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Ken Grubb

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    Ken Grubb reacted to Alessandro Farina in Residence Permit Online Application System Errors   
    Hi evebody I have some problem at the point I have to add health insurance info.
    I added in turkish english all language with all combination possible but i still receive the sistem technical problem.....am i the only 1?

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    Ken Grubb reacted to Izmir Ted in Criminal Record Check for Long-term Residence Permit   
    I have a few (U.S.) friends here in Izmir that were issued long-term residencies (expire in 2099) after they applied for SHORT-term residencies.  They have all been here as residents for at least 8 years, which supposedly is the minimum time to be eligible for a long-term residency.  They did NOT provide a criminal record check, as that wasn't (and maybe still isn't) required for SHORT-term residency.
    Has anyone else seen or heard of this bonanza ??
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Izmir Ted in Criminal Record Check for Long-term Residence Permit   
    Very strange.  Congrats to your friend though for getting his LTRP !   
    I've noticed that different provinces seem to have different procedures.  Also, the rules change constantly even within the same province.  My experience can be very different from another's, within the same office !
    I"ll continue to apply for short-term though and hope I win the lottery and get a LTRP.  I just passed the 8 year constant residency mark, would have been sooner but I was going to Greece every 90 days to renew my tourist visa for awhile........
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Izmir Ted in Criminal Record Check for Long-term Residence Permit   
    Understood.  I was just saying originally that I know several people here who were given the long-term, even though they applied for short-term.  One guy has been here for decades.  And of course they had not provided a criminal records check, as it was not required for short-term.  It would be nice to be so fortunate.......
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Izmir Ted in Criminal Record Check for Long-term Residence Permit   
    Update....... I decided to try applying for a long-term residence permit, WITHOUT a police record check from US..... and of course, I was shot down.  I had everything else they wanted for it though..... 
    So for me at least, police check is required for LTRPs.  So I'll go for a short term again, as a police check requires a trip to the US, which is not in my near future at the moment.
    Now I just need to figure out HOW to GET this "record check"....... Also, whether it requires an "apostille" (unknown in US), and whether it needs to be federal (FBI) level or not.  Easy for Europeans though, apparently.
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Izmir Ted in Criminal Record Check for Long-term Residence Permit   
    Since 2010.  Before that I was going to Greece every 3 months to renew my tourist visa, since residencies were ridiculously expensive.  
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Izmir Ted in Criminal Record Check for Long-term Residence Permit   
    It's very confusing.  I haven't even lived in the US for over 20 years, not sure what value a police report from there would be; seems to me that a Turkish police check would be more applicable, but I don't make the rules.  
    Your friend is fortunate that they did not require it, but I've been told that for UK citizens it is an easy report to get.  
    At the risk of boring non-U.S. readers:  according to the US State Dept, the FBI DOES do record checks.  See the following link:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/while-abroad/criminal-record-checks.html
     
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Omer Varol in Criminal Record Check for Long-term Residence Permit   
    In the U.S. you can get a police record from either at the State level or the Feds. I wonder if the embassy here can help assist with that? Or maybe they'll just tell you to scram 
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Izmir Ted in Criminal Record Check for Long-term Residence Permit   
    Dona, that's good information !  I was wondering how it could be apostilled already.  That is done in another office (I can provide further info).  I will search for that fingerprint form.  Thanks. 
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Dona Timani in Criminal Record Check for Long-term Residence Permit   
    Hi everyone,

    My husband got his FBI record mailed last week. We printed out the form and FBI's fingerprints document, then he went to a local police station to have his fingerprints taken (Örnek Polis Karakolu). Then, he sent the application and fingerprints via UPS to the FBI CJIS division and used his parents' NY address as return address. The website warned that the process could take several weeks, but I think we got it back in less than 10 days, and it's apostilled. 
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    Ken Grubb got a reaction from MEIzmir in Searching for a Furnished Apartment in Karşıyaka or Konak, Requesting Info on Property Agents and Health Care   
    I've lived in several areas of Izmir including Bostanlı, Alsancak and Konak, and one area called Kahramanlar. That came to mind when I read your topic. There are two or three hospitals around Kahramanlar as well as various doctors offices, clinics, and businesses that serve the hospitals.
    Kahramanlar is in easy walking distance to the shopping and social life places around Alsancak like the walking street of Kıbrıs Şehitler Caddesi. As I recall the rent prices are cheaper there also. It's a back neighborhood and there are some quiet streets there, and at night it should be quiet because there aren't any bars or night clubs there.
    I don't know what it's like today, but you might visit the neighborhood and see if it's what you're looking for.

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    Ken Grubb got a reaction from Lonesome Cowboy in Moving to Izmir   
    Geçmiş olsun, Cowboy, I hope everything turns out okay for you.
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    Ken Grubb got a reaction from Lonesome Cowboy in Searching for a Furnished Apartment in Karşıyaka or Konak, Requesting Info on Property Agents and Health Care   
    I've lived in several areas of Izmir including Bostanlı, Alsancak and Konak, and one area called Kahramanlar. That came to mind when I read your topic. There are two or three hospitals around Kahramanlar as well as various doctors offices, clinics, and businesses that serve the hospitals.
    Kahramanlar is in easy walking distance to the shopping and social life places around Alsancak like the walking street of Kıbrıs Şehitler Caddesi. As I recall the rent prices are cheaper there also. It's a back neighborhood and there are some quiet streets there, and at night it should be quiet because there aren't any bars or night clubs there.
    I don't know what it's like today, but you might visit the neighborhood and see if it's what you're looking for.

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    Ken Grubb reacted to Lonesome Cowboy in Moving to Izmir   
    Sorry folks for not responding to all your useful replies but my life has been a bit cluttered lately (medical issues)
    We spent a long weekend at the beginning of this month in Çiģli, I attended the Kent private hospital for some specialist treatment. We stayed in the nearest hotel we could find, a 4 star place which was warm and comfortable but it had seen better days. We spent our time in there as moving around was difficult for me. It seems after a week though that the treatment is working for which I am grateful.
    We didn't see much of the area but though my wife liked it I wasn't struck by it.
    We are planning a week's visit to Urla in the late spring to do a little research but until we sell our property in Bodrum we are stuck with just looking.
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    Ken Grubb reacted to MEIzmir in Searching for a Furnished Apartment in Karşıyaka or Konak, Requesting Info on Property Agents and Health Care   
    The missus (Turkish), our cat, and me (yabanci) moved to Izmir on the 1st of January. We are temporarily staying in Karşiyaka, Mavişehir. We are in an active search for an urban and long-term (1 year or longer) rental of a furnished apartment (3+1 w 1, 1.5, or 2 bath) in the Karşiyaka (Mavişehir-Atakent-Bostanli), or Konak/Alsancak areas. We do not want to buy.  We like convenience for shopping & coffee-tea-dining and although we have a car we do not plan to use it much as the transit system here is great. May even sell the car,
    We have been in contact with a few emlaks and use sahibinden.com and am searching for rentals, but any suggestions for emlaks would be appreciated.
    As we are well over middle-aged, retired, on a fixed income and on SGK + private insurance, we would appreciate your recommendations on hospitals, both private and devlet, sağlık ocağı and/or tip merkezi, as well as family practice/internal medicine doctors with whom you have had good experiences.
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Lonesome Cowboy in Searching for a Furnished Apartment in Karşıyaka or Konak, Requesting Info on Property Agents and Health Care   
    Hi ME it's good to see you in Turkey Central, I missed your posts on the other forum (madhouse). I can't offer you any real help as I am still living in the Bodrum area but Izmir is one of out target areas.
    As far as health care in that area is concerned you have made a good choice as the area has a myriad of hospitals and clinics both private and public. I have visited several over the last few years and can recommend all of them. I hope you don't have to use their services too often though and stay in good health. Having a Turkish spouse does help to fast track you through life here.
    I send my best wishes to you and your wife and hope you get settled in quick time,
    Pete.
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    Ken Grubb reacted to as012a2568 in citizenship through marriage - istanbul   
    My experience was very similar to JustinM's in terms of the fact that I submitted the paperwork and then waited for the approval. There was no interview as such , and I did have to wait around a year before it was finalised. I understand why you are asking the questions that you are asking but unfortunately there is no set time limit for this. Each town and city is different. Each overseas Embassy or Consulate is different, sometimes quite considerably. You could ask 20 people and they will all give you a different reply with differing experiences.
    The main thing is following the procedure. Just get your paperwork right and submit it. If you speak good Turkish it will be much easier but if you don't then there is no need to panic. Yes, you might be called for an interview, and there are quite a few stories about this if you Google it. Howerver, if you are married to a Turkish citizen and everything is in order, it is unlikely that you will get refused if your Turkish is weak. Just make the effort as best you can.
    The process might take you anywhere from 6 months to 18 months to complete.
    The other thing to point out is that if you name has a W or a character that is not in the Turkish alphabet then your name might end up being slightly different on your ID. Example William Smith might end up as Villiam Smith. The letters Q, W, and X of the ISO basic Latin alphabet do not occur in the Turkish alphabet (replacements for these letters are K, V and KS ) so you could end up with your driving license looking different from your ID. 
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    Ken Grubb got a reaction from alamari in My residence permit was CANCELLED   
    OK so you got two back-to-back insurance policies a year ago, the first one covered the one-year they gave you, and you're trying to use the second policy which should still be valid. But wouldn't that have a different policy number? Maybe that's the problem.
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    Ken Grubb got a reaction from alamari in My residence permit was CANCELLED   
    For some reason the image you uploaded isn't being displayed. Can you upload it again?
    Sometimes this can happen if you apply on the same day you bought your health insurance. It could be that the company didn't update the system, so when you enter your health insurance information, there's no record of it in the central registry and it throws an error. If that's the case, then you could try again tomorrow or go back to the insurance company where you bought it and make sure they update the central registry.
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    Ken Grubb got a reaction from Ramizes in Marrying my girlfriend in Turkey   
    Hi Ramizes,
    I wasn't aware of the extra requirements citizens of The Philippines had to meet. Apparently the e-visa website is saying (in the 4th prerequisite) that you need a European, UK, US, or Ireland visa to enter Turkey. A Schengen visa is a European visa. But that wouldn't be possible for you. I wonder if it's possible for you to be married in the Philippines first, then go to Turkey. The only way to find out would be to contact the Turkish embassy or a Turkish consulate in The Philippines, and ask them what you need to do.
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Matrix in Moving to Turkey from the USA   
    Thanks @Ken Grubb and @40Lillies. Your questions/answers were very beneficial for someone who is moving to Turkey.
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    Ken Grubb got a reaction from Dona Timani in Restrictions on opening a bank account for certain nationalities   
    Thanks for letting us know how things turned out! One thing I'd suggest is that you search with google for "turkey lebanon tax treaty" and read the tax treaty between the two countries. Your "tax home" may be decided by how long you're living in Turkey, not where you keep your money or where it comes from. And there may also be exceptions you should know about.
    For example, even though I'm a US citizen, I'm liable for taxes on worldwide income and have to pay taxes in Turkey because I'm spending more than 183 days in Turkey in each 12-month period. Income that comes from a US pension, and real estate rental income for rental properties in the USA is taxed only in the USA. There are usually other provisions in the tax treaties which prevent someone from being taxed in both countries for the same income. That is, various types of income are taxed by one country, or the other, but not by both.
    Turkey and Lebanon do have a tax treaty, so you should find it and read it to understand your personal tax liability and learn which country's government you'll need to pay taxes to. 
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    Ken Grubb reacted to as012a2568 in Paying the Deposit for an Apartment, Setting Up Utilities Before Residence Permit is Received   
    I think Ken and some of folk on this forum deserve a medal. Thank goodness there are places like this where people can check up on the facts and get advice. Ken's comment about the right attitude to live here is spot on.
    The first year we moved here there was a lot to do and sometimes I was left spitting feathers at the nonsensical stuff that you come across. I would get agitated and annoyed with the stupidity of some of the things that happen, and I speak the language! So, I can't even begin to think what it must be like for others. 
    Scroll forward 4 years and I just laugh about it, have a tea, take my time, and, as Ken said, do one thing at a time!
     
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    Ken Grubb reacted to IbrahimAbi in Cost of Auto Insurance in Turkey 2020   
    We have a VW Passat CC 2000 cc engine 2009 model. Last year we paid 1918TL for fully comp (Kasko), and 638TL for Traffic. It also depends on the province, large cities are more expensive. Id did ask my agent if it is more expensive because are foreign, and was told the price does not change but there are some companies that won't take foreign clients.We do have about 3 years no claims bonus and I am over 60. Hope this helps
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    Ken Grubb reacted to as012a2568 in Cost of Auto Insurance in Turkey 2020   
    We have a fairly new Ford Fiesta which costs us 586 Turkish Lira in Traffic Insurance and a further 984 Turkish Lira for the full ( Kasko ) Insurance. That totals 1570 Turkish Lira. This policy is with Allianz. 
    We also have an old truck which is nearly 20 years old and we only have Traffic Insurance on that  which costs 1249 Turkish Lira. It is of low value compared to the Fiesta but the premium is almost as much because it is old and I suppose more at risk of having an accident. 
    We also have a small 150cc motorcyle, again only on basic Traffic insurance, and this costs us 428 Turkish Lira. The Insurance company for both the bike and the truck is Anadolu Insurance.
    I am over 50 with full no claims benefit. As Redders has explained, trying to get a broker to quote you for something that they have no documentation for is pretty much impossible. There are no online Insurance Quotation firms in Turkey that I know of, and part of that is due to the fact that, in order to access the systems of the relevant Insurance companies, you actually do need to input factual information, thus making it prohibitive to getting a proper quote.
    That being said, if you know the broker well enough they will try and be helpful and they will have a pretty good idea what a certain car will cost for your age and choice of vehicle. Sure, it will only be a rough estimate but it is certainly better than nothing.
    This like might be useful on Cars and Insurances in General.
    https://www.guidesglobal.com/car-insurance-in-turkey/
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