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Ken Grubb

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  1. If you've downloaded your application form, then you're definitely in the system as having a completed appointment application. But I have heard it can take a few weeks to get the appointment e-mail or SMS in Istanbul. There's no exact amount of time since it all depends on their workload. I definitely understand your concern, but really there's nothing else you can do. If your current residence permit or visa expires, you're okay up until whatever appointment date they give you as long as you have your printed application. Take the first page and your passport with you when you go out.
  2. The same thing happened to me. In the past my residence permit was given to a neighbor, which was not supposed to happen! Officially, you would need someone with power of attorney to receive your card, but since it's your wife, that would be overkill I think. In the worst case scenario, if the postman doesn't leave it with your wife, it will be kept at the post office for a short time and then sent to the local DGMM, where you can go and get it. So I wouldn't worry about it.
  3. What, exactly, does the error message say? And is there a number associated with the error?
  4. I had a Turkish friend call the Nüfus and ask if a foreigner is required to own property to become a Turkish citizen. The person working the Nüfus said no, there is no requirement for a foreigner to own property. But property ownership is one of several ways for a foreigner to prove their intent to live in Turkey.
  5. The Citizenship Law, Number 5901, Ammended in 2017, says this (I bolded the text in question): Here's what it says on the General Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs (Nüfus) website: https://nvi.gov.tr/turk-vatandasliginin-kazanilmasi According to the above "Aquisition of Turkish Citizenship According to General Provisions" on the Nüfus website, there must be a decision to settle in Turkey, to acquire immovable property in Turkey, to build a business, investing, trading and transporting a business center to Turkey, work in an on-site business with a work perm
  6. I'm not sure what you mean by your "other question." What specific questions do you have?
  7. I just remembered something. In Istanbul, when somebody applies for a residence permit, they give them a tebliğ tebellüğ belgesi (communiqué document). Both the immigration officer and the applicant sign it. Part of it states the following (translated to English): So if you signed one of these, there's no refund. It also may help that it also cites the law regarding this, number 492.
  8. Actually your student residence permit expired on your graduation date. Then you had ten days to leave Turkey or apply for a residence permit. I guess you were lucky! To return to Turkey, you just have to apply for and receive an e-visa. You can do that at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/. You passport must be valid for at least 60 days beyond your last day of stay in Turkey. Sorry for the delay on my reply, I just noticed that your question hadn't been answered.
  9. The only effect being outside of Turkey for over 15 days will have on you is that you must get another e-visa to re-enter Turkey. That's all. Your temporary residence permit is still valid, and your application won't be canceled unless you miss your appointment.
  10. Thanks for getting back to us on that. I hadn't heard that before. Perhaps it's a law which affects Georgian citizens or perhaps other countries as well. It seems strange to me because if the document is notarized, it's already an official record in the archive of the notary. And I can't think of any reason why they would require a separate repository for marriage certificates. If you learn anything more on this please post it in this thread. Good luck with getting all of that taken care of!
  11. If I may ask, where did you hear that it had to be registered in Ankara? I haven't heard of that requirement. What happens is when you get the apostille and the marriage certificate translated by a sworn translator, the translation is sworn before a notary. Then the translation and a copy of the marriage certificate is registered and stored in the notary's archive. At that point it becomes a legal document in Turkey, and the notary's office is the repository. So just having it in the notary's archive should be sufficient. I don't see how it would matter what language the apostille is in b
  12. I think what you're looking for is here: https://tckimlik.nvi.gov.tr/Modul/YabanciKimlikNoDogrula If your foreigner identification number doesn't work, try entering the card number. By the way, it will be active until the expiration date. There used to be limits, like for when you were out of the country, but the limits were abolished a few years ago. So if it's not past the expiration date, it's still valid.
  13. The phone should still work, but you'll need another SIM card. I've also switched a SIM card between devices and it worked on both of them.
  14. Good luck Moonycat, and congratulations on your purchase! Let us know if we can help with anything.
  15. As long as your residence permit is still valid, you can come and go with your residence permit. The only limit for the residence permit is it's expiration date. There's no legal requirement for you to come to Turkey within a certain time period. There used to be, but there isn't any more. So as long as your residence permit is still valid, you can return to Turkey with it.
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  17. I had heard from a friend that people were actually applying for residence permits before they came to Turkey. This didn't sound right to me, so I called the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management) and asked them to make sure. Like Goreme said, one must be in Turkey before they can apply for a residence permit. Regarding those I heard of who were alleged able to apply before they were in Turkey, the immigration specialist said the system isn't set up to prevent this. However, the applicant will probably go to their appointment and learn that their applica
  18. I don't know if I can be of much help, but I'll try. 1. Unfortunately there's no central database you can use to find properties to buy. Each real estate agent has their own properties to sell. The commission is six percent if they sell it, three percent paid by the seller and three percent by the buyer, so if they sell another agent's property, the two agents split the commission. Probably the best place to look for property is sahibinden.com and hurriyetemlak.com, but you already know about these. 2. You can use one of our members who is a real estate agent in Istanbul, his name is
  19. Check out this article. It also includes links to the job classified websites which offer jobs in Turkey. How to Find a Job in Turkey
  20. I haven't, but you can call the Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (Nüfus) at 199. They have an English option.
  21. Congratulations, Gabriel! Now it's just a matter of time for your residence permit card to arrive! I know how that feels.
  22. It should take a little over an hour, but allow one and a half hours to be on the safe side. When I went from Izmir to Çeşme I never went from the Izmir bus station, I went to a terminal on the Çeşme side of the city. As I recall that took around 50 minutes from there, because once you get out of Izmir, it's a mostly a straight highway to Çeşme. The bus makes a couple of stops on the outskirts of Çeşme. Then it goes to a bus stop in the middle of town, then it goes to a Migros grocery store which is the end of the route and the main bus station of Çeşme. See the map: You can see from
  23. They sell metal detectors in Turkey, so they're not illegal. Also, their not on any restricted list on the customs website, so it should be okay. It is illegal to use a metal detector around ancient sites. Also, if you find, are given, or buy any antiquity in Turkey and try to take it out of the country, it's illegal, and you could even go to jail for it. That includes any antiquity, even a coin, and even an old carpet. If you want to take something out of Turkey and you're not sure if it's an antiquity or not, you must go to a museum and get a letter stating that it's not an antiquity before
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