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  1. Redders, that makes sense. Of course we should have to provide the same documents that a Turkish citizen does. My friend's problem is that his high school diploma was issued 40 years ago. A bit hard to obtain a "legal" copy now. He has a university diploma but they will not accept that, MUST be a high school or equivalent diploma. Makes zero sense to me. I also do not believe all Turkish drivers have the required diploma.
  2. In the past we were able to exchange our foreign license for a Turkish license (after some actions like giving fingerprints, eye check, etc) but we were not required to take the actual driver course and test. Now, we have been told that U.S. and Canadian citizens cannot exchange their licenses for a Turkish license, they must go through the course/test. My friend's only problem with this is his Turkish is not sufficient enough. He is willing to pay a translator, but he needs to learn if the driver testing center will allow it. So we are hoping to hear from anyone who may have done the tests with a translator, and how they went about it.
  3. Any resident foreigners out there who have completed a local driver's course and test to get a Turkish driver's license? My friend has been driving for years on a U.S. license and wants to get legal. Looking for comments / information.
  4. Here's a few of mine, compiled over my 20+ years in Izmir: 1. When you still check the taxi meter after midnight to see if it's on "gece" rate (habit from the past). 2. When you no longer automatically assume the older men with young girls in the bar are daddy and daughter out for a beer together. 3. When you need to leave the country every 4-6 months for a break to get your head screwed back on straight / go back to reality. 4. When you seek out the "expat" bars in the resort towns for something "different". 5. When you are no longer surprised when the bank teller asks for ID when you are DEPOSITING money. 6. When you automatically stand right on someone's rear at the ATM to avoid anyone cutting ahead of you. 7. When it no longer seems strange that no one ever pushes their chair in when they get up. 8. When you have forgotten what it's like to drive because you haven't had a car for years. 9. When you notice the LACK of the call to prayer when in some other countries. 10. When it seems normal that Christmas or Easter are just another day.
  5. Cowboy...... perhaps I can assist also.... if you could give us a little more info on what kind of environment you are looking for, that would help. Urban, suburban, country ? Near the water ? Convenience, i.e. shopping, public transport, etc ? Nightlife ? Will you be expecting/wanting to use a car ? That will affect location, as far as parking options if any near your residence. I've been in Izmir 20+ years. I have fellow expat and Turkish friends. I am more familiar with the city itself than the outlying areas. Perhaps I can answer questions or find someone who knows better. I live on the west side in Goztepe but I have had 3 other residences in the city. I'll be happy to try and help.
  6. Understood. I was just saying originally that I know several people here who were given the long-term, even though they applied for short-term. One guy has been here for decades. And of course they had not provided a criminal records check, as it was not required for short-term. It would be nice to be so fortunate.......
  7. Very strange. Congrats to your friend though for getting his LTRP ! I've noticed that different provinces seem to have different procedures. Also, the rules change constantly even within the same province. My experience can be very different from another's, within the same office ! I"ll continue to apply for short-term though and hope I win the lottery and get a LTRP. I just passed the 8 year constant residency mark, would have been sooner but I was going to Greece every 90 days to renew my tourist visa for awhile........
  8. I have a few (U.S.) friends here in Izmir that were issued long-term residencies (expire in 2099) after they applied for SHORT-term residencies. They have all been here as residents for at least 8 years, which supposedly is the minimum time to be eligible for a long-term residency. They did NOT provide a criminal record check, as that wasn't (and maybe still isn't) required for SHORT-term residency. Has anyone else seen or heard of this bonanza ??
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