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  1. Hi Ken, Thanks for your response. I have decided to stay instead so I won't be able to give you any feedback. Maybe next time. Lol.
  2. I would like to know the procedure for paying an overstay fine at the airport. I would be living from Bodrum going to Istanbul and then to the US. I can not do online check-in so I have to go wait at the counter which sometimes opens only a short time before the flight. I am worried I might miss my flight if I have to wait at the counter, wait at passport control, wait in another area to pay the fine in Bodrum. My layover is 4.5 hours in Istanbul so I would have time. Can someone please enlighten me as to where I will have to do this- Bodrum or Istanbul? And the procedure for it? My overstay is will be less than 15 days if that matters. Thank you
  3. Thanks for your response. Are you sure about 6 months needing to pass before I can reapply? I will be returning before 6 months has elapsed.
  4. I was in the process of renewing my resident permit when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. I had to leave almost immediately to care for her. I did not have everything ready to submit so I submitted what I had and left Turkey. My application was subsequently rejected. I knew that this was going to happen so I went and got a 15 day travel document. I have been in the US for 6 months which is obviously way longer than 15 days. I am ready to go back- I have my e-visa and ticket. What can I expect when I arrive in Istanbul? Am I going to have to pay some kind of fine for staying out longer than 15 day? TIA
  5. Thanks for your responses guys. I already know the procedures, the amounts to show, etc to qualify for a resident permit. My question is: If neither myself or my ex husband has the 1608TL/ mo to show, because I am ALWAYS asked to provide a bank statement, can I relocate to the US WITH my children? I am the custodial parent and their father has visitation. Or would I have to leave my children behind?
  6. I have a question burning in my mind that I would love to have answered. I have been living in Turkey since 2010. I came to Turkey married, became separated in 2012 and divorced through the Turkish Family Courts in 2015. I was granted custody of our children , both hold US and Turkish citizenship, with their father having the minimal visitation required by Turkish law. My ex husband has made a right mess of his finances over the years. He does not pay the support outlined in our divorce decree. He also can no longer show the amount of money required for me to meet the financial requirement when applying for an RP. I do not have the financial means to meet the obligation myself either. When I need to renew I am putting money in the bank, getting a statement, and then giving the money back to whomever it came from. I do this because I must be with my children. My question is: I am committing a crime every time I have needed to renew my resident permit over the past couple of years. I would like to know what would happen if I were to refuse to do so any longer? Specifically- since I am the custodial parent would I be able to leave WITH my children? Or would they just kick me out without them? Their father has been a "father of convenience" since we separated. If it was convenient for him to spend time with them, he did, if it wasn't he didn't. My children would be devastated if I were separated from them. They are quite young- 6 and 8. They are not particularly bonded to their father because of how little time he spent with them over the years. I would appreciate any and all responses. I am very tired and fed up with our situation. I find it incredibly stressful to even just apply for an RP because I am always scared that won't be able to find money or something will go wrong and I will have to leave. My ex husband not being able to financially support us is also a huge stress, it affects my parenting, my psyche everything. I am tired and just want to take my children back to the US. I am not interested in getting Turkish citizenship in the least. I just can not understand how I can be required to stay in a country I don't want to live in; that I can not support myself or my children in and neither can the father. I mean he literally has no money at all often. He has to support his mother- because he bankrupted her, he has remarried with another child on the way in addition to a step daughter, and then there is myself and our two children. I can not get blood from a stone, our situation is not going to change. I have gone along for long enough and he keeps digging himself a bigger hole and dragging everyone into it.
  7. Thank you for your response. I certainly meet the criteria you listed above since my ex husband is not supporting me. I have no financial resources or income left in the US either since I have been living in Turkey since 2010. Do you know where I can find an English version of the Turkish Code and/or procedure for enforcing the terms of a divorce decree? Also I have read and have been told that as a foreigner holding only a resident permit I can not apply to the Turkish Bar Association. If I were to do so the next time I went to renew my resident permit I would be denied . I am apparently not entitled to use any social services as a resident permit holder. Do you know if this is true? If it is, do you know if it would be possible for me to apply to the bar association on behalf of my children since they are Turkish citizens? Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
  8. I need to find out how to have the terms of my divorce decree enforced. My ex husband and I were married in the US but divorced through the Turkish Family Court system in 2015. I am specifically interested in knowing if there are resources available for expats who do not have financial means to hire a lawyer. I have resided in Turkey on a RP from 2010 to August of this year. I was in the process of renewing my residence permit when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I had to leave immediately to care for her as she has no surviving family members living in her area. The problems that I am having with my ex husband are legion. He has made a right sh*t storm of his life and I am tired of living in the consequences of it. He is currently threatening me saying that if I don't come back soon he will not help me renew my resident permit when I do, telling me that I "will be on my own" whatever that means. He can't handle having our children full time is the crux of the issue. He is so used to having me there to take care of them while he's out living his life. Having problems renewing my resident permit is an ongoing problem. I am forced to commit a criminal offense every time I have had to renew it pretty much since we separated in 2012. I would also like to know the answer to a question that has been burning in my mind for the past few years. I have custody of both of our children, he has visitation. If I can not meet the financial requirement to obtain a resident permit on my own and my ex husband can not/doesn't want to. He says I am not his financial responsibility. Can I leave with our children? I am not interested in obtaining Turkish citizenship in the least. My ex husband has been a father of "convenience" for all intensive purposes. When it is convenient for him he spends time with the kids and when it's not he doesn't. Why do I have to commit a criminal offense in order to be with my children? Except for financially supporting them, I am the parent who has been with them constantly since birth. It just doesn't make sense to me.
  9. I need to find out how to have the terms of my divorce decree enforced. My ex husband and I were married in the US but divorced through the Turkish Family Court system in 2015. I am specifically interested in knowing if there are resources available for expats who do not have financial means to hire a lawyer. I have resided in Turkey on a RP from 2010 to August of this year. I was in the process of renewing my residence permit when my mother was diagnosed with cancer. I had to leave immediately to care for her as she has no surviving family members living in her area. The problems that I am having with my ex husband are legion. He has made a right sh*t storm of his life and I am tired of living in the consequences of it. He is currently threatening me saying that if I don't come back soon he will not help me renew my resident permit when I do, telling me that I "will be on my own" whatever that means. He can't handle having our children full time is the crux of the issue. He is so used to having me there to take care of them while he's out living his life. Having problems renewing my resident permit is an ongoing problem. I am forced to commit a criminal offense every time I have had to renew it pretty much since we separated in 2012. I would also like to know the answer to a question that has been burning in my mind for the past few years. I have custody of both of our children, he has visitation. If I can not meet the financial requirement to obtain a resident permit on my own and my ex husband can not/doesn't want to. He says I am not his financial responsibility. Can I leave with our children? I am not interested in obtaining Turkish citizenship in the least. My ex husband has been a father of "convenience" for all intensive purposes. When it is convenient for him he spends time with the kids and when it's not he doesn't. Why do I have to commit a criminal offense in order to be with my children? Except for financially supporting them, I am the parent who has been with them constantly since birth. It just doesn't make sense to me.
  10. My Turkish husband and I will be filing for divorce sometime soon. I am a U.S. citizen. We have two children, both have dual citizenship. Our four year old was born in the U.S. the younger one here in Turkey. I have been told that there is no such thing as joint custody in Turkey only sole. My husband has said that he will give me sole custody of both boys. What I want to know is- when my divorce is finalized can I just up and take my children back to the U.S. to live without their father's consent. I hate it here and feel that my kids are missing out on the joys of being a kid. My husband only spends about 15hrs a week with them.
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