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    It's been 15 years now since I came to live in Turkey, at first with very limited Turkish picked up from my husband. Being used to the way he spoke, I found it difficult understanding the way other Turks expressed themselves. I hesitated to answer the phone for fear I wouldn't be able to grasp what they said, & even now I have to ask them to slow down & repeat. Never did take formal lessons, but I constantly keep my dictionary nearby (now very dog-eared!). In the early days we watched soapies (dreadful storylines, but at least they spoke slowly). The dramatic pauses between speaking gave time to figure out the meanings. I tried to read the newspapers & gradually started understanding things. Listening to the news is more difficult when they speak too fast. I try crosswords & have learned meanings of words in that way (some aren't even in the dictionary!). Nowadays, I get by not too badly, but could always be better. I guess I'll just keep absorbing it as necessary, for as long as I'm here. At least I'm not alone, hehe.....
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    Peter Ellis

    Health Insurance for over 65

    Thanks again Ken.Yes, I’ll post when I have an answer.
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    Peter Ellis

    Health Insurance for over 65

    Hello , Seasons Greetings to everyone. My wife and I have had a place in Kalkan for many years and have decided to apply for residency when we return next week.At age 65 I am having a problem finding a health insurance company offering affordable cover and wonder if anyone can help with a solution. SGK doesn’t require over 65s to have health insurance to qualify for the Residency Permit but does anyone know if I can join SGK at 65 without having to buy private health cover for my first year of residency? Many thanks in anticipation. Peter
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    Ken Grubb

    Criminal Record Need to Know

    Visit the website of the place where you need to get it from, because you may be required to request your criminal record check in person. For example, search Google for "(whatever place) criminal record check." I intended to try to get a criminal record check from my home State of Maryland in the USA. I found out that the only way to get it was to submit a fingerprint card. Unfortunately the embassies and consulates in Turkey don't do that. So the only way to get one for me is to return to the States. So at least look in to getting it done before you depart, if you can.
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    Peter Ellis

    Health Insurance for over 65

    Thank you for such a quick reply. I was concerned that there might be a 12 month ”waiting period” before I could join SGK but it appears this isn’t the case. thanks again, Peter
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    1anda2anda3

    Kolej Help

    @IbrahimAbi thanks for the feedback! I appreciate it.
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    IbrahimAbi

    Kolej Help

    If it is to be official then the Ministry of Education requires teachers to have a college degree in the subject that they are teaching and an officially recognised teaching certificate. I would be wary of schools that hire teachers without these qualifications.
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    IbrahimAbi

    Health Insurance for over 65

    I believe that the SGK will cover you over 65, but as far as I know you do not need to provide evidence for residency if you are over 65
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    IbrahimAbi

    Criminal Record Need to Know

    If possible you should get it from the country where you have lived for the last few years and bring it with you.
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    For Returnıng Turks here is the list of things you need to do to get your personal household items to Turkey.We moved from UK to Istanbul.If you look at part 2 on this link it gives you the info.http://www.movegroup.co.uk/TURKEY-IMPORT-REGULATIONS.htmlOur experience....CargoSome cargo companies will tell you that they can no longer move personal goods to Turkey. This is partially correct, but they do not know the law which is, personal household items must be shipped to the government customs depot, not a private depot.Use a cutoms agentIt would be possible to do the paperwork on your own, but not advisable. My husband says that the customs offices and depot is massive and very confusing and very, very busy. The people working there simply do not have the time to tell you how to get through the paperwork, which would leave you open to having to pay backhanders to try to get it done. A customs agent is essential as they know where to go, who to see, and what needs stamping. Lorries queue up for 3 days to get through the customs paperwork, and so it can take even longer if you do not know what you are doing.Once your stuff has been cleared through, you hire a truck from the customs depot which takes your stuff to your house, where you need to hire some men to off load it into your building.Storage at the depot once it has been cleared is 20Euros a day for a maximum of 22 days.You absolutely need the IKAMETGAH NAKIL BELGESI from the Turkish embassy/consulate, you will not get your stuff through otherwise.They want to know how many TVs and radio equipment you have for the bandrole. They opened a few random boxes to check it was indeed household.
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