New Turkish Nationality Face Hurdles

12 July 2023 Visa and Immigration

Al-Anba daily reports that the General Administration for Residence Affairs will not accept the change of nationality of individuals holding suspended nationalities to Turkish nationality unless a thorough study of each case has been conducted; measures will be taken accordingly. It justified its opinion by stating that when an individual acquires the nationality of a particular country, he becomes a citizen of that country, enjoys all the rights granted to the citizens of that country, and bears all the obligations resulting from that.

Several people holding suspended nationalities are seeking Turkish citizenship and then obtaining passports declaring Turkish citizenship after obtaining Turkish citizenship. This is happening due to the ease of obtaining that nationality.

In addition, Turkish citizens can enter Kuwait using entry visas issued directly from the port of entry if they are citizens of the Republic of Türkiye (Turkey). Therefore, many people belonging to suspended nationalities seek to obtain Turkish citizenship so that they can enter Kuwait using the visas received upon arrival.

Upon obtaining Turkish citizenship, many Kuwaiti residents may not be able to renew their Turkish passports after expiration. This results in a problem, which is the existence of a category of foreigners whose residency cannot be renewed by the General Administration of Foreign Affairs due to the expiry of their passports and their inability to renew those passports or leave the country. It will also become impossible to expel these people from the country if necessary. It is possible that some of the countries to which these people belonged before obtaining Turkish citizenship will refuse to accept them back.

 

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