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  1. Leoxy


    Could somebody post a map of the locations of the bazaars in Side/Manavgat? Are there any other bazaars in the area of Side/Manavgat or further away on Fridays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for fresh produce in particular?
  2. Cukurbagli, thanks, and I will just ignore 157 advice this time. What you say sounds more reasonable. However if you call 157 they will tell you that the law states that you have to start a completely new short term residency application. I also had a friend call and select turkish and they said exactly the same.
  3. It took me about 3 months of trouble, probably 100 calls to 157, 2 appointments and generally lots of work, expenses and waiting to get my residency permit in hand. (1st time short term tourist) It was issued for 11 months, instead of 12 I applied for for some ridiculous reason. (Not important for my question, but whoever cares for the reason: My address is a hotel and the hotel owner wrote me a letter that I stay there and the end date was matched to fit my first appointment, I didnt ask them to re-write it for my second appointment, and even though it is a hotel and I can stay there as a guest how long I like, they just used that stupid date and gave me one months less on my residency permit.) Now I am thinking about going to another province ... I called 157 to ask what I need to do to notify them of my changed address should I go to another province. They told me I would have to make a completely new first time residency permit application!! Like start from 0 again. No way this can't be true I am thinking and I don't really feel like doing this .. I am a very experienced expat and in all countries I lived in I made sure to comply with all immigration rules, but this is so ridiculous that I am thinking to simply ignore this ... there is no way I am going to do this all over again ... sorry .. besides .. I am not even sure how long I will stay at a single address ... I might be moving around every couple of weeks .. They told me I have 20 days from moving to making a new application. What if I am not even staying 20 days at the same hotel or rental?
  4. I asked what banks give real credit cards to foreigners as mine is a debit card and some websites might not accept debit cards. Debit cards should use the funds in the linked account, not allowing borrowing of funds. I do not want to borrow funds, I only want to use the funds in my account. I am only trying to purchase things on Turkish websites with this card in Turkish Lira, anything else would be stupid, for overseas card use I use cards in the respective currencies to avoid currency conversion. The bank account the card is linked to has a much larger balance than the daily limit of 2000 TL (5-6 figure TL at present) The 2000 TL limit can not be raised I asked a few times now. And yes of course I asked the bank why the tx are being declined on all turkish websites I try, answer, they don't know. Conclusion for me: Ziraat is useless to me. Garanti are not opening an account for me while I wait for my residence permit, so its a bad situation and very annoying.
  5. Is there any problem or complication to expect if I would try to buy a property before receiving my short term residency permit?
  6. What Turkish bank is most likely to give me a real credit card as a foreigner? My Ziraat Bank card has the MasterCard logo on it but it does not work on n11.com it does not work at hepsiburada.com I can not buy bus tickets online I can not rent a car with it and it has a POS limit of 2000 TL per transaction which is much too low for me. I asked to have the limit increased and it does not seem to be possible at all. So basically this card is useless to me apart from minor POS purchases and getting cash from ATMs.
  7. Ziraat did not block any of my money by the way. Upon my request, they wrote me a custom letter stating my account balances, signed and stamped.
  8. It would be much easier for me to get the 2 years if at all possible, it might save me from getting difficult and expensive Apostilled documents from another country again, having them translated again and notarized again in a year from now as well as having to go to the consulate once again and pay for another custom letter. Also I will not be in Turkey around the time the first year is finished, so not being able to go to the consulate, translator and notar and to my insurance company and be in the country around that time might complicate the extension or make it impossible. I am so confused about the first time application, I did not even look at how to do the extension. It will be summer holidays and we will probably be elsewhere when the 1st year ends. I am quite surprised that even after calling 157 about 50 times before my appointment and while doing the online application, I still did not manage to get this application right. I was sure I will be able to get everything 100% correct and go there will all required documents in a neat and tidy folder. However I even had my application cancelled during my appointment in Izmir for reasons I don't even understand until today. It seems the problem was related to start and end dates of residency permit as well as insurance policy. But why could they not have just altered the dates for me in the system to match whatever requirements they have. Instead make me do everything over again, which is a hassle while staying in a hotel without a printer and with their online system having so many errors. One system error people need to be aware of: If you select the appointment date, do not use the option to add a second person to your appointment (like a child), the system will give an error message in red on the bottom for each and every appointment date and time you select, no matter what. It will tell you the time is not available and to select another date and time. All slots appear as free however and 157 confirmed that Izmir is not busy and all times should be available. Then after calling 157 3-4 times, one hotline staff finally suggested to try and make separate appointments for me and my child. When I tried to not add a second person to my slot, it worked immediately, same date and time that gave an error before. I spent a few days just trying to make the appointment for a stupid system error like that. The first few times I called they told me "a Mac is not a real computer. A Mac is like a tablet or a phone you can not use it. You have to use IE on Windows. It will not work on Firefox, Safari or other browsers, only on IE." All this was completely wrong information, because as soon as I tried the appointment function without adding a second application number to the appointment, it worked, in all browsers no matter what operating system. They also blame the errors during the pdf generation, which happens clearly on the server side, not on the client side, on your browser. This is simply wrong information. The pdf form gets generated on the server side with data from the database. The pdf will be printed with so many errors, that you wonder if you can even take a broken form like that to the appointment.
  9. If you apply for a short-term residency permit for a child, then you need to have an Apostilled birth certificate for the child. This needs to be translated and notarized. Apostilled documents can take a while to get from the country that issued the birth certificate, plus extra time to then get it translated to Turkish and notarized, so people need to be aware that this is needed. Also if you have sole custody you need to get this document with Apostille. Ken: Question to ask immigration office: How old can this custody document be (max.) and what date counts application date or start date of RP? Do you have to get a new one for a residency permit renewal? So do you have to order and pay for a new Apostilled custody document every year? If your child has a birth certificate that does not list the father at all because legally the child has no father (can happen if you were not married and the father never declared to be the father), 157 requested to get a letter from the Konsulate, explaining this situation, explaining why the German birth certificate does not list a father at all. This costs 25 EUR to get this written in Turkish by the German Konsulate. It might save you from having to get the Apostilled custody document, but not sure.
  10. I have to re-submit my first time short term application on September 1st. I can not get a 100% certain answer out of 157 about the problem with the 1 year health insurance policy and applying for 2 years short term. So I am scared to try it because I don't want to go to Izmir a second time and be sent home plus there is no more time for this as I am approaching the end of my 90 days out of 180 days. I would very much like to get 2 years though. There is no way to call Izmir I was told and I am too far to go just to ask this question. Today they told me to be sure to stick to the rule and only apply for the period that is covered by my health insurance. So maybe better not to apply for two years, but how would anybody be able to? The foreigners insurance is only ever issued for 1 year.
  11. Since I have been suffering major headaches trying to get the correct information regarding the required insurance policy start and end dates, I also asked about this in regards to the 2 year residency permit. The information I was given regarding insurance for 2 year residency permit is as follows: They are aware that the foreigners health insurance policies cover a maximum of 1 year. They request that there is a sentence written on the insurance policy stating that the policy can be extended for a further year after the first year. When applying online, you must however select the insurance ending date to be one day after the requested ending date of your 2 year residency permit. For example, if you apply on September 1 2016 for a 2 years residency permit and your requested starting date of the residency permit is September 1st 2016, the requested ending date of the 2 year permit is September 1st 2018, then you must select September 2nd of 2018 as your health insurance policy ending date in the system. One thing I can absolutely not confirm though is that in order to get a policy to cover the day after the permit which is an important requirement, it will also start the date after your residency permit, meaning the 1st day is not covered. In my example the insurance starts September 2nd 2016, ends September 2nd 2018 (in order to comply with the required ending date 1 day AFTER your residency permit period. I was sent home and my application was cancelled yesterday in Izmir because my first day of residency permit was not covered by the insurance period (wich can only be issued for 1 year), so I assume the only way to get this right is to _not_ select/request a full year residency permit, but 364 days for the residency permit duration. In the new case of applying for 2 years, adjust the days accordingly, to be 1 days less than 2 years. This was even suggested to me by the callcenter at some stage. Has anybody done this? It seems to complicated for the majority of applicants to do this, so I can not imagine it is the only way to get it right?
  12. I have just been on the phone to 157 and they said the system was updated yesterday. Since yesterday it is possible to select 2 years for the short term residency application.
  13. I tried it again yesterday, this time I first asked to withdraw 500 EUR from my EUR account. The requested fee was about 14 EUR. Then I asked how much the fee would be to take out 50 EUR, the same, they said 14 EUR is the minimum fee. The reason appears to be that I originally opened the accounts at a branch in Antalya, and now I am staying in the Izmir area. Also suddenly my Ziraat Mastercard debit card no longer works on n11.com, a few weeks ago I ordered twice without a problem. I called the number on the card, they spoke English and explained that ALL Ziraat bank customers are blocked from ordering at n11.com. Can somebody else confirm this? Well, as soon as I have time I will open an account at another bank. Ziraat is useless now.
  14. Thanks. very good to know. Ibrahim, what do you like best about Garanti?
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