkey except for military zones. There is a process but if it’s where you want to be then it is what it is.
Business Ownership - The short answer is yes you can. Turkey is a great place to start a business once you decide what type and understand the taxes and money involved. It's also not required to have a national or native citizen to be a part of the company.
Citizenship - Yes and with the added bonus of retaining your U.S. citizenship. Most of the countries we've looked at so far have laws that grant citizenship based on time, 5, 7 or even 10 years. Turkey adds that and a few other things.
You need to be of adult age (according to your country of origin),
You must have lived in Turkey for at least 5 years, with a total interruption of less than six months. This is reduced to 3 years if you are married to a Turkish national or if you are a foreigner born on Turkish soil.
Your physical and mental health must be sound.
You must have no criminal record.
Also, you must be able to speak Turkish at a basic level.
If you are not married to a Turkish national you also have to prove that you can support yourself while living in Turkey.
Made a minimum fixed capital investment of USD 500,000
Acquired a property worth a minimum of USD 250,000
Created jobs for at least 50 people
Deposited at least USD 500,000 or equivalent foreign currency or Turkish lira in banks operating in Turkey with the condition not to withdraw the same for at least three years
And a few other things.
Visa Rules Added bonus - You can't stay in Turkey for more than 90 days on a tourist E-visa, so factor in residency permit costs if not covered by an employer.
Medical - Turkey has universal healthcare under its Universal Health Insurance (Genel Sağlık Sigortası) system. Foreign residents are eligible to apply for the SGK (Sosyal Guvenlik Kurumu) system if they have lived in Turkey for one year. The coverage entitles holders to free treatment in Government Devlet hospitals, reduced payment for prescriptions and sometimes, discount at private institutions. Until then, get health insurance.
Education - Homeschooling is illegal as most kids starting at age 6 up to age 13 are required to attend public or private school, this will apply to foreign nationals as well. As most schools are taught in Turkish you will more than likely have to pay to attend a private school. This is a Turkish law that applies to Turkish citizens so you may be okay if you want to homeschool.
Cost of Living - As with a lot of countries it's really relative to you and your comfort level however Turkey is the second cheapest country in the Middle East. Typically Turkey is about 50% cheaper to live than the U.S.
LGBTQI Friendly - This is not the country to go to if you want to be out and proud. With that being said there are plenty who do so. This will really be up to you, just recognize that will be living in a 1950's style setting when it comes to your sexuality.
Black and Abroad - Turkey doesn't have a history of colonialism but the power of the media still tells. Will you have issues, possibly. Do your research, weigh the pros and cons. I don't think it will be any worse than being in say SE Asia. You will receive stares and looks.
Hopefully the above helps you! Where shall we look at next?
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