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  1. Marrying a Turkish Fiance

    You should just need an e-visa, which you can get online, and pay for it with a credit card. Here is an article which explains it. Turkey's e-visa system Citizens of the Philippines can get an e-visa which is valid for 180 days, which means you can use it any time you want during the 180-day period. But you can only be in Turkey for a maximum of 30 days during the 180-day period (you can stay 30 days in a row or come and go as much as you want as long as your time in Turkey doesn't exceed 30 days during the 180-day period. If you want to stay longer (which you do), you have to apply for a residence permit. You should do this as soon as possible after you arrive. If you get married immediately, you can apply for a family residence permit and live in Turkey. Your husband will be your sponsor for the family residence permit. Here is an article called "An Introduction to Family Residence Permits" which explains the concept more briefly. If you are not going to get married in the 30 days you are allowed in Turkey on the visa, you will need to apply for a short-term residence permit. That will allow you to live in Turkey for up to two years, as long as you can prove you have enough money to support yourself and you have an address. If you have any problems or questions feel free to post them, we will try to help.
  2. Benefits of Turkish Citizenship

    See the link in the second post in this topic. Have you seen that article? That is everything I have learned about it.
  3. if only renting?

    Yes, you can get a residence permit at any age. You will not have to show proof of health insurance. I am not sure why that is, except for the fact that the insurance companies tend not to issue health insurance policies for people who are over 65. I don't know of anyone who has actually gotten a residence permit who is over 65 and who didn't have health insurance which met the requirements. In the online system, one must enter a health insurance policy number, company, and duration of the policy, so this might be a problem. If you are in Turkey, you can call the helpline for the Directorate General of Migration management at 170, and ask them what you will need to do if you have any problems applying online.
  4. By the best legal definition I can find, "working in Turkey" involves working for a Turkish company, providing services for Turks in Turkey, and/or receiving payment for your work in Turkey. Because you will not be working for a Turkish company, you would never be able to get a work visa or work permit anyway. There are work laws concerning "freelancers," but they seem to be directed towards people who perform services in Turkey and get paid in Turkey. The law is silent, as far as I know, for people in your situation. In my opinion, you should have zero problems working online for a foreign company while in Turkey, and I wouldn't worry about it at all.
  5. 10 days holidays ang learnt English by the way

    I know of two places in Muratpaşa where you can take courses. Muratpaşa is the city center. If you are in Lara, east of the city center, or Konyaaltı, west of city center, there may be a place in those places. The first is Tömer. This is a part of Ankara University. They have daily Turkish classes in classroom. Click on the link, then "İletişim." Then select the "Antalya Şubesi" for the address and a map showing where it is. The second is the Turkish American Association. Click on "Bize Ulaşın" Then "İletişim." That also has directions and a map. This school is right next to the Antray tram, so if you are elsewhere along the tram route, you can easily take the tram to the school. They have smaller classes so that might be a plus. They are right next to the İsmetpaşa tram stop. Both schools also have English courses, but I don't think either has any native English speakers. You would have to ask them about this if it is a must-have.
  6. Historical debt collectible?

    Thanks for letting us know what happened. At least this topic can serve as information for anyone who searches in Google concerning a similar situation. I do know for a fact that this kind of"debt collection scam" happens, usually by e-mails which are sent out en-masse. The scammers do have a telephone number, and you can call them and talk to them as they continue the scam over the phone. I didn't know about people buying old debt and trying to enforce it. So I learned something here as well.
  7. Historical debt collectible?

    Was this letter sent by e-mail? It could be a 419 scam, The scam being named after the number of the fraud law in Nigeria, where a lot of these kinds of scams come from.
  8. I think we are ultimately going to have to wait and see. This won't be the first time they figure out a new rule will have unintended consequences, then either selectively enforce the rule or not enforce it at all. And if worse comes to worst, the foreign embassies can get involved if it has an unnecessary negative impact. That is just my opinion.
  9. After thinking about this for a while, it makes complete sense, and I have already experienced this in Antalya. I've been living in Turkey for some 15 years. I have never bought a property -- I have always rent. I'm not married to a Turk. I'm retired, so I don't work in Turkey. I had my last short-term residence permit appointment in March 2018 at the Antalya DGMM. The immigration specialist asked me to explain why I am living in Turkey, and why I want to live in Turkey for another year. And I told him. He was satisfied with my reason. They have asked me this question at every interview I have had, going back to my first residence permit interview some 15 years ago. If somebody owns property, is married to a Turk, works legally in Turkey, etc., they have an obvious reason for being in Turkey. For those who don't, it makes sense that they would ask "why do you want to live in Turkey?" And if you were a computer system designer, and had to create a drop-down menu of choices for why you were in Turkey, in what way would you categorize someone like me? Perhaps "Just likes it here?" So they call the reason people like me live in Turkey "Tourism," even though it sounds like I'm on a never-ending sightseeing trip. With all of the immigration Turkey is experiencing these days, and no doubt, abuse of the residence permit system, it makes sense they would double-down on screening people. So if you are here for a good reason (and we all likely are), there should be no problem, other than the insistence on apostilled documents, if they even ask for them. Regarding apostilled documents, In my last two interviews, they wanted documentation to show my income. Last year, the immigration specialist just asked me to go home, go to my bank's website, and print off my bank statement going back three months. I did so, came back at the end of the day, went to his desk and handed it to him. That was that. In my last interview (in March 2018), I printed this out in advance of my interview and gave it to the immigration specialist during the interview. He accepted it. For proof of address, I just went to the local Citizenship and Population Directorate (Nüfus) and got the required address registration document. Just in case, I also went to the local Noter where I previously had a notarized copy of my apartment contract made. I just gave them the Noter's document number for that document. They gave me another notarized copy just based off the number they had stamped on the previously notarized document. I don't even know if that was necessary, but I gave that to the immigration specialist as well. I feel badly for anyone living in Istanbul if they are going to insist on all of the things on the list in the previous post. But at least up until March of this year, it is not like that, at least it wasn't for me, in Antalya. I received my residence permit card in the mail around 30 days later. I'm going to try to get an unlimited work permit this year. I don't know of anyone else who has gotten one of these. We'll see what happens.
  10. Turkey today

    That's nice to hear about. Gave me a smile too. Thanks IbrahimAbi.
  11. That part is a relief, and it makes sense. But just in case, I'm going to apply for a long-term residence permit now. I don't own property, nor do I meet the criteria in the previous version. Thanks for posting this Graham, it is a big "heads up" for us all.
  12. New Biometric Kimlik

    Whenever I do business with the government, I never expect things to go smoothly. I plan on hearing conflicting information or having to go back more than once, no matter how prepared I am. Especially if what I need is anything out of the ordinary. There is nothing unique about the photo itself. It just needs to have enough resolution and quality to be read by a facial recognition program. When you go to a photo studio and have such a photo taken, it is pretty much a given that the resulting photo will meet the requirements. When it the photo is processed by the government, measurements are taken of your facial features in the photo and recorded on a chip in the card. In that way the photo can be compared to other photos of you, or of your actual face. Each person's facial features and the measurements involved tend to be unique to that person. So in that way, the information recorded from the photo acts as a fingerprint.
  13. Your gas consumption is recorded by your customer number or your meter number. So the gas company has records for your billing. If you have a gas meter, then the gas company knows how much gas passed through it. Yes, I am sure they know this.
  14. You do have a number which specifies you as the person being billed. It should be printed on your gas meter. So go look at the actual meter and see if there is a number on it. That is probably also your customer number. Whatever number is there (if there is more than one than write them down), it is going to be a number by which you are being billed by the gas company. The gas company should also have records for the bills for that number going back for three and more months.
  15. New Biometric Kimlik

    I was thinking that might happen. The consulates are often not very good at replying to contact requests. Unless one of the other members have gone through the process and can tell you what you need to do exactly, the only thing I could suggest is that you collect everything you think you would need. I would imagine that would involve your old identity card (kimlik) and your passport, and whatever else you can think of, along with maybe six (probably too many) biometric photos. You'll need to tell the photographer what size you will need, of course. Then make an appointment with the consulate and just go. Don't assume you'll be able to get it done on the first appointment, but you just might be able to. Worst case scenario would be that you have to bring them yet something else. If you can get that nearby you could probably go back with it on the same day. If not, just make another appointment, then go to the second one with what they tell you to bring. Anyway that is what I would do. It's the long and hard way of doing it, but at least you can be sure it will get done in the end.