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Dona Timani

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  1. Thanks Ken, you've lived in so many places in Turkey, your insight is always very informative. I think I'll go visit Kusadasi and the surrounding region next week before our October move. I am aware that the town proper is a concrete jungle, but I think it's balanced by nice beaches and some nice green areas. Kas seems absolutely wonderful and I also considered it as a potential destination, but property prices are high and the same goes for Turunc and Icemeler. I do have a question about Antalya, are there neighborhoods that are not necessarily near the beach but have a different and ni
  2. Hi everyone. I'm looking for advice as usual. We're a couple in our early 40s, we work online, we don't have a car, we still don't know Turkish, we have a cat, and we're ready to leave Istanbul. We're hoping to find a nice and affordable town on the west coast to settle in and buy property. I've read almost every post and advice posted here and elsewhere on where to move and I've researched every town or village that's been suggested. So after much research (mostly online for now), I think we found that Kusadasi ticks most boxes so we're going to move there in October, rent a place for a
  3. Yes, that's what we did last year as well, but since we have to mail the application this time, we had to pay first and add the receipt to the documents. I went to the Bostanci vergi dairesi and paid there, it was easier than I imagined, and we didn't have to wait in a long queue or anything.
  4. Unfortunately, the option to pay from the application website has been greyed out for a while now. 157 said I can pay online on the tax department portal and even get a digital receipt, but it's really not obvious where to pay for the residence application, I'm using google translate to navigate the website, and I've tried all possible ways but none accept the application number as valid entry. I also used the second link I shared which seems to be part of an older version of the tax department website, it wants a 15-digit number, so I've been adding 00 to make it 15 and it still gives me erro
  5. Has anyone tried to pay for their residence renewal application online? 157 told me to use the Interaktif vergi dairesi website (https://ivd.gib.gov.tr/), but it's not clear how to use it, and every possible payment option I tried didn't work. I also tried the link below, but it won't recognize the application number (i tried to add zeros to make it a 15 digit number, but it also didn't work) https://intvrg.gib.gov.tr/gocborc.jsp?x=23&y=31&fbclid=IwAR1-JJWIe5nTk_0NwhXQZJL3U2rUpbzxk2KLYWNBk0SC6hRMz_2M_IHWqiM
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 doc
  9. Oh no, I stand corrected. It's not apostilled. It just has the FBI seal/authentication.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
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