So my partner and I went to our interview today in Alanya and thought of sharing with you our experience, which comes to prove that it's a bit of a lottery, really. I'm british and my partner's Italian and we are going to purchase a home here in Alanya but had not yet finalised the purchasing process yet. We have been here for almost 70 days within our 90 days allowed so we were anxious to get this done.
We opened an account here and transferred money in anticipation of being asked of proof of income and ahead of our home purchase. As we are buying a place, we decided to rent an apartment first for a short period (4 months) while the tapu is hopefully ready. So armed with all the docs requested and documentation needed we headed to our appointment this morning.
At the Alanya Immigration office, we were greeted by the receptionist that checked the docs and asked my Italian partner to go and pay an "extra fee" for being Italian at the tax office (another 527 lira we didn't know we needed to pay) and come back... I was asked to stay and go to the waiting room while my partner was out getting this done. We had booked the appointment together so was hoping it would be done together but nope....
I was taken to an agent that processed my request (1 year) with no issues. Did not ask for any supporting documentation even though i had it all with me. He was a rather pleasant chap.
My partner, however, was taken to different agent the experience was the complete opposite. His agent was rispid, questioned his motives, history and all sorts of questions before giving him only 4 months because his rental contract was only for four months! (The contract started a month ago so basically 3 months from today). It comes to show that it's a bit of a lottery although its good to warn people about the rental contract "hiccup".
Basically my partner will have to wait for the card to arrive only to re-apply for the extension as soon as he receives it, as we hopefully will have a tapu then. Has anyone else had this kind of experience? What if his card doesn't arrive before his permit lapse? When we have the tapu ready in both our names, is it a straight forward process to renew the permits?