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  1. My pleasure! I wish both of you all the best, and that you have no difficulties going to Turkey so you can be with your fiance. If you ever need help, I'll be here.
  2. Hi Pepper, If the Philippines has any laws or restrictions about your leaving The Philippines, you would need to find that out yourself. The link I left above under "Get a Passport" is probably the office where you would learn about the laws in the Philippines. As for Turkey, if you have a passport and an e-visa, you can enter Turkey and stay for as long as your visa allows. Here is some information about residence permits. https://www.turkeycentral.com/guides/residence-permits/ You would be applying for a Short-term Residence Permit if you're not married. https://www.turkeycentral.com/guides/residence-permits/short-term-residence-permit/ If you have any questions about the articles there just post them here and I'll answer them. Here's a link to the e-ikamet (e-residence) website which explains the required documents. It is a PDF file: https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/Ikamet/IstenenBelgeler/IlkBasvuruIstenenBelgeDownload After you're married, if your husband is working and covered by Turkey's national health insurance plan, you can be covered as will, and also apply for a family residence permit. The family residence permit, if you're married to a Turk, is for three years. After three years of marriage you can apply to become a Turkish citizen. Normally they'll accept a print-out of your bank statement that you can access on your bank's website. If they need more, they'll tell you, and give you time to get what they need. One thing I would recommend is that you get a criminal record check done before you go. If you're going to Istanbul, it's possible they'll ask for that, and it is easiest to get a criminal record check done while you're in the Philippines. Let me also give you some important telephone numbers you can call. They are for the residence permit helpline. There is an English option available. Using this helpline, you can talk to an immigration specialist directly and learn what you need to do. That way you can be 100% sure you're getting the most accurate information possible. +90 312 157 1122 is the residence permit helpline's international number, that you can call from The Philippines. There will be a charge for the international call, of course. 157 is the residence permit helpline's number from inside Turkey. Once you're in Turkey, you can call that number from any telephone (including your mobile phone), for free. I'm not sure what you mean. As far as Turkey is concerned, you can just leave at any time as long as you don't exceed the number of days your visa allows you to be in Turkey. If you stay longer than the days allowed (an overstay), you will have to pay a fine when you leave, and if your overstay is over ten days, you might be banned from returning for three months or more. Is that what you were asking about? What happens with the Government of the Philippines, I don't know... you would have to ask about that.
  3. Yes, you only need a passport and a visa. A Pilippines citizen can get an e-visa. Go back to the e-visa website and click "apply." Then fill in your passport info. Enter that and the system will tell you the visa info, you aren't buying the visa yet so don't worry. I just want you to see that you can get.a visa. For a visa, they don't care about bank account info because the visa is temporary. But when you apply for a residence permit they'll need to see your bank account info, usually for the last 6 months.
  4. It's pretty easy for you to go to Turkey. You just need to buy, online, an e-visa. You can buy one here: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ Click "Apply" and go through the process. I just checked it for another member, and citizens of the Philippines can get an e-visa valid for 180 days. It allows up to 30 days in Turkey during those 180 days. After you pay with a credit card, the system will give you a link to download and print the e-visa. When you come to Turkey, just show the e-visa and your passport to immigration. If you want to remain in Turkey (which obviously you do), you will need to apply for a short-term residence permit. These are issued normally for one year, and can be extended. Because you only have a maximum of 30 days on your visa, you should apply for one as soon as possible after entering Turkey. To get a residence permit, you have to show that you have enough money to live on, you have a legal address, and have a health insurance policy to cover you for the duration of the residence permit (usually one year). If you need help with the online application process, contact Selma. She does residence permit applications for Turkey Central members and guests, and can also provide the health insurance: https://www.turkeycentral.com/forms/15-residence-permit-assistance-anywhere-in-turkey/
  5. Hi Pepper, A coincidence... I'm in The Philippines right now, in Cebu. The reason I'm late replying is because I have been traveling to Cebu. Here's what you need to do to travel to Turkey. Get a Passport You can learn about how to get a passport in the Philippines by going here: https://www.passport.gov.ph/ Get an E-visa After you have your passport, you must get an e-visa to enter Turkey. This is pretty easy. You can buy a visa online, here: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ Just click "Apply" and go through the e-visa process. I just checked it to see what the visa requirements were for citizens of the Philippines, by entering "Philippines" as the country and "Ordinary Passport" which I assume you will have. The e-visa online system said you can get an e- visa. The e-visa will be valid for 180 days. During that 180 days you can enter and leave Turkey as much as you want for a maximum of 30 days in Turkey. So you can go to Turkey, no problem. Just Get your passport Get an e-visa Get a plane ticket Go to Turkey. In the e-visa system, you pay for the e-visa with a credit card. Then the system gives you a link to download your e-visa and print it. When you arrive in Turkey show your passport and your e-visa and you can walk right in. Apply for a Residence Permit To stay longer than the 30 days your visa allows, you must apply for a short-term residence permit (which is another process). While the name is "short term," you can get one for up to two years at a time. For that you mostly have to have a place to live and enough money to live on, and have health insurance which usually costs around 500 Turkish Lira depending on your age and other factors. You apply online for the residence permit, at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/ Do this as soon as you can after arriving in Turkey. If you need information about that let me know. So yes, it is definitely doable. If you have a passport you can buy an e-visa today and fly to Turkey tomorrow if you want to. If you want somebody to do your online residence permit application for you, contact Selma here: https://www.turkeycentral.com/forms/15-residence-permit-assistance-anywhere-in-turkey/ She does residence permit applications for Turkey Central members and guests. She's also an insurance broker so she can provide the health insurance policy as well.
  6. I lived in Adana for a few years and have been to Mersin several times. I also noticed that there didn't seem to be much to do there. Other than visiting the Naval Museum or something! About the only thing we ever went to Mersin for was to go to Kiz Kalesi, which mostly involved swimming and working on our tans, or drinking in the bars. Not much exciting there, either! There's a Mersin expats group on Facebook, Run by Janey. You might try connecting with them. It would seem to me the local expats would have come up with a few things to do around there.
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    I went to their contact page here: http://www.aydinecik.adalet.gov.tr/iletisim_ulasım.html I was using the Chrome browser with the Google Translate Plug-in to translate the page. In the Frequently Asked Questions it said to send parcels (which I would assume includes letters), it said to send them to the address of the prison. You would put the address on the envelope like this: Prisoner Name, Number Aydin E Tipi Kapalı Ceza İnfaz Kurumu Tellidede Mevkii Merkez Yeniköy Uzeri Efeler Aydın 09100 Türkiye
  8. You would need a tax number to pay the residence permit fees. According to the list of required documents for a family residence permit, no health check is required.
  9. Hi Marcus! Well thanks very much for that update. I'm not so familiar with the rules for foreigners who can enter without a visa and what happens in such cases. I hope you don't mind giving me a bit of an education! Was that a "single entry visa fee" they charged you? Was it the receipt for the single entry visa fee you had to show when you returned? I can't figure that one out, since if they let you leave and there was no ban, I would assume you would be free and clear, and not show anything receipts when you returned. I would think you could just come back and sign the Şartlı Giriş Belgesi (Conditional Entry Document) and that's all. Concerning your friend, this may also be something I've never heard of before. Normally after an appointment, in Istanbul, they give you one of two documents: An İkamet İzni Müracaat Belgesi (Residence Permit Application Form) which has the foreigner's photo on it. It serves as a temporary residence permit, has a start date and an expiration date with 90 days validity. With that the foreigner can exit Turkey for up to 15 days and return without a visa by showing that document and the receipts for paying the residence permit fee(s). An Application Received Communique, which is an untitled document saying only that the foreigner's residence permit is being processed. There's no rights to leave Turkey and return with this. If the foreigner leaves, they have to return with an e-visa or sign a Conditional Entry Document when they return. In the cases I've heard of this being issued, the foreigner had plenty of time left on their current residence permit or visa, so they could depart and return with that. I've never heard of anyone having to pay for an "exit paper." So I'm curious about what this could be. The only thing I've read (in the official rules) about this is that if a foreigner misses their appointment, their application is canceled. If they're still in the country, and have no time left on their visa or current residence permit, they have to leave in ten days. I've never seen anything about a penalty if someone is out of the country and then returns as a tourist. But the visa system and the residence permit system are two completely different things, so I don't see why that would have any effect on a future visa. As long as you haven't been in Turkey for more than 90 days in the previous 180 days, you should be fine, and should be able to enter Turkey again as a tourist as if nothing had ever happened. One thing I think you should do is, after you leave, cancel your appointment. That way it will leave time for another foreigner to have their appointment, and would be a nice courtesy for the DGMM and whatever immigration official is assigned for the appointment. You can call the DGMM from outside of Turkey at +90 312 157 1122, and cancel using the application number on your residence permit application form.
  10. Just take your completed residence permit application form and show it to them, along with your current residence permit. That should be enough.
  11. In Turkey, all medications (even those we might buy in a grocery store like cold medication) is sold at an eczane (pharmacy). So you could just ask the pharmacist. I haven't seen anything on it specifically, but I seriously doubt they would accept a prescription from a doctor in another country.
  12. Your husband is the sponsor since he is the Turkish citizen. Your husband would normally be covered by Turkey's national health insurance plan, Genel Sağlık Sigortası (General Health Insurance). This health insurance is managed by the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Administration, or SGK) so it's often called "SGK Insurance." Since you're married to him, you can be included under his health insurance plan for free. There would be no need for you to get another insurance policy if you're included on his plan. Can you ask him if you're included on his health insurance plan? If he has this kind of insurance, the two of you should go to an SGK office to have yourself added to his plan. If he doesn't have the SGK insurance, you'll need to enroll yourself in the SGK plan or buy your own private health insurance policy. These private policies cost just a few hundred Turkish Lira per year. They cover the minimum required for a residence permit. All of the information I've seen about the family residence permit assumes that the Turkish citizen, as the sponsor, is the one which has the income. For a family residence permit, the sponsor's income must be at least the equivalent of the Turkish minimum wage which is ₺2,325 per month, plus one third more for each family member, making the minimum amount ₺3,102. I've never seen anything about the foreign spouse being the provider of the money. But I don't see how that would make any difference, because the main thing the Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) is concerned about is that the foreigner has enough money to live on so they won't work illegally. So it seems to me that if you have at least ₺3,102 to live on per month, no matter which one of you has it, they'll have no problem giving you a residence permit. Besides, you're married to a Turkey, so they would have no reason to reject you this time. By the way, you can call the DGMM and talk directly to an immigration specialist. They really are quite helpful, and their job is to talk to foreigners and answer their questions. You can call their help line at 157 from any telephone in Turkey, or from outside Turkey you can call +90 312 157 1122. There's an English option, probably also options for other languages as well. At least that way you can know you're talking to the DGMM directly. If you find that you need to buy your own health insurance, you can contact Selma, who sells these kinds of policies. She has a contact form here: https://www.turkeycentral.com/forms/12-turkey-health-insurance-for-your-residence-permit/ Selma also does residence permit applications and gets appointments for foreigners. She also has a contact form for this here: https://www.turkeycentral.com/forms/15-residence-permit-assistance-anywhere-in-turkey/ And of course you can post in this topic with your questions. I'm happy to help.
  13. Firstly, whatever happened before you can forget. Everything you'll be doing now will be completely new. I don't know of any "job section" in the online application. But from what you wrote previously, obviously you have enough money to live on while living in Turkey. So just include whatever income or savings you have. I'm thinking what he has is unemployment insurance. What he has doesn't matter. As long as you can show that you have enough money to live on for the period you want to have the residence permit, you'll be okay. And regardless of his income, the fact that you're married to a Turk is what's important. You weren't married before, so your previous rejection also doesn't matter. You're married now. And after three years of marriage, you can become a Turkish citizen.
  14. What is the word, for what your husband has, it in Turkish? I just want to make sure there are no misunderstandings before I reply. Yes. Because he's a Turkish citizen, he doesn't have to show any proof of financial ability or anything. But if you want to get a short-term residence permit to live in Turkey with him, you have to show you have enough money to live on. They ask for the financial information mainly to be sure you won't have to work illegally. And usually they want to see the previous six months of your bank statement. This is because some people have just borrowed a lot of money and opened a bank account, then deposited the money to show to the immigration officials. Then later they take it out and pay back the loan. So they'll want to see the last six months of your bank account. Yes, if they can see from the statement what it means. The numbers are universally understandable. When they've asked me to show my bank account information, they just asked for a regular copy of it that I downloaded from my bank and printed. It was in English, they didn't ask for a translation because it was obvious that I had a certain amount of money and was receiving a certain amount of money each month. If they need a translation, they'll tell you during your residence permit interview. And if they ask for the translation, you can just go to the office of a yeminli tercüman (sworn translator) and have it translated. Then you would just take the translation back to the immigration specialist... no need for an appointment, you can just walk in and give it to them. But I doubt they will ask you to do this if they can see from your bank account statement how much money you have in the account. Were you married to a Turkish citizen when you applied before? I can help you more if you write, in Turkish, what you mean by "a working sigorta." I need to be sure what you're talking about before I reply. Also tell me if, when they rejected your application for a residence permit, you were married to him or not. That will help me, to help you.
  15. Kaş does attract celebrities. It takes so long to get there from the airport, it's a good way for a celebrity to spend some time there before the Paparazzi arrives. I heard stories about George Clooney showing up in his yacht and going to some of the night spots. The town is quite traditional-looking, and a celebrity can walk around just blending in with everybody else, and going to the restaurants, bars, and night spots just like everybody else. Once I took a photo of the inside of a place while I was sitting at the bar. A man walked up to pay the bill and said "I should charge you for that photo!" I just kind of laughed it off. After he and his entourage were gone, the owner told me that he was a rather famous multi-millionaire. I asked the owner who else normally comes to her bar, but she said she never gives out that information. I also agree with as012 on his recommendations. I preferred Kaş to Kalkan. To me, Kaş seems to have more of a reason for existence. Whereas Kalkan is a popular place to buy a seasonal villa. Kaş is flatter, while Kalkan is steep, like a theater built on the side of a hill. Kaş is also where the local government offices are, and Kalkan is a part of Kaş district. I have also been to Ayvalık, and that's quite a pleasant town. A fantastic beach, but from what I've heard, the water is cold year-round. Foça is also a very pretty town. One nice thing about it is that there's now a light rail passenger train that runs between Izmir and Ayvalik. Ayvalık is pretty far, but Foça is much closer. If you wanted to go from Ayvalık or Foça to Izmir for anything, all you'd have to do is go to the terminal, swipe your transportation card and get on the train.
  16. A big factor is also going to be which part of a city or town you live in. If you stay downtown it's one experience, if you stay on the outskirts or in various districts, it's another. Turks are friendly an hospitable to foreigners, and happy to help. Many of them speak English in the places I mentioned. What I would do is, when you get to your hotel, ask the people who work there to tell you about the various places around town. You'll get lots of information that way. It will be the same at restaurants where you go. The Turks always have a network of people they know. It's astonishing what you can get done and what resources you can find just by asking around. So if the person you ask doesn't know, they may know somebody else who lives or has lived there who can answer your questions. Regarding finding a place which accepts pets, I would check the real estate listing websites. See this article: How to Find and Rent an Apartment in Turkey At the bottom are links to the various real estate listings websites. A lot of them are listed by real estate agents, who charge one month's rent as a commission. What I would do is use the listings to find places you like, then print off the details sheet and go to the various real estate offices offering them for rent. Their address and contact information will be on the listing. Ask the agent about the pets policy, since sometimes in the listings it doesn't say. If they don't speak English there will likely be somebody nearby who does. There's no "multiple listing service" in Turkey. So the agent you talk to will only be offering apartments for rent that they have sales contracts for. Therefore it's a good idea to visit several of them. They can also help you with apartments listed by other agents. What I mean by that is they may know about pet-friendly places that other agents are listing, or know about complexes which allow pets, while not knowing whether or not units are being offered for rent there. If an agent closes a deal on another agency's apartment, they get only half the commission. So they'll always show you what they have first. But since you're there, and since the only thing they have to do is refer you, that makes it worthwhile to them so there's still an incentive to help you. Not to mention that, considering your situation with the dog, a lot of them will try to help you find a place just because of that. The real estate agents, of course, will also be a valuable source of information about the various places in the city where you might want to live.
  17. I'm assuming that your friend's visa allows seven days, and they want to stay for 14. I don't encourage anyone to overstay, but to answer your question, there is a fine which must be paid on departure at the airport or at the border. The fine varies by nationality according to whatever agreements Turkey has with the country involved. It will be between five and 25 USD per day. After a ten-day overstay, a ban may be imposed. Your friend should go to the airport maybe an hour earlier than normal to allow time to pay the fine so they don't miss their flight.
  18. I've heard that about Alanya too, but always from people who never lived in Alanya. I'm moving there at the end of next summer. If you want the people you describe, Kaş is like that. But it's a small town, and dead in the winter. There are some nice beaches near there, but around the town it's rocks rather than sandy beaches. I lived there for three years. The people there are different, more intellectual and open-minded. From the story I heard, Kaş was where dissidents fled to in the 1980s (there were no good roads to get there which I guess made it too much of a pain for the government to go there and arrest them!). A lot of them ended up buying property when things cooled off, only selling it to like-minded people. I met a lot of fascinating people in Kaş, both Turks and expats. Kaş is highly-favored by Turks because it's a small town, quiet, and serene. I really loved it there, and from how you described yourself, it might just be the right place for you. I joke that when I was looking for the best place to live in Turkey, I found that Turks always recommended the same two places. The first was Kaş. The other one was "Aaaaahhh... Kaş!" Another of the reasons it's so quiet and lovely is because it takes a long time to get there from the airport, so the budget tourists don't go there. I have heard that it's changed somewhat because of its popularity. And a new highway is in the works which might change things further. Because it's so popular, rental and sale property is expensive, but if you don't mind living in one of the smaller adjacent towns (you might want that if you have a big dog), it will be more affordable. They do have earthquakes on the West coast, but they all seem to be somewhat out at sea. Nothing every seems to fall down, at least. With the changes in construction codes made several years ago, every building they build has to be able to withstand a major earthquake. I've visited Mersin a few times. While it has some beautiful beaches around there (Kız Kalesi is popular, and cheap!), it seemed to me there wasn't much to do, and there isn't anything remarkable about the city itself. If you go anywhere east of Alanya, there will be few expats, but it is cheaper, and it seemed to me the Turks were more friendly and welcoming (which is saying a lot because Turks are already known to be friendly and welcoming). Fethiye is pretty touristy. No beaches in town but some really nice ones nearby. Few trees, which was a negative for me. Marmaris is much greener, but a big tourist place. Bodrum is probably the most touristy you could go to. There are numerous smaller towns near both Marmaris and Bodrum which are much quieter and prettier. If you lived in one of them, you could have peace and quiet, but also be near a larger town which has malls and larger grocery stores with more variety of things to buy. Some of the places I've heard about which sound like what you're looking for are Turunç, Göcek, and Köyceğiz, which is on a lake with a beautiful promenade. I hope that helps!
  19. If you can post the actual questions, Mr. Ender, our community lawyer, will come in to answer them. Or if you would like to contact him directly, you can use his contact form: Legal Services, Mr. Ender Keleş
  20. I recently had a conversation with one of the immigration officials about this. Here's what they told me: If you get a new passport, and thereby a new passport number, you must report the change to the Göç İdaresi (Directorate General of Migration Management, or DGMM), within 20 working days. The DGMM will update the e-Devlet system with your new passport number. So the only reporting you have to do is at the DGMM. When you apply online for your residence permit extension, enter the number and issue date of your old passport, and the expiration date of your new passport. When you go to your appointment for your extension, take both your old passport and your new passport with you.
  21. Issues regarding citizenship, if you are outside of the country, would be handled by a Turkish embassy or consulate. So you should contact the one nearest you and see what needs to be done. Here is the consular appointment website: https://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr/Appointment/SearchAppointment At the upper right is an option to create an appointment. You can use this system for any Turkish embassy or consulate in the world. There's no need to go to Turkey, the embassy or consulate will coordinate this for you.
  22. Yes, you're right, they shouldn't have given it to anybody but you. Well at least you found it and got it. Thanks for letting us know what happened, and for the advice!
  23. You can use this form to contact Selma, who does the residence permit assistance for Turkey Central members and guests. She is in Antalya, and helps people all over Turkey with their residence permits. Here's the link: Residence Permit Assistance
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