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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. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Stopped by 2 Turk Cell shops and 1 Turk Telekom shop to confirm. And yes Indeed that tourist passport-issued SIM card will be automatically cancelled unless we use our own kimlik card to update the information at a TurkCell store, so that the SIM card can be turned into a normal, permanent sim card. https://turkishliving.com/forums/threads/mobile-phones-sim-cards-in-turkey.90618/
    1 point
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. And this is why I would never get surgery abroad.... I wouldn't even go to a dentist abroad, would rather pay 5 times the price here. Two of my friends (who are Turkish) had what I would call face changes while in Turkey last summer. One had surgery and fat injections, while the other one had botox. They both look like chipmunks. Also, one can tell on tv all the female personalities who have had something done. There is that similar Turkish chipmunk look. I would rather look old than look like a chipmunk. But more important than look preference is the safety issue. Of course one can get bad surgery anywhere, but it is safer having something done in one's own country where one knows the laws and is able to get more reliable references. Just my humble opinion.... Graceanna, you may have lost $500 but you can count your lucky stars that you didn't have surgery with that doctor...
    1 point
  16. This is rather typical. The online system for paying the fees only takes a limited number of credit cards. Also, the "participating banks" either don't seem to know that foreigners can pay their residence permit application fees there, or they are just rejecting them. The only sure way to pay them is at the tax office. If your application is at a provincial capital, however, they probably have a cashier there who can take the fee payments. The worst-case scenario would be if you went to your appointment without paying the fees. In that case they would just tell you to go and pay them and bring the receipts back.
    1 point
  17. I haven't actually done this, but talked to a colleague of mine who does a lot of online residence permit applications for foreigners. She said that you can book multiple appointments at the same time, when you are concluding the final residence permit application. That is, when you have say, five residence permit applications open and in progress (you haven't booked an appointment for any of them), then when you do the fifth and last one, you can include the other application numbers so the appointments are all at the same time. Does that make sense? Or did you already book an appointment with your wife when you tried to combine the appointments?
    1 point
  18. I believe you guys are right. He do have my contact information. He must have contacted me by now. You guys are right he must have cut me off... And it's right I should move on. But thanks guys for enlightening me.
    1 point
  19. Sun

    insurance page on application

    vu8 helped me and it was the solution. There was a Add button on the bottom left corner. I had to click that button to proceed. And then click Forward. Thank you vu8.
    1 point
  20. So I see a charge of 3.11 TL on my temporary tourist SIM card, and I don't know if I need to pay it or not and the Turkey SIM card customer service assistant doesn't know either he said he getting back to me tomorrow. This fee is an amount that must be paid to the government for the “Telecommunication Service”. In accordance with the decision of the Information Technologies and Communication Board, the Radio Usage Fee for 2021 has been determined as 37.26 TL (this amount is 34.15 TL for 2020). Turkcell pays this fee to the state on behalf of its subscribers at the beginning of the year, but collects this amount monthly to provide ease of payment to its subscribers.
    1 point
  21. For me, a Las Vegas to Antalya transplant, I am still receiving the Vegas local TV channel's YouTube recommendations, one is from Las Vegas Review Journal, which has 2 news episodes on 7 am and 7 pm 5 days a week. Also I watch PBS NewsHour and NBC Nightly News, which are national level news broadcasters, which provides 1 new episodes a day every day on YouTube. I don't find it a need to have a TV, a large iPad with an up-to-date YouTube application and WiFi gets the job done.
    1 point
  22. Put it in another way, you MUST at or before the insurance page, SWITCH to TURKISH, then fill out the insurance page, you can use the built in Google translate function of the Google Chrome browser to navigate through the minefield, then switch back to ENGLISH after the insurance page is over with. This is an IT issue with Goc Idaresi.
    1 point
  23. 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
  24. I'm not sure but I think the prices are fixed. So are the taxes which make it more expensive. For example, if I buy alcohol at my local market, the guy actually takes out a list to see what the price is. Maybe some stores have lower prices than others but I don't know... Anybody else know?
    1 point
  25. I hope you don't mind, I edited your previous post to make the abbreviations more clear. Once you get your residence permit, join e-Devlet (e-Government), at https://turkiye.gov.tr/. From there you can download a lot of documents you might need in the future. It also has lots of other features. After you join browse the site to see what it offers. Here's a guide for joining and using it: Another site to join is Yemek Sepeti. They have a network of restaurants which deliver to your house. Another one is the Migros Sanal Market. They deliver groceries to your house.
    1 point
  26. Thank you so much. When 3 months hits I will do that too.
    1 point
  27. Updates 2021 10 18 Opened an account at Vakif Katilim with passport, tax number, a utility bill and my residence permit application with no minimum deposit requirements and non nonsense. What an amazing bank, Vakif Katilim be blessed. Also opened an account at Kuveyt Turk Gulluk Branch (The only branch of Kuveyt Turk in Antalya that deals with non Turkish customers), Kuveyt Turk required passport, tax number, a utility bill and a 1,100 Turkish Lira DEPOSIT THAT WOULD BE FROZEN FOR 6 MONTHS, but other than that it went perfectly fine. Have to wait for an hour or 2 to wait for the account approval and wait for the debit card issuance... ANYWAYS, SO FAR 3 BANKS DON'T REQUIRE A FOREIGNER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER 1 ZIRAAT KEPEZ WITH 30K DEPOSIT 2 VAKIF KATILIM KEPEZ 3 KUVEYT TURK GULLUK
    1 point
  28. So I was told by TurkeySimCard.com which is where I purchased this number of mine, that the temporary phone number will stop working after 3 months. And Turk Telekom guy told me that I have to register the sim card (not the phone) with TurkCell which is the operator of my Sim Card, with an ikamet and convert the tourist status SIM card into a normal ikamet Sim Card...
    1 point
  29. 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
  30. Oh by this question I don't mean the phone, I mean the Temporary Sim Card I bought after I arrived in Turkey. I got a temporary, 3-month-validity Turkcell Sim Card that is sold by Turkey Sim Card They told me the Sim Card will be cancelled in 3 months, but Turk Telekom salesperson at their big Gulluk branch told me that after I obtain my Ikamet I can go to a TurkCell service compound and update the Sim Card with my New Ikamet so the Sim Card won't be cancelled after 3 months.
    1 point
  31. 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
  32. You are aware that 10296 lira is $1,072 are you? Do you really think this is a lot? Did you buy insurance in America?
    0 points
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