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Ken Grubb

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  1. I checked, but Iran doesn't have a bilateral agreement with Turkey for healthcare. It wouldn't have helped you anyway, but some insurance companies sell the basic health insurance polices for residence permits to foreigners even when they know the foreigner could get much greater coverage, for free, under such agreements. Correct. I personally went to my local office of the Sosyal Güvenlik Kurumu (Social Security Administration, or SGK) to see what I had to do to join. I had no intention of joining, since I'm covered by a worldwide insurance policy, but I wanted to see what was involved. They just needed to see my Turkish residence permit, and in my case my previous residence permit (since the start date of my current residence permit was less than one year before) to determine if I had been living in Turkey for at least one year. "That's it?" I asked. "That's it," they said. All I would have to do is sign some papers and start paying the premiums. I know that's a long answer to your question, but I wanted you to have some idea of how it will go for you. And by the way, the premium is the same for everybody, and spouses and children are also covered. The premium is the same if you are single and if you have a wife and 20 children. I am here to help you in any way I can.
  2. My pleasure! Feryal, may I ask what country you are a citizen of? I want to check to see if you can be covered by Turkey's national health insurance plan under an international agreement. Also, would you please let us know if you find out if you are covered by your existing health insurance plan in Turkey? I think it would be of great help to me and many other foreigners here.
  3. If you bought that policy before your hospitalization, you might be covered. Let me explain first. If you bought one of the policies specifically designed for residence permit applications, they are all the same. You get it from one company or another, the coverage is the same, even if the price is different. For all of these policies, coverage in the first year is limited. This is to filter out people with pre-existing conditions. In the second year and years after, these policies go into full force. Normally, if you are hospitalized with one of these policies, the hospital can check and see what you're covered for. They just need your foreigner identification number and the name of the company. This exact thing happened to me. I was hospitalized. They asked me for my insurance company and got my identification information, and everything was covered. However, who's to say they didn't charge you cash, when you were actually covered? To check on this, you need to read your policy, or talk to someone with the insurance company. I'm not saying this happened, but for hospitals, it's a lot faster and easier to get cash than to bill the insurance company and wait for payment. So read your policy to see if your medical procedure is covered, and talk to someone from the company about it to make sure.
  4. Normally the identification number they give to foreigners is called a yabancı kimlik numarası (foreigner identification number, or YKN). "Kimlik" just means "identification," or "identity." However foreigners often use that word for citizenship, a citizenship card or residence or a residence permit card. I know... it's confusing! So good... you have your residence permit. And to apply for a residence permit you must either buy a health insurance policy, or register with the government if your country has a bilateral agreement with Turkey for health care coverage. Did you buy an insurance policy before your hospitalization?
  5. I don't know for sure but I seriously doubt it. You should all the immigration office 157 helpline and ask them.
  6. It can work differently with universities. Some of them do much of the student residence permit process at the university. It probably won't matter. Normally, during the appointment, if there is some minor mistake, it can be corrected during the residence permit appointment. But I hesitate to give you advice on this because it's impossible to know what an immigration specialist will do. If you are applying for a student residence permit and have already gotten a student visa to come to Turkey, then apply for your student residence permit, then you have already been invited to Turkey. So your student residence permit is a sure thing. They wouldn't then send you back to your country over some small error like that. The best thing to do is to call the immigration office helpline at 157 and ask them about your specific situation, or speak to your university's student affairs office.
  7. What do you mean by "TC?" Do you mean Turkish citizenship? Did you become a Turkish citizen?
  8. I had seen in a post (by Redders) that the PTT stopped sending such messages and that we had to call the immigration office to get the tracking code from the immigration office. Did you have to call them to get the tracking code? I'm just checking to make sure, because it seems like such a requirement would cause a LOT of calls to the immigration office, and I am wondering if they are still requiring us foreigners to call them for to get it.
  9. So Junaid, did you get any messages from PTT that they had received your residence permit, with a tracking code you could use to track the delivery on the PTT website?
  10. Excellent. Just for clarification, that message "Given to Distributor" means the actual postal delivery person has it. So after you see that it should be delivered that day or the next day.
  11. My gosh that's fast. As I understand it, the post office keeps it for seven days. After that it's sent to the local office where you applied. Please let us know how this turns out!
  12. The same thing happened to me. I was living in my rental apartment for SIX YEARS without a rent increase. There was nothing in the contract about it. Then the landlord sent me a letter through a notary (an official notice) saying that my rent would be increased from ₺650 per month to ₺2,500 per month. He was trying to get the rent I should have paid with this ridiculously high price. As far as I know the rent can only be raised up to the average of the producer price index (ÜFE) and the producer price index (TÜFE), but in any case the link Redders gave you will tell you the maximum increase. I talked to a lawyer about what I should do about this official notice of this exorbitant rent increase. She said "do nothing. He is completely wrong and he cannot raise the rent by that amount." But I went to see him anyway. First were the emotional appeals. Then the anger. Then the pounding on the desk and the treats to remove the door or toilet (totally illegal). I should mention that in Turkey, landlords and various businesspeople do this when they have no legal leg to stand on... they have nothing to lose, and if some shouting gets them a few hundred lira, then the shouts are well spent. Anyway I again remind you that you don't have to do anything but pay an increase according to the information found by following the link Redders gave you. My lawyer said that if the rent was significantly lower than what the landlord should be getting, the landlord could go to court (as Redders mentioned). This is probably based on a law similar to an American law regarding "unjust enrichment." That is, if the court finds you are really getting an unreasonable advantage over your landlord, they can adjust the rent. But this has nothing to do with favorable exchange rates or the weak Turkish lira. And the court may not rule in the landlord's favor. And it does take a lot of time in the courts. In any case don't pay any more than the increase Redders described. Personally, the rent I was paying after six years of no rental increases was FAR below the rents of nearby similar properties. I personally volunteered to create a new contract with the landlord. (no legal obligation, but I wanted to be fair) And now my NEW contract gave me two years with no rent increases. And after that, rent increases according to what Redders described above. I didn't have to do that, but I had been enjoying such low rent for so long and I didn't want to take advantage of the situation, even if I had the legal right to do so.
  13. Firstly understand this: It is people you trust who scam you. Not people you don't trust. No, you don't. Scammers often use photos, props, various other things to convince you that what they are saying is true. And they can be very convincing. Photos are easy and readily available, online or otherwise. Nothing. The issue is not him believing you, it is you believing him. I'm not saying this guy is a love scammer. But what Meral said is right. If he's talking marriage already, beware. I'm a retired investigator so I've seen a lot of scams. I've also helped several foreign women who were victims of scams perpetrated by love scammers in Turkey. In fact, I talked to one scammer here in Turkey who had several fiancés on the internet... he would basically have them visit him or visit them for sex, with his promises of marriage. And he would also get money from them with various lies. His mobile phone was stolen, he needed new shoes, his mother needs an operation, there was a terrible accident... whatever. In a typical scam the man will have some terrible emergency. Like an accident. Or a family member needs an operation. In some cases it's related to the military... they have some terrible problem and don't have enough money because the military doesn't pay much. And don't expect the scam to happen quickly. They have time. They take their time to get you to fall in love with them first. That's not a problem because they have multiple women in different stages of the timeline. My advise? Hold on to your feelings. NEVER form any conclusions, And certainly don't "fall in love" with someone you haven't met. Meet him first (even then you can't be sure, especially if you paid the airfare). Most importantly this: No respectable Turkish man will ever ask a woman, Turkish or foreign, for money. If he EVER asks for money, no matter what the alleged need or emergency, it's a scam. Don't fall for it. Again I'm not saying he is a scammer. I'm only telling you about how the love scammers work.
  14. Let us know when you get it... it helps us all have a good idea for how long it takes.
  15. Have you called the 157 helpline about this?
  16. I assume you're in Turkey at a university. It may work differently in that case, so contact your student affairs office for guidance on this.
  17. You would need to contact the immigration office about that. In Turkey call 157. Outside of Turkey call +90 312 157 1122.
  18. Hi Gul, You posted in another topic, probably about the same thing. I have answered your question there:
  19. If you have an approved residence permit, you don't need a visa to re-enter Turkey. According to other members of this site, yes, you can re-enter Turkey as long as you have an approved residence permit. The border control official will use your passport to check the system and be able to see that you have a residence permit and will let you in without a visa. I have not done this, but I have been in contact with other foreigners and members of this website who have done exactly that and were able to enter Turkey with no problem. I also called the Istanbul airport and talked to the visa violations office. They also said that if you have an approved residence permit, they can see this in their computer system and they will let you enter.
  20. From what I have heard, Istanbul has been denying applications for residence permits using the taahhütname, or giving durations for the residence permit of less than one year, unless the foreigner is the immediate family member of the person they are staying with. I wonder if it has something to do with that. That's probably because of abuse of the privilege, with some foreigners trying to bring large extended families to live in the same house. So for your sister-in-law, there may be no problem. If you're in Istanbul, that doesn't mean they'll deny it or give a shorter duration, but that might be what they're concerned about. It shouldn't matter anyway, since the notary doesn't have anything to do with what the immigration office does. Or maybe it could be that they're not familiar with the procedure. The only way you could find out is to ask them. Or talk to the translator again and see if they know why they're reluctant to give a taahhütname under these circumstances. These are just my thoughts on it. If you can ask the notary or translator the reason for the reluctance that would be good information for us to have, also if she gets the residence permit I'd be curious to know if she was able to get one for a year or more.
  21. Good news then! Thanks for the update, now we know it might be because of a technical difficulty. I'm happy to hear everything worked out well for you.
  22. You need to call the immigration office at 157 and ask them. They'll be able to explain the problem.
  23. Ken Grubb

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    Only the Directorate of Citizenship and Population Affairs (nüfus) could tell you that. You'll have to go by what they say.
  24. I think you should go to the immigration office and make sure your address is correct there.
  25. So much has changed with various changes of government in Turkey since you were of recruitment age. I don't have any advice to give you in your situation, because I don't want to say anything wrong that would cause you hardship. What I would recommend is contacting the people in Turkey responsible for military recruitment, here: https://asal.msb.gov.tr/ Please come back and let us know how things turn out.
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