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  2. Hi FatiM, Sorry for the problem you have been through with the apartment. First of all, a contract that is signed with the agent (unless he/she's authorized with an official power of attorney) but not with the landlord is not deemed to be legally formed and therefore it is not binding for you. Furthermore, even if the contract is legitimate but it turns out that the physical conditions of the rental property makes it unliveable, like in your case, contominated tap water. You have the right to evict the property with a notification to the landlord which states the failure of facility and if not the problem fixed within a reasonable period of time, you claim your eviction right. Just to avoidance of a future dispute, it would also be good to have a proof by doing a video record which demonstrate the contamination. Regards,
  3. The FBI request form he had to fill made no mention of apostille or authentication services (I've attached a copy q384893984839334.pdf). I don't know why we assumed it would be apostilled, we probably read many links and got confused between FBI seal and apostille. The record he got was two pages, first was the seal page (plain paper no signature) and the second was his record with an official's signature. Here's one link that includes a more detailed answer: https://www.edo.cjis.gov/#/faq 19. Does the FBI provide apostilles*? (*An apostille is a certification that a document has been "legalized" or "authenticated" by the issuing agency through a process in which various seals are placed on the document.) The FBI will authenticate all U.S. Department of Justice Order 556-73 fingerprint search results by placing the FBI seal and the signature of a division official on the results at the time of submission. Note: The FBI seal is no longer a raised seal. Documents authenticated by the FBI may then be sent to the U.S. Department of State by the requestor to obtain an apostille if necessary. Requests to authenticate previously processed results will not be accepted. Yes, you can have the document sent to another country, but we didn't want to deal with long delays using US postal service + PTT. It was faster and more secure to have it delivered to a US address and then have relatives send it via international courier services (but of course we should have sent it first to be apostilled!) There was also the option of making an electronic order and receiving a digital copy (you'd still have to mail the fingerprint form though). So a couple of days ago, I went to DHL and sent it back to an external service (US Authentication Services) to get it apostilled. If we had originally requested a digital copy, we could have emailed it to the company directly and saved some time and money.
  4. Fada wrote: If he does not need health insurance for RP, what he will write in insurance-fields on RP-application? If you are over 65 and do not want nor have SGK nor private health insurance then you can put "18 yaş altı veya 65 yaş üstü" (Under 18 or over 65) in the drop-down menu where it asks for Sağlık Sigortası Türü or Type of Health Insurance Ken wrote: I think, but I am not sure, that once he enters his birth date, the option to enter the insurance may be either optional, or not there at all. You do have to make an entry such as above.
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  7. You have to have a newer meter capable of telling the time and switching you to the cheaper rate and you have to be registered for the off peak rate, the old meters are not capable of doing it. The off peak time is from 10 pm to 6 am.
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  9. Thank you for your answer, the unusual part is relaed to the number error itself, It's everytime diffrent and i don't know why, I hope they will solve it. anyway thankyou again
  10. To determine the cost of an apartment, try using www.sahibinden.com. They list apartments all over Turkey and you can search for one in Alanya to see how much they cost. For the general cost of living, try www.numbeo.com. They collect cost of living information from all over the world, including Turkey.
  11. Geçmiş olsun, Cowboy, I hope everything turns out okay for you.
  12. I've lived in several areas of Izmir including Bostanlı, Alsancak and Konak, and one area called Kahramanlar. That came to mind when I read your topic. There are two or three hospitals around Kahramanlar as well as various doctors offices, clinics, and businesses that serve the hospitals. Kahramanlar is in easy walking distance to the shopping and social life places around Alsancak like the walking street of Kıbrıs Şehitler Caddesi. As I recall the rent prices are cheaper there also. It's a back neighborhood and there are some quiet streets there, and at night it should be quiet because there aren't any bars or night clubs there. I don't know what it's like today, but you might visit the neighborhood and see if it's what you're looking for.
  13. It'll have no effect on your visa at all. When I went to inquire about SGK insurance, they just wanted to see my residence permit card and have a copy of it. They also needed to see my previous residence permit and have a copy of that as well, to prove that I'd lived in Turkey for at least a year (my current RP card was issued less than a year previous). Anyway, with just that they were ready to sign me up for SGK insurance, so it's very easy. It has nothing to do with your visa and will have no effect on it.
  14. Well I just learned something then. I didn't know they had two-year policies, I've only seen two one-year policies issued. I assume this started because of the two-year residence permit, and good thing... now there will only be one policy and one policy number, etc. to deal with. Thanks for sharing that.
  15. Hello. I applied at 29 th january. Approximately when I will get my residency permit doc. I am in Istanbul. Thank you I advance
  16. My experience was very similar to JustinM's in terms of the fact that I submitted the paperwork and then waited for the approval. There was no interview as such , and I did have to wait around a year before it was finalised. I understand why you are asking the questions that you are asking but unfortunately there is no set time limit for this. Each town and city is different. Each overseas Embassy or Consulate is different, sometimes quite considerably. You could ask 20 people and they will all give you a different reply with differing experiences. The main thing is following the procedure. Just get your paperwork right and submit it. If you speak good Turkish it will be much easier but if you don't then there is no need to panic. Yes, you might be called for an interview, and there are quite a few stories about this if you Google it. Howerver, if you are married to a Turkish citizen and everything is in order, it is unlikely that you will get refused if your Turkish is weak. Just make the effort as best you can. The process might take you anywhere from 6 months to 18 months to complete. The other thing to point out is that if you name has a W or a character that is not in the Turkish alphabet then your name might end up being slightly different on your ID. Example William Smith might end up as Villiam Smith. The letters Q, W, and X of the ISO basic Latin alphabet do not occur in the Turkish alphabet (replacements for these letters are K, V and KS ) so you could end up with your driving license looking different from your ID.
  17. Thank you for you support sir Ken! Yes i will surely update this topic. And I hope i could spend the next winter with my Girlfriend in Turkey.
  18. Hi Khaled, that's correct, but you were talking to the border control police, which is a completely different office from the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM). Even if you exit and re-enter with a new passport, according to the law, you're still required to report your new passport information to the DGMM. That said, I've also gotten a new passport, left and re-entered Turkey, and never reported it. Then when I extended my residence permit, I just told the immigration officer I had a new passport. Even though I was over the 20 business days I was supposed to report it, I wasn't fined. But I think to be on the safe side, it's best to comply with the law and report the new passport to the DGMM.
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    Hi Trevor Lei, Story does not sound realistic to me. That seems like a sort of scam to get money from your family. I would definitely recommend you to be extra suspicious and careful when such calls come from someone who you have not met in person. Regards,
  20. Looking at 50cc scooters if I cant get a motorcycle licence. Do I need to register it in my name? If so, how would i go about doing so. Us expat.
  21. Thank you. As a foreigner.Trying to find out how I can get a motorcycle licence.
  22. It might also be worth pointing out that even though something is the law, it might be subject to interpretation in some of the districts. I can remember taking my driving license to the police department in our local town and being told not to worry because if I was stopped it would be OK and that I didn't need to change my UK license. This was in 2017 and I was well past my 6 months limit. Eventually I went to our main city and was still told that I needed to provide a schooling certificate, something which I have never had cause for in over 30 years!. I looked at taking my Turkish Driving license or completing a local course at university in order to obtain the necessary certificate of education, both of which were impractical and clearly ludicrous. I went home to think about it and sat at my desk. Staring at me on the wall was a certificate from the Chartered Insurance Institute, suitably embossed with the Queen's emblem and a seal. Hmmm. I thought, I wonder?. The following week I took this down to the noter's office, had it translated and stamped, and then submitted it along with all my other paperwork. Suffice to say, I now have my Turkish driving license having surrendered my UK one.
  23. Thanks: 74 Thanked 7 Times in 6 Posts Buying a 50cc moped scooter Anyone know a good quality 50cc bike? My motorcycle license is expired. Looking at some small models for around town. Would like an affordable model. Not familiar with scooters and moped models and brand quality.
  24. Thanks @Ken Grubb and @40Lillies. Your questions/answers were very beneficial for someone who is moving to Turkey.
  25. In the summer my stepsons played tennis at Sports International near Mersin Marina. I do agree that for younger people there is not much to do in Mersin, we may be moving to Antalya this year as my older stepson has been offered a job there and it seems to be a more lively place than Mersin.
  26. Tarsus American College is an IB school
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