The recent announcement that the European Commission is allowing Turkish citizens unlimited access to the 26-nation Western European Schengen Area from June 2016 has been seen as sign that full Turkish membership of the EU could be just months away
In reward for its help in dealing with the ongoing Middle-Eastern migrant crisis that has engulfed much of Europe, Turkey’s 79.5 million citizens have been given access to Europe’s 26-nation Schengen zone, starting from June 2016. The decision is based on Turkey’s about-turn on its initial stance on Middle Eastern migrants, and agreeing to take back the migrants who had crossed the Aegean Sea to Greece.
The European Commission agreement means that Turkish citizens will be able to travel visa-free throughout Europe’s 26-nation Schengen zone for 90 of any 180 day period, or 180 days of the year. Turkey will now have the same visa-free access to the Schengen zone as North America (USA and Canada), Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. The only difference between Turkey’s Schengen access and that of an E.U member state is that Turkish citizens cannot live and work within that region without a specific visa.
What Exactly Is The Schengen Zone?
The Schengen Area, (often referred to as the Schengen zone) is the area that encompasses the 26 European countries that signed the Schengen Agreement of 1985. These countries have abolished passport control at their mutual borders, in effect turning the Schengen region into a “United States of Europe”. Only a handful of countries outside of the E.U have visa-free access to the Schengen zone, and Turkey are set to be the latest addition.
The 26 nations that make up the Schengen Agreement are (in alphabetical order):
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
All European Union countries except the UK, Ireland, Cyprus, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania are part of the Schengen zone. Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein are not E.U members, but are also part of the Schengen agreement.
Why You Need Turkish Citizenship Now
Turkey has been fighting for E.U membership for some 30 years, but this sudden turn of events means that their acceptance as a full E.U member state is closer than ever, and could come as soon as late-2016. Now is the ideal time to acquire Turkish citizenship, and via 2ndPassports.com it can be yours in just three weeks.
Turkish passport holders already have access to 122 countries worldwide, including those of Latin America and Central America, Southern African nations, Eastern European countries, plus several countries from Asia and South East Asia. The Turkish passport is also accepted by all of the Caribbean nations including Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia, making it an excellent passport for business and granting an owner access to the discreet banking services and tax shelters the Caribbean is so famous for. Access to the Schengen Area increases the visa-free power of the Turkish passport to a highly respectable 148 nations. This figure will increase even further when Turkey is granted full E.U citizenship.
With E.U membership, Turkish citizenship will suddenly be highly desirable among high net worth individuals from the Middle East, Africa and Asia who hail from countries that suffer from crippling passport restrictions. These people need dual citizenship and an E.U passport to grant them freedom of movement, thus streamlining their business dealings.
Turkish Citizenship By Investment?
Because the demand will be there, and Turkey will be keen to cash in on it and bring in as many wealthy investors from the Middle East as it can, look for the Turkish government to instigate their own expensive Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program soon after they are granted E.U membership, following the business models practiced in many E.U countries like Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece and Malta.
While CBI programs offer a valuable lifeline (sometimes literally) to individuals who are desperate to improve their business opportunities and their freedom of travel with ownership of a passport to an E.U country, they are normally expensive and require a period of residency in that country. Acquisition of Turkish citizenship through 2ndPassports.com right now will come at a fraction of that price, requires no residency and will be delivered in just three weeks.
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