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  2. If you hold a valid Student RP you can within 60 days of expiry make a 'transfer' application [not renewal or 1st application] for a Short Term RP if thats what you want.
  3. Climate change has brought about an alarming time of shift in the biota of coastal ecosystems with the tropicalization of the Mediterranean. Temperatures and high salinity levels used to act like a barrier between the Red Sea, the tropical Atlantic waters, and the Mediterranean. Whether because of accidental larval dispersal when emptying boat ballast tanks or active swimming, the fact remains that around 1,000 alien species have been introduced, and, once established, their spread can not be fully barred. Many of the newcomers are not only piscivores or molluscivores, with the consequent economic impact on native species, but also a number of them merit a word of warning for anglers and swimmers. Fugu, Pufferfish or Balon Balığı (Lagocephalus Sceleratus) This is an Indo-Pacific fish, one of the most invasive, and therefore considered a pest. Owner of a potent bite and a more potent poison, namely tetrodotoxin, fatal to humans when ingested. It does not inject the toxin by biting or through its spines but should be handled with gloves since the skin might have traces of the poison. Never attempt to clean it or remove the entrails (most of the tetrodotoxin is in the liver and gut) and least of all, eat it: cooking heat does not guarantee the denaturation of the poisonous protein. Toxicity symptoms: Generally occur within 10-45 minutes of ingestion and begin with numbness and tingling around the mouth, salivation, nausea, and vomiting. Seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Lion fish, Aslan Balığı, Zebra fish (Pteros Miles) Another visitor from the Indo Pacific was first spotted in 2012 in Lebanese waters and is here to stay. It has a high breeding rate (spawns every 4 days!) and a voracious appetite. On top of that, it does not seem to have many natural predators in our waters. Though not poisonous, it poses a hazard to fishermen and divers because of its spines (back, sides and underside) through which it delivers the venom. So consuming lionfish meat is safe provided you avoid getting stung when fishing or cleaning it. If stung: Gently remove the spine or pieces of it; clean the area with soap and water or some antiseptic. Apply heat (not more than 40 C to avoid burns) with a hot pack. Get medical attention as soon as possible since the pain is extreme, there is a risk of infection, and more importantly, of allergic reaction. Stone Fish, Taş Balığı (Synanceia Verrucosa) Originally an inhabitant of the Red Sea, it has been seen in Syria and in Iskenderun (2019). They lie half-buried among stones and corals or covered in mud or sand as part of their predatory strategy. They are difficult to distinguish from their surroundings. The most common interaction with humans is our accidentally stepping on them: they are armed with 13 dorsal spines which are part of their defense mechanism. Emergency medical attention is required and though hot water can be applied to interfere with the action of the venom, and thus relieve the pain, as well as cleaning and disinfecting the wound, applying antivenom is required.
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  5. I'd recommend searching Facebook for Izmir based expat groups. Izmir is a big city, so I'm sure there must be lots of Facebook groups with various interests. And there should be a much wider variety of interests that foreigners have in Izmir, as opposed to many of the smaller expat communities in smaller towns.
  6. I can't find any information about that specific situation. The only thing I can find is that it doesn't matter if you live outside of the country. Take a look at the bottom of that article again and you'll see a link for the government organization to contact. You should get your information directly from them rather than taking the chance that some other information is wrong or outdated.
  7. Sorry I cannot compare, I use internet banking, but not mobile, as I hate these HUGE smartphones. My wife has one, but generally, we prefer internet banking. We are more than happy with Garanti, their internet banking is more than we need, we have used it for paying bills, paying traffic fines, money transfers to pay bills, or send money to our other accounts, to receive money from, and send money to our banks in the UK. The English provision is also good.
  8. Our family is Australian, currently living in Portugal and we are considering to move to Turkey on a residency permit, but also applying for the CBI program. Our 13yr old son is starting home schooling from Sept this year, he has done stints of HSing previously, but we have decided to complete his education via HSing. I am concerned that if we obtain the CBI, that we will be hounded for him to register into a school. Anyone with this experience?
  9. During traveling to Turkey I use different apps for searching friends. I usually use video chat random for it. Convy and simple app for searching and communication with current buddies and meeting new ones online.
  10. How many people have I known, there has never been anything like this about.
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  12. Torn between protecting lives and livelihoods, as well as keeping their political images afloat, most governments are struggling to get people vaccinated as soon as possible. It is no secret now, that immunization is the only way to keep new infections at bay, and that the more the virus circulates, the more the probabilities of its mutating into a version fitter for survival, and hence more prone to outsmart the barrier that the current vaccines provide. The Delta variant, though not necessarily more devastating, is by far more contagious: the viral load of an individual suffering from Delta is estimated to be 1,000 times higher than common Covid. This viral load peaks at approximately 3.7 days from exposure to detection, during the phase when individuals present no symptoms. This means that we can make others sick more quickly, more efficiently and that the time frame of PCR tests should be shortened to 48 hours. As for populations, everyone is completely fed up with masking, social distancing, and any other preventive measures. Vaccine hesitancy, brought about by the different levels of distrust with which such measures are met, and the inability of different authorities of translating scientific jargon into something meaningful, add to the list of factors that complicate the already difficult situation. So, how are Europe and the U.S.coping with Delta? France: Currently undergoing a rise of 125% in cases per 100,000 per week with 80% of infections attributable to Delta. Macron's proposed compulsory vaccination for health workers plan met with 100,000 people taking to the streets to oppose it. As of today, the first phase of the health pass (digital evidence of certificate or negative pcr) comes into force with hefty fines and even prison for noncompliance. A target of 50 million first dose jabs to be administered until the end of August. Vaccination of the 12-17 group as of June 1st: only 20% showed up to receive the first dose and thus will not be fully protected until the end of October. Spain: Currently undergoing the perfect storm: Easter holidays; end of term student vacations; low rate of full vaccination (only 7.2%), and relaxation of preventive measures. Official figures say the strain accounts for 11% of cases which was met with skepticism by the experts who put the figure at 32% at least. Delta is now dominant in four main regions and many of them are considering reinstating measures to contain the spike in infections in the +15-30 group. To make matters worse, 40% of +60's are not fully vaccinated as well as 25% of the 40's-60's group who have only had one dose. England: On Monday, and despite the rise in infections - some 50,000 daily cases-, restrictions have been lifted, including masking and social distancing. 69% of the population have received one jab and 52% are fully vaccinated. Whether betting strongly on herd immunity or high vaccination rates and perhaps hoping Covid has become a manageable threat, England is opening its economy. The government is being accused of recklessly exposing the population and running the risk of creating the conditions for the emergence of a new vaccine defense evading variant. The U.S.: 83% of cases are now caused by Delta, strain which has been identified in all 50 states. 49% of the population is fully vaccinated but the increase in infections is more dramatic in areas with relaxed precautions and higher vaccine hesitancy. Hospitalizations have increased. The majority are either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people. The CDC reported that preliminary data suggested that 99.5% of deaths were unvaccinated people thus confirming Scottish findings: this strain is twice as likely to lead to hospitalization.
  13. The Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office) is restricting the extension of short-term residence permits for touristic purposes. If you're living in Turkey as a renter, you're in the "touristic purposes" category. That means your next residence permit may not be approved unless you have a good reason for remaining in Turkey. Whether your reason is a good one will be decided by the immigration specialist who interviews you during your next extension application. But the rule doesn't apply to citizens of many countries. Exceptions to the Restriction The restriction doesn't apply to citizens of the following countries: Austria Australia Belgium Bulgaria Canada Chile China Croatia Cyprus Czechia Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland İreland Israel Italy Japan Korea Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Mexico Netherlands New Zealand Poland Portugal Romania Russia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  14. So what happens after your Turkey residence permit is approved? In this guide, I'll first explain how to check your residency's approval status. Then I'll explain how the card is delivered to you and how to check to see where it is in the postal system. Finally, I'll tell you what you need to do if you miss the delivery. Checking Your Residence Permit's Approval Status If the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office) is still processing your application, you can check your application's status in the online residence permit application system, like this: Go to https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/ Click on the type of application you filed, either first-time, extension, or transfer Click "I would like to see my application result." Enter your application number, your cell (mobile) phone number or your e-mail address, and your foreigner ID number or your passport number. Enter the characters which appear in the "Captcha" image and click "Login." Online Application System Messages In Progress: They're still evaluating your residence permit application. Kayıt durumunuz: PTT'ye Teslim Edildi: Your residence permit has been approved, your card has been printed, and it has been sent to the PTT for delivery. Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management: This is probably a rejection, but it may not be. It could mean they need clarification or there's a problem with one of the documents in your package. You'll have to go to the immigration office and find out what happened. Not found: If you see this, double check your info and try again. If you get the message again, go to the immigration office to find out what happened. SMS or E-mail Messages There are messages the immigration office sends out by SMS after they've reached a decision about your residence permit: 2019-**-******* nolu ikamet izni talebiniz olumlu degerlendirilmistir. Your residence permit request 2019-**-******* numbered has been evaluated positively. B001 What it means: Your residence permit package has been approved. Now your card will be printed and sent to the PTT for delivery to your address. It will take up to 30 days or so for your residence permit to be printed and sent to the PTT for delivery. Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management. What it means: This can mean: Your application has been rejected. If that's the case, you'll need to leave Turkey within ten days unless you have remaining time on your visa or current residence permit, or Some problem was found during a second look at your package, and you must clarify something or provide more documentation. In either case, you must go to the local immigration office as soon as possible to learn what the problem is. You can walk in without an appointment. Card Printing If it's approved, the Ankara immigration office will print your new residence permit card. This can take up to 30 days. Delivery to PTT After the immigration office prints your card, they'll send it to the PTT. When the PTT receives it, the PTT will send you an SMS message saying they've received your residence permit card and that it's in the process of being delivered. Their message will include a barcode number that you can use to track the delivery of your residence permit card from the PTT in Ankara to your home. Note: The immigration office and the PTT only send these messages to Turkish mobile phone numbers. SMS Messages from PTT Message 1 Adınıza, 222000222111 barkod nolu gönderi kabul edilmiştir. www.ptt.gov.tr adresinden gönderinin durumunu takip edebilirsiniz. B001 What it means: The Ankara PTT has received your residence permit card. The message will also have a barcode, and a link you can click on to go to PTT's package tracking web page. It will be at the PTT in Ankara first. Then it will be given to: One of PTT's provincial distribution offices. Your local PTT office. A courier. That's when you need to be at home waiting for the doorbell to ring. You can use the barcode to check on where it is at any time by going to this web page: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/ptt-gonderi-takip?submit Message 2 İkamet belgeniz 111222333 barkotla adresinize gönderildi. Your residence document has been posted to your address with the barcode number 222000222111. B001 What it means: Your residence permit has been sent from the Ankara PTT to your address. Attempted Delivery Message 222000222111 numaralı gönderiniz adresinizde bulunmamanız nedeniyle CARŞI-ANT PTT Şübesine bırakılmıştır. Bizzat muracaatınız halında teslimi sağlanacaktır. B001 What it means: A mail courier attempted delivery, but you weren't home. Your residence permit is at your local post office. In the above case, at "CARŞI-ANT PTT," which is the central PTT office in Antalya. You must go to the post office and get it. If you're unsure about which PTT you must go to, go to any PTT, and show them the message. They'll tell you where to go. Successful Delivery 222000222111 barkod nolu gönderiniz YOUR NAME'e teslim edilmiştir. B001 What it means: Your residence permit has been delivered. You should have your residence permit card when you see this one. What's the "B001" at the End of the SMS Messages? All SMS messages have a four-digit number like "B001" at the end. It isn't part of the message itself. Total Delivery Time Delivery times can vary widely, depending on how busy the various immigration offices are. Some foreigners report receiving their residence permit cards in just a few days, while others report delivery has taken up to 40 days. What to Do When Your Residence Permit Card Arrives When you receive your residence permit card, make sure all the information on it is correct. Take a photo of, or scan, both the front and back of the card. Keep this photo on your mobile phone and computer. Always keep your residence permit card with you when you go out. If There's a Mistake on Your Residence Permit Card If you find a mistake on your card, take it to the local immigration office. You won't need an appointment. Also, take with you any documents which show the information on the card is incorrect. The immigration office will print another card for you, with the correct information, and send it to you free of charge. Receipt by Another person The mail carrier should only give the residence permit package to another person if the other person has power of attorney to receive it. You can get a power of attorney for this at any noter (notary). Learn how to give power of attorney to another person. That said, there have been reports by Turkey Central members that mail carriers have left residence permit card packages with apartment security guards or superintendents. So if you check the barcode and the PTT website says your residence permit has been delivered, but no mail carrier has come to your door, check with such people, or neighbors in your building, to see if the mail carrier left the package with them. Failed Delivery If you're not at home, you'll receive an SMS message from the PTT saying they were unable to deliver your package. If that happens, the local PTT office will keep it for seven days. To learn which office has your card, query the barcode number again (see "Tracking the Delivery of Your Residence Permit Card" above). If the office you need to go to is unclear, print the page and take it to any PTT office, and they'll tell you where to go. After seven days, the PTT will send your residence permit card to the local immigration office. You can either go to the immigration office and get it (no appointment required) or have someone with power of attorney get it for you. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  15. If your residence permit is lost or stolen, you must report it to the police immediately and file a report. Then take a copy of the police report to the immigration office. You won't need an appointment. Take the following to the immigration office: A copy of the police report. Two biometric photos Your passport and a copy of your passport, including the identifying information and photo pages, and the page with the most recent entry stamp. A copy of the residence permit that was lost or stolen, if you have one (it is always a good idea to take a photo or scan of your residence permit and save it in case you need it). Fees for the Replacement of a Residence Permit You'll have to pay a fee to have your new residence permit card printed. For 2021, the fee is ₺125. You'll also have to pay half of the residence permit processing fee. The full fee is in US dollars (but paid in Turkish Lira) and varies according to your nationality and the current foreign exchange rate. It's calculated when your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) is created at the end of the online application process and printed at the bottom of the first page. Because of daily changes in the value of the Turkish Lira and the US dollar, the fee you pay will vary, but at least you'll have a rough idea of what it will be. Delivery of Your New Residence Permit Once your residence permit replacement application is accepted and your new card is printed, the immigration office will send it to you by registered mail. If Your Residence Permit is Lost or Stolen While Outside of Turkey If you're in another country and your residence permit is lost or stolen, you'll still be allowed to re-enter Turkey without buying an e-visa. Just explain the situation to the immigration control officer as you show them your passport. Using your passport number, They'll see that you're listed as a resident in their system. After you enter Turkey, go to a police station and report the theft or loss, get a copy of the police report, and follow the rest of the instructions above. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  16. If you’ve never applied for a residence permit in Turkey before, the thought of being interviewed by an immigration official at the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office),might sound a little scary! It's something all of us as foreigners go through every time we extend our residence permits. Once you've done it, you'll realize it wasn't scary at all. But if you're like me, the more you know about something, the better you feel about it, so the objective of this guide is to tell you in advance what the appointment experience will be like. That way you'll have less anxiety and more confidence when you go to your appointment. Before Your Appointment Day As you come to the end of the online residence permit application process, you’ll be given an appointment date and time to go to the local immigration office. In some provinces, you can choose a convenient date and time. But in Istanbul, for example, you might have no choice—you’ll have to go on a date and at the time the online system gives you. The system will also give you a link for you to download your completed İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). Save a copy of that on your computer. Print one full copy (all pages) to add to your residence permit application package. Then print one copy of the first page to carry with you, along with your passport. That'll keep you legal in Turkey until your appointment day, even if your visa or current residence permit expires or you exceed the number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey. Next, you'll need to create an application package with the printed and signed registration form on top. To learn more about the different types of residence permits and what documents are required for each type of application, see: Residence Permit Application Guides. Residence Permit Appointments in Istanbul The immigration office's Istanbul branches often ask for more documentation than the others. If they want more documentation, they'll send you an SMS or an E-mail (depending on the communications preference you choose during the online application). To learn more about Istanbul’s additional requirements, see: Applying for a Residence Permit in Istanbul. If you receive a request for an additional document and don't know what it is or how to get it, see: Documents, Forms & Numbers. Pay the Residence Permit Fees Before Your Appointment You should pay your residence permit fees before you go to your appointment. You can pay them with a credit card online using the residence permit application system. If that doesn't work, you can pay them at any vergi dairesi (tax office) or participating banks like VakıfBank, ZiraatBank, and Halkbank. If you pay at a bank, you'll need payment codes, so they know which account to deposit the fees into. You can also pay during your appointment, but only if it has a tax office cashier there. If it doesn't, you'll have to go to one and come back with the receipt, probably in the middle of somebody else's appointment. For the least hassle, pay the fees before your appointment. To learn about the residence permit fees, how to pay them, and the payment codes you'll need if you pay at a bank, see: Residence Permit Fees. Finding the Immigration Office At the bottom of the first page of your Residence Permit Registration Form, you'll see the address of the immigration office where you need to go for your appointment. If you go there by taxi, show the driver that address to eliminate any confusion about where you're going. Go Early Don't miss your appointment! If you miss your appointment, your residence permit application will be canceled. Plan to be at the immigration office at least 30 minutes to an hour early, so you can be sure you’re there on time, even if there are delays. Learn what happens if you miss your residence permit application appointment. If in Doubt, Bring It! If you're not sure if you should bring a document or not, bring it. As the saying goes, "Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!" Arrival When you arrive at the immigration office, a security guard will ask to see your passport or your current residence permit and your printed Residence Permit Registration Form. Then they'll let you in. Reception/Information Desk Go to the information desk first, even though you have an appointment. Let them know you're there. They’ll check your identification and your application package, then have you sit in the waiting area. If the immigration office is one of the main provincial ones (in the capital city of a province), there'll be a vezne (cashier) there. So if you haven't paid your residence permit fees yet, and you have time, you can pay the fees there. Only the larger provincial offices have these cashiers; the smaller branch offices usually don't. If you're not sure if you have time, go to your appointment. The immigration official, after your appointment, will tell you to go and pay the fees and come back with the receipts. Insider Tip: Pay the residence permit fees before your appointment if you can. It will save time and the immigration official will appreciate it! Your Residence Permit Application Interview The immigration specialists are typically very polite, friendly, and professional. Smile. Be courteous and respectful. The immigration specialists have a difficult and stressful job, and I think they're pretty happy to deal with a polite foreigner who has everything ready. So by all means, be one. Hand the immigration specialist your residence permit package, or give them individual documents as they ask for them. They'll go over your documents and make sure everything is there. They'll probably ask you questions like: Is there anyone living with you? Are you working? Do you intend to work? Do you have enough money to support yourself? Why do you want to live in Turkey? They're not trying to screen you out or eliminate you. Turkey gives residence permits rather generously as compared to many other countries. The main thing they're checking is to make sure you're here for the reason you say you are, and that you can live in Turkey without having to work illegally. Proving You Have Enough Money to Live On One of the biggest concerns of the immigration specialist is if you'll work illegally. So they'll want you to convince them you won't. How much money will you need to prove? It depends on the person. If you have a smaller amount of money or income, but can convince them that it's enough, you'll be okay. Learn how much in savings or income you'll need to show. Proving You Have a Place to Live How to prove your address is detailed in the residence permit application guides (the link is above). But to summarize, they'll want Your property title deed or a notarized copy of your rental contract A taahhütname (a legal declaration) from your friend if you're using a friend's address A letter from the hotel where you're staying One or more utility bills, in your name (if you own or are renting your own place) If you own your place and have a property title deed that's more than two years old, take it to the local Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate of Property Titles and Land Registry) and get a Tapu Kayıt Örneği (Title Deed Registry Document) to prove the property is still in your name. To learn what documents are required to prove you have an address, see: Turkey Residence Permit Address and Change of Address. If you're applying in Istanbul, they often send an SMS message asking for other documents to bring to your appointment. If you get one of these messages and don't know what the document is that they're asking for, see: Documents, Forms & Numbers. Missing Documents If any documents are missing or inadequate, the immigration specialist will give you up to 30 days to get them. Then you can come back without an appointment and give them to the immigration specialist. Important! You must bring the missing documents to the immigration specialist within the time they give you, or go back and explain the situation. If you don't provide the missing document when you're required to, your application will be rejected, not canceled. If it's rejected, you'll have to wait six months before you can apply for the same type of residence permit again. Concluding the Interview At the end of the interview, the immigration specialist will give you one of two documents: The Residence Permit Application Document The İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) acts as a temporary residence permit. It's a regular A4 size piece of paper containing your personal information and photo. With this, you can stay in Turkey, even after your visa has expired or you've exceeded the number of days your visa allows. If you get one of these, then your residence is approved. They'll then print your card and send it to you by registered mail. If you need to leave the country before your residence permit card arrives, you can leave for up to 15 days and return without a visa, as long as you have this document and the receipts for payment of the residence permit fee and the card printing fee. If any of those documents are missing when you return, or if you're out of Turkey for more than 15 days, you'll have to re-enter with a visa. Learn more about the Residence Permit Application Document. Learn more about leaving Turkey with a Residence Permit Application Document. The Tebliğ Tebellüğü Belgesi(Communique Document) The tebliğ tebellüğü (Application Received Communique) is an untitled document that has your application number written at the top. It says you've applied for a residence permit and that you'll receive a notification within 90 days. It also says that, if your application is rejected, your fees won't be returned. This document allows you to stay in Turkey, even if your visa or current residence permit expires. But if you leave Turkey, it doesn't allow you to return without a visa as described above. They usually issue these in cases where the foreigner has more time allowed on their visa or current residence permit than the amount of time it'll take for them to receive their residence permit card. That is, if the foreigner has to leave Turkey and return before they receive the card, they can do so with their existing visa or residence permit. Learn more about the Communique Document. Learn more about leaving Turkey with a Communique Document. Learn more about leaving Turkey you've applied but before your appointment. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  17. Contents What is a Short-term Residence Permit? An Overview of the Application Process Required Documents at a Glance Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Step 2: Apply Online Step 3: Create Your Application Package Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Step 5: Receive Your Residence Permit Extending Your Short-term Residence Permit Short-term Residence Permit Application Video Assistance and Support What is a Short-term Residence Permit? A Short-term Residence Permit is a biometric identity card that enables you to remain in Turkey after your visa has expired. It has a validity period of up to two years, and can be extended indefinitely or until you get a Long-term Residence Permit (which is valid for life) or become a Turkish citizen. The Short-term Residence Permit doesn't allow you to work. If you want to work in Turkey, you must get a work permit. Residence Permit Law The law concerning residence permits is Law No. 6458, Law on Foreigners and International Protection. Go Back to the Top An Overview of the Application Process The residence permit application process always begins on the e-ikamet (e-residence) website at https://www.e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. You must get a few documents together before you apply online because the system will require some information from them. I'll cover each of these documents as we go through the steps in this guide. The application system consists of several ordered pages on which you enter your personal information. As you're finishing up, you'll select an appointment date and time for an interview at the local office of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, DGMM, or immigration office). Then you'll download, print, and sign your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). This form, and your passport, will keep you legal in Turkey until your appointment date, even after your visa or current residence permit expires. If you don't have all of the required documents after you've applied online, you can get them before your appointment date. At your appointment, you'll present your completed application package and undergo a brief interview. If your interview is successful, and your application is accepted, your residence permit card will be printed and sent to your address by registered mail. Istanbul Residents If you're applying in Istanbul, you may not get the option to set up an appointment using the online system. Instead, the Istanbul immigration office will send you an SMS message telling you your appointment date and time. It may also tell you that they want you to bring additional documentation to your appointment. Learn more about residence permit applications in Istanbul. When to Apply for a Short-term Residence Permit You can apply for a short-term residence permit any time within 60 days before the expiration of your visa. Leaving Turkey and Returning After You've Applied but Before Your Appointment Your downloaded Residence Permit Registration Form and your passport will allow you to stay in Turkey until your appointment date, even after your current residence permit expires. But the registration form isn't a travel document. So if your visa or current residence permit has expired and you must leave Turkey before your appointment date, you'll have to re-enter Turkey with a visa. Leaving Turkey won't interfere with your short-term residence permit application. However, if you've chosen a Turkish mobile phone number as your communication method, that will be where the immigration office sends SMS messages. If you're outside of Turkey, you won't be able to receive them. So, either ask someone to monitor your SMS messages or choose e-mail as your preferred communications method when you apply online. Learn more about leaving Turkey after you've applied online but before your appointment. Go Back to the Top Required Documents at a Glance Here is a preview of the documents you'll need: İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) which you download and print at the end of the online application process Passport Copy of passport (including the photo and information pages and the page with the entry stamp for your most recent entry into Turkey)* Four (4) biometric photos Proof of address Proof of financial ability to support yourself Health insurance (not required for those less than 18 or over 65 years of age) *Insider Tip: Some provinces, like Istanbul, allow you to mail in your documents. If you mail them in, the copy of your passport must be notarized. If you take your passport to your appointment, it doesn't need to be notarized. You can also view required documents on the e-İkamet website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/Ikamet/IstenenBelgeler Istanbul Residents Because of the high rate of fake documents and fraudulent applications in Istanbul, the Istanbul immigration office often sends an SMS message asking for additional documents that aren't on the normal list. If you receive a request for a document and you aren't sure what it is or how to get it, see the section Documents, Forms & Numbers. Go Back to the Top Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated If your application doesn't include any documents from a foreign country, you can skip this and go to Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application. Any document issued by a foreign government, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, or criminal record check, must be "legalized" before it can be accepted as a legal document in Turkey. Legalization is done with an attached document or stamp, called an "apostille." Then both the document and the apostille must be translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. What is an Apostille? An apostille is a special certificate issued by a country's secretary of state or another government office approved to do so by the international Apostille Convention. The apostille is attached to or stamped on the document in to certifies its authenticity. Where Can I Get an Apostille? Every country in the Apostille Convention has an office responsible for issuing apostilles. You just need to find out which government office issues them. Here's a list of all participating countries (and states in the USA): https://www.hcch.net/en/states/hcch-members The list also has links to each country's government office that issues apostilles. And it includes links to their websites so you can learn where to send your document and how to pay the fee. Once the government office receives your document, they attach the apostille and send it back to you. Once you receive them, the next step is to have them translated. If Your Country Isn't on the List If your country isn't a member of the convention, don't worry. In this case, the document will be legalized with a similar document you'll get from your home country. If you can't find out which office of your government issues them, contact your foreign affairs office or local embassy or consulate. Documents Which Don't Need an Apostille A passport is already an internationally accepted document, so it doesn't require an apostille. Also, documents that aren't issued by your government and which aren't part of your country's public records don't require an apostille. These would include diplomas and financial information from a school, bank, or private company. Having Foreign Documents Translated After you receive the document and apostille, you must have them translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. Then the translator will swear before a noter (notary) that the translation is true and accurate. You'll then get a notarized copy of your document and the apostille, and a sworn translation of them. At this point, your foreign document will be as legal in Turkey as it is in your country, and you can submit it with your residence permit application. Make a Note of the Notary's Document Registration Number When you get the notarized translation, find the notary's stamp on the back. Photograph, scan or write down the number in the stamp. If you ever need the document again, you can go back to the same notary and use that number to get another copy from their records. That way, you won't have to go through the whole process again, and you'll save money. Learn more about apostilles, sworn translations, and how to get them. Go Back to the Top Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Start the process by getting any foreign documents and apostilles first. It will take more time to get them than it will take to get local documents. You won't need them to start the online application, but you'll need them when you go to your appointment. Collect the following documents first, because the online system will ask you for information about them. Passport For the online application, you'll need your passport number, issue date, and expiration date. Your passport's expiration date must be at least 60 days beyond the last day of the duration of the residence permit. Later, you'll take your original passport to your appointment, with one regular (non-notarized) copy for the immigration specialist to keep. The copy must include the photo and identification pages, and the pages showing the stamps for your entries into and exits from Turkey. Note: If you're told by the immigration office to mail your application package to them, the copy of your passport must be notarized. Tax Number To pay the fees for your residence permit application, you need a vergi numarası (tax number). Go to the vergi dairesi (tax office) or the maliye (finance office), which has a tax office inside. Show the clerk your passport and ask for a tax number. After you fill out a form, they'll give you one immediately, for free. Photos You need four (4) biometric photos. These photos must be 5 cm in width, 4.5 cm in height Taken within the last six months Full frontal view White background In color Professional quality (no selfies) You can have the photos taken at any photo studio. Just say "ikamet izni" (residence permit). They'll know what you need. Health Insurance If you're under 65 years of age, you must have health insurance for the duration of the residence permit. If you're over 65, it isn't required. The online application system will determine your age from your birth date and omit that part of the application. There are three options for health insurance: private health insurance, government health insurance, and government insurance provided according to a bilateral agreement. Private Health Insurance from a Turkish Company Most insurance companies offer cheap health insurance policies specifically designed to meet the minimum government requirements for foreigners applying for residence permits. They're inexpensive, but they only cover limited medical procedures. The first year of the policy offers even less coverage, presumably to prevent having to pay for the treatment of pre-existing conditions. You can get one by either walking into an insurance company office or by buying it online. Buying Private Health Insurance from a Company Office: You'll just need to provide some necessary information about yourself and pay the premium. It takes around 45 minutes. Buying More Comprehensive Private Health Insurance: You don't have to buy one of the cheaper expat policies with limited coverage. If you prefer, you can get a private policy that covers whatever you want, provided you're willing to pay for it. If you buy one of the more comprehensive policies, it must meet Turkey's minimum coverage requirements. Health Insurance Coverage for Two-year Residence Permits: If you're applying for a two-year residence permit, you can buy two policies—one for the first year, and one for the second year. The day after the first policy ends, the second one begins. Get Two Copies of the Policy: Ask for one copy of your policy in Turkish and the other in English. You'll need the Turkish copy to submit with your residence permit application package. You can keep the English copy for yourself. Buying Private Health Insurance Online: You can also buy health insurance online and have the policy sent to you by e-mail and/or mail or courier. Learn more about private health insurance in Turkey. Learn about buying your Turkish health insurance online. SGK Health Insurance The Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Administration, also called the SGK), offers a national health insurance plan called Genel Sağlık Sigorta (General Health Insurance), which covers most medical procedures in state hospitals. It also includes you in private hospitals, but as prices are higher in private hospitals, you'll have to pay part of the cost yourself. Your eligibility for SGK health insurance begins after you've been a resident of Turkey for one year. If you've lived in Turkey for a year and have enrolled in the SGK health insurance plan, you'll need a Provizyon Belgesi (Provision Certificate) to prove you're covered. You'll also need some information from this document when you apply online. Learn more about SGK Health Insurance. Bilateral Health Care Coverage Agreements Some countries have a bilateral agreement with Turkey, which allows their citizens to be covered by the SGK insurance plan while living in Turkey (and vice versa). If you're a citizen of one of these countries, contact your government's health insurance representative to get the required form. Then take that form to an SGK office, and get a sicil numarası (registration number). You'll use this number while applying online. Learn more about health insurance under bilateral agreements. Address Information For the online application process, you'll need to know your full address. You can get this from your tapu (property title deed), your rental contract, from your host (if you're staying with a friend), or from your hotel. All legal addresses are recorded in a central government database, which is accessed by the online application system. So when you're on the address page of the application system, you'll "drill down" through various drop-down menus to locate your exact address, and then select it. You don't need documentary proof of your address at this point, but you'll need it for your application package. I'll cover that in Step 3. Go Back to the Top Step 2: Apply Online The only official website for applying for a residence permit is at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. It has an English option. You can also view it using the Chrome browser with the Google Translate application. When you enter the website, go near the bottom of the page and click the option for a first-time application. If you're extending a current residence permit, click the option to extend. On the next page, click on the button to create a new application. Enter your passport and contact information. The system will send you a verification e-mail with a link to click on. When you click on it, you will be returned to the application system and given an application number. Keep that number, as you'll need it if you stop and continue your application later. If you've gathered all the documents above before applying, the online application should take less than one hour. Unfortunately, some people have problems using it. Learn more about the online residence permit application system and what to do if you have problems. Your Appointment Date and Time At the end of the online application process, you'll make an appointment at the local immigration office. Depending on what province you're in, you may be given a choice of dates and times or be given one date and time with no other choice. If You're in Istanbul If you're in Istanbul, you may get this message: Randevu Tarihi GİGM Tarafından Belirlenecektir (the appointment date will be determined by the DGMM). It means the immigration office will contact you by SMS or e-mail, depending on your contact preferences, and give you an appointment date and time. So keep an eye on your mobile phone or e-mails for this, and be patient. It can take a month or so to get an appointment in Istanbul. Learn more about applying for a residence permit in Istanbul. Downloading Your Application Form You'll also get a link to download your completed application. So download it, sign it, and keep the original on the top of your application package. You should also print a separate copy of the first page of the application document and keep it with you, along with your passport, so you continue to be legal in Turkey if your current residence permit expires. The first page of your downloaded application will have the date and time of your appointment (if you were able to make one) and the address of the immigration office where you need to go. It will also have the residence permit fees you'll need to pay (see "Paying the Fees" below). Important! Your online application isn't complete until you've reached the point where you can download your completed application form. Go Back to the Top Step 3: Prepare Your Application Package In this step, you'll gather the rest of the documents you need for your residence permit application package. Proof of Residence What you'll need depends on if you own or rent your home, if you're the spouse of a renter or owner, if you're staying at a hotel, or if you're living at a friend's home. If you own your residence You'll need your tapu (property title deed) and a regular copy of your title deed (not notarized). Note: If the title deed was issued more than two years ago, you must go to the local Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (Title Deed and Land Registry Directorate). Get a tapu kayıt örneği (title deed registration document), which proves your title deed is still valid. Learn more about proving your address as a property owner. If you're renting a residence You'll need a notarized copy of your rental contract. You can get one by taking your contract to a noter (notary). Learn more about proving your address as a renter. If you're a spouse of an owner or renter If you're the spouse of a foreigner and your name is on the title deed, you can get a short-term residence permit as a property owner. If your name isn't on the title deed, you can still get a short-term residence permit as a property owner if you provide a marriage certificate proving your marriage to the person named on the title deed. If the marriage certificate was issued in a foreign country, it must be legalized and translated. Learn how to get a copy of a marriage certificate from Turkey. Learn how to get a copy of a foreign marriage certificate and have it legalized. If you're staying at a hotel If you want to stay a few months longer than your visa allows, or if you're looking for a property to buy or rent, you can temporarily use the hotel where you're staying as your address. You'll later change this to your permanent address after you have your title deed or rental contract. You need an e-signed, or stamped/sealed and signed letter, on hotel letterhead, which shows your intended dates of residence. If you're traveling and staying at other hotels, you'll also need to submit a travel itinerary. You don't have to book and pay for all of the reservations in advance. It will be up to the immigration specialist to decide if your itinerary is acceptable or not. If it isn't, the immigration specialist will tell you what to do and give you time to create a more detailed itinerary and bring it back. If you're staying at a hotel while looking for a property to rent or buy If you're actively seeking a property to rent or buy to stay in Turkey for the long term, you can apply for up to a two-year residence permit even though you're still in a hotel. When you're in the online application system, you'll see that the central address system also includes hotel rooms, so you'll be able to select the exact room where you're staying. Within 30 days after your appointment, you must find a property and obtain a title deed or rental contract, then return to the immigration office with whichever document you have. Learn more about proving your address while staying in a hotel. If you're staying with a friend If you're using the home of a Turkish or foreign friend(s), your friend(s) will need to go to a notary and sign a taahhütname, or "undertaking." In this document, the registered renters or owners of the property where you're staying must promise to make sure you depart Turkey when your residence permit expires (unless you extend it), and to pay any debts you fail to pay before leaving Turkey. Each owner or renter of the property must prove that they live where they say they live and sign the taahhütname. Your hosts don't have to go to your residence permit appointment with you. Just put the taahhütname into your residence permit application package. Learn more about proving your address while staying with a friend. Utility Bills The immigration specialists consider utility bills in your name, for service at your address, to be the best proof of residence. If you have utility bills, bring them to your appointment. Proof of Financial Ability Print your bank account information or other proof of income or savings, for the last six months, and add that to your application package. If the immigration office wants more information, they'll notify you by SMS or e-mail. You don't have to open a Turkish bank account or have your money in Turkey—you can use your bank account in your home country. In addition to your bank statement, you can also provide documentation proving income from your investment accounts, pension fund, or rental income. There's no fixed amount of money or income you must have. The immigration specialists focus on each person as an individual. So if you have a modest lifestyle, with a modest income, it won't be a problem. The main thing they want to see is that you have enough money to live during the duration of the residence permit so you won't be working illegally. Learn more about proving you have enough money to live on. Applications in Istanbul For applications in Istanbul, The immigration office may send you an e-mail or SMS requesting more documentation beyond what's on the usual list. If the immigration office in Istanbul asks for additional documents and you're not sure what they are or how to get them, you'll find articles that explain each of these documents in the section Documents, Forms & Numbers. Paying the Fees There are usually two fees: The residence permit fee and the card printing fee. You'll see them at the bottom of the first page of your printed application. If you entered Turkey visa-free, you must also pay a single-entry fee. Residence Permit Fee This fee is for the processing of your residence permit application. It varies by nationality and is in US dollars, so currency fluctuations affect it. It's automatically calculated and printed at the bottom of the first page of your downloaded residence permit application. For children, the fee is 50% of the usual fee. The card printing fee is the same. Card Printing Fee The değerli kağıt bedeli or kart bedeli (card printing fee) for 2021 is ₺125. You can pay the fees with a credit card at the end of your online application, at a participating bank such as Vakıfbank, Ziraatbank, or Halkbank, or at the local vergi dairesi (tax office). Just take with you your passport, the first page of your residence permit application, and your tax number, or your foreigner identification number if you have one. Single-entry Fee The tek giriş harcı (single entry fee) for 2021 is ₺758.90. It's only paid by foreigners who enter Turkey legally without a visa, with an ID card. If that's you, you'll pay this fee during your appointment (not in advance). Also, this fee is only paid one time, during first-time residence permit applications. You won't have to pay it again when you extend. How and Where to Pay the Fees You can pay the fees online, with a credit card, at the end of your online application. Or you can also pay at participating banks, including Vakıfbank, ZiraatBank, and Halkbank, or any vergi dairesi (tax office). You'll need a copy of the first page of your application, your passport, and your tax number. Just show the clerk the first page of your application, and they'll know what to do. Payment Codes for Banks If you pay the fees at a bank, give them the following payment codes: Ikamet Harcı Bedeli (Residence Permit Fee): 9233. Kart Bedeli (Card Fee): 9207. You won't need a code for the single entry fee because you'll pay that during your appointment. That will make sure the fee payment goes to the correct account. Include the originals of all receipts in your application package and keep the copies for your records. If you must leave Turkey between the dates of your appointment and the arrival of your residence permit card, you'll need these receipts to re-enter Turkey. If you don't have them, you'll have to get an e-visa to re-enter. Learn more about paying the residence permit fees. Go Back to the Top Step 4: Go to Your Appointment In this step, you go to the immigration office, present your residence permit application package, and be interviewed by an immigration specialist. Finding the Immigration Office Your appointment date, time, and location will be printed at the bottom of the first page of your residence permit application. You can also find the immigration offices by searching for the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü and your province in Google Maps. If the immigration office has a branch office in your district, use your district's name. Make sure the address in Google Maps is the same as the one on your residence permit application form, because sometimes the offices move. Attending Your Appointment During your appointment, the immigration specialist will go over your package and make sure everything is there. They'll ask you a few questions about why you want to live in Turkey, if anybody else is living with you, and if you intend to work. You'll also submit your fingerprints and take your application document to be stamped and signed. The whole process will take around 45 minutes. Learn more about the residence permit application appointment and interview. Missing Documents If you're missing any documents, the immigration specialist will ask you to get them and bring them back. They can give you up to 30 days (sometimes more). If it's a local document, you should be able to get it on the same day or the next day. Important! Be sure to get any missing documents back to the immigration specialist during the time allowed, or inform them of whatever difficulties you're having so you can get more time. If you fail to bring the missing documents within the allowed time, your application will be rejected, not canceled. If your application is rejected, you won't be allowed to re-apply for the same type of residence permit for another 180 days. The Residence Permit Application Document At the end of the appointment, you'll receive an İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document). This document proves your application is complete and serves as a "temporary residence permit" to keep you legally in Turkey even after your current residence permit expires. It's valid for 90 days or until the day you receive your residence permit card. Leaving Turkey Before You Receive Your Residence Permit Card: If your current residence permit expires and you need to leave Turkey, you can stay out of the country for up to 15 days and re-enter without a visa, provided you have your Residence Permit Application Document, your passport, and the fee payment receipts. If You Receive a Notification Receipt Document Instead of a Residence Permit Application Document The Istanbul and Ankara immigration offices (and perhaps offices in other provinces) may give you a Tebligat Belgesi (Notification Receipt Document) instead of a Residence Permit Application Document. The Notification Receipt Document states that the immigration office has received your application and that it will process it. It keeps you legal in Turkey until your residence permit card arrives (provided you also have your passport with you). But if your current residence permit expires and you leave Turkey and return before your residence permit card arrives, it won't allow you to re-enter Turkey without a visa. Learn more about leaving Turkey and returning before you receive your residence permit card. Go Back to the Top Step 5: Receive Your Residence Permit Either you or someone with power of attorney to receive your residence permit must be present at your address when the residence permit card arrives. You must show your passport or other identification and sign for it. If you aren't home, the PTT will keep your card at the local PTT branch for seven days. After that, it will be returned to the local immigration office where you can go, without an appointment, and pick it up. Learn more about how to give someone power of attorney. Checking the Status of Your Application After your appointment, you can use the e-ikamet website to see if your application is still in progress, if it's been approved, or if there is some problem that may result in a rejection. For more information, click on the link at the bottom of this section. SMS Messages You Might Receive "2019-123-4567- nolu ikamet izni talebiniz olumlu degerlendirilmistir. Your residence permit request 2019-123-4567 numbered has been evaluated positively. B001" What it Means: Your application is approved. Your card will be printed and sent to the PTT for delivery to your address. It may take up to 30 days for your residence permit card to be printed and sent to the PTT. "Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management. B001" What it could mean: Your residence permit application has been rejected. There's a problem with your application package. You need to clarify something or provide more documentation. If you see this message, you must go to the local immigration office, as soon as possible, to find out what the problem is. You can walk in without an appointment. If you received the message saying your residence permit's approved, you'll later get this message from the PTT (post office): "Adınıza, 2345678 barkod nolu gönderi kabul edilmiştir. www.ptt.gov.tr adresinden gönderinin durumunu takip edebilirsiniz. B001" What it means: The PTT has received your residence permit card from the immigration office, and it's in their delivery system. Delivery usually takes two or three days. The first number in the message is the package's barcode. Once you've received the message that your residence permit card has been given to the PTT, you can check on its delivery using the barcode here: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/ptt-gonderi-takip Learn more about how to check the status of your residence permit and receiving your residence permit card in the mail. Go Back to the Top Extending Your Residence Permit You can apply to extend your residence permit within 60 days of the expiration of your current residence permit. Extension applications work the same way as first-time applications and require an appointment. If You Need Copies of Previously Notarized Documents You don't have to have new copies made of documents that you've already submitted. Whenever a noter creates a notarized copy of a document, they stamp it on the back with a document number. Photograph, scan or record that number. When you need the same notarized copy again, go back to the same noter and give them that number. They'll pull their copy of the document, make another, and give it to you. It's just as legal as the first copy, and cheaper. Restrictions on Extending Your Short-term Residence Permit For citizens of some countries, the immigration office is no longer extending touristic-type short-term residence permits, unless the foreigner has a good reason for the extension. However, citizens on a list of countries can continue to extend their short-term residence permits indefinitely. Learn more about the extension restrictions, and see if your country is on the exemption list. Go Back to the Top Short-term Residence Permit Application Video Here's the immigration office's video guide to the short-term residence permit application process. It's the first in a series of videos, so the next video will automatically start playing when the first one ends. Go Back to the Top Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. 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  18. Contents What is a Family Residence Permit? An Overview of the Application Process Required Documents at a Glance Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Step 2: Apply Online Step 3: Create Your Application Package Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Step 5: Receive Your Residence Permit Extending Your Family Residence Permit Family Residence Permit Video Assistance and Support What is a Family Residence Permit? A family residence permit is a biometric identity card that enables the spouse or child of a sponsor to live in Turkey permanently. The sponsor must be A Turkish citizen A foreigner with a residence permit or work permit who has lived in Turkey for at least one year. If you're a foreign sponsor and want to bring your family to Turkey immediately, you won't meet the one-year residence requirement. So at first, you and your family members will apply for short-term residence permits, and your family members use your home as their address. After you've lived in Turkey for one year, you'll continue using the residence or work permit you have, and your family members will be eligible for family residence permits. Duration The Family Residence Permit has a maximum duration of three years. In the case of a foreign sponsor, it's either three years or until the expiration date of the sponsor's residence or work permit, whichever comes soonest. If you're the spouse of a Turkish citizen sponsor, then after three years of marriage, you and your children can apply to become Turkish citizens. When a Family Residence Permit is Practical If the sponsor is a Turkish citizen or has a residence or work permit with a longer duration, such as a long-term residence permit or an unlimited work permit, then the family members can enjoy the longer duration of the family residence permit. When a Family Residence Permit is Impractical The family residence permit expires in three years or when the sponsor's residence or work permit expires, whichever is sooner. So, if you're the sponsor and you only have six months left on your current residence or work permit, your family members could only get family residence permits with a duration of six months. So it would make more sense for your family members to get one or two-year short-term residence permits. Benefits The Family Residence Permit gives children under age 18 the right to free education in public schools. No Working Rights The family residence permit doesn't provide any right to work. If the family member wants to work, they must get a work permit. Eligibility Those eligible for a Family Residence Permit include the spouse of the sponsor and the children of the spouse or the sponsor if they're under age 18 or are legally determined to be dependent on the care of their parents. The Immigration Office in Turkey All residence permits in Turkey are issued by the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or immigration office). You'll also hear this organization called the Göç İdaresi, the Göç, or the DGMM. For this article, I'll call it the immigration office. Residence Permit Law The law concerning residence permits is Law No. 6458, Law on Foreigners and International Protection. From here on this article will assume you're a family member applying for the permit. Go Back to the Top An Overview of the Application Process The residence permit application process always begins on the e-ikamet (e-residence) website at https://www.e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. You'll need to get a few documents together before you apply online because the system will require some information from them. I'll cover each of these documents later in this guide. The application system consists of sequential pages on which you enter your personal information. When you've completed the application, you'll select an appointment date and time for an interview at the local immigration office. Then you'll download, print, and sign your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). This form, and your passport, will keep you legal in Turkey until your appointment date, even after your visa or current residence permit expires. If you don't have all of the required documents after you've applied online, you can get them before your appointment date. At your appointment, you'll present your completed application package and undergo a brief interview. If your interview is successful, and your application is accepted, your residence permit card will be printed and sent to your address by registered mail. Istanbul Residents If you're applying in Istanbul, you may not get the option to set up an appointment using the online system. Instead, the Istanbul immigration office will send you an SMS message telling you your appointment date and time. It may also tell you that they want you to bring additional documentation to your appointment. Learn more about applying for a residence permit in Istanbul. Go Back to the Top Required Documents at a Glance I'll cover each required document and explain how to get it as we go through the steps of the process. For now, here's a quick list so you can see them all at once: From the Sponsor National ID card (if a Turkish citizen) or residence permit/work permit (if a foreigner) Copy of the citizen ID card or residence permit/work permit Passport (if the sponsor is a foreigner) Copy of passport, including identity and photo pages and the page showing the stamp for the last entry into Turkey (if the sponsor is a foreigner) Criminal record check which shows no convictions for domestic violence Proof of financial ability Proof of address Health insurance covering the sponsor and the family members Receipts for payment of fees From the Family Member(s) İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) which you'll download and print at the end of the online application process) Passport Copy of passport, including identity and photo pages, and the page showing the entry stamp for your most recent entry into Turkey Four (4) biometric photos Marriage certificate (spouse) Birth certificates (for children, if it isn't clear from the passports that they are children of the mother and father) You can also view the required documents on the e-İkamet website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/Ikamet/IstenenBelgeler. Go Back to the Top Having Foreign Documents Legalized and Translated If your application doesn't include any documents from a foreign country, you can skip this and go to Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application. Any document issued by a foreign government, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, or criminal record check, must be "legalized" before it can be accepted as a legal document in Turkey. Legalization is done with an attached document or stamp, called an "apostille." Then both the document and the apostille must be translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. What is an Apostille? An apostille is a special certificate issued by a country's secretary of state or another government office approved to do so by the international Apostille Convention. The apostille is attached to or stamped on the document in to certifies its authenticity. Where Can I Get an Apostille? Every country in the Apostille Convention has an office responsible for issuing apostilles. You just need to find out which government office issues them. Here's a list of all participating countries (and states in the USA): https://www.hcch.net/en/states/hcch-members The list also has links to each country's government office that issues apostilles. And it includes links to their websites so you can learn where to send your document and how to pay the fee. Once the government office receives your document, they attach the apostille and send it back to you. Once you receive them, the next step is to have them translated. If Your Country Isn't on the List If your country isn't a member of the convention, don't worry. In this case, the document will be legalized with a similar document you'll get from your home country. If you can't find out which office of your government issues them, contact your foreign affairs office or local embassy or consulate. Documents Which Don't Need an Apostille A passport is already an internationally accepted document, so it doesn't require an apostille. Also, documents that aren't issued by your government and which aren't part of your country's public records don't require an apostille. These would include diplomas and financial information from a school, bank, or private company. Having Foreign Documents Translated After you receive the document and apostille, you must have them translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. Then the translator will swear before a noter (notary) that the translation is true and accurate. You'll then get a notarized copy of your document and the apostille, and a sworn translation of them. At this point, your foreign document will be as legal in Turkey as it is in your country, and you can submit it with your residence permit application. Make a Note of the Notary's Document Registration Number When you get the notarized translation, find the notary's stamp on the back. Photograph, scan or write down the number in the stamp. If you ever need the document again, you can go back to the same notary and use that number to get another copy from their records. That way, you won't have to go through the whole process again, and you'll save money. Learn more about the apostille and sworn translation, and how to get them. Go Back to the Top Step 1: Prepare for Your Online Application Start by getting any foreign documents and apostilles first. It will take more time to get them than it will take to get local documents. You won't need any foreign documents to start the online application, but you'll need them when you go to your appointment. Also collect the following documents, because the online system will ask you for information from them. Passport For the online application, you'll need the passport number, issue date, and expiration date. Your passport's expiration date must be at least 60 days beyond the last day of the duration of the residence permit. Later, you'll take your original passport to your appointment, with one regular (non-notarized) copy for the immigration specialist to keep. The copy must include the photo and identification pages, and the pages showing the stamps for your entries into and exits from Turkey. Note: If you're told by the immigration office to mail your application package to them, the copy of your passport must translated and notarized (see above). Tax Number To pay the fees for your residence permit application, you'll need a vergi numarası (tax number). Go to the vergi dairesi (tax office) or the maliye (finance office), which has a tax office inside. Show the clerk your passport and ask for one. After you fill out a form, they'll give you one immediately, for free. Learn more about getting your tax number. Photos You'll need four (4) biometric photos. The photos must be 5 cm in width, 4.5 cm in height Taken within the last six months Full frontal view White background In color Professional quality (no selfies) You can have the photos taken at any photo studio. Just say "ikamet izni" (residence permit). They'll know what you need. Health Insurance For the family residence permit, the sponsor must have an insurance policy that covers all family members. SGK Health Insurance Turkey's national health insurance plan is called Genel Sağlık Sigorta (General Health Insurance). It's provided by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (SGK, or Social Security Administration). It covers most procedures done in state hospitals. It also covers much of the cost in more expensive private hospitals, with the rest paid by the patient. A foreign sponsor can apply for SGK health insurance coverage after they've lived in Turkey for one year. A Turkish sponsor will probably already have this coverage. If the sponsor already has SGK coverage, family members can be added to the sponsor's policy with no increase in the price. Learn more about SGK insurance. Bilateral Health Care Coverage Agreements Some countries have a bilateral agreement with Turkey, which allows their citizens to be covered by the SGK insurance plan while living in Turkey (and vice versa). If you're a citizen of one of these countries, contact your government's health insurance representative to get the required form. Then take that form to an SGK office, and get a sicil numarası (registration number). You'll use this number while applying online. Learn more about health insurance under bilateral agreements. Private Health Insurance from a Turkish Company You can use a private Turkish health insurance policy to apply for a family residence permit. However, you can't use the low-cost policies designed for foreigners with short-term residence permits. For the family residence permit, the sponsor must have a health insurance policy that meets the Turkish government's minimum coverage requirements and covers the sponsor and all family members. Learn more about private health insurance for family residence permits. You can buy private insurance by walking into any Turkish insurance office, providing your personal information, and paying the premium. It takes around 45 minutes at most. You can also buy a policy online and have it sent to you by e-mail, mail, or courier. Get a free quote for family residence permit health insurance. Get one copy of the policy in Turkish and the other in English. You'll include the Turkish policy with your residence permit application and keep the English copy for your records. Address Information For the online application process, you'll need to have your full address, that is, the address of the sponsor. All legal addresses are recorded in a central government database, which is accessed by the online application system. So when you're on the address page of the application system, you'll "drill down" through various drop-down menus to locate your exact address, and then select it. You don't need documentary proof of your address at this point, but you'll need it for your application package. I'll cover that in Step 3: Create Your Application Package. Go Back to the Top Step 2: Apply Online The only official website for applying for a residence permit is at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. It has an English option. You can also view it using the Chrome browser with the Google Translate application. When you enter the website, go near the bottom of the page and click the option for a first-time application. On the next page, click on the button to create a new application. Enter your passport and contact information. The system will send you a verification e-mail with a link to click on. When you click on the link in the e-mail, you'll be returned to the application system and be given an application number. Keep that number, since you'll need it if you stop and continue your application later. If you've gathered all the documents above before applying, the online application should take less than one hour. For more information about using the online system and what to do if you have problems, see: e-İkamet: How to use Turkey's Online Residence Permit Application System. Your Appointment Date and Time At the end of the online application process, you'll make an appointment at the local immigration office. Depending on what province you're in, you may be given a choice of dates and times or be given one date and time with no other choice. If You're in Istanbul If you're in Istanbul, you may get this message: Randevu Tarihi GİGM Tarafından Belirlenecektir (the appointment date will be determined by the DGMM). It means the immigration office will contact you by SMS or e-mail, depending on your contact preferences, and give you an appointment date and time. So keep an eye on your mobile phone or e-mails for this, and be patient. It can take a month or so to get an appointment in Istanbul. Downloading Your Application Form You'll also be given a link to download your completed application. So download it, sign it, and keep the original on the top of your application package. You should also print a separate copy of the first page of the application document and keep it with you, along with your passport, to keep you legal in Turkey if your current residence permit expires. The first page of your downloaded application will have the date and time of your appointment (if you were able to make one) and the address of the immigration office where you need to go. It will also have the residence permit fees you'll need to pay (see "Paying the Fees" below). Important! Your online application isn't complete until you've reached the point where you can download your completed application form. Istanbul Residents Because of the high rate of fake documents and fraudulent applications in Istanbul, the Istanbul immigration office often asks for additional documents by sending an SMS or e-mail message. If they ask you for a document you're not familiar with, you can learn what it is and how to get it here: Documents, Forms & Numbers. Leaving Turkey After You've Applied Online But Before Your Appointment If you have a valid visa and haven't exceeded the number of days it allows you to be in Turkey, or if you have a valid residence permit, you can leave Turkey and return as much as you like. But if you don't, you'll have to re-enter Turkey with a visa. Learn more about leaving Turkey and returning before your appointment. Go Back to the Top Step 3: Create Your Application Package Now that you've completed your online application, you can get the rest of the documents you need. Proof of Residence You'll need to prove two things. First, that the sponsor owns or rents a property, and second, that you're the spouse or the child of the sponsor. If the Sponsor is a Property Owner The sponsor will need the original tapu (property title deed) in the sponsor's name, to show the immigration specialist. The sponsor will also need a regular copy of the tapu for the immigration specialist to keep. If the tapu is more than two years old, the sponsor will also need a tapu kayıt örneği (title deed registration document), which proves the tapu is still valid. You can get this document from the Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (Title Deed and Land Registry Directorate). If the Sponsor is a Renter The sponsor will need a notarized copy of the rental contract. At the appointment, the immigration specialist will keep the notarized copy. Utility Bills If you can, include utility bills, which are in the sponsor's name at the sponsor's address, in the application package. Since the utility companies also verify the residence, the immigration specialists consider utility bills to be the best proof of residence. Proof of Family Relationship You'll need to show a marriage certificate which names the legal owner or renter as your spouse, or a birth certificate showing the sponsor as the parent (if it isn't clear on the children's passports that they are the children of the sponsor or the spouse). If a marriage or birth certificate is from another country, it must also be legalized and translated. Learn how to get a Turkish marriage certificate. Learn how to get a marriage certificate from your home country. Learn how to get a Turkish birth certificate. Learn how to get a birth certificate from your home country. Proof of the Sponsor's Financial Ability The sponsor must have a monthly income, or savings/investments of at least the Turkish minimum wage, plus at least one-third of the minimum wage for each family member. The income doesn't have to come from Turkey, and the savings/investments don't have to be in Turkey. Whatever you provide, it must cover a time period going back six months before the date of your application. Turkey Monthly Minimum Wage for 2021 Gross Minimum Wage ₺3,557.50 Net Minimum Wage, Single Without Children ₺2,825.90 Net Minimum Wage, with Unemployed Spouse ₺2,879.57 Net Minimum Wage, with Unemployed Spouse and One Child ₺2,919.81 Net Minimum Wage, with Unemployed Spouse and Two Children ₺2,960.06 Net Minimum Wage, with Unemployed Spouse and Three or More Children ₺3,013.72 The financial ability requirement can be met with bank account records showing deposits and withdrawals, a statement from your investment company, or documents showing rental income from a rental property. Because these aren't public records, they don't have to be legalized with an apostille. Normally, you can just access your account information on your financial institution's website, then download and print it. Custody or Guardianship Documents If a child has a foreign parent who has custody, you must get a court document that permits the child to live in Turkey with the other parent and the sponsor. If the other parent is deceased, you'll need a copy of the death certificate. Criminal Record Check The sponsor must provide a criminal record check from Turkey and their home country (if applicable), especially if the sponsor has been living in Turkey for less than five years. The criminal record must show no convictions for domestic violence. Learn how to get a Turkish criminal record check. Learn how to get a criminal record check from your home country. Paying the Fees Everyone must pay the residence permit fee and the card printing fee. However, if you entered Turkey visa-free, you'll have to pay a single-entry fee. Residence Permit Fee This fee is for the processing of your residence permit application. It varies by nationality and is in US dollars, so it's affected by currency fluctuations. It's automatically calculated and printed at the bottom of the first page of your downloaded residence permit application. For children up to 18 years of age, the fee is 50% of the usual fee. The card printing fee is the same. Card Printing Fee The değerli kağıt bedeli or kart bedeli (card printing fee) for 2021 is ₺125. Single-entry Fee The tek giriş harcı (single entry fee) for 2021 is ₺758.90. It's only paid by foreigners who enter Turkey without a visa. If that's you, you'll pay this fee during your appointment. How and Where to Pay the Fees You can pay the fees online, with a credit card, at the end of your online application. Or you can also pay at participating banks, including Vakıfbank, ZiraatBank, and Halkbank, or any vergi dairesi (tax office). You'll need a copy of the first page of your application, your passport, and your tax number. Just show the clerk the first page of your application, and they'll know what to do. Payment Codes for Banks If you pay the fees at a bank, give them the following payment codes: Ikamet Harcı Bedeli (Residence Permit Fee): 9233. Kart Bedeli (Card Fee): 9207. That will make sure the fee payment goes to the correct account. You won't need a code for the single entry fee (if you have to pay it) because you'll pay it during your appointment. Go Back to the Top Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Finding the Immigration Office Your appointment date, time, and location will be printed at the bottom of the first page of your residence permit application. You can also find the immigration offices by searching for the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü and your province in Google Maps. If the immigration office has a branch office in your district, use your district's name. Make sure the address in Google Maps is the same as the one on your residence permit application, because sometimes the offices move. Attending Your Appointment Both the sponsor and the family members applying for the family residence permit must be present during your appointment. The immigration specialist will go over your package to make sure everything is there. They may ask you a few questions about how long you've been married, who else lives with you, and if you intend to work. You'll also submit fingerprints. The appointment will take around 30 minutes. Missing Documents If you're missing any documents, the immigration specialist will ask you to get them and bring them back. They can give you up to 30 days (sometimes more). If it's a local document, you should be able to get it on the same day or the next day. Important! Be sure to get any missing documents back to the immigration specialist during the time allowed, or inform them of whatever difficulties you're having so you can get more time. If you fail to bring the missing documents within the allowed time, your application will be rejected, not canceled. If your application is rejected, you won't be allowed to re-apply for the same type of residence permit for another 180 days. Documents You May Receive at the End of Your Appointment At the end of your appointment, you'll receive one of two documents: An İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Document) This document serves as a temporary residence permit to keep you legally in Turkey until you receive your residence permit card. It also allows you to leave Turkey and be out of the country for up to 15 days and return (one time) without a visa. To re-enter Turkey, you must have this document, your passport, and your fee payment receipts. A Tebliğ Tebellüğü Belgesi (Official Communique Document) The Istanbul and Ankara immigration offices (and perhaps offices in other provinces) may give you a Tebligat (Official Communique Document) instead of a Residence Permit Application Document. The communique states that the immigration office has received your application and that it will process it. It will keep you legally in Turkey until your residence permit card arrives (along with your passport), but it doesn't give you the privilege of re-entering Turkey if you leave. However, there are ways to re-enter Turkey anyway. Learn about leaving Turkey after your residence permit application appointment. Go Back to the Top Step 5: Receive Your Family Residence Permit Either you or someone with power of attorney to receive your residence permit must be present at your address when the residence permit card arrives. You must show your passport or other identification and sign for it. If you aren't home, the PTT will keep your card at the local PTT branch for seven days. After that, it will be returned to the local immigration office where you can go, without an appointment, and pick it up. Learn how to give someone power of attorney. Checking the Status of Your Application After your appointment, you can use the e-ikamet website to see if your application is still in progress, if it's been approved, or if there is some problem that may result in a rejection. Go back to the e-ikamet website and click one of the buttons according to whether your application is a first time, extension, or transfer. On the next page, click "I would like to see my application result." Enter your application number, then your mobile (cell) phone number or your e-mail address, and your foreigner ID number or your passport number, and enter the code indicated in the "Captcha" function to prove you're a real person. On the next page, you'll see if your application is still being processed or if it's complete, and if it's been sent to the PTT (post office) for delivery. SMS Messages You Might Receive "2019-123-4567- nolu ikamet izni talebiniz olumlu degerlendirilmistir. Your residence permit request 2019-123-4567 numbered has been evaluated positively. B001" What it Means: Your application is approved. Your card will be printed and sent to the PTT for delivery to your address. It may take up to 30 days for your residence permit card to be printed and sent to the PTT. "Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to the Provincial Directorate of Migration Management. B001" What it could mean: Your residence permit application has been rejected. There's a problem with your application package. You need to clarify something or provide more documentation. If you see that message, you must go to the local immigration office, as soon as possible, to find out what the problem is. You can walk in without an appointment. If you received the message saying your residence permit's been approved, you'll later get this message from the PTT (post office): "Adınıza, 2345678 barkod nolu gönderi kabul edilmiştir. www.ptt.gov.tr adresinden gönderinin durumunu takip edebilirsiniz. B001" What it means: The PTT has received your residence permit card from the immigration office, and it's in their delivery system. Delivery usually takes two or three days. The first number in the message is the package's barcode. Once you've received the message that your residence permit card has been given to the PTT, you can check on its delivery using the barcode here: https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/ptt-gonderi-takip Learn more about how to check the status of your residence permit and receiving your residence permit card in the mail. Go Back to the Top Extending Your Family Residence Permit Family residence permits can be extended indefinitely. You can apply for an extension at any time within 60 days of expiration, and the extension process is the same as the first-time application process. If you're married to a Turkish citizen, after three years of marriage you and your children can apply to become Turkish citizens. Go Back to the Top Family Residence Permit Videos Here's the immigration office's video guide to the family residence permit application process. It's the first in a series of videos, so the next video will automatically start playing when the first one ends. Go Back to the Top Mertsel Residence Permit Application Services and Insurance Mertsel Insurance provides residence permit application services and health insurance policies (among other services) for the Turkey Central community. Mertsel charges only according to what you need. You won't find a better price for the services they offer. Within 24 hours after you send them all of the required information, Mertsel will: Get you a tax number Create your health insurance policy Apply for and get your Residence Permit Registration Form Set up your appointment at the immigration office and Send you the documents for your application package. You can get a free price quote from Mertsel according to your needs. Contact them by clicking below: Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  19. If you've looked into applying for a residence permit in Turkey, you've probably already heard of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü. You may also have heard it called the Göç or Göç İdaresi, or the immigration office. What they're referring to is the Directorate General of Migration Management. What is the Immigration Office? The Directorate General of Migration Management (or immigration office) is a Turkish government organization under the Department of the Interior. It processes residence permit applications and issues residence permit cards, implements immigration policies, and provides protection for refugees and victims of human trafficking. The immigration office carries out its responsibilities under Law 6458 on Foreigners and International Protection. Immigration Office Provincial Capital Offices There's an immigration office in the capital city of every province in Turkey. These offices handle everything regarding residence permits, including receiving residence permit applications and conducting interviews. While they fall under the authority of the main headquarters in Ankara, the provincial offices have a lot of autonomy in deciding how to implement local procedures. For that reason, the rules and requirements for residence permit applications may differ from province to province. District Immigration Offices There are also immigration office branches in smaller districts that have a high number of foreigners. These branches are under the jurisdiction of the main provincial office and handle routine requests such as first-time applications and interviews for short-term residence permits. There are branch offices in various districts of Istanbul, and also in Alanya, Bodrum, Didim, Fethiye, Kemer, Kuşadası, Manavgat, and Marmaris. Which Immigration Office You Need to Go To When you're completing your residence permit application using the immigration office's online application system at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. The system will give you the date and time of your appointment and the address and contact information for the immigration office where you need to go for your appointment. When you download and print your İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form), you'll also see this information printed at the bottom of the first page. So if you take a taxi to the local immigration office, give the taxi driver that address. Ankara Headquarters After you've submitted your residence permit application during your interview at the local immigration office, the immigration office headquarters in Ankara will create your residence permit card and give it to the PTT (national postal system). The PTT will then deliver it to your address by registered mail. Learn more about receiving your residence permit card and tracking its delivery. Immigration Specialists During your residence permit application appointment, you'll meet with an immigration specialist. The immigration specialist will go over your document package and make sure everything's in order. They'll probably ask you a few questions, such as "do you intend to work?" "Is anyone else living with you?" "Why did you decide to live in Turkey?" The immigration specialists aren't there to "screen you out" or look for ways to disqualify you. Their main concern is to make sure foreigners who come to Turkey obey the law and don't work illegally. They also focus on each person as an individual, and each person's situation, rather than on their national origin. Learn more about the residence permit application appointment and interview. The Immigration Office Helpline (YiMER) You can call the Yabancılar İletişim Merkezi (Foreigner's Communication Center) for free at 157 from any phone in Turkey. The international number is +90 312 157 1122. Press 2 for English. YiMER and its immigration specialists should be your primary source of information. They can help you with any problems or questions you have. Smartphone Applications The immigration office has smartphone applications you can download at either the iTunes store or the Google Playstore. Just search for "Göç İdaresi" and download the app. Social Media The immigration office also maintains pages on Facebook and other social media, where you can see the latest news and updates. Here they are: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Gocidaresi/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gocidaresi YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk4p0zl3EyDVF9Oi4oZNrpA On YouTube, you'll also find a variety of videos which explain the application process for various types of residence permits. Assistance and Support Residence Permit Application Assistance: With this service, a representative of Mertsel Insurance completes your online application and gets an appointment for you within 24 hours. They help you get the documents you need for your application package, and also provide insurance policies for residence permits. Foreigner Communications Center Help Line: The immigration office also has a helpline you can call with any questions you might have. Just call 157 from any telephone in Turkey. If you're outside of Turkey, you can call it at +90 312 157 1122. Be sure to have your passport, application number, and your visa information ready. Turkey Central Residence Permit Forums: Do you have a question? Search our residence permit forum to see if your question has already been asked and answered. If it hasn't, feel free to open a new topic. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  20. I posted earlier and you guys probably got an alert. I saw that Amazon is now in Turkey, and searched for English-language books, but upon closer inspection I see they are being shipped from the USA.
  21. I wouldn't expect anything to happen this week as it is Bayram. I think you will see changes in status from Monday
  22. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control in its threat assessment brief on the Delta variant has projections that indicate that, since it is more transmissible, by the end of August, 90% of infections in the EU will have been caused by this variant. Their modeling scenarios also confirm the following: Because of the increase in circulation of Delta, the overall risk of infection is considered to be low for fully vaccinated individuals and high to very high for partially or unvaccinated people. Any relaxation of preventive measures could lead to a fast and significant increase in daily cases in all age groups. Full vaccination of all age groups should be achieved as early as possible to reduce hospitalizations and deaths, thus keeping incidence at manageable levels. Older age groups (+50) and those with underlying co-morbidities are more likely to be hospitalized. Properly identifying and monitoring circulating Covid types is crucial for the early detection of emerging variants. Source: ECDC
  23. Thank you Mr. Keleş. Great information and its provided us with some peace of mind. We appreciate it greatly. I will update you all on the progress of the situation. Thanks again all !!!
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