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  1. You are well qualified for working in Turkey and you should have a good choice of jobs available. Your options are: University prep school Private High School Private primary or secondary school or even kindergarten. I think most people would say the university prep schools provide the best positions. They have been shedding foreign staff recently because of employment restrictions and a new requirement for all prep school teachers to have a masters degree, which you have so great. Take a look around the istanbul univerisities to see who is recruiting. They all have websites in Turkish and English with vacancies listed. The best private universities in istanbul are koç and sabancı. There are many others of varying quality. There may be websites or forums that carry current vacancies, but I am not aware of any at the moment. There are many facebook forums for English teachers, greenlist, blackist etc You will find lots of job offers from different places, be selective, there are massive differences in the quality of education and management at different institutions. I teach in a state univeristy ELL department by the way. For this term all university classes are online. Depending on the pandemic situation that may or may not change when the second terms starts in February. Good luck in your search, best wishes, Fil
  2. You don't need a teacher for ielts, just go to their website, get to know what activities are in the exam and do the sample questions on the website. https://www.ielts.org/ https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/exams-and-tests/ielts/ If you want more practice questions there are plenty for sale online. That is a much more cost-effective way to take ielts.
  3. In theory it is possible to see all your sgk contributions through edevlet.
  4. As far as I can see from various internet sources foreigners can receive sgk pensions. For example: https://www.dunya.com/kose-yazisi/yabancilar-da-emekli-olabilir-mi/381724 http://www.lebibyalkin.com.tr/mevzuat/haberler/2017/yabancilar-da-emekli-olabilir-mi.html http://www.resulkurt.com/?artikel,11068/yabanci-uyruklu-calisan-turkiyede-emekli-olabilir-mi/sezgin-ozcan http://www.sadettinorhan.net/yabanci_sosyal_guvenlik.html They all say more or less this, that foreigners now have the same rights as Turkish citizens in this respect. Sosyal güvenlik hakkından, yabancı çalışanların faydalanıp faydalanmayacağı konusunda bazen tereddüt yaşandığı görünüyor. Oysa ki hem Türk hem de yabancı çalışanlar için sosyal güvenlik hakkı anayasal bir hak olarak güvence altına alınmıştır. Bunun doğal sonucu olarak emeklilik açısından yabancı uyruklu kişilerin Türk uyruklulardan farkı olmadığından yeterli prim ödemesi varsa ve yaşı tamamlamışsa emekli olma hakkı olacaktır.
  5. I'm surprised at this as I know some foreigners who are getting the pension. But I don't know whether they have citizenship. Legally speaking I don't see how they can refuse anyone who has made the necessary contributions. Do you know anyone who was refused on these grounds ibo? And can any of our legal eagles explain why?
  6. There aren't any English-medium schools in Antalya. Private schools have a large number of English lessons (12 or more) but all the other lessons are taught in Turkish. Your child is young enough to learn Turkish really well, whichever school they attend. State schools can be quite a tough prospect depending on the area. Your child will encounter prejudice, coping has a lot to do with personality, reactions will vary a lot from great warmth and friendliness to hostitlity. Private schools may be more capable (but maybe not more willing) to deal with that. In my opinion none of the private schools in Antalya offer value for money.
  7. I think we are entitled to the pension, but it is quite difficult to make enough payments.
  8. This is controlling, manipulative behaviour, not insecurity.
  9. Associate degrees are vocational qualifications. There are currently two and a half million students taking associate degrees, including my daughter. Associate degrees are the qualification held by many staff in hotels and catering, hospitals, kindergartens, government offices and many other places. Associate degrees require lower scores in the university exam than 4-year degrees. If you are not a Turkish citizen, I can't think of any reason why you would want such a degree, as the jobs they lead to are done by Turkish people and are not open to foreigners.
  10. Does he know what the debt is for?
  11. I don't know whether this is the same type of situation, but a few years ago we received letters (from a lawyer or some kind of agency I think) demanding payment of any debt we may have to a given business and mentioning some large sum. It might have been recorded delivery even. A lawyer advised us just to ignore them. He said that agencies or lawyers could buy up debts from a bankrupt business and then try to collect any payment due. They would send out hundreds of demands to everyone who had been a customer of the business, regardless of whether they had any debts. It all seemed a total waste of effort on their part. I can't believe anyone would be silly enough to pay up just on the strength of a demand letter.
  12. It is internet banking so nothing to do with the branch. If you want proof that the money is where you put it you should be able to get a dekont for the initial transaction and some kind of a printout for the account balance.
  13. Was the 4 per cent offered for Turkish Lira or another currency?
  14. I don't really recognise the Turkey you describe, Matthew. The conservative Turkey you describe may apply to a bit more than half the population, but that does not apply to the lifestyles of a lot of people here, particularly in the big cities. I do not think most people are set against divorce as strongly as you describe. According to a google search there are about 130,000 divorces a year in Turkey, which is not a small number. There are about 600,000 weddings a year. Aso, whilst people like to say how important family is to them, the reality is sadly often different, and many families are severely ruptured, with some family members unable to bear each others' company.
  15. According to taxifarefinder.com the fare from taksim to tuzla is 111TL (43kms 44 minutes) and from Ataturk airport 152TL (59 kms and 54 minutes).
  16. For future journeys, it would have been better to arrive at the other airport, Sabiha Gökçen, as Tuzla is close to that airport. Tuzla is a long way from Taksim. If you want to travel as cheaply as possible from Ataturk airport it should be possible to get to Tuzla by public transport, but I'm afraid I don't know the way. There is the metro from the airport of course, maybe to Yenikapı, then I think you need the new marmaray and transfer to the Kadıköy to Pendik metro line. But you need to ask someone who is more familiar with istanbul travel. You can find information about the public transport system in istanbul from iett, http://www.iett.istanbul/en
  17. How do Turkish men and women find each other? No official stats, but personal experiences suggest it is largely people met at university or else with the assistance of friends and family. Specifically... met at university met through work (not necessarily colleagues, but friends of friends) met through family members. Lily, I think you should take into account that the statement you are making with your hijab, as an expression of identity and freedom of choice, and the statement that the men you meet are hearing are not the same. Friends are often helpful, so maybe you should make friends with a good number of Turkish women first?
  18. Well, if the müdür has seen it done before he must know what he is talking about. I have no idea how. Pardon me for raising this, but I am wondering how your daughter will cope with the Turkish university system. There is likely to be quite a lot of exam stress. May I ask is it a state or private university that you are thinking of? Which subject? And what does your daughter hope to get out of it? Is she thinking of any particular career and qualification? Has she identified a particular university or department that she would like to join?
  19. Also there is or at least used to be something called a blue (might be another colour) card which records the individual as having many of the rights of a Turkish citizen (residence, education, health) and full citizenship can be restored. I am not sure if this still applies. Meral is the one who knows all about this. When my older daughter was at school the teachers had all kinds of weird ideas and assumptions concerning here rights as a foreign citizen. Some thought that foreigners had special advantages over Turks (totally incorrect) and others refused to see her as Turkish, despite the fact that she had attended school Turkey since 3rd grade.
  20. Both my daughters went through the education system as dual citizens and were treated by the system the same way as single nationality citizens. One has just graduated from university and the other is in the first year. They took the ygs/lys same as the other students. There is a way into university as a foreigner taking the yös, but as far as I know it is only open to people who have had most of their primary and secondary education abroad. To enter university with yös students have to demonstrate some proficiency in Turkish, the level required is intermediate, not advanced. Has there been some miscommunication somewhere along the line, or the school head does not know the rules well enough?
  21. Fil

    Home School

    If the children are or may become turkish citizens or may have a future in Turkey then attending school seems unavoidable. certified completion of each class leading to graduation from each level of school is required for some surprising things like getting a driving licence. There is something called open primary and high school. it seems mainly aimed at adults who missed out on school when they were children. I don't know if school age children can register. it seems to consist of exam without a need to attend class. I am not sure about this though perhaps someone who knows can add.
  22. I think you may have gained a false impression about tourists working. As far as I know, few tourists work and those that work in visible jobs, especially cafes and restaurants, are often picked up by the authorities quite quickly. There may be people on tourist visas working in less visible jobs such as in workshops or as day labourers. But if they have enough money to enable them to get a residence permit, why would they be working for little money? People who are refugees or are applying for that or have some permission to be in Turkey other than a regular residence permit seem to have a different status and that may be how they are able to work. In general in Turkey the authorities are clamping down on the employment of people without insurance. Last year all work places were required to submit the names and tc numbers of all people working there. The fines for businesses employing unregistered staff, TC citizens and foreigners, are very high. Another interesting point, not relevant to the ilegals you are asking about, is that anyone who is entitled to work but does not have their sgk paid by the employer, or whose income declared by the employer is less that the actual amount, can complai to the sgk and the employer will have to pay up the rest of the amount and pay a large fine.
  23. No it wasn't busy just us and our 24 children. Not being busy is another bonus. Just being in the cold air was like taking a long cold drink. And yes, I skated but unfortunately there is no photo of that because taking a selfy while skating was too wobbly.
  24. Temperature in Antalya below zero- in the new ice rink. Not far from the Meydan stop on the new tram. Çaybaşı Mahallesi, 1364. Sk., 07100 Muratpaşa/Antalya
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