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    eruza got a reaction from Izmir Ted in 50 signs you've been in Turkey too long!   
    In Turkey there are everyday things some foreigners may find disrespectful:
     
    Pedestrians must be careful not to get hit by cars, motorcycles or other pedestrians while crossing the street or walking on the sidewalks.
    When waiting in line for the bus or metro and also shopping people can be pushy to the people ahead of them.
    The call to prayer because of the way it's now done with a loudspeaker or microphone.
    The treatment of women, children, human life and nature at certain times leaves a lot to be desired.
    Being followed around in a store when you just want to look around.
    Small talk often consists of being asked if you own or rent and other personal questions by taxi drivers and other strangers.
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    eruza got a reaction from thomasarm in American Man Dating Turkish Woman   
    I get a little jealous when I read this thread. As an American woman, we are not treated with this kind of reverence, but then again I am also free to marry whom I choose. It sort of explains why some Turkish women expect all to worship the ground they walk on, and yet are jealous of women like me who are free to choose anything in life. Sorry to get off topic, I do wish you both the best, and I'm sure if you follow the advice especially having your parents meet her parents, things could work out very well for all involved.
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    eruza got a reaction from IbrahimAbi in Sexual Harrassment   
    Because she was traumatized. I would say on a positive note that if any stranger harasses you in the street in Turkey, you don't need to be afraid to yell at them, they won't touch you. In the US or other places it's risky to raise your voice because people do get violent more often.
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Falling for a Turkish guy   
    I agree, hold that thought until you establish yourself educationally and then financially if at all possible. If it's not possible all that will depend more on who you're with, so you would need to be more picky about choosing a mate not just for love, but more for security.
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Types of Short Term Residence Permits Leading to Turkish Citizenship?   
    Below I copy and pasted part of the immigration law or I guess it's called provisions of the law where it's written that residence permits for touristic reasons do not count towards citizenship. 
    d) Türk vatandaşlığının kazanılmasında kabul edilmeyen ikamet nedenleri ile Türkiye’de bulunan kişinin sonradan geçerli sayılan bir nedenle ikamete bağlanması halinde önceki ikamet süreleri de hesaba katılır. Bu hüküm, turistik amaçlı ikamet tezkeresi ile Türkiye’de bulunanlar hakkında uygulanmaz.
    To find the source, if you do a search for this:
    TÜRK VATANDAŞLIĞI KANUNUNUN UYGULANMASINA
    İLİŞKİN YÖNETMELİK
    you will find the document on a government website and be able to download it.
    So, it looks like there is no renter's residence permit, that website just gave the tourist residence permit a new name.
    The long term residence permits that existed before 2014 made it possible to get citizenship as a "tourist" so they took those away I guess.
     
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Types of Short Term Residence Permits Leading to Turkish Citizenship?   
    Thanks for the answers, but I don't think anyone who has responded so far has understood what my problem is. I understand that there is no certainty that citizenship will be granted and there is some grey area in the decision making process. However, what I am concerned about at this moment is being disqualified right now from the 5 year rule, and having to start all over. And losing my past 2 years of residence which were under long term residence status (which no longer exists), and it is now expiring. My last 2 years do count towards citizenship, but under the new system, I currently only qualify for the short term residence permit for touristic purposes even though I am not a tourist, this is the way the system now categorizes people who are renters living in Turkey. So, although my circumstances have not changed, the law has. And, also there is a provision in the 5 year rule of law that states that a residence permit (not to be confused with a tourist visa) issued for tourist reasons do not count towards the 5 years. I have already given the exact part of the law above that concerns me (maybe Aysun can understand it).
    I want to learn what options I have so that I don't lose the past 2 years, so that I don't get categorized as a tourist, if that makes sense. Do I have other options apart from marriage, owning property, studying, or work permit to avoid the tourist label? As a renter living continuously in Turkey how can I avoid being labeled a tourist according to the current laws? Why did they end the long term residence permit status that counted in the 5 year rule and offer in it's place short term residence permits and tell me I here as a tourist when I am not? 
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Some Questions About the Requirements for Turkish Citizenship   
    I went to the immigration office today again, this is the 3rd attempt as they are very hostile about giving information. But I found out that if you get a student residence permit it does count towards the 5 years as long as you then immediately get a work permit once you have got the correct degree to find such work. During the intervals between the changes in status you must be careful to never accrue more than 6 months without the correct status.
    I still don't know how I would manage to plan that without mistakes for the next 3 years. Like I said they are very hostile to give information in detail, so I wonder where am I supposed to get help to make a plan since the rules are tricky and not straight forward. Today I learned that it is the tourist residence permit that never counts for anything, and like I said the student residence permit can count as long as you get a work permit straight after the student permit runs out.
    Should I get a lawyer to help me make a solid plan? I have tried contacting lawyers but none of them have any interest in this topic it seems, but if the immigration office is so hostile and the laws are hard to interpret especially since they are in Turkish only, or is there an English version?
    My next appointment is in June and I am only qualified for the tourist permit at the moment, but there could be options to avoid losing my 2 years. Other options besides studying are having a tapu (property title deed) and getting married to a Turk, or getting a work permit but I don't think I can manage the work permit until I complete a college degree so that I can meet the education ministry's requirements for being an ESL teacher. It seems to be the most obvious thing for me to do. An English version of Immigration laws and their details should exist, anyone knows where?
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Some Questions About the Requirements for Turkish Citizenship   
    Hi Goreme,
    I live in Istanbul, so my local immigration office is in Fatih and they are hostile towards me when I am only asking for some info about how to obtain citizenship. I speak Turkish pretty well, but anyone knows that law is written in quite advanced language and it's important to get the exact meaning. On my third attempt to get info from the employees at Fatih I was successful at getting them to give me a photocopy of the specific document that supposedly states that the tourist residence permit doesn't count for citizenship and then I managed to find the source online:
    TÜRK VATANDAŞLIĞI KANUNUNUN UYGULANMASINA
    İLİŞKİN YÖNETMELİK
    but the part that was pointed out to me that prohibits people with tourist residence permits to apply for citizenship is under Madde 71, part c), part ç)  and also part d). My Turkish is not perfect and I have not come across anyone who wants to explain, but it looks like it could be that the tourist residence permit doesn't count towards the 5 year citizenship rule. So, here it is in Turkish of course:
     
    Yabancının ikameti ve ikamet sürelerinin hesaplanması
                 MADDE 71 – (1) Türk vatandaşlığını kazanmak isteyen yabancı için ikamet sürelerinin geçerliliği ve hesaplanmasında aşağıdaki esaslara göre işlem yapılır:
    a) Yabancının Türkiye’de ne kadar süre ile ikamet ettiği il emniyet müdürlüğünce verilen ikamet tezkeresi ve Türkiye’ye giriş ve çıkış tarihlerini gösteren belge ile belirlenir.
                 b ) Türk vatandaşlığını kazanmak isteyen yabancı, aranan ikamet süresi içinde toplam altı ayı geçmemek üzere Türkiye dışında bulunabilir. Türkiye dışında geçirilen toplam altı ayı geçmeyen süre, öngörülen ikamet süresi içinde değerlendirilir.
                 c) Yabancının ikamet süresi içinde toplam altı aydan fazlasını Türkiye dışında geçirmesi ya da geçerli ikamet izni olmaksızın veya ikamet izni almadan altı aydan fazla Türkiye’de bulunması ikamet süresini keser ve bu tarihten önceki ikamet süreleri dikkate alınmaz.
                 ç) Yasal ikamet izni olmaksızın veya yasal olmakla birlikte Türkiye’de yerleşme niyetini göstermeyen; sığınma veya iltica başvuru sahibi, sığınmacı, öğrenim, turistik, öğrenim gören çocuğuna refakat, tedavi gibi amaçlarla alınan ikamet tezkeresiyle ya da diplomatik veya konsüller ayrıcalıkla bağışıklık sağlayan yabancı misyon personeli kimlik kartıyla Türkiye’de ikamet edilmesi Türk vatandaşlığının kazanılmasında geçerli ikamet olarak kabul edilmez.
                 d) Türk vatandaşlığının kazanılmasında kabul edilmeyen ikamet nedenleri ile Türkiye’de bulunan kişinin sonradan geçerli sayılan bir nedenle ikamete bağlanması halinde önceki ikamet süreleri de hesaba katılır. Bu hüküm, turistik amaçlı ikamet tezkeresi ile Türkiye’de bulunanlar hakkında uygulanmaz.
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Falling for a Turkish guy   
    You should get to know each other as friends and see how you feel about him as a friend. If he is not a good friend that's important, and not just to you but you want to know how he is towards all kinds of people. Get to know his views on life and the world. Religion is just one detail and attraction is another detail, but there is much more to know about someone who you want to be your partner in life. That is why you have doubts. So, before you ever let this go forward romantically, you need to get to know each other and see if you are compatible and if he is a stand up guy in life and if he means what he says.
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Turkish Residence Permit for Child   
    I tried to apply for a family residence permit for my daughter on her application date, but I was told there were a few things missing..one of those things being that I needed to have health insurance for myself (even though I argued that I shouldn't need it since I applied for my own residence permit before this health insurance law existed). When I got all the required documents together and went back to apply, the same person told me he made a mistake and I could not get a family residence permit, only a temporary one, and I did not even need health insurance (I want to kick myself because I didn't listen to my common sense, I listened to authority), but it is non refundable. This is how I lost about 500TL on insurance I don't need, so this is a reminder not to listen to authority! And then he told me that I must own property in Turkey to get my daughter a family residence permit. I don't trust the emniyet/authorities because they don't even know the application requirements. So, I still am not sure about the law and they got me confused about if I could have gotten my daughter a family residence permit or not. The family residence permit law says foreigners with residence permits can get their kids a family residence permit, their was nothing about owning property in the law.
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Turkish Residence Permit for Child   
    The 'authorities' at the emniyet have no common sense and don't know anything and they are just placed there to process applications like robots. Ten guys working at the emniyet cannot even agree on one application fact. I even did a bunch of things to get a criminal check from the US because they said they needed it and a few weeks later they said they didn't need it. I got a criminal check from turkey, US, and insurance...because they insisted they needed it...
    I almost got a translated deed of consent from the father for another 300TL, thank goodness the father decided he could show up as an alternative..for anyone reading this...don't listen to the authorities, ask anyone on the street except for them how to get a residence permit!
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Turkish Residence Permit for Child   
    Someone working at the residence permit office said I could get my daughter a family residence permit..last year they were wrong saying I couldn't. But I need a criminal check from the US and that could take months..it would be too late..maybe next time.
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    eruza got a reaction from samiraline21 in 50 signs you've been in Turkey too long!   
    A few more things to add: 
     
    51. Respect? What's that?
    52. You remember when you used to leave the house and then run back inside because you forgot to bring tissues with you just in case.
    53. If you remember when 20,000.00TL was similar to 20YTL in value you've been in Turkey way too long.
    54. You remember when the airport looked a lot like the way it still looks at the airport in San Salvador.
    55. You can remember when if somebody criticized Turkey you used to get defensive and point out that Turkey has a woman prime minister.
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    eruza got a reaction from Goreme1990 in I am Confounded. Advice appreciated   
    He is married and living in Turkey and he said he wants to start having 5 kids with you as soon as possible. It sounds like nonsense and too much drama so I wouldn't take him back. It's not respectful to you if you continue. In Turkey marriage is a serious thing, if he wasn't serious with his first wife, he probably won't be serious with you if you marry him. You're young, don't waste your energy on any man who puts you through this kind of nonsense and make you confused, he is not serious. If it doesn't make sense to you, it's not because he is Turkish, it's because he is full of it.  
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    eruza got a reaction from Sunny in I am Confounded. Advice appreciated   
    He is married and living in Turkey and he said he wants to start having 5 kids with you as soon as possible. It sounds like nonsense and too much drama so I wouldn't take him back. It's not respectful to you if you continue. In Turkey marriage is a serious thing, if he wasn't serious with his first wife, he probably won't be serious with you if you marry him. You're young, don't waste your energy on any man who puts you through this kind of nonsense and make you confused, he is not serious. If it doesn't make sense to you, it's not because he is Turkish, it's because he is full of it.  
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in American Man Dating Turkish Woman   
    I get a little jealous when I read this thread. As an American woman, we are not treated with this kind of reverence, but then again I am also free to marry whom I choose. It sort of explains why some Turkish women expect all to worship the ground they walk on, and yet are jealous of women like me who are free to choose anything in life. Sorry to get off topic, I do wish you both the best, and I'm sure if you follow the advice especially having your parents meet her parents, things could work out very well for all involved.
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in What Kind of Job Can I Find in Turkey?   
    If you are a Turkish citizen you have so many options. You can apply for all the jobs that we foreigners can't, and you can apply for jobs that Turks who don't speak English can't. I would just get any job you can right now, go get a newspaper and start looking and applying.  Go online and apply there as well, check out craigslist. There are so many options, and all you need right now is a job. I would socialize a lot outside and offer conversational English tutoring lessons that could start tomorrow, you don't even need a book, just a small blackboard/whiteboard and make it up as you go along. Use topics, such as family, ask questions about their family. In Turkey this topic can take up a whole lesson easily and it would be immediate pay, not like a paycheck.
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Aidat?   
    We live in a simple middle class apartment, it's not luxury by any means, and no pool. Only thing is there is an elevator, but that is to be expected with about 8 floors. Our aidat is so much higher than you said is normal, it started at around 100TL during last summer when we moved in and reached 500TL this winter. Now they have added 300TL in addition for 'roof repairs' for the next several months, I've see no repairmen. It's like 800TL which is insane right? So, if I tell them I will no longer pay until I see what I'm paying for, it should be expected right? I'm not wrong to I say I need proof or no more aidat? Can they threaten me in a legal sense, and if they do how can I respond? Is the law on my side? Could they sue me or anything? I have a feeling they won't be forthcoming because I have a feeling they've been ripping me off.
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in What's it REALLY like to be a Turkey Expat?   
    It's basically a good place to live as an expat. The one thing that I always need to get around is handling questions that I don't want to answer about myself. 'Where are you from?' I answer that I'm Turkish, sometimes I add some remote village area that mother came from (this is not true but it helps me avoid giving out info that I would rather not in these times of uncertainty). They often think I must be married to a Turk since I have a baby with me most times, and this is how they understand when I say I'm Turkish. Anyway, it works for me, and I feel safer that way.
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Child's Residence Permit   
    Thanks. I went to the one near the Vatan Emniyet and the officer outside pointed me in the right direction, it was just 100 meters away .
     
    If I have more questions I will go to the local Besiktas branch next time. In retrospect anything that can be done at the foreigners office can be done at the local emniyet. I've also learned that to determine which one is local has nothing to do with the nearest emniyet, and everything to do with the 'sempt' of your home address.
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Registering a mobile phone with AVEA   
    The Sisli branch Avea does registration, but you will need to get a Turkish SIM card, this is true anywhere you go.
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in 50 signs you've been in Turkey too long!   
    It used to be the call to prayer was not done on loudspeakers and I wish we could go back in time because it can sound really pretty sometimes. My baby is 9 months old and we do live near a mosque (which is often unavoidable since there is one on every street pretty much) and she often wakes up crying because it scares her. I have nothing against any beliefs, but I'm pretty sure my baby thinks it's rude. 
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in 50 signs you've been in Turkey too long!   
    In Turkey there are everyday things some foreigners may find disrespectful:
     
    Pedestrians must be careful not to get hit by cars, motorcycles or other pedestrians while crossing the street or walking on the sidewalks.
    When waiting in line for the bus or metro and also shopping people can be pushy to the people ahead of them.
    The call to prayer because of the way it's now done with a loudspeaker or microphone.
    The treatment of women, children, human life and nature at certain times leaves a lot to be desired.
    Being followed around in a store when you just want to look around.
    Small talk often consists of being asked if you own or rent and other personal questions by taxi drivers and other strangers.
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in 50 signs you've been in Turkey too long!   
    A few more things to add: 
     
    51. Respect? What's that?
    52. You remember when you used to leave the house and then run back inside because you forgot to bring tissues with you just in case.
    53. If you remember when 20,000.00TL was similar to 20YTL in value you've been in Turkey way too long.
    54. You remember when the airport looked a lot like the way it still looks at the airport in San Salvador.
    55. You can remember when if somebody criticized Turkey you used to get defensive and point out that Turkey has a woman prime minister.
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    eruza got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Emergency   
    I just wanted to update and say that he tried to get into Turkey without a passport and just had his residence permit and they sent him right back to Greece! He waited there for his passport then there was no problem getting back to Turkey (this is what I advised him to do all along, but he just had to try).
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