After the Bulgarian citizens emigrated to Turkey by the various reasons, most of the names have changed with Turkısh names. This change brought about a procedure that must be followed in order for immigrants to acquire Bulgarian citizenship afterwards. Migration of immigrants from Bulgaria to Turkey with different names and then they change their names. That's why they should take names equivalency certificate for citizenship procedures. With this document, the person proves that the previous name and the current name belong to the same person.
The name equivalence certificate, also known as Udostoverenie za İdentiçnost na İmena (the term used by migrant citizens for these procedures, although the Turkish equivalent does not mean exactly), should be issued by the competent authorities. However, please note that this document is not the same document as the Name Equivalence Declaration. (declarations are used for some operations, the space used is limited.)
Subsequently, the previous name and surname of the persons who acquire Turkish citizenship are also recorded in the population records. Subsequent persons, descendants, or spouses of persons who subsequently acquire Turkish citizenship may request this document. Parents, guardians and those who submit special power of attorney may also request these persons. Upon request, the former name and surname of the person who subsequently becomes a naturalized person and the information on the acquisition of Turkish citizenship shall be included in this document.
The name equivalence certificate must be issued through the authorized institutions. The certificate can then be issued for persons who have acquired Turkish citizenship and who have previous name and surname information on the population register.
If there is no information in the previous records;
One of the most important documents that Bulgarian immigrants need to prepare in order to initiate citizenship procedures is the Name Equivalence Document. People with different names than in previous names and Turkey are going to emigrate from Bulgaria have proved that they are actually the same person with this document. This document, which was previously only obtained from the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs of Ankara, can be valid to issued from the District Population Directorate since 24 April 2017.
The person who wants to get a Name Equivalence Certificate can apply to the Population Directorate to which the address of residence resides. It is questioned whether the first and last name of the person applying for the name equivalence certificate is in the database of MERNIS (Central Population Management System) before they first become Turkish citizenship. If the name exists in the system, the certificate is issued.
If the name and surname of the person is not present in the MERNIS database, the name and surname information is completed according to the Turkish translation of the identity document or notarized passport of the country of citizenship and the name equivalence certificate is issued.
The application steps are as follows;
The Name Equivalence Certificate received doesn't have a validity period. The applicant may use this document at any time.
One of the factors that caused the problem of name confusion is that the names taken after the citizenship of Turkish citizenship are written in accordance with Turkish and a new surname is chosen. As a result of this change, people face problems in Bulgarian citizenship procedures. This problem has been tried to be prevented with the equivalence document.
As a result of the application for the name equivalence certificate, you can query your transactions from the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs of the Ministry of Interior. You can check your application with your T.C ID number, date of birth and https://vatan.nvi.gov.tr/moduller/basvuru/denklikbasvurudurumbilgi.aspx .
As a result of your application, your process will vary according to certain circumstances. When the application is processed by the Population Directorate and necessary controls are made, if there is no problem in issuing the document, the document is delivered to the applicant after the transaction. However, if the applicant's citizenship information creates a problem for the issuance of the document, your processing may be further extended. In such a case, if the problem cannot be solved by the District Population Directorates, it is transferred to the General Directorate via the system. The Directorate General conducts the necessary research and transmits the result of the application to the District Population Directorate in the applicant's place of residence. The District Population Directorate informs the applicant about the situation.
Previously, applicants could only apply to the General Directorate of Population in Ankara. However, as of April 24, 2017, citizens have been entitled to submit their applications to the District Population Directorates. This completes the process more quickly and easily.
The applicant must provide a number of documents for this document. For applications;
If the documents required for application are submitted, your process starts. If there is no problem in the issuance of the document for your application, your application will be positive and when the document is concluded you will be notified by the District Directorate.
You must submit your request in writing to the District Population Directorate to apply for the name equivalence certificate. If you submit the necessary documents according to your request, the Directorate will make your application. If there is no problem in obtaining the document after the application, your application will result in a positive result.
In your petition, you must use expressions that clearly describe your request. It is useful to write down the dates of your Turkish citizenship and your previous names and surnames. This information will be checked during the process, so you should take care not to provide false information. If you submit a missing or incorrect request, your application for the document won't start.
There is a petition sample on our page. You can shape your request according to this information. If you have any questions about the process, please contact our representatives at our contact numbers.
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