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  3. An apostille is an internationally-recognized certification attached to a government-issued public document. It can also be a stamp or seal on the document itself. An apostille makes the document it's attached to legal for use in Turkey and in any other country which has signed the international apostille convention. The Apostille Convention The Apostille Convention (Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents) established an agreed-upon, standard way of legalizing documents between countries. It also required each country to designate one or more "competent authorities," as the convention calls them, to issue apostilles.You'll find a list of participating countries on the Hague Conference on Private International Law website. What To Do If Your Country Isn't On the List If your country isn't on the list, then it isn't participating in the Apostille Convention, and you'll have to contact your country's embassy, consulate, or foreign ministry for instructions on how to legalize your document. And you can go directly to "Step 3: Get the Document and the Apostille Translated." The 3-Step Legalization and Translation Process Step 1: Learn Who the Competent Authority Is and How to Send Documents to Them Go to the list of competent authorities here: HCCH Authorities (per Party) Find your country on the list, and click on the link which has the words "Competent Authority (Article 6)." That will take you to a page which explains how to contact the competent authority, including a link to a website which should give you information about where to send your document, what the fee is, and how much time it will take. Note: There may be one, or more, competent authorities for each country. For example, in the UK the competent authority is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), while each of the UK's overseas territories each has its own. In the USA, each state has its own competent authority, and so does the federal government in Washington, DC). Step 2: Send Your Documents Create a cover letter which includes your e-mail address and telephone number, as well as your return address, the name of the document you are sending and its date and document number. Send the cover letter and document by registered mail or cargo delivery service to the address listed on the competent authority's website. What the Competent Authority Does Each competent authority has a file containing the signatures of government employees who are authorized to issue public documents. After receiving your document, they'll check the signature on the document against their signature exemplars. If everything is okay, they'll attach the apostille to your document (or stamp or place a seal on it), and send it back to you. How Much it Costs and How Long it Takes Each competent authority has its own fees, so the cost will vary. The time it takes will also vary according to your choice of delivery method. But once it gets to the competent authority, turnaround time is usually just one or two business days. Step 3: Get the Document and the Apostille Translated After you receive the document with its apostille (or other legalizing document if your country isn't part of the convention), both must be translated into Turkish by a yeminli çevirmen (sworn translator). The translator will then have the translation notarized. For a typical document, this might take as little as one or two hours. Your Foreign Document is Now Legal in Turkey You can now give your document to the Turkish authorities and it will be accepted. It is now as legal in Turkey as it is in your home country. Important!: The notary will stamp both the original document, the apostille, and the translation on the back with his or her stamp. That stamp will include a document number. Photograph or write that number down and keep it for your files. If later you need those same translated and notarized documents, you can simply take that number back to the same notary and ask them to pull it from their files. It will be a lot cheaper than going through the whole process again. Finding a Sworn Translator The Yeminli Çevirmenlik Federasyonu (TURÇEF, or in English, Federation of Sworn Translators) Has a website here: https://www.turcef.net/ At the bottom of the home page is a menu of the regions of Turkey. You can use this to find a listing of sworn translators for your area, which include their contact information and the languages they are authorized to translate to and from. Another way to find a translator is to find a notary first. Noters work with a specific group of translators who have offices nearby. Finding a Notary You can find all notaries public in Turkey here: http://www.tumnoterler.com/ You can also just walk around the center of town and look for their signs. A Note on Private Companies which Arrange Apostilles There are numerous private companies which charge for getting an apostille for your document. They are not "competent authorities" under the Apostille Convention. They simply do everything that I have written above, which you could just as easily do, and charge you for it. Questions? If you have any questions about apostilles or other legal issues, please post them in our Turkish Law Forum.
  4. I no longer have a UK address so will have no problem giving up my UK licence. I will still have to get my UK licence translated and notarised. I can not change the licence yet as apparently, for some reason, I need to show an exam certificate and I am still waiting for cargo from England, which includes my college certificates.
  5. Congratulations Pete. When you apply for a Turkish licence they will take your UK licence. Some people are not happy about that and get their UK licence translated and notarised. You can drive on this if you have a turkish RP, but need to leave the country and re-enter every 6 months. iyi Yolculuklar.
  6. Congratulations, Pete! I'll be buying a car next year (saving my money now), so I'll go through that process as well. I hope it's okay to send you a PM or two about it.
  7. That article is currently being re-written. The information about the ID card is old. Thanks for noticing that, I have removed the part about the landlord's ID card. You should only need a notarized copy of the rental contract. In Istanbul, the immigration specialists may also ask for a copy of the tapu (property title deed) of the owner of the place you are living, but that depends on the foreigner involved and the immigration specialist. In my case in Antalya, every year, the only thing I provide is a notarized copy of my rental agreement, and that is all. There is one other thing in that article which was outdated (and has been changed). There is no need for you to go to the Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşlleri Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, or Nüfus). It used to be that foreigners also had to register themselves at their address in a separate process. This is no longer necessary, since the immigration specialist handling your application will enter you into the Nüfus central address registry at the address on your rental contract. Also, when you extend your residence permit, there is also no longer any need to go to the Nüfus and get an address verification document. Farris I apologize for that outdated information being there... I am re-writing all of the articles right now to improve and update them. But thank you for catching that problem, both of the above issues have been corrected in the article.
  8. Hey, I see last post was 2 years ago, but I'm currently looking into moving to Antalya also with my 5yo son and am looking information about education system and schools. @Pooria what is your experience so far? What school did you choose? @TimP do you still recommend ICCA as best school for foreigners? Best regards, Boris
  9. The two different names are no problem as long as you have a marriage certificate in those same names. We have different names and have had RPs for 16 years. I really would not go to the trouble of changing names afterwards. too many certificates, licences and things in your old names
  10. Hi all, I am getting ready to travel to Istanbul and rent an apartment so I can apply for Residence Permit once I arrive. I was reading Ken's topic on Documents Required for a First-time Short-term Residence Permit. Under First-time Application > "A notarized rental contract for the property you are renting, and a copy of your landlord's ID card" how can I get a landlord's ID card?, is this normal to ask for a copy?, and if I am renting from a company, how does that work?.
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  12. Just a reminder that tonight is the last night of the Side Festival with the free shows at the amphitheatre. Here is today's programme ... Their Gala Performance is as follows ... Saturday, 14th September 2019 - 21:30 - Venue - Ancient Theatre Show - Antalya Devlet Opera and Ballet 'Gala Konser' Antonio Pirolli, Sef Elvira Fatihova, Soprano Aylin Ates, Mezzos Oprano Leonardo Caimi, Tenor Tuncay Kurtoglu, Bas I will be attending. Anyone else? x Angela x
  13. Thanks for all the answer so far! Another question though. My wife has a different last name than mine, would obtaining a RP still be a problem? and once we both are able to obtain citizenship, will she be able to change her last name to my last name or even can she do it with applying for the RP? Thanks again everyone!
  14. Nothing special, it is a six year old Astra turbo. It cost somewhere between two and three times what an equivalent car would have cost me in the UK. The equivalent price for Turks must be much more given the lower average wage in Turkey. To change the ownership of the car both we and the seller had to go to the Notary Public where the change of ownership paper was filled out, the money(cash) noted and given to the sellers. We got all the tax and insurance sorted out and new licence plates issued on Friday. My stepsons will be doing most of the driving, but it seems that for a fee and some other documents I can swap my UK driving licence for a Turkish one without having to take another test.
  15. Nour


    Hello everyone I want to know about the beylikdüzü to live, how is this area for a family with school going girls. Thanks Nour
  16. Sorry, I don't know of one
  17. Thanks didnt know can you then point me a more representative forum for Turks where foreigneirs are few?
  18. Hi, welcome to the Forum. Most of the people who use this Forum are actually foreigners living in Turkey, so any replies that you get may not be too representative.
  19. Iberian soul


    Hi Merhaba, I am new to this forum and wish we can have very productive talks about Turkey and its people. I have plenty of questions even those i havent made yet. My first question is what you guys think of Iberian People (Portuguese, Spanish, Andorrans)?
  20. Fada, I'd also recommend you join the main Turkish government portal, called E-Devlet, at www.turkiye.gov.tr. You just need to go to a local PTT (post office) with your mobile phone and your residence permit, also your passport. Then tell them you need a password for E-Devlet. They'll set you up right there and a temporary password will be sent to your mobile phone. Then you can change it and log in. It has a huge amount of helpful information. One of them is the ability to check any tax debts you have, and also an option to pay them online, here: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/gib-vergi-borcu-sorgu Of course when you go to that link now you will need your password to log in. Once you get the password use that link and you'll be able to see all of the taxes you owe.
  21. It's not in the current citizenship law. The only way you can become a Turkish citizen by descent is if you have either a mother or father who is a Turk by birth. I haven't heard of any laws being passed giving citizenship to people in countries of the former Ottoman Empire, and I don't see any reason why they would do that. So it sounds like just a rumor to me.
  22. I just want ask some thing, in this couple month ago there is been a rumor in Facebook, it said that the families are original Ottoman before the French Occupation to Algeria and still live there have the right to claim the Turkish citizenship. I hope it's true. Please reply as soon as possible and thank you sir.
  23. Thank you IbrahimAbi, I will do the same.
  24. I think it is due to be paid twice a year, January and July, so it will depend on when you purchased and when it was last paid by the previous owner. I would wander along and ask what is due. Good luck
  25. Just a quick update on this. I had an email from the bank this morning to say they had at last found the cause of the problem and that it was an error on their part. I had to go in and sign the paperwork saying it had been resolved. The money has now been refunded to its rightful owner.
  26. Thank you IbrahimAbi, it helps a lot. Should I pay it now or I have to wait till the end of the first purchasing year?
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