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  1. Dear Graham, Thanks for the suggestion that I call 157 and ask if I can remain, and I will give them a call and ask if they have any information that would be of use. However, it seems unlikely that I will be able to stay, as I have a trip to the US booked for Feb. 15-March 2. I initially booked the trip thinking that, like last year, I would be able to obtain the permission to leave Turkey for 15 days while waiting for the new ikamet. Now that I have both had my application disappear/fail to be recorded, and I find out that I can't get the permit to leave the country for 15 days until af
  2. One more question: Ken, you said that one cannot get the piece of paper giving you permission to leave the country for 15 days until after attending the appointment. Is that based on current information? Graham, is that something that you have heard too? I'm just asking because last year I recall that you could download a pdf after completing the online process stating that this person has applied for an ikamet renewal and has permission to leave for 15 days. I guess it has changed, but given that the 'system' (for lack of a better word) changes so often, I just wondered if anyone has an
  3. Thanks for your reply, Graham. It is true that December 31 is a late date to start the ikamet renewal process, but unfortunately, I don't have much of a choice. I get my health insurance through my partner's work, and her office provides coverage for a year beginning on January 1. I need to mail the letter from the insurer, a letter which usually only arrives around January 3 or 4th, within 5 days of filling out the online application, meaning that I have to wait until the last minute to start the process every year. This year it didn't work out!
  4. Thank you so much for your reply! Very helpful. Yes, I went to the DGMM office in Kadikoy, and they confirmed what I had found online: the system had no record of my application for renewal. So, I will cross a border soon and hope for the best. A few more questions for this thread: I will probably take an Ulusoy night bus to Thessaloniki rather than fly abroad, as last minute flight tickets are looking expensive. Can I pay my fine for overstaying an ikamet at the border as a passenger on a bus exiting the country? Do I need to have US dollars or Euro to pay the fee, or can I just bring Tu
  5. I have been experiencing residence permit renewal woes, and wondering if anyone can help. My last residence permit expired on January 1, and I tried to start the renewal process online on December 31. The system gave me an application number and seemed to register my application, but it never reached a screen at which the system told me how much money to pay or gave me a form to print. I thought that with the new online system maybe it would take a few days and that the Göç Idaresi (immigration department) would email or text me. I just checked again and found that the system has no record of
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