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  1. You need to contact the nearest Turkish Consulate to you. They will assist you with information that is relevant to where you are. Turkey Embassy Canada 197 Wurtemburg Street K1N 8L9 Ottawa Ontario Canada Phone+1-613-789-4044 +1-613-789-3440 +1-613-244-2470 Fax+1-613-789-3442 +1-613-244-2491 [email protected] Website URLhttp://ottawa.emb.mfa.gov.tr Report changes Turkey Consulate Canada 10 Lower Spadina Avenue, Suite 300 M5V 2Z2 Toronto Canada Phone+1-647-777-4106 Fax+1-647-258-2725 [email protected] Website URLhttp://toronto.bk.mfa.gov.tr
  2. Steps for Turkish Citizenship Application by Real Estate Investment STEP 1 Getting a Tax Registration Number Tax Registration number can be obtained from any tax office in Turkey. Original Passport and Photos are required. STEP 2 Opening a Turkish Bank Account Documentation of transactions during the buying stage will be necessary. Passport Original and Tax Registration Number is required. An Official Document (such as Public Utility Bill) shows your current address is required. STEP 3 Finding the Property Total Value of $250,000 or equivalent Turkish Lira (single or multiple units) Completed or Close Completion Habitation License granted Construction Servitude or Title Deed ready Suitable for Official Valuation Survey STEP 4 Buying the Property Use Bank Transfer and document the transaction by receipt Get Title Deed Registry and/or Notarized Sales Contract annotated with “Not To Be Sold For 3 Years STEP 5 Obtaining the Certificate of Conformity Request, Provide Official Valuation Survey Submit the Bank Transfer Receipt Apply to Ministry of Environment and Urbanization. STEP 6 Application for Turkish Residency Gather the Required Documents Apply to Directorate General of Migration Management FINALLY Application for Turkish Citizenship Gather the Required Documents Apply to Directorate General of Migration Management
  3. Yes and no. We process these daily. I will say that the total value must be $250,000 USD. However, just because you pay $250,000, that does not mean you qualify. The property valuation must be $250,000. If a property owner has ever undervalued for tax purposes, then you can pretty much guarantee that property will not qualify. Here are some key points: Applicants are required to purchase a property in Turkey which is worth a minimum of $250,000. This can be fulfilled either by purchasing a single property or multiple properties, with provisions of regulations. Applicants are required to keep the purchased property for at least 3 years. This commitment must be registered as an annotation on the Title Deed and/or on the Notarized Sales Contract. The value of the property will be determined by an official valuation survey done by the authorities that are announced by the Banking Supervision Board. The value of the property must be at least $250,000 in the valuation report. The Property purchase price must be paid to the seller via bank transfer to be supported by bank receipts that prove the transaction is made from the buyer’s account to the seller’s account. The officially declared value of the property must be minimum of $250.000 at the time of the Notarized Sales Contract and/or of its ownership transfer at the Land Registry Office Any such property within this scope must not be registered under and foreign real person’s name including the applicant’s spouse or children; properties that have been transferred by the Applicant’s spouse or children after 12.01.2017 are not within the scope of the regulation. In case the property is purchased with a mortgage loan or is subject to mortgage by any means, the mortgage value will be deducted from the value stated in the valuation survey and the remaining amount will be taken into consideration. The application will be sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, Directorate of Foreigners Department, through the Ministry of Environments and Urbanization, Land Registry Office.
  4. Yes, they do request deposits. Tends to be 1 month, but can be up to 2. Note: Latest trend for foreign renters is minimum of 6 months to 1 year up front. Not everywhere, but don't be shocked if they ask.
  5. Haha, no not this one! We found the name interesting as well
  6. I agree with everything you said wholeheartedly. We fell in love with a small area near the ruins of Troy called Ciplak koy. The people, the town center, the natural beauty of the land and the closenes of the sea and canakkale made it an ideal place for us to look for a summer home. We are still searching, but hope to finalize something to be able to enjoy next summer. These small villages and the countryside in this part of the country are untouched and downright beautiful. Food and local products are amazing! Great post.
  7. Star, I agree with everything Ken said. However, your butcher depends on the economic status of your neighborhood. If in a working class neighborhood, the butcher will only carry certain types and of a certain quality to ensure his profit. If you go to Sazeli in Florya you will have a hard time not having some of the best meat you've ever eaten. Now, it does come at a price, but you can get American cuts of dry aged Prime Beef. Etiler, Besiktas, Yesilkoy, and other affluent neighborhoods will offer these types of offerings. I will add though, that if you are looking for Ground Beef (Dana Kiyma) or Ground Lamb (Kuzu Kiyma) these working class neighborhoods are the best. The fat to meat ratio is a little higher, and that's what lends its traditional flavor. Here is a link to Hurriyet Newspaper with a list of Turkey's Top 10 Butchers. Open in Google Chrome and Set page to Translate. It won't make a lot of sense, but you can at least get the address and try a couple out if you wish. http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/kelebek/hurriyet-cumartesi/turkiyenin-en-iyi-10-kasabi-36920484 Lastly, I've found that you just have to search and try for yourself. Because everywhere you go you will hear "bizim et daha iyi" meaning our meat is better. I had a Chef friend in New York tell me one time, don't go to a French Restaurant and order Italian and don't go to a Chinese Restaurant and order a steak, you'll be disappointed. Stick to what they do best. Same with the butchers shop, find out what they do best and go there for that alone. Probably more than you needed to know, but hopefully it helps! Cheers, Justin
  8. Baje, If this an issue internal to the home and was not created by you, then it is the homeowners responsibility. It may take some assertiveness and working through the agent to get it resolved, but my experience is to have the landlord send their own person out and fix. Otherwise, they will claim you hired someone who was doing it dishonestly, that there was not a problem, and they are not paying. There are Turkish Tenant Laws, but Turks rarely pursue through the courts and therefore many landlords are not concerned with the basic rights of the tenant. Stick to your guns, tell them to send their own electrician, work through the agent, and if all else fails contact an attorney. Rates are rather affordable compared to US standards. A simple notification should be enough to get them to act. It's sad, but this is all too common, that's why you see most Turks buy at all costs necessary.
  9. I'm guessing if you or whoever you know is serving, then you speak Turkish. If you do, look up the Askerlik Subesi office in your location and give them a call. https://www.e-yasamrehberi.com/askerlik-subesi/askerlik-subeleri-telefonlari-adresleri.htm Outside of that, I am out of options. Would hate to give you incorrect information. Cheers! Justin
  10. Baje, Try calling Turkish Airlines. Prices are usually competitive from my experience. They can probably arrange it. English Cargo Line: 0850 333 0 777 0850 333 0850 333 0 7770 777
  11. Baje, LCL means Less than Container Load. You are essentially buying a square meterage on the container. Those will be transported by Ocean. Where are you shipping? If Europe or the US, check out icontainers. They offer competitive rates and they are quick. I'll check back for details on size, where it's going, type of goods and will advise a little more precise.
  12. Lastly, I would consider buying products locally. Furniture can be purchased rather cheaply here in Turkey and many US Electronics will not function unless you have a converter. Even then, the possibility of damaging those items for good is high. Not to mention shipping costs, transport in Turkey, customs, and the stress and headache that goes along with it. In fact, if you are looking at Antalya, many of the homes in the region will be acequately furnished for beginning life in Turkey. Your choice, but if I were to do it again, I would start fresh.... Long response, but it's always better to have enough information to make the proper decision. All the best and Turkiye Hosgeldiniz!
  13. If you are planning to stay in Turkey for more than 90 days within a 180-day period, for any reason, including tourism, you must get a Turkish residence permit. In order to obtain a residence permit, please schedule an online appointment at Directorate General of Migration Management’s website before you contact Provincial Directorates of Migration Management Office in your area. You can obtain sworn affidavit notarials for original U.S. birth certificates for the purpose of getting residence permits by scheduling a notarial appointment. There is no need for the minor to appear, one parent with the original copy of the US Birth Certificate with the parent’s ID will suffice for a sworn affidavit . The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S Citizens not to overstay their visas and to maintain valid residence permits at all times. Turkish authorities do enforce the laws, including those stipulating fines, deportation, and bans on future travel to Turkey for people who overstay their visas or do not maintain valid residency permits. If you stay beyond the date your visa or residence permit expires, even if only for a few days, you will be fined at the port of exit and will be subject to a travel ban preventing you from re-entering Turkey for a period between three months and five years (depending on the length of your overstay). Monthly fines for overstaying Turkish visas or residency permits add up quickly. Travelers are encouraged to check with local authorities to ensure compliance with all Turkish immigration regulations. U.S. citizens who have overstayed their visas, residence permits, or visa exempt periods and are subject to a fine can also benefit from the residence permit procedure as long as they pay the related fines. If you are a tourist and want to stay longer in Turkey U.S. citizens who enter Turkey with a tourist visa obtained at a Turkish Embassy or Consulate or who buy a tourist visa stamp at an airport or other port of entry or who are exempt from getting tourist visas, and who wish to stay in Turkey for tourism purposes longer than 90 days, are able to get a tourist residence permit for a maximum period of six months by scheduling an online appointment for e-residency applications at e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr for Provincial Directorates of Migration Management Offices. The six month residence permit plus the 90-day initial entry permit will allow U.S. citizens to stay legally in Turkey for up to a total of 9 months. Obtaining U.S. criminal records for residence permits Information on how to obtain U.S. criminal records can be found here. Do I need health insurance to get a residence permit in Turkey? If you are obtaining residence permit, you will be required by the Turkish government to get health insurance that has coverage in Turkey. The Turkish government implemented a general health insurance law called the Social Insurance and General Health Insurance Law (GHI). You can find below some useful information and updates about the General Health Insurance Law (GHI) if you are applying for GHI in Turkey.
  14. Bringing your car into Turkey Cars in Turkey are still seen as a luxury and the prices of vehicles, taxes and fuel can seem extortionate to most foreigners. The cost of an average second hand motor can be as much as three times the price you would expect to pay in the UK or Europe. While foreigners can bring their car into Turkey for up to two years, there are rules regarding the import of foreign vehicles and, after two years, the vehicle must leave the country for at least 6 months or you face paying hefty taxes and risk the car being taken and impounded. Bringing a car to Turkey As of October 2015, visitors can bring a vehicle with a foreign number plate into Turkey for 730 days (two years). This applies to anyone (foreigner, or Turk) who resides abroad for more than 185 days in a year. If you have a residence permit, this won't apply to you as the offer is tailored to those who reside overseas. However, providing residents have spent the required number of days abroad they won't be denied entry with their foreign plate vehicle. What documents are required to bring a car to Turkey? The car's papers must be presented, and you must show that you have insurance, and a valid warrent of fitness. If the driver isn't the owner of a vehicle they will need a power of attorney. Initially, you'll be presented with a six-month permit. However, you can apply to have this extended to 730 days. Who can use the vehicle? Immediate family members are permitted to use the vehicle, provided they also live abroad. What happens if the vehicle overstays? Vehicle owners are liable to hefty fines for cars that overstay - especially after three months overstaying. Blue-plate and tax free cars We have come across exceptions to this rule with regards to those with a Turkish work permit issued by the Ministry of Labour, NATO staff, retired foreigners, diplomats and foreign press. In these cases it may be possible to either purchase a tax-free ‘blue-plate car’ or import your foreign owned car tax-free for use during your stay in Turkey. There are a number of laws and regulations surrounding this issue that are changing so please check with authorities if you believe you fall into one of the categories. We currently believe that these drivers can bring their foreign car, have it officially registered against their passport and permit providing they are the only drivers of the vehicle, and that they pay a touring tax (warranty to ensure that the car is returned to its country of origin when its touring visa has expired). These cars are often referred to as ‘blue plate cars’. If you do fall into this category do keep in mind that you may face difficulties when looking to sell your blue-plate car in Turkey as these cars can only be brought by others meeting the strict criteria. Buying a Turkish car For many ex-pats buying a Turkish car is only viable option. A foreigner with a valid license and residency should be able to buy a second hand or new Turkish car relatively easily from a dealership or privately. There are legalities and paperwork involved so, unless you have sufficient language skills, have a trusted Turkish speaker on hand to help out. You can buy most makes and models of car in Turkey. The main dealerships tend to be in the larger towns and cities so travel to these for the best car prices. Do keep in mind that parts for fancy cars and those manufactured outside Turkey can be expensive and often difficult to find, most expats choose to buy Fiats, Fords, Dacias and Renaults to keep running costs to a minimum. Once you have found your car you need to register the paperwork legally into your name. If buying from a dealership, they should walk you through the process. If buying privately you need to get the paperwork transferred legally and notarised. A check should be done on the vehicle to ensure that there is no outstanding debt registered against it, and you also need to ensure the all compulsory government taxes and insurances are paid up to date. Note: Laws in Turkey change frequently, this information was correct at the time it was published, please only take this information as advice and seek out correct information at the time.
  15. Mav, Straight from the US Embassy in Ankara website. https://tr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/living-in-turkey/ If you are planning to stay in Turkey for more than 90 days within a 180-day period, for any reason, including tourism, you must get a Turkish residence permit. In order to obtain a residence permit, please schedule an online appointment at Directorate General of Migration Management’s website before you contact Provincial Directorates of Migration Management Office in your area. You can obtain sworn affidavit notarials for original U.S. birth certificates for the purpose of getting residence permits by scheduling a notarial appointment. There is no need for the minor to appear, one parent with the original copy of the US Birth Certificate with the parent’s ID will suffice for a sworn affidavit . The U.S. Embassy strongly urges U.S Citizens not to overstay their visas and to maintain valid residence permits at all times. Turkish authorities do enforce the laws, including those stipulating fines, deportation, and bans on future travel to Turkey for people who overstay their visas or do not maintain valid residency permits. If you stay beyond the date your visa or residence permit expires, even if only for a few days, you will be fined at the port of exit and will be subject to a travel ban preventing you from re-entering Turkey for a period between three months and five years (depending on the length of your overstay). Monthly fines for overstaying Turkish visas or residency permits add up quickly. Travelers are encouraged to check with local authorities to ensure compliance with all Turkish immigration regulations. U.S. citizens who have overstayed their visas, residence permits, or visa exempt periods and are subject to a fine can also benefit from the residence permit procedure as long as they pay the related fines. If you are a tourist and want to stay longer in Turkey U.S. citizens who enter Turkey with a tourist visa obtained at a Turkish Embassy or Consulate or who buy a tourist visa stamp at an airport or other port of entry or who are exempt from getting tourist visas, and who wish to stay in Turkey for tourism purposes longer than 90 days, are able to get a tourist residence permit for a maximum period of six months by scheduling an online appointment for e-residency applications at e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr for Provincial Directorates of Migration Management Offices. The six month residence permit plus the 90-day initial entry permit will allow U.S. citizens to stay legally in Turkey for up to a total of 9 months. Obtaining U.S. criminal records for residence permits Information on how to obtain U.S. criminal records can be found here. Do I need health insurance to get a residence permit in Turkey? If you are obtaining residence permit, you will be required by the Turkish government to get health insurance that has coverage in Turkey. The Turkish government implemented a general health insurance law called the Social Insurance and General Health Insurance Law (GHI). You can find below some useful information and updates about the General Health Insurance Law (GHI) if you are applying for GHI in Turkey.
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