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  1. People I know who live in both places seem to like them a lot. I heard someone say recently that Konyaaltı is better because you can have a place to live with an easy walk to the beach, whereas Lara is more spread out, and you would need a car to live there and get around. Both places have excellent restaurants as well.
  2. It is the Turkish embassy or consulate where you would apply for citizenship, or if in Turkey, the Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (also called the Nüfus). The Turkish embassy or consulate would work with the Nüfus regarding your citizenship. If you have one Turkish parent, the Turkish government considers you to be a Turkish citizen, so it is just a matter of proving that you have a Turkish parent. Are you saying that you have no birth certificate?
  3. It may be telling you to "press 2" for English. But the recording says that part in English. Try pressing 2 and see what happens.
  4. Just to let you know... the number is 199, not 119.
  5. They are very busy. Imagine doing their job all day long, all week. I am sure it gets pretty routine. The interviews aren't to screen you out. In fact Turkey is pretty generous in giving people residence permits as long as they meet the requirements, and the requirements are quite reasonable. Even if you are missing a document, like in your case, they give you time to get it. Did you actually have your interview yet?
  6. The Nüfus is where you would have that change made. They have a help line at 199. The help line also offers English if you need it. I once had an issue with someone at the Nüfus because they were telling me something I knew wasn't correct. I later called the help line and verified that the information I was given was wrong. I never actually went back to the Nüfus to straighten that out, however, you might try that, and even call the help line while you are talking to an actual person at the Nüfus. Then hand your mobile phone to the person if you are getting conflicting information. Sometimes government officials will just give you an answer off the top of their head. A suggestion: If the person on the help line tells you that the Nüfus can do it and what you need to do, ask for their name. That way, when you are at the Nüfus office and you have to call the help line again, and the person you are now talking to on your mobile phone doesn't know or is giving you a bogus answer, ask to speak to the person you spoke to previously, by name. Then get them to talk to the person sitting at the desk at the Nüfus office.
  7. You're asking if it is normal for the immigration specialist to interview a foreigner without first reading the application package? At my last appointment I sat down as the immigration specialist was finishing another interview. Then I just gave him the documentation as he asked for it and answered his questions. I would think that, for whether it is a renewal or not, they would just look at the printed copy of the application. I don't think he asked me if it was a first-time application or a renewal. I would assume a lot of them don't read the application before the interview, and I am sure they can be pretty busy, especially in Istanbul. And besides, they have time during the interview to go over everything with the foreigner. It isn't like a job interview where they would read over everybody's CV before they meet them.
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  9. I checked with a friend about the insulation in Lara. Apparently a new law requires that new builds have insulation. On the old builds, they are applying "insulating paint," which he, and I, doubt does very much. So it isn't common, but with the newer properties, well, they are supposed to be insulated. It isn't the weather, per se, it's the dreariness of the cloudy skies and regular drizzle. From around 1 December, getting its worst in February. For me, I get into a mood where I just want to hibernate, and not do anything. It happens every winter, but I get over it. Some years ago I went back to the states in the middle of winter. It was cold in Maryland, too, but just breaking up that Turkish winter helped a lot, to take it in two smaller chunks instead of all the way through. There are breaks of sun. There are days from time to time when it's sunny, and you might have a stretch of a week of sunny weather. Unfortunately I can't give you numbers, but I could say "every now and then." I'd like to give you some good news on this, but I think it would be an issue. One thing that helps is to get out and go to the expat gatherings. You can find the Antalya expat groups by searching Facebook. As for me, I just accept it, and feel good knowing that it will pass. Now, a lot of people who go through these winters might call me a cry baby! And they might be right! I live alone, and that might be a part of it also. Maybe I just need to be more creative and find ways to enjoy myself during the winter. As Tony Robbins says, "you don't lack resources, you lack resourcefulness." That only refers to cell phones brought to Turkey from other countries. The fee is kind of a way to charge you money you would have been charged for importing it the normal way. It is triggered when you put a Turkish SIM card into a foreign-bought cell phone. If you buy a Turkish cell phone(s), you can own as many as you want. If you have a foreign phone with a Turkish SIM card, you have to register it, and you can only register one at a time. What you would probably do is bring your foreign phone, get a Turkish SIM card, register it and pay the tax, then use it. When you want to get a new one, just buy a Turkish one, and you can start using it, without limitation, as soon as you walk out of the door of the cell phone shop. If your visa is still valid, you can come and go as you like as much as you want, even though you have an application for a residence permit pending approval. But if your visa runs out, and you don't yet have a residence permit, you can get a letter from the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) so you can leave the country and return without getting another visa. It is best to apply as early as possible for your residence permit, so you always have time left on your visa. Citizens of the USA can get a visa with a validity period of 180 days. At any time during that 180 days, you can come and go from Turkey for a total of 90 days. You can apply for a residence permit at any time within 60 days of reaching that 90-day limit. So to make it simple, you come to Turkey, stay 30 days on the visa, then apply for your residence permit on day 31. That way you still have 60 days allowed to come and go on your visa, and that is typically enough time to apply, go to your appointment, and get your residence permit delivered to you. That way, if you need to leave at any time during the application period, you can do it with your still-valid visa. That limit was abolished. Your residence permit will simply expire on its expiration date. Typically people coming to Turkey for work already have a job lined up, then they get a work visa, then come to Turkey, then get a work permit. However, you can also find a job in Turkey, and work with your employer to get a work permit. However, you must have been living in Turkey for at least six months with a residence permit to get a job while already in Turkey. It is difficult for just about anyone except native-speaking English teachers or someone with a special skill. You would have to be filling a position that a Turkish person can't fill, or, the employer must already have hired five Turkish citizens. That is, five Turkish citizens for every foreigner hired.
  10. It's not a scam, it's true. Normally, to be a Turkish citizen, you have to have a Turkish mother or father, be married to a Turk for three years, or live in Turkey for five years and meet before a citizenship board for an interview in Turkish. A new law was introduced which said, if you buy real property above a certain amount of money, they would waive those requirements and give you citizenship based on the fact that you have made a large investment in Turkey and intend to live here. As I recall, when the law was introduced, the minimum purchase price was the equivalent of one million dollars. It was eventually reduced to the equivalent of $250,000 US Dollars.
  11. I'll need the money to buy a car, in Turkey, on 31 October 2020. I can't get around that. I will also need to accumulate the money to pay cash, and then exchange the US dollars for Turkish Lira sometime before 31 October 2020. I can't get around that, either. I transfer money every month anyway, because my income is in US dollars, and it doesn't cost me anything more to transfer a higher amount. So by transferring the car money as well every month, whether the exchange rate goes up or down, I'll end up with a kind of average of the exchange rate from today to 31 October 2020, then have whatever interest accrues on the funds while they are in the Turkish bank account. You may be right. I am assuming you mean the general financial situation will be worse for Turkey, which would mean that the Turkish Lira will weaken. In that case, the best solution would be to accumulate the money in the US bank until around 31 October 2020, and then transfer it all at once on that date. I don't think it's possible to predict what an exchange rate will be in more than a year from now. I just know that the rates are very good now, and it makes sense to me to take advantage of it and change the money now. If I remember to do it after 31 October 2020, I'll come back and update this post so we can see how things turned out! I'm using YapıKredi, but that's because my landlord has an account in that bank and I can make free automatic transfers to pay the rent. Also, it's just down the street from my house. Opening a Bank Account To open an account, you'll need a passport a residence permit Proof of an address Tax number (if you don't have a residence permit) Initial deposit mobile telephone Banks have been hesitant to open a bank account for anybody without a residence permit, because people have been using the accounts solely to prove they have money, then they withdraw the money and leave a dead account. So you may need to convince the bank manager that you are not going to abandon the account. At Yapı Kredi everything was done on the spot. The bank windows are like proper sitting desks now, and the "teller" will open your account without your having to go to another area of the bank. Besides their forms, I got a few messages on my mobile phone with identification codes for the bank representative to enter into his terminal. Then we downloaded Yapıkredi's mobile app. I got a bank card in about a week delivered to my house. I'm very happy with Yapıkredi.
  12. Redders, has it been determined what a "schooling certificate" is? I am assuming it is at least a high school diploma or equivalency. But I find it hard to believe that every driver in Turkey has a high school diploma or equivalent.
  13. I like Köyceğiz. I just visited for a day and an night, but I liked it. There's a beautiful lake there, with a promenade. And one of the main things I liked is that there were trees, and shade, and a pleasant promenade along the lake shore. There, like in Dalyan, there are probably a lot of mosquitoes. In Dalyan they call mosquito repellent "Dalyan perfume." But that is probably exaggerated. I was in both places for a total of a couple of weeks and was never bitten by a mosquito. I think Köyceğiz is a great choice for someone who wants to live in a pleasant, quiet town. I took a few photos when I was there a few years ago of the town in general, the town square, and promenade. In my opinion, it's worth a visit. Köyceğiz Photos Of course, also visit Dalyan. My impression is that the expat population is higher there. And it has a fantastic beach (İztuzu Beach) which is accessed by river boats. İztuzu Beach is is completely unspoiled, because the Carretta Caretta (Loggerhead) Turtles nest there. Dalyan and İztuzu Beach Photos
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