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About Dona Timani

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  • Birthday 06/08/1979

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    Moda, Kadikoy - Istanbul

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  1. Yes definitely, I've been operating under this assumption even before the first case was announced and the fact that I work from home has been a blessing. I just wish we had more information available. On the other hand, we have our interview for residence renewal next month, and because we applied back in February, our appointment was not postponed. I'm not too happy about the prospect of being around too many people and I can imagine the employees who have to interview dozens of applicants each day are not happy either.
  2. So we should assume we have community transmission of COVID-19 at this point? I was hoping the spike in numbers is the result of testing all the quarantined people who came back from performing umra in Saudi.
  3. The FBI request form he had to fill made no mention of apostille or authentication services (I've attached a copy q384893984839334.pdf). I don't know why we assumed it would be apostilled, we probably read many links and got confused between FBI seal and apostille. The record he got was two pages, first was the seal page (plain paper no signature) and the second was his record with an official's signature. Here's one link that includes a more detailed answer: https://www.edo.cjis.gov/#/faq 19. Does the FBI provide apostilles*? (*An apostille is a certification that a document has been "legalized" or "authenticated" by the issuing agency through a process in which various seals are placed on the document.) The FBI will authenticate all U.S. Department of Justice Order 556-73 fingerprint search results by placing the FBI seal and the signature of a division official on the results at the time of submission. Note: The FBI seal is no longer a raised seal. Documents authenticated by the FBI may then be sent to the U.S. Department of State by the requestor to obtain an apostille if necessary. Requests to authenticate previously processed results will not be accepted. Yes, you can have the document sent to another country, but we didn't want to deal with long delays using US postal service + PTT. It was faster and more secure to have it delivered to a US address and then have relatives send it via international courier services (but of course we should have sent it first to be apostilled!) There was also the option of making an electronic order and receiving a digital copy (you'd still have to mail the fingerprint form though). So a couple of days ago, I went to DHL and sent it back to an external service (US Authentication Services) to get it apostilled. If we had originally requested a digital copy, we could have emailed it to the company directly and saved some time and money.
  4. Oh no, I stand corrected. It's not apostilled. It just has the FBI seal/authentication.
  5. Hi everyone, My husband got his FBI record mailed last week. We printed out the form and FBI's fingerprints document, then he went to a local police station to have his fingerprints taken (Örnek Polis Karakolu). Then, he sent the application and fingerprints via UPS to the FBI CJIS division and used his parents' NY address as return address. The website warned that the process could take several weeks, but I think we got it back in less than 10 days, and it's apostilled.
  6. I think it's better to follow Ken's instructions and avoid any potential headache later on with residence renewal and online application. I went to the DGMM in Fatih and took both old and new passports. I was given a form to fill and had to make a copy of the new passport's first page + kimlik, then I was sent to the first floor. The entire process took less than 5 mns.
  7. Yes, I should have given an update here a while ago. I did finally open an account at Yapi Kredi but only on the basis of having my salary transferred here from the US, which is something I wanted to avoid doing the first time becos I was worried about income tax liability. However, after capital controls were imposed back home, I had no other option but to transfer my salary. I'm assuming Turkish govt knew that Lebanese banks were on the verge of collapse and rejected me on that basis, and can't blame them.
  8. To renew Touristic Residence Permit 1 term more before new regulation starts, your extension Touristic Residence Permit application must be made in the online system before 31 Dec 2019, with appointment date booked after 01 Jan 2020 will be accepted. I saw this posted online, and it made me think: Is it possible to apply for renewal several months before one's residence permit expires? Update: Answer is no. Can't apply for extension too early. It's gotta be within last 60 days of first permit duration.
  9. Hi, I have a quick question. My residence expires in April but i just renewed my passport. Am I supposed to notify immigration authorities or update my info on e-devlet, or do I wait until I apply to renew residence and then show both old and new passport?
  10. Yes, hence the quotation marks. I also just called 157 to ask about my status as Lebanese citizen, in the off chance Lebanon was spared, but no such luck.
  11. Recent posts on FB confirm it, but apparently it doesn't apply to all nationalities: "one operator on the 157 helpline stated to a caller that this ''should not'' apply to those applying with passports issued in the EU, USA, Canada, Australia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Norway, Chile, New Zealand, China and Russia . [It is to be assumed that after Brexit the UK would be added to the above list.]"
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    Nice small town on the Black Sea, very close to Safranbolu
  13. An acquaintance of mine is a Lebanese national who has a Turkish residence permit but lives and works in the UAE. He recently opened a bank account at Turkiye Is Bankasi, but then any transfer he makes is from his Emirati bank account. I also know that Lebanese or other nationals who legally work here won't have any issue, so it's not strictly about nationality. As for not telling the banks that i want to make transfers, that's not easy to do. Some banks specifically asked how I plan to use it, and I'd have no use of a bank account here if I can't transfer from my bank account in Lebanon. I was also advised to try Odea Bank, which is a Lebanese bank network (Bank Audi), but I got too lazy since that time. I'll try next week and update you.
  14. Hello! It turns out Turkish banks/Turkish government won't open bank accounts for Lebanese, Ukrainian, Georgian, or Iranian nationals. I assume the list of banned nationalities is longer, but these are the countries I remember. I tried with 4 different banks, Yapi Kredi, Garanti, Ziraat and HSBC, and I made sure to tell them I'm planning to make regular transfers and actively use the Turkish account, not just transfer/withdraw and disappear, and I offered whatever guarantees they may need. The first three just rejected me on the grounds of nationality, one bank checked with "a government department" first, and then told me I've been rejected by the govt. HSBC staff were more lenient at first, but they eventually still rejected me, especially when they found out that I plan to make regular transfers from my Lebanese account (which is in USD) to the Turkish account. Also, no one could give me the exact reason, at least to satisfy my curiosity -- Is it because of the US sanctions on Iran, other sanctions, some blacklist related to money laundering.. etc.? I even called the Lebanese embassy and my local bank and they assured me there are no international restrictions on Lebanon they know of. I think there is a workaround -- like asking the US company I work for to transfer my salary directly from US to a Turkish bank, but I'm not comfortable with that just yet. Another solution that one bank suggested: If my husband, a US citizen, opens a bank account, then I can freely transfer money from Lebanon to his account. (so the issue is not the money transfer from Lebanon anymore??) I'm now trying to see about Transfer Wise, but from what I read on their website, they don't offer TW debit card for use in Turkey just yet. Eventually it's not a big deal - I can survive without a Turkish account, but it's just very inconvenient, ATM machines charge me a lot every time I withdraw money and some local websites only accept local debit/credit cards to make online purchases.
  15. No, they didn't and I totally forgot about it, but I wasn't expecting to get any money back
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