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  2. Hi Ken, Thanks for your insight. You are right - I do remember from my time there that Turkish people don't judge you based on things such as this. I know the $/TRY economy issue does not help things either, and many people are upset and rightfully so. I was asking because I'm not sure if it's a good timeto move to Turkey. Since it's been a while since I've been there, I'm not sure how/if things have changed in the wake of everything going on and wanted to get advice from those living there to factor into my decision making. I'm thinking of moving because I need a change in my life. But I think I may wait and see what happens in the re-election in June. How do you like Antalya? It was one of my favorite places when I was there!
  3. U.S.licence owners needs to go to driving course and obtain a Turkish driving licence. Simply, after registering there will be a paper-based exam, second driving test with instructors. If passed on two tests you will entitle to get a Turkish driving licence. Req Docs 1. Passport 2. Residence Permit 3. Biometric photograph 4. Degree ( Translated and notary ratified) 5. Health report 6. Criminal record certificate Fees will be around 900 TL in total as I remember correctly.
  4. Last week
  5. It's impossible to say what the DGMM will do, of course. But as I understand it, for first-time residence permits, especially in Istanbul, they are giving a maximum of one year for first-time applications. Of course, there may be exceptions. However, you have been welcomed as a resident. I see no reason why they would not extend your residence. My overall impression of the system is that they are quite generous in giving residence permits. Unfortunately, people abuse the system. And Turkey is in a very bad neighborhood, so they have to take precautions concerning those to whom they extend their hospitality. If there is no reason to terminate your residence, you should have no problem extending it. I wouldn't worry about any work-around. Just re-apply when the time comes. As much as you might worry, you can't cross a bridge until you come to it.
  6. @JustinM is having this issue now. You might contact him about this. But if I may ask, if your American friend has to go through the process, would you please update us, or maybe even ask him to join us and share their experience? Apparently US citizens now have to go through the whole process from beginning to end, and I (and I am sure others) would like to learn about what is involved.
  7. Ah okay. As Bill Clinton would say, "I feel your pain!" I hope everything gets done soon. Worst case scenario, just use your current address for your residence, and change it when you get your new place. There is an update to this. Apparently now you can just take your new tapu (title deed) or rental contract to the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or DGMM) without an appointment, and update your residence with them. And the DGMM will take care of the entry into the central address system. No need to go to the Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (General Directorate of Population and Citizenship, or Nüfus) first. Of course all of this will be easier since you have a Turkish wife. I have heard that everything is easier if you have a Turkish wife.
  8. Firstly, I'm an American who has lived in Turkey for around 20 years. Yes, it is true that the Turkish government has rounded up thousands of people. That's because an organization, whose leader is living in Pennsylvania, tried to overthrow the government. And it involved thousands of people. This organization killed a lot of people trying to overthrow a democratically-elected government. So personally, I can't blame the Turkish government too much for their reaction. What would the US government do in the wake of an attempted coup, where the military was also involved, in which military jets were used to attack government buildings in Washington, DC? Probably much the same thing the Turks have done. I just bring that up to put things in a little better perspective. In all of this, yes, there were a few US citizens involved. That's inevitable. It doesn't mean they are persecuting US citizens. They are not. I can say this with a high degree of confidence. Turks don't look at Americans and judge them because of their nationality. They may have big problems with the US government, but they don't judge the individual for it. And what is an "American" anyway? Our population is so diverse in culture, religion, national origin, and personality that it would be silly to put us all in a box and label it. The Turks know this. In a lot of cases, when I tell a Turk that I'm an American, they are rather delighted. They want to talk to me. They often tell me about a relative or friend of theirs who lives in the USA, or they have been to the USA. And the conversation is quite positive. Right now there are some tensions between the US government and the Turkish government. There's always going to be something. It is seldom that two countries have zero issues of contention with each other. I don't hide the fact that I am a US citizen, and I never have. I am surprised at how alike we are as people and as a culture. If they have problems with the USA, it's with the government. Heck, lots of US citizens have a problem with the US government. So personally, I really don't think you need to worry about anti-Americanism. It isn't focused on US citizens. It's about the US government, and I think it will have zero effect on you. If I may ask, what brought about the possibility of your moving to Turkey?
  9. Thanks for your reply, Fener. It's not just the govt website, I was reading things like this too: https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/anti-us-sentiment-turkey-reaches-new-high-poll-shows https://bipartisanpolicy.org/blog/rising-anti-americanism-in-turkey/ https://www.voanews.com/a/anti-americanism-rises-in-turkey-as-us-turkish-tensions-escalate/4541086.html So it's hard for me to tell if this is the right time or not to move over there. I know there is anti-americanism everywhere but Turkey was a country where I've always felt welcomed and I'm not sure how much that has/will change since I was there last, because of everything going on. I read in another forum where an American man was advised to not tell anyone that he was American, not that I would brag, but if the question came up, I wouldn't feel right lying. And in others where some American expats aren't feeling that safe anymore. Any other input out there? Thanks!
  10. The RP application site has got I.T. problems and has had for nearly 3 weeks now. It's throwing up all sort of anomaly pop ups. The only thing worth trying is putting each section into Turkish mode,if that doesn't work then it's just a case of keep trying.
  11. No problem with the residence permit. It is just annoying that the house sale in England is taking so long to complete, when it should have gone through weeks ago.
  12. Well that message said the system is experiencing a technical problem and to contact a system administrator. It wouldn't have anything to do with how you entered the data. Perhaps they were updating the system at that time, especially considering that this was at night, when the demand would be lower. Is it working now? Did you manage to get your application completed?
  13. Why would that be a problem? You have a residence now, so it would just be a matter of applying with your current residence, then updating your residence address when you buy a new place and move it. Or am I missing something?
  14. It sounds to me like this date range is the validity period of the visa, that is, you can enter Turkey at any time from 17 June 2019 to 9 August 2019. And I am assuming it is for a single-entry. does it say this? What exactly, from beginning to end, does your visa say? What is the start date of your internship? What is the flight date? If you can answer the questions above I can probably be of more help, but I would assume that internship visas work like work visas. That is, you can come and go all you like on a tourist visa, any time you want. But if you are coming to start your internship, that is probably a one-entry visa that you have to enter with before you can start your internship. You could not enter Turkey with a tourist e-visa and then start working as an intern... you have to enter with the internship visa. So if you were in Turkey on a tourist e-visa, you would have to leave Turkey, then re-enter with the internship visa, during it's validity period.
  15. https://www.jet2.com/en/flights/turkey/izmir Seems they just started flying from the UK to Izmir direct...
  16. Hello, I've been in & out of Turkey since 2007. I haven't had any serious run-ins with any of the issues listed on the state.gov website. Just like everywhere else in the world, keep your head on a swivel (I'm looking at you FRANCE)...but that wouldn't stop me from going. although there have been some serious issues in major cities, I do not fear for my safety. As for Anti-Americanism...you will find that everywhere in almost every country (including the US). But you spend your money and boost the economy...it is appreciated anywhere you go. Majority of people who get caught up in the banning, are people who talk against the government etc. Where you plan on moving to...you will be fine. p.s. I am married to a turk from Izmir & have a son. We are all US Citizens...if I had any fear for their safety, I wouldn't send my son to a Turkish school & we sure wouldn't have bought a house in Turkey either lol.
  17. after a year now gotta deal with the same problem ...The website contains lots of errors. I really don't understand this one " Sistemde teknik bir hata oluştu. Lütfen sistem görevlileri ile irtibata geçiniz. " I changed the language several times even to Russian and Arabic but no change. I tried to do things in quiet hours around midnight because I thought its because of the traffic It didn't help really ... any tips ??
  18. I am an exchange student from Thailand who will go to Istanbul (on 14 June 2019.) for an internship under the programme called IAESTE(The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) with a Turkish company. I got so confused from the Embassy of Turkey in Bangkok that gives the validate date of visa cover only my intern period (Like 17 June 2019 - 9 August 2019) but I have to get into the dormitory before the starting date of my internship. Actually, I gave them a flight reservation when I applied for the visa. I want to know that can I enter the country with a freee visa first and then use the internship visa in the day it's validated (Regarding Thai citizen exempt Visa for 30 days visit)? Have anybody got this issue too please lets me know. Thanks
  19. I have been sorting out my residence permit, all forms filled in online and sent. I have been given an interview date in a months time. Because my wife is Turkish and past retirement age it appears that I do not need any additional health insurance and will automatically be covered by her insurance. My main problem now is that the completion of our house sale in England is taking a lot longer than expected. Our buyer is ready and waiting to move but their buyers solicitor keeps coming up with questions, that has been going on for the past six weeks. Once the sale is completed we can start looking for somewhere to buy in Turkey.
  20. Hi everybody, I'm new to the forums and am considering a move this fall to Turkey - specifically the Antalya, Fethiye or Alanya areas. I've spent a great amount of time in Turkey prior to 2016 as a female on my own and fell in love the country, but haven't been there since and am not sure what to expect in these days and times. Being an American, I know we are not currently seen in the greatest light (putting it lightly) and wanted to know if any of you (American expats) have felt or experienced an increase in anti-americanism, or have not felt safe and considered leaving? I am concerned about safety, not just for me but for my older mother who would be moving there as well. I'm especially concerned after reading the travel warnings on the govt website, which I know can be extreme but I'm not there so I don't know .Most notably this kind of thing worries me: Security forces have detained tens of thousands of individuals, including U.S. citizens, for alleged affiliations with terrorist organizations based on scant or secret evidence and grounds that appear to be politically motivated. U.S. citizens have also been subject to travel bans that prevent them from departing Turkey. I don't want to feel like I have to "hide" my identity or that I am under some kind of possible threat just because of my nationality. Can anyone shed some light on this subject? Thank you so much!
  21. Hello Fada They mean that the tapu needs to be signed, stamped and and a document called a "tapu kaydı" given to you. All this is to prove that the tapu is really in your name. They might just stamp it with a new date or they might issue a new tapu. I just did this with my tapu about six weeks ago, just go to your tapu office and they'll do it, mine took about an hour and cost me 11 lira and I was given a new tapu too.
  22. Hi Ken Thank you for your kind wishes, Just come to my mind that I have the original title deed (Tapu) and a copy of it, I am not sure if the copy need legalization or just to show them the original and the copy? because I am a little confuse, when I read what is written in DMMG web site, here what is written 3.2. Foreigners who owned real estate in Turkey  Official, e-signed/signed and stamped/sealed document which shows that the house belongs to the foreigner (title deed) So I am not sure if they mean the original doc. or the copy to be signed and stamped? Thanks in advance Fada
  23. Any resident foreigners out there who have completed a local driver's course and test to get a Turkish driver's license? My friend has been driving for years on a U.S. license and wants to get legal. Looking for comments / information.
  24. Thank you Dona for updating. Sorry to know, that you did not get the required RP-Period. Well I submitted my first application on the 16th May and I got an appointment on the 11th. of June 2019 (kadiykoy). I applied for 2 years from the 16th. of May, I have two years private insurance, my passport has over 60 days validity after the 2 years, I own my place and have enough money to support my self during these two years, let us see if I will get my request RP-Period. The only different between me and you that I own my place, so do not hastate with buying a property unless you wanted for your own and not for the RP sake, until you see if owning a property will have an effect for the RP period or not, off course I will keep you updated. By the way what happen for the different in RP-fee which you paid for 18 month and you get only 12 month RP? have they paid back to you? Have a nice day Fada
  25. As of November 2018, many GOC offices are starting to apply the following Non Property owners, (i.e. tenants and taahhutname holders): Europeans and Canada and USA will get 1 year making a first application, renewals can be up to 2 years. Non property owners (i.e. tenants & taahhutname holders) from Middle East and Asian countries will get 6 months residence for first applications and renewals will be a maximum of 1 year. Only property owners may get offered two years residency for first applications and renewals.
  26. Well, at least you got a year. For a while there (and maybe still), they were only giving first-time STRPs for five months or so. Anyway, you can apply for another year when the time comes. @Yc551 Regarding the progress of the residence permits, I would imagine it is somewhere in the Ankara DGMM, in a crate with hundreds of other applications, or on someone's desk waiting to be looked over. At least they are now sending a message which says if it has been evaluated positively, that's a welcome development.
  27. Great to hear that! That is a much shorter time than I expected, all the better for you. I hope you get the two years... it sounds like you have everything you need to get one. good luck!
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