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IbrahimAbi

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    IbrahimAbi reacted to REDDERS in Rumors?   
    Yes,thats my text copied & pasted word for word!.
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    IbrahimAbi got a reaction from raminturkey in Investing money   
    Hello saiedbadat, welcome to the forum. There are two differing schools of thought on this one. When we retired here 2 years ago we had quiet a lot of money invested in Turkish banks in TL. The interest rate is good, if you spread your money over several banks then each account should be secure (guaranteed by a government scheme up to 100 000TL per account). If you simply want to spend it in Turkey it is probably OK. If you are looking, at some time in the future, to remit it back home that is where the problem lies. The government take 15% of the interest at source, then you have to look at inflation (assume 10% but it will be more). Suddenly the interest rate does not look so good.
    If you are intending to repatriate money at any stage you also need to look at the exchange rate against hard currencies. Recently, in my opinion, the government has started to put pressure on the Central Bank, using interest rates for political/economic purposes.
    My advice is to invest your money somewhere safe and bring it to Turkey as and when you need it. we have very little here now.
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    IbrahimAbi got a reaction from Star in Most economical and guaranteed shipping service to outside of Turkey   
    I thought that there was only one postal service here, the PTT. Courier companies will charge much more and the service will not be better. All the packages that we have sent through PTT arrived as planned. You can now track them online too.
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    IbrahimAbi reacted to PeteJF in Extending My Stay on a Visa   
    In 2017 I was in Turkey on a tourist visa. Towards the end of my stay I became ill with influenza and developed serious complications that required a five day hospital stay. I was told by the doctor that I was not yet fit to fly and that to do so could be life threatening.
    I mentioned my soon to expire tourist visa and was told needed to overstay my visa until I was well enough to fly and that the hospital consultant dealing with my case would provide a letter stating that I had been medically unfit to fly.
    When I was leaving the country I showed the letter to the person checking my passport and there were no problems.
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    IbrahimAbi reacted to Eglegal in Taxes about a Turkish property   
    Hi Fada, 
    That is correct if you fulfill certain conditions. Turkish on Non-Turkish citizens who live abroad (at least 6 months for the past 12 months) is free from paying VAT (VAT rate varies from %1 to %18 depends on the value of the property) since 5th May 2017 and so on. One of the most important criteria is that fund has to be transferred from a bank located out of Turkey and deposited into a bank in Turkey as a foreign currency (USD, EUR etc.).
    However, there is an hesitation here, as VAT is normally has to be an extra to the purchase price, but contractors usually give buyers a flat fee without making any reference to VAT. In the absence of a cost breakdown you are not aware of how much VAT you have actually paid to the contractor.  To find it out, I recommend you to contact with the seller and ask if they claimed a VAT refund which actually you should have benefit. 
     
     
    This is another tax, so called Building Tax, apart from the VAT which is only due at the first purchase. Building tax needs to be paid once in a year (could be in 2 equal installment) to the municipality where your property is located . You are only responsible of paying Building Tax once and if you get the title of deed. Therefore, you do not need to take the previous terms into consideration. That was obviously previous owners debt and you can't be jointly responsible of that. Fyi.. 
    Regards, 
     
     
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    IbrahimAbi reacted to Ken Grubb in 90 days rule   
    Hmmm. That's a good question! I don't know how the system would know that the two passports belong to the same person, since they are from two different countries and have two different passport numbers.
    I just went to the e-visa site, at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/ and entered my passport type and nationality, then submitted it. It told me the usual 90-in-180 days info, and also said this: 
    It says "your stay," in a separate sentence, so I would assume it applies to you, regardless of what passport you use. You could always ask the immigration officer when you arrive on the first passport.
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    IbrahimAbi got a reaction from Ken Grubb in I am now the owner of a car in Turkey.   
    When I bought my second hand car I was pleased to have to have MA plates, I didn't fancy driving around with  ** ARS ** on the plate
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    IbrahimAbi got a reaction from Ken Grubb in I am now the owner of a car in Turkey.   
    Congratulations Pete. When you apply for a Turkish licence they will take your UK licence. Some people are not happy about that and get their UK licence translated and notarised. You can drive on this if you have a turkish RP, but need to leave the country and re-enter every 6 months. iyi Yolculuklar.
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    IbrahimAbi reacted to PeteJF in I am now the owner of a car in Turkey.   
    I no longer have a UK address so will have no problem giving up my UK licence. I will still have to get my UK licence translated and notarised. 
    I can not change the licence yet as apparently, for some reason, I need to show an exam certificate and I am still waiting for cargo from England, which includes my college certificates.
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    IbrahimAbi got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Is a Translated and Notarized Copy of a Passport Required for First-time Residence Permit Applications?   
    The two different names are no problem as long as you have a marriage certificate in those same names. We have different names and have had RPs for 16 years. I really would not go to the trouble of changing names afterwards. too many certificates, licences and things in your old names
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    IbrahimAbi reacted to PeteJF in Mistake or fraud?   
    Just a quick update on this.
    I had an email from the bank this morning to say they had at last found the cause of the  problem and that it was an error on their part.
    I had to go in and sign the paperwork saying it had been resolved. The money has now been refunded to its rightful owner.
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    IbrahimAbi reacted to REDDERS in How to Get A Turkish Driving License, Pdf Attached   
    The Law changed in Jan 1st 2016 when our UK Ambassador met with the Turkish Authorities who changed the  requirements for foreigners for the need to show a schooling certificate to obtain a Turkish driving licence. All TC's have to do this so they insisted foreigners do the same...This of course was going to prove to be a massive problem for many of the older expats as some left without exam certificates or since the 60's had mis laid them when moving to Turkey .
    After a day of negotiations an agreement was made that as long as the foreign licence holder obtained a fresh incoming stamp in their passport every 6 months,then they could continue to drive on their translated & noterised licence. as per Article 88- (Amended with title: RG-17/4 / 2015-29329) 
    Go here, https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetailsIII.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=XI-B-19&chapter=11&Temp=mtdsg3&clang=_en ….to find countries that are included in the Convention. If your country is NOT listed then it’s not possible to make a licence exchange.. The only way to obtain a Turkish driving licence is to take driving lessons & the test .
    USA is not part of this convention...so a licence exchange is not possible, American passport holders will need to take Turkish driving lessons & test to obtain a Turkish driving licence...

    Selim1984uk...no you can't keep your UK licence..it's sent back to the DVLA on issue of your Turkish licence. But if/when you re locate back to the UK you simply apply for it to be returned to you & you'll surrender your Turkish one to the DVLA. Against all the rumours in expat land,you can hire cars in the UK showing a Turkish licence.
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    IbrahimAbi reacted to Eglegal in RP for wife   
    Hi Omer, 
    Yes, notary certification is also needed for the marriage certificate. Plus, I do not know where you have made the translation but marriage certificate needs to be translated by one of the sworn translator who is accredited to the notary public that you use. In other words, translation is deemed to be a "translation" in the eyes of legal authorities if and only you have it made through one of the accredited ones to the notary.  Easiest way to figure that out is to simply contact to the notary office that you will use, they give you the name and the contact info of their Eng-Tur translators. 
    Passports do not have to be Apostille certified but needs to be sworn translated (into Turkish) and notarized as the way I have referred under the preceding paragraph. 
    Goodluck!
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    IbrahimAbi got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Who is responsible for repairs?   
    Surely the security deposit was paid when the contract was signed. We had this in TRNC when we rented. It was one month's rent. We were contractually obliged to give one month's notice at the end, this we did and did not pay the final month rent in lieu of our deposit. Landlord was happy with that, as we gave access to his workers to paint the house while we were still living there so that he could re-rent it quickly.
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    IbrahimAbi got a reaction from Star in Who is responsible for repairs?   
    Surely the security deposit was paid when the contract was signed. We had this in TRNC when we rented. It was one month's rent. We were contractually obliged to give one month's notice at the end, this we did and did not pay the final month rent in lieu of our deposit. Landlord was happy with that, as we gave access to his workers to paint the house while we were still living there so that he could re-rent it quickly.
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    IbrahimAbi got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Who is responsible for repairs?   
    Your solar heater probably just needs topping up. Most of them will have an expansion talk which should be refilled (not completely) with a mixture of antifreeze (same as a car) and water. Over the course of time some of this evaporates. Try it and see (I would try just water first to see if there is a leak). good luck
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    IbrahimAbi got a reaction from Ken Grubb in RP for wife   
    Wife will have to go through the same process. you will need to get your marriage certificate translated (if not in Turkish) and notarised. then she will be recognised as a dependent. personally I would put enough money in the bank for a few months (I would still work on 1000USD per month for two persons). I think the bank account will need to be a joint account or separate accounts for each of you.
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    IbrahimAbi reacted to PeteJF in Just bought an apartment in Yenişehir district of Mersin.   
    There are two blocks on the site, each with twenty flats. Some flats are still empty.
    Once we have our new furniture I will post some photos of the inside.
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    IbrahimAbi reacted to PeteJF in Mistake or fraud?   
    Hi Justin, I went to the bank this morning(with my Turkish step son as translator) to inform them about this.
    We went into an office in the bank and a couple of bank people looked at my account and then chatted for a few minutes.
    I was told that there was no danger of fraud, that the payment was made using my full name and the bank has no other clients with my name. It is possible that the payment was intended for someone with the same name as me at another bank. I should not spend the money yet but it is up to the person who sent it to put a claim in if it was sent in error.
    So that is it for now.
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    IbrahimAbi reacted to Cukurbagli in Mistake or fraud?   
    Good idea Pete, it's always best to talk to the bank when that sort of thing happens. Could save you from a lot of legal trouble.
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    IbrahimAbi got a reaction from Ken Grubb in IGCSE in turkey   
    Hi Hussam,
    Welcome to the Forum. Generally any UK examination can be booked and taken at  a British Council office. I know that they have cut back on these over the years, so I am not sure where the nearest one is to you. I hope that this has given you a place to start. Some schools in Turkey are also teaching the IGCSE programme, they may also take private candidates for the examination. Good luck
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    IbrahimAbi got a reaction from Ken Grubb in IGCSE schools in Istanbul   
    It depends where you live, some of them are expensive, eg the British International School in Zekeriyaköy, look at the British School in Tarabya:
    http://ingilizokullari.com.tr/
     
    Good luck
     
     
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    IbrahimAbi got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Leaking shower cabins in new build.   
    All the above is good advice. personally I would pay the 1000TL and get a good job done, and when I want it done. You will have to fork out for the noter and all the builder will do (eventually) is the cheap 60TL repair. IMHO pay the 1000TL and get it done to your satisfaction.
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    IbrahimAbi reacted to JustinM in Citizenship By Investment   
    Ibrahim,

    There are a couple of different options. First, you could google Real Estate Valuation Report and your city. This will pop up with the local consultants doing this type of work. The second, is to contact the emlak agency or bank you purchased your home through, or are currently purchasing your home through. They will have a company that they work with. However, here are a couple of very important notes.
    The value of the property will be determined by an official valuation survey done by the authorities that are announced by the Banking Supervision Board. The value of the property must be at least $250,000 in the valuation report.
    The cost of the SPK validated appraisal report will be between 1.000 to 2.000 Turkish Lira and buyers will pay this fee directly to the new real estate appraisal department. Foreign buyers should refuse to do business with any estate agent quoting more or claiming they are licensed to carry out the valuation.
    Appraisal reports will be valid for three months from approval. In the event of a canceled sale, if the seller finds another buyer, they can use the same appraisal report. If the property is at the off-plan or construction stage, the value will be the estimate at the time of completion. The value cited on the amount of the appraisal report will also appear on the title deeds.
    After the Tapu is signed over, the Land Registry and Cadastre Information System will add the report to their system before returning it to the buyer. Expected time of completion is three days for Istanbul and six days for other provinces.
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    IbrahimAbi reacted to JustinM in Citizenship By Investment   
    Omer,
    Unfortunately not, both the valuation and purchase price must be 250k. In addition, the funds transfer must be proven. Receipts of wire transfer are to be included in the application to show origin of transfer and amount equals full 250k. 
     
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