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Ken Grubb

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  1. Have a look at this article: As you apply, you'll see an option to select for a baby born in Turkey. I haven't gone through that process, but it should allow you to apply without first having a passport for the baby. You can also call the immigration office's helpline at 157 for assistance. I hope all goes well, please let us know how things went! Note: The crossed-out information is incorrect. See below for corrected information.
  2. Since you're already in Turkey, see this article: Let me know if you have any questions and I'll try to help.
  3. Just clarifying a few things. Did you pay your residence permit fees online? Any idea why your foreigner identification number wouldn't work with Yapıkredi? As I recall, if you transfer money from a Turkish bank to another branch of the same bank, or to another bank, there is a fee of a few lira.
  4. Rental contracts in Turkey renew automatically. So if you do nothing, the next year of your contract, under its current terms, will begin the day after the first year expires. If the landlord doesn't raise the rent before that, then you can continue paying the same rent you paid in the previous year.
  5. I had the same problem with the book. Mine now has a lot of pages that separated from the binding. But the material, especially the videos, is presented so well that I could go through the videos again and understand every word from beginning to end, even in the advanced courses. I tended to forget a lot of the advanced Turkish because I don't use it. I normally speak just everyday sentences in a taxi, at a restaurant, etc... but the advanced stuff is a sentence like "Ayşe told me Ali was going to go to Ankara tomorrow but she wasn't sure if he would actually go or not." Yet because of that course I still remember how to say things like that!
  6. Yes unfortunately the law doesn't cover online workers. But the HR team can call the number above and get it directly from them if they want. Thankfully no fires near where I am (none I can see anyway). I hope they get them under control quickly. I hope you enjoy your time in Turkey!
  7. I'd recommend searching Facebook for Izmir based expat groups. Izmir is a big city, so I'm sure there must be lots of Facebook groups with various interests. And there should be a much wider variety of interests that foreigners have in Izmir, as opposed to many of the smaller expat communities in smaller towns.
  8. You should be able to apply for a touristic short-term residence permit, then explain your situation to the immigration specialist when you have your interview. Then enroll in classes, then transfer to a student residence permit. There should be no need to cancel your admission. This is a very specialized question you're asking. So you should contact the immigration office at 157 to learn for sure what you must do.
  9. I see no reason to cancel your admission. You should just be able to apply for a short-term residence permit for touristic purposes, then transfer to a student residence permit if you have to. While students from outside of the country typically have to get a student visa, then a student residence permit, you can transfer to a student residence permit after you get a short-term touristic residence permit. Check with your student affairs department, and call the immigration office helpline at 157 to be sure.
  10. I can't find any information about that specific situation. The only thing I can find is that it doesn't matter if you live outside of the country. Take a look at the bottom of that article again and you'll see a link for the government organization to contact. You should get your information directly from them rather than taking the chance that some other information is wrong or outdated.
  11. In my opinion, YapıKredi has an excellent website and app. You can do pretty much anything with it, and it's rather intuitive. It can also be used in English.
  12. I've lived in both Izmir and Kuşadası. If you can be more specific on what you're looking for, maybe I can help. As for the best places to live in Izmir, should you choose Izmir, I liked Alsancak because there's a lot of social life there, and a nice seaside area. My second and third choice would be Karşiyaka or Bostanlı. I lived in Alsancak and Bostanlı (among other places) while in Izmir. Bostanlı is considered a place where more rich people live, but you can find places that are affordable. Karşiyaka wasn't much different, but it seemed more concrete and crowded than Bostanlı to me. Alsancak is more expensive, but you can find less expensive places to live which are near Alsancak around the fuar (fairgrounds), where you can walk to the heart of Alsancak.
  13. I've applied for and extended my residence permit many times, and I have never been asked about religion. And there's nothing about religion on my ID card. In fact I've never been asked about religion in any interaction with the Turkish government. This may have been something they did in the past, but they don't do it now.
  14. I posted earlier and you guys probably got an alert. I saw that Amazon is now in Turkey, and searched for English-language books, but upon closer inspection I see they are being shipped from the USA.
  15. Yes, you should cancel. That will free up the appointment time for someone else to use. You can easily apply again when you get back. I hope you can get the problem sorted out easily.
  16. I re-read my post and saw that it is confusing. I have re-written it to make it clear which bank is which. Instead of explaining the changes, would you please have a look at it again? In the Turkish banks, you can have multiple accounts in various currencies. In this case, in Turkish Lira and in US dollars. Any of these accounts can receive international money transfers. So as in this case, let's say you open a Turkish Lira account and a US dollar account. And you want to transfer US dollars from the USA. You can transfer the US dollars to either account. If you transfer the US dollars to your Turkish Lira account in Turkey, the money must be converted to Turkish Lira during the transaction. So the US bank would withdraw the US dollars, then convert it to Turkish Lira, during the transfer, then Turkish Lira would be deposited into your Turkish Lira bank account in Turkey. Yapıkredi charges no fee for this. You can also transfer the US dollars to your US dollar account in Turkey. In this case there is no conversion. It is sent in US dollars and it arrives in US dollars. For this, Yapıkredi charges a fee. Then, using the bank's website, you can sell your US dollars here in Turkey, and have the Turkish Lira deposited into your Turkish lira account. What I found is that if I did it the second way, USD account to USD account, then sell the USD and get the Turkish Lira here, the exchange rate was so much better it was more than worth paying the bank fee for receiving the US dollars. On the Yapıkredi website, once you sign in, there's a section for buying and selling foreign currency. So after I check to make sure the US dollars have arrived, I "sell" them in the foreign currency exchange section. Then the proceeds of the exchange, in Turkish Lira, is automatically deposited into my Turkish Lira account. I hope that makes sense... let me know if anything is unclear. I might have mentioned this before, but check out a site called Transferwise.com. They specialize in international money transfers and charge lower fees than typical banks. The only reason I don't use them is because I am a member of a not-for-profit credit union which charges the same low fee for all transfer amounts, and for the amounts I transfer it's about the same as Transferwise.
  17. I don't know about Ziraat Bank because I've never used them, but I'm happy with Yapıkredi. One important note here. On the first page of the Yapıkredi website, and I'm sure on every Turkish bank website) they have the rate they pay to buy US dollars. Note that before you make any transfers. If you transfer US dollars, to a US dollar account, Yapıkredi charges a fee (my bank in the USA also charges a fee, for me it's $30 USD regardless of the amount). If you transfer US dollars and have it changed to Turkish lira using the international exchange rate, there is no fee from Yapıkredi. However, The last two times I transferred money, the loss of value I would have had because of the exchange rate my US bank was going to use to have the money converted to Turkish Lira was far beyond the fee Yapıkredi was charging to receive US dollars. So everyone should be sure to check the difference in the exchange rate their home country bank will use and the exchange rate their Turkish bank will use, and compare the difference to the fee their Turkish bank will charge for receiving the money in foreign currency. For example, on 1 July 2021 I transferred $3,000 from my US bank to my Yapıkredi US dollar account. Yapıkredi charged me a fee of $31.80. to receive the US dollars. But if I had send the $3,000 and had it automatically converted to Turkish Lira and deposited it into my Turkish Lira account, I Yapıkredi would have charged no fee, but I would have lost hundreds of dollars because of my US bank using the international exchange rate. I don't recall the rate at the time but it was substantially different. So before you transfer anything, check the exchange rate your home country bank will use against the rate your Turkish bank displays on it's home page.
  18. When you take the course, please let us know how you liked it. Personally, I loved it. Throughout the course, I could understand everything being taught because it was presented so systematically, at just the right pace. If there was anything I didn't understand I could back it up a minute or so and listen again until I got it and it made complete sense to me. That didn't happen very often because the pace of the course was exactly right.
  19. I did some searching and couldn't find much but a visa overstay fine calculator, here: https://turkpermit.com.tr/CezaHesaplama I don't know how accurate it is, it's by a private company. I know of cases where the visa violation office didn't charge any fine at all, after the foreigner explained their situation. But with the visa calculator I got a fine of ₺791,26. Go to the airport early to straighten it out, so you don't miss your flight.
  20. Something else that might help. I have taken lots of Turkish courses, although I often end up forgetting the more advanced stuff because the usual conversations I have don't require it. I think I have used practically every course out there! The best Turkish course I have ever seen, by far, is Kendi Kendine Türkçe. It takes you from level A-1 to Level C-1, which is considered advanced, C-2 is the highest level. It has high-quality online video courses, with a teacher presenting the lesson. Not just some guy in a classroom talking, but an excellent video presentation of the language. You can buy the book at http://www.speakturkish.org/. The online videos come with the book.
  21. Turkey Central doesn't provide such services, but we have a community lawyer, Mr. Ender Keleş. I'll contact him and ask him to comment on this.
  22. What the notary can do is ensure delivery of your messages. They do this with a "notarial notice." You go to a notary and with them draw up what you need to tell the landlord or whoever you're communicating with. The notary then puts the notarial notice in the envelop and sends it, by registered mail, to the landlord's address, and they sign for it. In this way, the delivery and the contents of the envelope are certified by the notary, so there's no way the landlord can say they weren't notified or that the letter inside said something different. If they don't receive it there are other parts of the law which constitute a legal notification and delivery, so there's no way they can get out of it. I don't know if you would need this, since basically the landlord has no legal feet to stand on anyway. For example, my lawyer said I didn't have to do anything. Just keep paying the rent and pay any legal rent increase when it comes. So it seems to me (this is my opinion) that it doesn't matter if the landlord is notified of anything or not. The terms of the original contract stand, and the landlord signed it, so he's already "notified" of its terms. He can't just unilaterally change them later. If you want to find a notary, see this. The law concerning this is Law No. 6570. You can do some searching on it, but I think it best that our community lawyer, Mr. Ender Keleş, comment on this because laws get amended from time-to-time and it's best to get the most current advice. I'll send Mr. Keleş a message and notify him of this topic and ask him to comment. He subscribes to the legal forums and gets notifications of posts in them, but not to this forum. If you do find you need a lawyer, I highly recommend Mr. Keleş.
  23. I think you would need to visit Tömer or the other school to get more info, I'm sure both schools have brochures in their main offices (Tömer does), and of course people who can answer your questions. I went to Tömer and had difficulties. There were maybe 15 students in the classes, and a lot of them had Turkish spouses, so they spoke Turkish on a daily basis. Not having that luxury, I struggled to keep up. Later I went to the Turkish American Association (TAA), and ended up getting a private teacher. Basically they just called a certified teacher who worked freelance for them, and we had classes at the TAA. At one point, since it was only him and me, I suggested we meet at a tea garden instead. He agreed and the TAA had no problem with it, so from then on we met somewhere else for the classes. So something like that might work for you if you want to pay for private classes. The teacher could meet you wherever it's convenient. They might even have somebody in Konyaaltı. Tömer doesn't give private classes, so for that TAA would be your best bet.
  24. As I understand it, it's just a matter of paying the ceza (fine). Did they mention why would a lawyer be needed to pay a fine?
  25. That happened to me. The landlord didn't raise my rent for six years, and I was paying rent way below what I should have been paying. In my case, I liked the landlord and understood his situation, so I agreed to a rent increase commensurate with what I would be paying (actually a bit less). Even though I could have refused and continued staying at a very low rent price, I personally decided to pay what I thought was fair. Besides, I wasn't planning to stay there more than one year, and I had been reaping the financial benefits of having a very low rent for a few years. It just seemed to be the right thing to do. Actually I forgot to mention an important point which may affect others who read this topic. A tenant can stay in a rental property for ten years and renew the contract every year, and can't be kicked out as long as they pay their rent and don't damage anything. After ten years the landlord can unilaterally end the contract and create a completely new contract, at whatever level of rent he or she wants. Regardless of the inflation rate. But in this case the tenant has only been there for five years, so the landlord can't do that. If they threaten to cut off the electricity, remove the toilets, doors, etc., which some landlords may threaten to do, that is also illegal.
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