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  1. Thank you so much, again, for this thorough and helpful answer. Of course I can scan and send you a copy of the komisyon değerlendirme formu. For now, I've searched a bit online and found what may be an old version here. If this is still in use, it appears that only health and/or education -related justifications would suffice in an appeal.
  2. Okay, now I hope you don't mind, but I still have questions of my own. 1. Do I obtain the komisyon değerlendirme formu directly at the immigration office, or is it something I should get from elsewhere? 2. Should I go with a dilekçe already prepared? Or a lawyer for that matter? 3. My biggest fear is that when I go to the immigration office, they will try to tell me that I have 10 days to leave the country (as my old short-term residence permit is now expired, while still waiting for my renewal appointment). Do you know if they instantly try to pressure you to sign something saying you'll leave within 10 days? My renewal appointment is in less than 10 days, so this shouldn't actually affect me, regardless. However, it is worrying, considering that at my renewal appointment, I may be asked to procure extra documents within 30 days, and some documents may take more than 10 days to arrive, putting me in a grey area, if I'm asked for something obscure and/or absurd, which is a possibility. 4. If I do have to leave the country, can I come back immediately on a touristic visa, or do I need to spend 90-180-whatever amount of days abroad? 5. Can I apply again for the uzun dönem 180 days after my previous application date? Or 180 days after my the appointment? Or 180 days after the SMS I received telling me it was olumsuz? I have a hunch that because there was only 4 - 5 months left on my short-term residence permit when I applied, I was automatically rejected outright (as I think 6 months is the standard), but naturally, I don't know yet.
  3. Thanks for your response. I'll answer your questions first, as I still have a few of my own. The gün sayımı belgesi replaces the old giriş-çıkış kaydı, as the former goes into a bit more specifics regarding exactly how many days you may have stayed inside the country with & without a valid RP as well as (not only the last 8 years but also) the number of days you've stayed legally inside Turkey within the last 5 (as there is a further quota for this). At the bottom of the paper is an evaluation (either olumlu or olumsuz -- Naturally, mine was olumlu). It is obtained directly from the immigration office by filing a dilekçe (and waiting an uncertain amount of days/weeks/months for an SMS). More specifically, my SMS also stated that I could only pick it up on a Friday (only Friday) afternoon within 30 days of the SMS. The pink folder is a new thing, and it may only be for Istanbul. It appears that this is now a requirement even for renewals and first time applications of all sorts. They expect you not to know about this (as there is ZERO information anywhere online about it), and you'll be told to buy one from a nearby kırtasiye when you go in for your appointment. This is, again, something new put into place (like another litmus test) just to throw us off-guard and make us think that we don't have the required documents. You have to exit whatever building your appointment is in, buy a pink folder, pass through security again, and wait in (potentially multiple) line(s) again just to deliver everything in the end.
  4. How can I contest or object a negatively reviewed long-term residence permit decision? Does anyone have any experience with this process? What steps do I need to take aside from presenting myself to the immigration office? Should I get a lawyer? Background: I applied for the long-term in October, and went to my appointment in January. I brought all of the documents requested on my application form as well as every single thing mentioned on every website I could find online (in both Turkish and English) just as a back-up. I was told that most of the documents I had brought were no longer needed, but that some additional things (specifically: a pink folder & the gün sayımı directly from the immigration office - neither of which I saw mentioned online) were required. I purchased the pink folder and filled in my dilekçe for the gün sayımı (which I was told could take up to 3 months to receive, but I received just a few weeks later with a positive result). I delivered all of my documents in person and was given a form stamped with the date (10 February 2020) stating that I had provided all the necessary documents and told that it could take up to 6 months to reach a decision. I received a brand new SMS yesterday but "back-dated" the 19th of February, as if it were somehow a postal letter traveling through snail mail, saying that my application was rejected and I'd have 30 days to appeal to room 104. In addition to all of this mess, before my long-term appointment date, I had also applied to renew my short-term, as I happen to be on the list of nationals who can still *supposedly* apply. Just to be safe, I also applied before January 1st. My appointment for my short-term residence permit is coming up this Friday. I have more than sufficient funds, and all of my paperwork is still in order. Every document and all the information on my application were true and factual. Nothing was falsified. I applied on my own, as I have done, for more than 8 years now. I speak and write fluently in Turkish.
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