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  1. OK let me clear this up...What Göreme said is correct, except that you can get a residence permit for up to two years, not one year. That said... You can use a hotel, and even a series of hotels, to get a residence permit and travel around Turkey beyond what your visa allows. As I understand it, in many Asian countries, you can get a visa and keep extending it. This is not the case in Turkey. Theree are no visa extensions here. But the system works in much the same way. So here is what you must do: 1. Come to Turkey with your visa. And stay in a proper hotel. 2. While in the hotel, apply for a residence permit online. You can do so at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. When you do that you'll register your address at the hotel. All addresses, even down to individual hotel rooms, are available for choosing on that site. 3. At the end of your online residence permit registration, you'll download a document called an İkamet İzni Kayıt Formu (Residence Permit Registration Form). During the online registration process you'll choose a date for an interview at the immigration office. And that appointment date and time, and the location of the immigration office, will be on that form. 4. Create an itinerary of where you intend to go. 5. Get a letter from hotel management, on hotel letterhead, saying that you are using that hotel as your address. 6. Go to the appointment and show the itinerary to the immigration specialist. Your itinerary can include multiple provinces, cities, and places you want to see. If there are any issues, the immigration specialist will tell you what they need and you can either correct them on the spot or come back later, depending on what the immigration specialist says. You don't need to pay for any hotels in advance. You just need to have an acceptable itinerary. The immigration specialist will then approve you for a residence permit in Turkey under the "tourism" category for however long you need it. I personally went to the Antalya immigration office and interviewed an immigration specialist about this. The above is what they told me.
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  2. I think at the moment Turkish government owned banks will not be allowing the sale of T-bills in foreign currency. The emphasis is on selling foreign and buying TL to support the lira.
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  3. I haven't bought them before, but not knowing exactly what you need to know, the Turkish government-owned banks are probably the safest bet. The latest info I saw was from 2020 showing the government-owned banks: Ziraat Bankasi Ziraat Katilim Bankasi Vakifbank Vakif Katilim Bankasi Halk Bankasi Iller Bankasi Turk Eximbank Turkiye Katilim Bankasi Birlesik Fon Bankasi Adabank The main ones you'll probably be interested in are Ziraat Bank, Vakıf Bank, and Halk Bank. Do a search for them in English (using "bank" instead of "bankası" and you 'll find the English pages). Here is Ziraat Banks's investment page that has English information about buying treasury bills. Ziraat Bank Investment Page You can buy them at the bank, online, or even using a bank machine (I'm not sure how that works!).
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  4. As far as a work permit goes, you won't need one. But you're correct regarding taxes and where your tax home is. Personally I would speak to a tax professional about this. And have them read over the tax agreement between the UK and Turkey (you can probably find it with a Google search).
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  5. Ken Grubb

    Found Wedding Ring

    Brian, I doubt any repository of marriage records would release such a document or information to anyone other than the person the record pertained to (and then only with identification). it seems to me that your best bet is to connect with the hotel again. Ask to speak to the general manager if necessary. They would be the only ones who might have an actual name and address, and contact info for the person whose name is inscribed on that ring. I must say here that I salute you for your sense of duty to do the right thing. We need more people like you in this world.
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  6. Brian23

    Found Wedding Ring

    A few years ago I found a wedding ring by the beach, sun beds at an hotel I was staying at. The ring has a name inside it and a date of their wedding, which I will not give out on here for obvious reasons. I tried to get the hotel to see if they had had anyone of that name staying there or had in the past, so I could return the ring, but they were not helpful at all, so I still have it. Is there somewhere I can get the marriage record of this person, so that I could attempt to return it.
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  7. Mimi

    Found Wedding Ring

    Lol.
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  8. Mimi

    Found Wedding Ring

    Maybe the bride was fed up with her spouse and got rid of the ring on purpose!
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  9. Yes it is okay. You could do either one, either travel all at once or separately. It won't make any difference. Turkey Central also has a site called "Turkey Permit" where you can have someone do your residence permit application for you. We can also arrange the required health insurance, get you a tax number, and make the residence permit fee payments for you. We also have plenty of informative brochures for you depending on what you need. And live support as you gather your documents. We'll walk you through it all step-by-step. And we can give you a discount since you're two people together. When you're in Turkey and ready, you can make the inquiry here: https://www.turkeypermit.com/
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  10. I spoke to an immigration specialist about this personally. Here's how it goes. Let's say you want to move to Turkey. You get a tourist visa and stay at a hotel. You can then apply for a residence permit, while still in the hotel. You can actually apply for a two-year tourist category residence permit while at the hotel, even though you haven't found a place to live yet. And while still in the hotel, you can go to your appointment and be given a one or two year residence permit. You must have a letter from the hotel management, on hotel letterhead, which is stamped and signed (or digitally signed) by the management. Once you find a place to rent or buy, and move it, you must change your address. You can do this by going back to the immigration office to change it. If you buy a property, there is no need to change the category from "touristic" to "property owner." you can simply change the category when you extend it. Both categories are short-term residence permits. So no need to make any changes from one category to the other when you move in. Of course if you're renting, you'll still be in the "touristic" category. This section from the main article on addresses should explain the process: https://www.turkeycentral.com/guides/residence-permits/address/#hotel.
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  11. Let me share my experience, I submitted my documents on 24-11-21 and after few days when I checked the status of the resident permit, it said “the process is on going”. I checked again on 24-12-21 (as approximately it takes a month to get your permit in most cases) the site stated “the evaluation process has not started yet”. But when I checked the local ptt branch, my permit was ready and available. So it seems like they are not sending the tracking number once done, moreover the site starts stating that the evaluation process hasn’t started yet even though it is completed.
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  12. It was banned and I haven't heard of anything in Turkey which can do what PayPal does. I'm wondering if the Turkish government didn't like it since it could be used to make payments the government couldn't trace. Just to clarify, even though PayPal was banned in Turkey, you can still use it as long as PayPal doesn't detect a login from Turkey or anything having to do with a sender or recipient in Turkey. If you go to PayPal from an IP address in Turkey, PayPal will place a cookie on your computer which will signal PayPal you're in Turkey and block your entry into the website no matter what you do after that. So you must remove that PayPal cookie first. Then you can use a VPN or proxy with an IP address outside of Turkey to enter the PayPal website and your account. As long neither the sender nor receiver are in Turkey, you can send and receive money. I was able to pay one of my bills last week using that technique with PayPal. Regarding the address, for the account I used (in the US), it did have me listed at a US address.
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  13. I'd be somewhat suspicious in these circumstances, but would hesitate to judge before finding out more information. Surely your girlfriend's sister, to whom you sent the money, would be keeping you up to date with what's happening, & should be answering your questions..? Hope it all turns out OK..
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  14. Also strange that they would transfer her from Istanbul, which is the country's largest city, to Ankara. I don't believe it.
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  15. Sorry to say but it sound super suspicious to me too. Why didn't she give you her hospital room phone number? For that amount, she should have a couple of private phones in her room. I would stop sending her money at this point.
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  16. Sounds VERY suspicious. Perhaps I overlooked your response as to whether your gf is a citizen or not.
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  17. If you call the hospital again ask to be put through to her room, or if you have her mobile phone number call her on that, she will be allowed to use it if she's just waiting for an operation. I'm very suspicious of her not being taken care of without shelling out big bucks first, those prices are very high. Be careful with your money.
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  18. How about this one... https://wise.com/ You can use it in Turkey..
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  19. These Turkish guys look so good on paper, over the phone and/or virtually. In person though and after the initial magic wears off, it's another story....:))
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  20. I've written everything I know about renting in Turkey in an article in our new Articles section. You'll find it here: Renting an Apartment in Turkey If you have any questions after reading that article, please comment on the article or post your questions in this topic.
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  21. @IbrahimAbi Having almost given up I trawled through the internet and found a few emails of customs officers! I emailed one of these and a week later received a phone call from customs telling me that the parcel would soon be cleared and I should contact DHL. When I mentioned about the ‘map’ they said we will just take a quick look and clear it! DHL asked me to sign an authorisation form for them to deal with customs re clearance paperwork! I had to pay 40% tax but customs said 20% and I have requested an invoice as DHL only gave me the total! They then used Yurtici Kargo to deliver the parcel which contained (you’ve guessed it ‘the map’) as well as my other items! Total fiasco and cost me unnecesssary broker fees along with notary fees!
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  22. @IbrahimAbi Update the broker issued fake paperwork dated when the parcel was not even in Turkey with taxes amounting to 17k lira! To return it I would have to wait until POA expires and appoint another broker plus spend another 2k on a new poa at the Notary plus broker fees assuming that it is actually there in customs and hasn’t been stolen! Have spent so many days and so much time dealing with this that I now believe the situation is extremely common and nothing can be done even by government. Istanbul airport customs is an absolute disgrace!
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