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  2. So that might be the reason I still didnt get an appointment date for my RP. I have applied on the 18th March but still didnt get any date either by SMS or e-mail. The current situation with COVID-19 is probably slowing down other administrations other than healthcare ones. Thank you for sharing this great information!
  3. Sorry Ken only saw your message now. Well i finished the whole application online and I got the Başvuru Formu but without the appointment date on it. I received my application number by SMS and when I go for the online platform of the RP I cant get an appointment date or even details for payment. I'm applying for a RP in Istanbul yes So i presume I will receive the appointment date by either SMS or my email that i provided over the application. I guess due to the COVID-19 situation right now the immigration office is delaying this process so I'm not worried as i applyed for the RP before my tourist visa expired. I still have 2 months on it. Thank you for all the info!
  4. From which animal the Covid-19 came from has yet to be determined, but it is thought to have originated from bats. These infected bats could have passed the virus on to chickens or other animals that were sold at the Wuhan Market. Since the virus first emerged at the beginning of the year it has spread to nearly every country in the world. Currently more than 615,000 people are known to be infected and 28,000 deaths have been recorded, including 1,019 in the UK and 108 in Turkey. The total number of cases in Turkey now stands at around 7,400. It is pure speculation as to how bad it could be, no one really knows how big the pandemic could get. The disease has already taken hold in Europe, the United States and South East Asia and it is spreading to Africa and South America. Covid-19 is related to SARS, the virus which caused havoc in 2002 and 2003. It died out much more easily than Covid-19 will die out because Covid-19 is not so easy to control but the respiratory problems and risk of pneumonia that comes with it are already proving fatal to those at risk and even in some cases, healthy individuals. So, with countries on lock down what can we expect. Many large cities have seen panic buying, hospitals overflowing and a variety of decrees by governments trying to halt the spread of the disease so that the medical profession can cope with the large numbers affected. Whilst many people will only experience mild flu symptoms, around 20% of Covid-19 cases could be severe and the current death rate is estimated to be between 1 and 3.5 percent. The numbers are huge. Here in Turkey the government has announced a series of measures designed to slow the virus. Schools have been closed and lessons are now beamed across the country by television. All sports events and large gatherings have been cancelled. All unnecessary shops, including restaurants, cafes, clubs, bars and shopping malls have been instructed to close until further notice and senior citizens over the age of 65 have been ordered to stay indoors with the threat of fine if they do not comply. The authorities have set up road blocks to check who is travelling and why they are travelling and the Jandarma, rural police units, are deployed to the villages to make sure that places remain closed and that the elderly stay indoors. The damage to industry, tourism and the economy in general is pretty much the same here as it is in Europe. Whilst supermarkets and market places, petrol stations and pharmacists remain open, the streets are very quiet and the towns and villages have an eerie atmosphere about them. We ventured out once this week to do some shopping and there was no sign of the panic buying experienced by others, our supermarket was nearly empty at a time when it would normally have been busy. There was no shortage of food either. The Turkish people are doing a great job of "Keep Calm and Carry On" There are many who wear face masks and surgical gloves but other than that there is no shortage of food or fuel. Today we here that the government has now ordered the first lock down in 12 locations in the Black Sea provinces of Rize and Trabzon. The curfew will commence tomorrow in some of the towns and villages most affected. Essentially, residents will be banned from leaving their homes except for emergencies and until further notice. All non-essential businesses are to shut down and there will be strict controls in place to make sure that people abide by the rules. Part of the problem in this particular region is that a large group of pilgrims were returning from Saudi Arabia to Rize. They entered the country with no health checks in recent weeks to an area that has a large number of Arab tourists and people from Arab countries who have made their home here and become semi permanent residents.Even the road signs and shops display words in Turkish and Arabic, a clear indication as to the numbers involved. This strict curfew gives us an insight as to the alarming speed with which this virus can spread. Moving between cities will also be forbidden as from tomorrow. Parks and recreation centres will be closed to the public and even jogging and fishing are to be banned. The country has shut down all international flights for an indefinite period and even domestic transportation between cities is now subject to permission from local authorities. The land borders of Turkey have all but closed. So far, in Turkey, more than 210,000 private businesses have been shut down. Tourism, an important part of the economy of the nation is now in trouble and the already fragile economy is subject to even more upheaval for an unexpected and unpredictable period of time. As our cities and towns go quiet, the pollution clears, and the birds and animals breathe more easily. Is our human existence flawed and in jeopardy as a result of our own foolishness? As satellite images show once foggy cities now free from smog we have to ask ourselves, has it all been worth it? How selfish have we all been? Where do we go from here? Perhaps in these difficult times businesses will adapt and find new ways to function. Old jobs might change in their roles and application as we struggle to come to terms with what is happening around us. So what do we do now? We sit tight and follow the advice given by our governments. There will always be people who will bend the rules. There will be many who think that they are invincible and that this virus will not affect them. I had to smile as one village chief in Sivas put out an announcement over the tannoy to his village, he was clearly exasperated with people not listening to the advice given. Lets take a moment to listen to that. Wherever you live in the world, now is the time to look after your friends and relative and the wider community. Do not put them at risk. Stay at home and act responsibly and do you bit to make sure that you are looking after yourself too. Corovid-19 is a killer. Lots of people are going to die. As hospitals struggle to cope we must respect the advice given and the efforts of the professional services that are there to protect and care for us. Make sure that you do everything that you can to ensure that it isn't you and yours that are put at risk. Stay safe.
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  6. The Nüfus will contact you. To do the interviews, they assemble a panel of various public officials. This "citizenship board" is assembled periodically during the year, and it's a different date every time.
  7. Also using BIMCELL for a month and cant complain while using it in Istanbul. Normal coverage and the packages are really good for the price they ask for. Basically they are under Turk Telekom so the connections u get are pretty much the same and reasonable. You might have some disrupted signal while in the countryside away from the big cities but that would be almost the same problem for any other phone company. Buy a card with a TC card or Residence Permit in the BIM supermarket prepared for that, top up the card, activate the package you want and start using. Every month you just top up again to keep the package activated. You can do this in BIM supermarket or in their online website.
  8. Hi! Did you fully understand this sentence? I could explain it. Ciao
  9. I am a British man married to a Turkish woman. We had intended to marry in Turkey but at the time my local UK registrars office was in the process of changing location and so delays meant that they did not manage to provide the certificate of no impediment document I needed in time for my travel to Turkey. This certificate of no impediment document is required for the official secular civil marriage service in Turkey, as far as I am aware it is a requirement of international law, so you would need the German equivalent and a Certified Translation in Turkish. We were still able to have a religious marriage, though that was just for us and our family and friends and is not legally recognised by the Turkish or UK authorities. So we had the religious marriage and a honeymoon in North Cyprus. We had the official civil marriage service six months later in England when we had managed to get all the appropriate documents and visas sorted out. That was back in 2006, marrying a foreign citizen in the UK is more difficult and expensive now. I do not know what the situation in Germany is. Hopefully someone else here will be able to provide you with more information.
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  11. I'm glad to hear you found a good place! I think that neighborhood is the best considering what you mentioned earlier, as well as for the price. Practically anything worth getting to is close by, including Kültürpark, which is enjoyable for its events and also a stroll. I hope you enjoy it!
  12. Wow, Oncebitten, it's good to hear back from you as I was wondering how things were working out for you. And thanks for addressing tequelinka too; your advice (literally from the horse's mouth) will, I hope, have a stronger impression on her than anything the rest of us could possibly say, who haven't lived it. I certainly hope she will take it to heart. tequelinka, I urge you to read the signs your fiance is showing you, read his anger when you challenge his dictates. Some things can't be left till after marriage to settle... you must sort them out now, before you take that step. Before it's too late......! Good luck with whatever you decide to do, just don't be blind-sighted as Oncebitten says.
  13. I doubt there will be a stigma attached to you as a single mother in Istanbul, there are plenty of divorces in Turkey and therefore plenty of single mothers. I think your bigger problem will be your employment. Generally employers in Turkey are not allowed to hire a foreigner unless there is no Türk available or capable of doing the job so you are unlikely to get a job officially. I think this is why Ibrahim Abi asked if you had Turkish Citizenship. To work legally you will have to have a work permit which is obtained for you by your employer. If you accept work illegally you will not be able to pay into the social care system and therefore will have no right to make pension payments, healthcare payments or work related health insurance. You will be outside the protection of employment laws and at the mercy of your employer if anything goes wrong. We have articles to guide you about working in Turkey, you will find them here. Good luck with your endeavour, if you have any more questions don't hesitate to ask.
  14. Sorry, my mistake... I forgot you were traveling visa-free. In that case you wouldn't have to worry about any expiration dates, you would just have to worry about exceeding 90 days in Turkey in any 180-day period. OK I went to this Schengen Visa calculator: https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/visa-calculator/ Here is a result of the dates you provided using the calculator, in a screenshot. I entered today's date as if you were departing today, that allows the calculator to determine how many days you have left as of today. Click on the image for a closer view. It's saying you have spent a total of 74 days in Turkey in the previous 180-day period, and you still have 16 days left.
  15. I've never seen the white tarps in Antalya. They do it with umbrellas, though, in the dönerci çarşısı (kebab market). But that's mostly for decoration. In the old city in Muratpaşa, the streets are more like alleys, and its easy to find shade. It's not really that hot there. There are also some excellent seaside restaurants along the cost where there's plenty of breeze, and usually huge umbrellas or even trees for shade, which makes it quite pleasant. The only time the heat has really bothered me is when I had to go out and run a lot of errands, spending a lot of time walking along busy streets, sometimes in the shade and sometimes not. Or if I'm on my rooftop terrace for a long time. Or if a place doesn't have air conditioning and the heat accumulates. If you're going to be in Antalya in a hot month like July and August, of course, you're going to be hot, but while I may feel it and comment on it, I really don't find it so oppressive that I would think of moving somewhere else because of it. In spite of the heat, Antalya might be the best place I've ever lived, with San Diego CA right up there with it. And San Diego has the best weather, year round, in the entire USA. Yes. But it's a lot more fun, and faster, to take the antique tram. That runs all along the outskirts of the old town, all the way up to the museum and the entrance to Konyaaltı Beach. When you get to the museum stop, you just walk a little farther to a huge public elevator which will take you down the cliff to the beach. It's a very pleasant way to get there. To take a bus you'd have to bypass all of that and come in to Konyaaltı Beach another way because of the traffic patterns, and it wouldn't make sense. For more information see: http://www.antalyaulasim.com.tr/ On the home page click Nostaljı Tramvayı (Nostalgic Tram). It will have a map showing you the route. It takes the same transportation card the buses do. Regarding clothing, my advice would be to wear whatever you want, whatever you would wear anywhere else which has a climate like Antalya. If you're going to go out at night, you might want to wear long pants. But during the day, shorts and sandals are just fine. That said, Turks generally don't wear shorts. As I understand it, a lot of Europeans don't, ether! But that's a cultural thing. If you wanted to blend in as much as possible then I'd say yeah, wear long pants and dress very modestly. But it isn't necessary. Antalya is full of foreigners living there and visiting, and you'll be one of them, and the people of Antalya will be glad to have you there. I think how you dress won't matter to them even one iota.
  16. I hope you'll have no further problems with this, and that you find a nice place to live. Thanks for letting us know how it turned out.
  17. That would be great if you could send me a scan by personal message, there's an option to upload a document. I'm thinking that this type of form might have multiple uses, and might be configured differently depending on what it's used for.
  18. According to what I'm seeing on the Ministry of Culture and Tourism site, one can only bring in one (1) mobile phone duty-free. https://www.ktb.gov.tr/EN-120416/duty-free-goods.html That doesn't mean you can't bring in more, but there will be an import duty to pay.
  19. Precious, see this guide: Finding a Job in Turkey If you have any questions, just ask, we'll try to help.
  20. That whole area down there has some pleasant seaside towns you might want to drop in on as you drive along. Around Marmaris there's a lot of forest, so one of the towns near there might be what you're looking for. Marmaris itself, like Bodrum though, is very touristy during the summer. According to your needs I agree with Cukurbagli. Among the options you listed, Fethiye would be the only place you would find those things. Besides the main town, there's the Çalış Beach area which has a pleasant promenade (which extends to the main town), and a pleasant pebble beach. Excellent restaurants and night spots as well. Çalış Beach is where most of the expats live in Fethiye. Outside of Fethiye there are some very nice beaches and natural areas, but you would have to drive to get to them.
  21. Sorry for the late reply on this. Most every city in Turkey has a hayvan barınağı (animal shelter), including Izmir. You can find the one for Izmir by searching Google for izmir hayvan barınağı. Most of these animal shelters don't have websites (I didn't see one for the Izmir animal shelter), but they're listed in various web directories where you can get their contact information and location. Good luck in your adoption, and hats off to you for giving a dog a good home!
  22. I'm not sure on that one, can you call the help line at 157 and ask?
  23. Use the Nufus address Polly, that will be the one on the computer system that is linked to a lot of departments. You can get a print out of your address from the Nufus office too, also available on the E-Devlet site.
  24. Ah, great... thanks for that info, I was wondering how that worked!
  25. Hello friends, I am curious about one question, in 2008, 1 USD was equal to 1.15 TL but now in 2020 1 USD is 6 Turkish Lira. Why is it so? I tried to do a research, at that time Turkish GDP was at 750 Billion $ and now it is 850 Billion $. The economy over time has increased the GDP but the Lira is going down. Why is it so? And if lira was almost equal to Dollar, is it possible now if corrective actions are taken in the monetary policy to get Lira back to its previous glory standing head to head with the dollar? Looking forward for opinion, THY
  26. 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.
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