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  1. There's no way to predict what is going to happen no matter how many people you are with. But use common sense. As for venturing out alone, around the tourist areas you'll be fine. But of course, it wouldn't be a good idea to go just anywhere after dark. You can ask someone at your hotel or pension for more local advice. Some areas have a problem with pickpockets and similar types of crime, especially those which involve distraction. But the typical street crimes are not meant to harm, they are just meant to get what you have on you and get away. It is most likely you will have no problems at all. If you would like to read my articles on crime and safety in Turkey, see the Crime and Safety articles.
  2. That is an interesting story to say the least! I wonder what the underlying reasons were in your different treatment. I mean, was there something different between the two of you besides your being from the UK and him being from Italy? I'm baffled. I live in Antalya, so I am assuming the processing time will be the same. I applied for my extension on 30 January 2019. When renewing, you can do it by mailing in your documents, but I must have entered some wrong number into the online system because it forced me to set up an appointment. So I did. My appointment was on 4 February 2019. I received my residence permit card on 15 March 2019. So that's a 39-day wait between the appointment and the receipt of my residence permit card by mail. So your partner should receive his well before the apartment lease expires. Yes. And if your partner's name is on the tapu, he should have no problems getting a longer residence permit. I talked to a DGMM immigration specialist about this a short time ago. She was saying that if a person comes to Turkey on a visa and stays in a hotel, or in other short-term accommodations while looking for a property to buy, they can get a one-year residence permit even though the norm is to only issue it for the duration of stay in the hotel (like in your partner's case he could only get one for the duration of the apartment contract). Then later, the foreigner can report the new address to the DGMM after they get the tapu, already having a one-year residence permit. For some reason, they extended that courtesy to you, but not to your partner. I am wondering what that reason might be. In any case, congratulations on a successful interview. Sorry to hear about your partner's situation, but it looks like a situation which can be fixed after some hassle. Good luck on finding the perfect place to buy!
  3. I was at Incirlik from 2005 to 2007, living in Antalya now. I think the travel warnings mainly focus on the southeast, which is probably a good place to avoid, but I haven't heard of any incidents anywhere in Turkey which were directed at foreigners. Not lately anyway. I mentioned this in other posts... the Incirlik alley is pretty much dead... a few shops and restaurants are open, but the base has been in lockdown for quite a while. Still worth a visit though, at least to bring back some old memories!
  4. Well I'm happy to know you sorted that out! I hope you don't mind a few questions, I would like to learn more about the process in case anybody else has the same problem... You said you sent the document through the mail... where did you mail them to? Did you arrange it by telephone first or just mail the documents to them? When you had it translated into Turkish, did you use some kind of official translator? And when you say it was "approved by the Turkish consulate, what were they approving--the translation?
  5. A copy of a passport means nothing. It just means you have a copy of a passport which says it belongs to somebody named John Maur. If he is the one sending you documents there is no way to tell if they are real or not. Such documents can be created or modified easily. My advice is, don't send any money. If it is a scam, he is going to ask you to send him money. If you don't send it, he will use emotional pressure to get you to send it, make you feel terrible if you don't. That is usually what happens. Then again, it could all be true. There is now way you or I can know. The best advice I can give is, don't get engaged to anyone you haven't gotten to know, in person, on a regular basis, for at least a year. If you do, there is no way to know what you are getting in to, as is the case here. So there really isn't much I can say here... you can find out if what he is saying is true if you contact a lawyer and have them look in to it. They can check things independently and find out if he was really in an accident, if he was really arrested, etc... that would be the only way you could find out for sure. But even if it is all true, it still doesn't mean you are not being played. I hope things turn out all right for you. And of course everything here is just my opinion, and it should be taken as just that. If you do want to hire a lawyer to look in to this for you, you can find one here: https://www.turkeycentral.com/companies/category/26-lawyers/
  6. Is your fiancee in Turkey? And where are you? Have you met him before? How long have you known him? I say this because it could be a scam. It does sound like one. So please answer the questions I asked and I will try to help.
  7. Apparently no lawyers have been able to reply, so I called one. According to her, Turkey has such strict insult laws that it is illegal to insult someone, even if what you are saying is true, if you can't prove what you are saying. And if you can prove what you are saying, it needs to be done in a court of law, and only in a court of law. So if he has done anything illegal, you can go to the police and report him. If he has not done anything illegal per se, but has unjustly gotten money from you, you can sue him in civil court. There have been cases where a foreign woman has posted such information about a Turkish man taking advantage of her, and the Turkish man didn't take the foreign woman to court over it. In these cases it is probably because the man was unaware of what is being said, or there actually was proof that he did what has been alleged, so taking the woman to court for insult would result in his losing the case, and his activities being made a matter of public record from the court documents. If you do post such information about someone on the internet, they have every right to report you to the prosecutor or sue you... that doesn't mean the prosecution will be successful or the complainant will win the lawsuit, but they can still report you to the prosecutor or open a lawsuit against you. So you are kind of on dangerous ground if you simply post derogatory information about someone online instead of taking them to court, where such allegations should be made. This is what I learned from a previous case: If the man has done anything like take money from you, borrow money and not pay it back, lie about needing money and getting money from you that way, that is illegal also. You can take him to court, and even get your money back, if you have proof that you gave it to him (like proof of a bank transfer). However... Some time ago I helped a foreign woman who had been defrauded by a Turkish man. In this case it was the usual love scam. I referred her to a lawyer and she provided to the lawyer proof of money transfers to the man based on various things which were later determined to be lies. She won the case. But collecting the money was near impossible. The court put a demand on the man's employer to pay back the money to the woman, from any future salary. So the man quit his job, then started working "off the books" somewhere else. Besides that, apparently the court can only take a percentage of the money at a time, and the man actually made a very low salary, so what the woman would have gotten back would have taken a long time to actually receive. That's not to mention any lawyer fees you might have to pay. So, if you have proof that you have given the man money based on a lie he told you, you probably have a case. But you would need to see a lawyer, and the man you will be taking to court will need to have assets or money that you can take from to get the money back. Please understand I am not a lawyer and this is not intended as legal advice, but this is what I understand from my conversations with lawyers and my previous experience helping someone get their money back from a love rat. I hope it helps.
  8. It's asking for a "No," or numara, meaning "number." So its not asking for a date. Looking at my current insurance policy, on the first page at the top it says "Yenileme No: 0" When I recently did my own renewal application I entered a zero. Look at your insurance policy and see if it has a Yenileme No, and enter that, or if it doesn't have one, try entering a zero.
  9. Only the DGMM can do that. It is impossible for any of us to know what the problem is. You have to go to the DGMM office and learn what the problem is from them. You can also try calling the helpline at 157 from any telephone within Turkey, or from outside of Turkey, call +90 312 157 1122. Maybe they can give you more information about this.
  10. You need to do what the message says, that is, go to the Directorate General of Migration Management office where you applied. Only they can tell you what the problem is and what you need to do.
  11. The Daily Sabah featured one of our members in their "Legendary Expat Series." His name is Martin Redman. He goes by the name of "REDDERS" on Turkey Central, but he is more widely known as "Doc Martin" because of his Facebook group, "Doc Martin's Surgery for Expats." Martin is widely known for his work in sorting out those things expats need to know in Turkey, and his ability to explain complex issues in terms people can understand. I can personally attest to his painstaking attention to detail when it comes to providing correct information. And I am grateful to have Martin as a member of our community. You can read more about Martin in this Daily Sabah article: Legendary Expat Series: Meet Martin Redman Congratulations, Martin, for being recognized as a Legendary Expat. You truly deserve it!
  12. I have recently learned how ignorant I was in my perception of a "proper beach." I'm from the East Coast of the United States. To me, a "proper beach" has always been a big, wide, sandy beach. I hadn't even seen a pebble beach until I came to Turkey. Lately I have met a LOT of people who prefer pebble beaches to sandy beaches. Pebble beaches were what they were used to, or they preferred them because the sand didn't get into any uncomfortable places. I hadn't even thought about that before. Anyway, since my first and latest posts, I have changed my idea about what a "proper beach" is.
  13. I've sent you a name and contact info.
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