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  1. Current SGK fee is 858TL per month as Redders says. That 107.33 is for a Turkish worker. Translated from the page in your link "The premium amount to be paid by people whose income is above one third of the gross minimum wage is 3% of the gross minimum wage. For this reason, the premium amount to be paid by those in this scope for 2021 is 107.33 TL per month."
    3 points
  2. Sorry to be blunt, but this sounds very fishy to me. I don't believe he is a dentist. If he were serious and you've been talking for a month, he would have given you more personal information. I would re-evaluate your trust in this person.
    3 points
  3. It's not a problem. Just ask for paket (pah-keht). They'll wrap it up for you to take with you. I also do this often, and every restaurant I've been to in Turkey offers the option. Turkey also has a food delivery website that is excellent. It's at www.yemeksepeti.com. You set up your account with your address (it's also a good idea to provide some instructions, in Turkish, on how to get there). Once you're set up it's easy to order food to be delivered to your door. You'll have to be in Turkey to set up your account first, and also access it from Turkey so you can see what restaurants and food is available.
    3 points
  4. Ah yes. That makes sense. Thanks to Vu8 for helping. You can actually add two insurance policies in case you're applying for a two-year short-term residence permit and have to add two separate insurance policies (one for the first year and one for the second year). But apparently you must use the "add" function even if you only have a health insurance policy for one year.
    2 points
  5. I agree with Mimi, it almost sounds like he has cut you off, for whatever reason. If he has your contact details he would have contacted you, if he had wanted. Might be a good idea to forget him...
    2 points
  6. Hi there, I will hereby list some of the cheapest and most value TurkCell packages which I'll use the best plan after my current package ends and I can register the Ikamet to this Sim Card to make sure the sim does not self cancel within 3 months. I use Turk Cell because that's the very first sim package I got after I arrived in Antalya. You can also use Turk Telekom and Vodafone, and those smaller cellular operators such as Teknosa Cell, Bim Cell, PTT Cell... If you have an Ikamet or a Kimlik I'll only list packets 15GB or larger, because I use around 15GB worth of data each month, also total plan price under 80 in a 4 week period. 65TL Aynen 15GB, 4 week 15GB, 500 TALK 1000 TEXT, YEARLY TOTAL 847.32 66TL Firsat Yeni 15GB, 4 week 15GB, 1000 TALK 100 TEXT, YEARLY TOTAL 860.36 69TL Gnc Yeni Mega Plus, 4 week 20GB, 1000 TALK 100 TEXT, YEARLY TOTAL 899.47 77 TL Firsat Yeni 20GB, 4 week 20GB, 1000 TALK 100 TEXT, YEARLY TOTAL 1003.75 80 TL Gnc Uclu 30GB, 4 week 20GB, 1000 TALK 1000 TEXT, YEARLY TOTAL 1042.86, FB AND TWITTER DEDICATED DATA 10GB
    2 points
  7. Whew! What a lot of banks! And not very fruitful. About 16 years ago (not long after we came here), a friend from back home came to visit us for 2 weeks. When he saw the high interest rates compared to back home, he decided to make a modest investment, & managed to open an account at our local Ziraat branch with not too much trouble. Using his passport he got a local tax number & these 2 documents were sufficient for the bank (in those days at least). Sorry not much help as things have changed a lot since then. Hope you can find a sensible staff member at one of those banks to advise you...
    2 points
  8. Dear Graceanna, You are entitled to ask for a full refund, given the fact that initial payment was a deposit to book a surgery which take place on December 28, 2021. Should you have no progress on communications, you can consult to a legal practitioner here in Turkey. As the amount of the fund is not that high, I believe an out of court settlement seems to be very likely to reach with the doctor office. Otherwise, they would end up incurring at least 5 times higher costs if you go to court. Regards,
    2 points
  9. You also need original documents that prove that you have graduated from high school in your own country. Some older people find this a serious problem, particularly those from the UK, where they do not give a high school diploma as such. If you convert a foreign licence into a Turkish one (without the driving course) your original foreign licence is taken and returned to the issuing authority. I am not sure what happens if you take the driving course as US citizens are obliged to do.
    2 points
  10. I brought my old phone from my country and bought a Turkcell SIM card and a tourist package a month ago. Since my phone is not worthy to register, I decided to buy a cheap domestic phone. I was worrying about the same issue. I may be wrong since the people in Turkcell could not speak English at all. But I understood they seemed to say the registration was for the foreign phone not the SIM card. So, I bought one and they put the same SIM card into my new domestic phone, topped up a new package and told me I would not need to change SIM card some time later. I think It is all about the fees for foreign phones just like Ken said.
    2 points
  11. I came to Turkey 3 weeks ago and I have lived here in Muratpaşa Antalya since then. I also was wondering how they were delivered. The way to be delivered in my apartment is same as yours. Yesterday, I found the water bill at the ground floor near elevator. It was a random place. Out of many bills, I found mine and someone put the electrical bill today in the exact same way. My suppliers are same as yours, CK Akdeniz and ASAT. I logged into my Ziraat bank account with a mobile banking and as soon as put the account number for water and electrical, there was already my name, address and the amount of due. Just simple click few times and that was it. There was no fees. It was pretty straight forward. On the actual bill, the water printed on October 14 and the electrical printed on October 15. Hopefully, this helps you.
    2 points
  12. No I don't, we pay all bills by direct debit or occasionally internet banking. We pay the water bill cash to the guy who reads the meter.
    2 points
  13. Generally it is often difficult to pay with a non Turkish credit card. Even Turkish debit cards are sometimes no accepted for on-line purchases. As far as I know the PTT only accepts cash. In my opinion this is your best option until you have a bank account.
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  14. Presumably abandoned after commission was paid! I would either ask a neighbour who the yonetici is, and go to see them, or go back to the agent
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  15. Can confirm, for Antalya, CK Akdeniz electricity does not require ikamet. ASAT water does not require ikamet. CK Akdeniz only seem to require the DASK insurance number and the passport. ASAT requires TAPU and passport I think, also DASK. Turk Telekom home internet is where the BS comes in, you MUST have an ikamet if you want the name of the utility to be under yourself. If you have a turkish friend with a Kimlik or somebody with an Ikamet you can use theirs. Hence the importance to make good friends hahaha. Same for cell phone numbers, Ikamet required. No gas at my apt, one has to get a gas cannister subscription at the local gas delivery company and I don't have a need for that right now.
    2 points
  16. I would not ship items of sentimental value, I would bring them with me. DHL or UPS are options, but they will only hold them for about 3 days, so best to get someone to send them to you after you arrive here. Anything you send may be liable for customs fees. I know someone who had a major hassle getting a parcel out of customs, and it was only a cheap spare part for his car.
    2 points
  17. Your residence permit will be sent by registered mail, so the postal person will ring your doorbell and have you sign for it. They are not supposed to leave it there or give it to anybody else. As for mail, we have mailboxes in our building but the security is terrible. So I went to the post office and opened a post office box (posta kutusu). It only costs me like 20 TL per year. That way I know my mail is secure and not left in the lobby. But I have to go to the post office and check my mail regularly. Another issue is that you can't receive packages from cargo carriers like DHL or FedEx at a post office box. Only mail send through a government official mail system.
    2 points
  18. Ninna2021

    Resident renewal

    Hello just to update information… Today I had randevu.. No interview, just give paper on desk. I applied for me and mom for 2y, and son 1 year and 2 months. I gave: Application form, 2 photos, sigorta, rent contract, copy of passport and copy of kimlik. And freiend gave me taahhuname, so for him also I gave copy of kimlik, that he’s not married and that no have criminal record. After they check everything they say that I go to pay in Vezane and paid and go back gave papers. Officer gave me teblig ve tebellug belegst, and say go home and wait kimlik will come maybe 7 days maybe 1 month.. max 3 months. So I hope that’s it it’s now possible, that they not give me? Officer say everything is ok, go and wait
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  19. There are usually cats hanging around apartment complexes. Generations of them. Whenever I have some leftover meat I cut it up in small pieces so the cats can eat it easily. I signal them from my top-floor terrace, a loud "psss psss psss" to let them know I'm throwing something down for them. I'm amazed at how quickly they made the association between that sound and food falling from the sky. I always throw it in the same place so they always know where to find it.
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  20. Yes, wasting food is a sacrilege. At home we never throw leftovers out. I even save the peelings from fruit & veg to give away to neighbours for their chooks (read chickens). Everything should be recycled. And yes, anyone is entitled to take home whatever is uneaten at restaurants... after all, they have paid for it!
    2 points
  21. We often have a doggy bag, generally it actually goes to the doggies. We cannot see good food go to waste. at home meals are often made from left-overs, after that the doggies hoover it up. We all need to remember that the Earth is in water crisis, and all food has taken up water as it grows, wasting food is wasting water.
    2 points
  22. Given the number of complaints of passengers in all major cities, the Ministry of Interior has issued a circular covering all provinces stating that taxi drivers unwilling to pick up passengers will be sanctioned including the revocation of their licenses. Taxi drivers may say that the trip you want to make is too short; the area you are going to is subject to traffic jams; it is rush hour (!); they also tend to prefer people who look like tourists or start the meter at the taxi rank (which is forbidden) on their way to picking the passenger up. Another thing they do is, if you have hailed a passing taxi, got into their car and a chauffeur at the nearest rank sees this, they cross their vehicle to intercept yours and start a heated argument. The circular also encourages taxi users to document and share their complaints with the police, the local Şöferler Odası, and the municipality. In Istanbul, for example, the police have been conducting undercover surveillance operations both on taxis and short distance buses this last month. The first measure we should take is documenting the license number and taxi company logo on both doors. Checking the meter reads 0 tl, recording the conversation on our phones, and calling the police (155) are some of the things we can do to substantiate our claims. Source: Ministry of Interior
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  23. If it suits you a far better idea would be to come and rent for an extended stay, between 6 months and a year including a winter. Look around, talk to various people and talk to various estate agents. What you pay in rent you will save in being more aware and better equipped to negotiate a price. Just to come and buy is very risky.
    2 points
  24. You can also get a private health insurance policy that covers whatever you want. The cost will vary of course, depending on what coverage you want. This article covers private health insurance policies which cover more than the basic residece permit health insurance. Pay attention to the "Required Wording" section near the end. If you get a policy that wasn't specifically designed for residence permits, the policy must have that wording on the first page.
    1 point
  25. You can ask Turk Telekom to install fibre optic lines but don't expect it to be installed just because you asked. Here in Çukurbağ near Kaş there has been a campaign to get fibre for years, it finally got installed about six weeks ago. No doubt there is a plan for the installation but they are currently working on installing it throughout the country. Because you are in the city you may be lucky and not have to wait too long, I wish you luck.
    1 point
  26. Yes you can pay before the appointment, or after. The cashier is in the same building so it's very quick and easy.
    1 point
  27. There is no need to register anywhere as your address is entered into the national system when your details are taken by the GOC officer at your RP interview. You only need to inform the GOC within 20 days if/when you move properties.
    1 point
  28. When I was applying for Ikamet online through that Goc Idaresi portal, the website instantly crashes after you select your private health insurance, fill out the insurance number, insurer and the coverage date and trying to proceed. This can be dealt with by switching to TURKISH on or before the page where you are supposed to fill out the private insurance info. Then after the page is switched to Turkish, you would fill out the exact same private insurance information, then click proceed. Then you can switch back to English after this private insurance page is being completed to the next page. This is an IT issue that I wish somebody who speaks Turkish can file a complaint to Goc Idaresi, or better somebody with connections to Goc can make sure it gets fixed. If you fill out the insurance page in English the website would CRASH immediately and take you to a page with the Bosphorus strait with a ship on it, aka the Goc Idaresi BSOD. 2021 10 21
    1 point
  29. Thank you so much. When 3 months hits I will do that too.
    1 point
  30. Okay I misunderstood. This is the first time I've heard of a temporary three-month SIM card. The way it's been done is the foreigner would get a regular SIM card, but then the phone would stop working after 90 days (it has been extended to a year because of the pandemic). It didn't depend on whether the foreigner had a residence permit or not, it was just about paying the fee. So unfortunately I don't know how it works with the temporary SIM card.
    1 point
  31. Will keep you updated on my sides of the story. Yes I don't think you even need a Turkish bank statement, a 6 month home bank statement in English should suffice. On Monday I'll go get the AC installed try to open a bank account at Kuveyt or Vakif Katilim. I also need to buy a silicone gun and a silicone caulk to seal the newly installed electric circuit breaker and the power switch that are both exposed in the open air on the top floor balcony.
    1 point
  32. Ken Grubb

    Resident renewal

    I am so happy to hear stories like yours. And I'm happy that everything turned out okay for you. Congratulations on receiving the residence permits you requested!
    1 point
  33. What I know is that if you're coming from the USA, you'll have to go to a Turkish driving school. They have course materials in English. And the school will arrange for you to get a Turkish driver's license.
    1 point
  34. I am also using Turk Telecom for home internet. Since I have not applied ikamet yet (I will do it next week) I asked my landlord to open it for 1 year contract and I paid ONE YEAR payment to the landlord up front so that I do not worry about the monthly payment.
    1 point
  35. Like I mentioned earlier, I came to Turkey 3 weeks ago. I went to Ziraat Bank in Kepez since I was staying hotel at Kepez. I brought my passport, tax number, temporary home address which was a hotel, and some cash (Canadian currency). They asked me the same thing, 30k TL deposit for 3 months. Since I took little more than that, there was no issue. They opened CAD account and TL account without a deposit. I had some misunderstandings but it was okay because I was a new comer, and I fixed it at other branch after I moved to Muratpaşa.
    1 point
  36. I received my first CK Akdeniz Fatura today on Oct 15 2021, same delivered at first floor. Still waiting on my first Asat bill and my first Turk Telekom Bill.
    1 point
  37. I'll probably stop by PTT to pay 3 bills at once... Do you know anywhere that charges less Fatura Odeme commissions than PTT?
    1 point
  38. I've never heard of any service besides the PTT who offers private post office boxes. Keep in mind that Turkey isn't in the best of geographic neighbourhoods, so security is tighter on such things. If you open a post office box at the PTT and receive a package, they'll put a notification in your box telling you what window to go to. I don't think there is any other way of doing it other than having the items shipped to your home. And just as a reminder, if you want to do that, the items must be shipped by US Mail only. It would also be a good idea to send it in a way that the package can be tracked.
    1 point
  39. Oh what i meant isn't the apartment lock, it's the lock outside the building for the whole 8 units at my daire. Should yönetici have that? Maybe I'll just obtain a copy from him or her?
    1 point
  40. I think the previous owner of your unit would have that. You would have to contact them. Or check with the real estate agent. Maybe the yönetici (apartment manager) might have it, you could check and see. I suspect, though, that if you can't find a key, you will have to have the lock replaced. I recommend replacing the whole lock anyway. You cannot know how many people have access to whatever key(s) are out there, who they are, and what they might do with it. So to be on the safe side, change the lock.
    1 point
  41. Nice one. Thanks for sharing!
    1 point
  42. Balık baştan kokuyor = The fish smells from the head down. Often used in referring to political corruption...
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  43. Hello everone, I had my first short term RP which I could not renewal it, because of my absence abroad during corona time. Now I applied for a new short term RP and paid the RP fee plus fee for the card. At my interview the officer had asked me to pay more 700 tl as fee for a visa. this fee I had paid already during my all first application for 2 years ago. Any one could tell me if the officer claim was right?
    1 point
  44. Ken Grubb

    Resident renewal

    Thanks for the update, Ninna! If they received your package and looked it over, then you probably have all of the documents you need. Unfortunately everything still must be reviewed. I don't see why they would reject your applications. They can be quite strict in Istanbul, not so much in Antalya. Unfortunately there is always the chance of a rejection. The tebellüğü (tebliğ-tebligat) is just a memo saying they received your application and will process it. You'll know the applications have been approved when you receive an SMS messsage or e-mail from the immigration office. It will say your applications have been approved and that the cards are being printed. In the past, for me, it's taken another 40 days after that to receive it by registered mail, but I've heard of lots of people getting their cards faster. When the PTT (post office) receives your cards, they'll send you an SMS message saying they're in the process of being delivered. There will be a link you can use to track the delivery. You can also check on the immigration office website to see if your applications have been approved. See this article on checking on the approval and tracking delivery of your residence permit card:
    1 point
  45. Try this https://www.google.com/search?q=jobs+in+turkey&newwindow=1&source=hp&ei=kmpcYbClJMPW-QaRvZ_ADg&iflsig=ALs-wAMAAAAAYVx4ogXcUgcBKfriO_hr1MA6F4B2be6u&oq=jobs+in+turkey&gs_lcp=Cgdnd3Mtd2l6EAEYBDIFCAAQgAQyBQgAEIAEMgUIABCABDILCC4QgAQQxwEQ0QMyBQgAEIAEMgUIABCABDIFCAAQgAQyBQgAEIAEMgUIABCABDIFCAAQgAQ6CAguEIAEEJMCOgUILhCABFDxFVihIWCFVGgBcAB4AIABiAKIAYMGkgEFMC4yLjKYAQCgAQGwAQA&sclient=gws-wiz Just click anywhere on the blue text. But also click on the link (the bold text) in Ken's post above, there is a lot of information there, read it.
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  46. Hello Jonathan, welcome to Turkey Central. Once you have found a work contract we can help you with advice about the town that the work is in or finding somewhere to live etc etc. Turkish employers do not look at Turkey Central to find employees, you will have to look at places where job adverts are posted. Try searching for "jobs in Turkey" on google.
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  47. I was able to keep the utilities in the owners name. There was a misunderstanding with the emlak and the owner was actually expecting me to keep it in his name. He had the pipes turned off because he was gone. So it confused me, but he corrected it
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  48. Contents What is a Long-term Residence Permit? An Overview of the Long-term Residence Permit 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: Prepare Your Application Package Step 4: Attend Your Appointment Step 5: Receive Your Residence Permit Long-term Residence Permit Application Video Assistance and Support What Is a Long-term Residence Permit? The long-term residence permit is a biometric identity card that enables you to live in Turkey permanently (for life). You never need to extend it. It gives you the same rights and privileges as a Turkish citizen, except for things like voting and running for public office. You won't have to serve in the Turkish military, and you don't have to know Turkish. The long-term residence permit doesn't give you the right to work, but it does qualify you for an unlimited work permit. To be eligible to apply for a long-term residence permit, you must live in Turkey continuously with a work or residence permit for at least eight years. The Unlimited Work Permit Once you have a long-term residence permit, you can also apply for an unlimited work permit. The unlimited work permit is also for life and doesn’t need to be extended. It enables you to work in any job, for any employer, without the usual restrictions for foreign workers. It also allows you to open your own business and work in it. Learn more about the unlimited work permit. Eligibility You can apply for a long-term residence permit if you: Have enough income to live in Turkey permanently, from a source such as a pension, investment portfolio, or rental property, or otherwise convince the immigration specialist that you can live in Turkey permanently without working illegally Have valid health insurance that meets the minimum requirements Aren't considered to be a threat to public order or security Have lived in Turkey continuously for eight years without interruption (time accrued on a student residence permit doesn't count) A disqualifying interruption of continuous residence is: Being outside of Turkey for more than a total of 365 days during the previous five years before the date of your application Being outside of Turkey for more than 180 days in any one year from the sixth to the eighth year before the date of your application An exception is made if you were outside of Turkey for education, health reasons, or compulsory national service. 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 Long-term Residence Permit Application Process The residence permit application process always begins on the e-ikamet (e-residence) website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. You'll need to get a few documents together before you apply online, because the online application system will require some information from them. I'll cover these documents later in this guide. The online application system consists of several sequential pages on which you'll enter your personal information. When you've finished, 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, 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 your required documents after you've applied online, you can get them before your appointment date. Then at your appointment, you'll present your 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 Long-term Residence Permit You can apply for a long-term residence permit any time after you've been living in Turkey for at least eight years, as long as you meet the other eligibility requirements. You don't have to wait until your current residence permit is about to expire. 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: İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form) which you download and print at the end of your online application Current residence permit card Passport(s) Current passport must have at least six months of validity remaining If you have had a new passport during the past eight years, have both the old one and the new one available Copy of your passport(s) (regular, non-notarized) Include the identification and photo pages (see note below) Four (4) biometric photos "No Social Support Received" letter showing that you haven't received government support for the past three years Proof of income and ability to support yourself Proof you're registered at your address in the address registration system Criminal record Health insurance (not required if over 65 years of age) You can also view required documents on the e-İkamet website at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/Ikamet/IstenenBelgeler Insider Tip: You're no longer required to provide proof of residence for the previous eight years. The immigration specialist will check this with their computer during your appointment. 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 the process of 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. Collect the following local documents first, because the online system will ask you for information about 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. If you've had more than one passport during the previous eight years, do the same for the old passport. 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) Health Insurance You must be covered by health insurance until you reach 65 years of age. After that, it's optional. For the coverage, you can use the Turkish national health insurance plan or private insurance (see below). If you're over 65: When you enter your health insurance information, the system will ask you if you're over 65 years of age. If you are, the system will skip the part which asks for health insurance policy information. SGK Health Insurance Turkey's national health insurance, Genel Sağlık Sigorta (General Health Insurance), is 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. 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. Private Health Insurance from a Turkish Company You can use a private health insurance policy to apply for a long-term residence permit. This includes the low-cost "expat policies" which meet the Turkish government's minimum requirements (and also provide for limited coverage). You just need to keep renewing the policy to keep your coverage current. You can also buy a more comprehensive private health insurance policy at a higher price, according to your needs. But it must meet Turkey's minimum coverage requirements. Buying Private Health Insurance Online: You can buy your health insurance online and have the policy sent to you by e-mail and/or mail or courier. I won't go into this in-depth, because if you've been living in Turkey for more than eight years, you're already familiar with the health insurance requirement. Learn more about private health insurance in Turkey. Learn about buying your Turkish health insurance online. Go Back to the Top Step 2: Apply Online An application for a long-term residence permit is a "transfer" application from whatever residence permit you have now. If you have a work permit, it will be a first-time application. 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 transfer if you have a residence permit, and a first-time application if you have a work permit. 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'll 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 how to use the 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 immigration office). This 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 be given a link to download your completed application. So download it, sign it, and keep the original on the top of your long-term residence permit 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. This will ensure that you're still legal in Turkey even 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. Your full application isn't complete until you've given all of the required documents to the immigration office. 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 According to the e-ikamet website, you only need to submit proof that your address is registered in the central address registry. You can download an e-signed document proving this on e-Devlet, Turkey's government website. You may also be asked to provide your Copy of your tapu (property title deed), or a Notarized copy of your rental contract. Learn how to join and use e-Devlet. Learn how to get a notarized copy of a document. If Your Title Deed is More than Two Years Old You'll need a tapu kağıt örneği (title deed registry document) to prove that the title is still valid. You can get this from the Tapu ve Kadastro Genel Müdürlüğü (Title Deed and Land Registry Directorate). If You're a Spouse Not Listed on the Title Deed A spouse not listed on the title deed will need a marriage certificate proving marriage to the property owner. If the marriage certificate is from another country, it must be legalized and translated. Learn how to get a copy of a Turkish marriage certificate. Learn how to get a copy of a foreign marriage certificate. Proof of Income and Financial Ability This requirement can be met with a regular copy of your bank account record going back six months, a letter from your bank showing your last six months' deposits and withdrawals, documents from your pension fund or investment company, or documents proving rental income from investment property. Learn more about how to prove you have enough money to live in Turkey. Criminal Record As you've been living in Turkey for at least eight years, the immigration specialist doing your interview might only ask for your criminal record from Turkey. However, they may also ask for one from your home country. The criminal record must have a date within six months before the day you submit your application. Getting Your Criminal Record From Turkey The easiest way to get your Turkish criminal record is by downloading it from e-Devlet, Turkey's government portal. Here's a link to the e-Devlet guide where you'll find link to download your criminal history. The criminal history you download from there will be digitally signed and requires no further authentication. Learn how to get a criminal record check document in Turkey. Getting Your Criminal Record from Your Home Country Do this as soon as you can because it can take a while to get it, then have it legalized and translated. Each country (and state in the USA) has its procedures for obtaining a criminal record. You can usually learn them from your embassy or consulate's website, or search Google for the name of your home locality and the keywords "criminal record." Be sure only to go to sites that have ".gov" in the suffix. Otherwise, it will be a company which is mimicking the government website, and which obtains the records for an additional fee. Learn how to get a criminal record check from your home country. Proof of Uninterrupted Residence You don't need to provide proof of this anymore. At your interview, the immigration specialist will do a gün sayısı (day count) using their computer to verify that you've lived in Turkey for the previous eight years. Letter Showing You Haven't Received Social Assistance Go to the Kaymakam, or district governor's building, and visit the Sosyal Yardım Ofisi (Social Assistance Office). You'll get a stamped and signed letter, which states that you haven't received any social assistance for the past three years. Learn more about how to get a "no social assistance" letter. Applications in Istanbul For applications in Istanbul, The immigration office may send you an e-mail or SMS requesting additional documents. If you receive a request for a document and aren't sure what it is or how to get it, see Documents, Forms & Numbers. Long-term Residence Permit Fee The long-term residence permit is free. There is a değerli kağıt bedeli or kart bedeli (card printing fee), which for 2021 is ₺125. If you pay the fee online during your application, you won't need to submit a receipt with your application package. You can also pay the fee at any vergi dairesi (tax office), or at HalkBank, Vakıfbank or ZiraatBank. Wherever you pay, have your Residence Permit Registration Form and your current residence permit with you. If you pay at a bank, you'll need this payment code: 9207: Kart Bedeli (Card Fee) Add the receipt for payment to your application package. Go Back to the Top Step 4: Go to Your Appointment Appointments for long-term residence permits are held at the provincial immigration offices in the capital cities of each province. 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. Make sure the address in Google Maps is the same as the one on your residence permit application form, because sometimes the offices move. Your Appointment If you're getting a long-term residence permit, then you've already been through enough appointments to know how things go. The only difference with this one is that at the end of your appointment, the immigration specialist will give you a Residence Permit Application Document with no expiration date (or with a generous expiration date). That's because it can take up to six months to get the long-term residence permit card. This document will keep you legally in Turkey until your card arrives, even if your current residence permit expires. 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. 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. Leaving Turkey Before Your Card Arrives If your current residence permit expires and you must leave Turkey, you can do so for up to 15 days, then return without a visa, provided you have your current (even expired) residence permit card, the Residence Permit Application Document, and the payment receipt for the card fee. Go Back to the Top Step 5: Receive Your Long-term 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 is delivered. 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 branch for seven days. After that, your card will be returned to the local immigration office where you can go, without an appointment, and pick it up. Checking the Status of Your Application After your appointment, you can use the e-ikamet website to see if your application review is still in progress, if it has been approved, or if there is a problem that may result in a rejection. 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 long-term residence permit is approved. Your card will be printed and sent to the PTT for delivery to your address. It can take up to 30 days for your residence permit card to be printed and sent to the PTT. It might take around 30 days, but you'll later receive this message: 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. Kayıt durumunuz: It has been concluded. It is required to apply to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management. What it might mean: Your long-term residence permit application has been rejected, or 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. 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 Long-term Residence Permit Application Video Here's the the immigration office's video guide to the long-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. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
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