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Ken Grubb

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    Ken Grubb reacted to Cukurbagli in FreeDos laptop   
    That's a good bit of information Omer, that answers Lonesome Cowboy's question perfectly thank you, I might try that myself too.
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Omer Varol in FreeDos laptop   
    Hey there, I'm not great with computers but I've managed to build one without it exploding so here I go.
    You can get a 16gb USB stick (you really only need about 8 or 9 gb), head to the official windows website and download the boot drive which is the installation and transfer it to your usb drive, usually you just pop that right in your computer and wallah free legit not pirated windows. It seems hard but it really isn't honestly, windows shows you as well
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Cukurbagli in FreeDos laptop   
    Hi Kid, the trouble with a cheap version of Windows here is that it's likely to be a pirate or hacked version and will give trouble in the long run. This isn't going to answer your question specifically but I was in a similar position last year but the laptop I bought already had a version of Windows installed that started the first time I started the computer and then wanted to update itself. It was an Acer computer from Hepsiburada.com. Unfortunately I was such a cheapskate that the computer had insufficient memory to load the updates so on my desktop computer I downloaded and and made an installation USB pen drive for the latest version of Linux Mint. I'd used it many times before so I knew what I was doing and it's working very well. I've never tried FreeDos but I imagine it wouldn't be too hard to learn.
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Eglegal in Closing A Company   
    Hi V4E, 
    This is a question that has been raised quite often nowadays, and you all have a point. 
    Your accountant statement is correct except the airport part, considering the fact that no matter how much you owe to the state or an individual, police would not have a right to stop you in the airport border becaused of this matter.  This is one of the core rights that has been protected under Constitution of Turkey. 
    On the other hand, if you neglect the company by doing no monthly filing and not paying the minimum charges, then after a certain time  (generally between 6-12 months) in most of the cases Tax Office would put your company into a passive list and would stop monitoring your company activities as long as your company keeps its inactive status. 
    There are a few exceptions of the preceding paragraph. For instance, Tax Office would keep monitoring your company if your company has had huge volumes of transactions and considerable amount of due tax BUT all of a sudden you neglect your company. In this case, they would send letters to the company and if your company does not pay off, then shareholders of the company would be deemed to be the jointly responsible along the company. Then Tax Office has the right to go over your personal assets here in Turkey. But as I said, this very unlikely if your company has had only a few small transactions and rest of the time it basically didn't operate.
    Regards, 
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Goreme1990 in Ikamet fee refund   
    Theoretically we should just have to show the ikamet application form asking for 2 years, the card showing he got only one year and the copy of the receipt showing he paid for two years. However that didn't work. I will let you know if we are successful elsewhere or with another method.
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Ken Bain in Early 70's In Izmir   
    I was stationed to the US Army Detachment outside downtown Izmir 1972-1973.  I was the Co. Clerk under Sgt Frank Tweed and then Sgt John Waller,  Many fond memories of my 18 months in Turkey.
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    Ken Grubb got a reaction from Selim1984uk in British Turk Wants to Get Turkish Citizenship   
    Here are the guides I recently wrote about obtaining Turkish citizenship by birth, and Turkish citizenship and the military obligation. Besides reading the laws, and talking to the Population and Citizenship Directorate (Nüfus), I also had them reviewed by @Eglegal (Av. Ender Keleş), our community lawyer. See attached.
    Please feel free to provide any positive or negative comments you might have. I want to be sure they make sense and are readable.
    Citizenship and Military Obligation.docx
    Citizenship by Birth.docx
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    Ken Grubb got a reaction from IbrahimAbi in British Turk Wants to Get Turkish Citizenship   
    Actually, I'm in the process of writing about citizenship and such documents! So I've already done the homework. Here is what I know:
    For all foreign documents, first get the document, then get the apostille, then have both the document and the apostille translated into Turkish by a Turkish sworn translator. The translator will have their translation notarized by a Turkish notary, then return your document with the apostille and the notarized translation. So:
    Once you have your birth certificate, go here:
    https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised
    Once you have the apostille you need to get it translated by a sworn translator. This also involves a notary seal and signature. If you're not going to be in Turkey, contact the Turkish embassy or consulate for information about Turkish sworn translators and notaries in the UK. Usually they have businesses near the embassies and consulates. You'll likely just go to the translator. Then the translator will take the document to a Turkish notary. Once the Turkish notary stamps and signs it, your birth certificate will be as legal in Turkey as it is in the UK. Make sure you look on the back and record the document number. If you ever need a translated and notarized copy of your birth certificate again, you can just give that number to the notary and they can give you another notarized copy of it (no need to get the document again or have it translated again).
    For the criminal record check document, go here:
    https://www.acro.police.uk/
    To get the apostille, go to the same link above concerning the birth certificate. The procedure is the same.
    In Turkey this is called a sağlık kurulu raporu or heyet raporu. It is a health report. In Turkey you would get one from a state hospital. In Turkey it's a letter, with your photo affixed to it, signed off by several doctors from different departments who basically give you a complete check-up for various things. Since things are different in the UK, you probably just need to go to a hospital and explain what you need and they'll know what to do. Since it's not Turkey, the Turkish embassy or consulate will accept whatever the UK system has.
    Once you have the documents they need, make an appointment at the Turkish embassy or consulate again and take them what you have. Your citizenship process should be pretty easy after that.
    Good luck with it! And please, come back and let us know how it went!
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    Ken Grubb got a reaction from IbrahimAbi in British Turk Wants to Get Turkish Citizenship   
    Here are the guides I recently wrote about obtaining Turkish citizenship by birth, and Turkish citizenship and the military obligation. Besides reading the laws, and talking to the Population and Citizenship Directorate (Nüfus), I also had them reviewed by @Eglegal (Av. Ender Keleş), our community lawyer. See attached.
    Please feel free to provide any positive or negative comments you might have. I want to be sure they make sense and are readable.
    Citizenship and Military Obligation.docx
    Citizenship by Birth.docx
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    Ken Grubb got a reaction from IbrahimAbi in Does Time Spent in Turkey with a Tourist Visa Count Towards the Five Years Required to Become a Turkish Citizen?   
    An update: The five years in Turkey must be with a residence permit or a work permit. Time spent in Turkey with a student residence permit, or a visa, doesn't count towards the five years required to become a Turkish citizen.
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    Ken Grubb reacted to IbrahimAbi in My Former Company Won't Cancel My Work Permit, Causing Problems with My New Employer   
    Normally the Labour Ministry in Turkey supports the worker rather than the employer in most cases. I think you will get support from them.
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    Ken Grubb reacted to REDDERS in Apparently, Turkey has taken away the option for people with Turkish descent to get citizenship   
    You're correct Ken, that's what i mean in the file.
    Of course if your parents are Turkish citizens then naturally you 'inherit' citizenship. 
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    Ken Grubb got a reaction from REDDERS in Apparently, Turkey has taken away the option for people with Turkish descent to get citizenship   
    I recently researched this and found that if you have a Turkish father or mother, you are automatically considered to be a Turkish citizen. So having that officially recognized, then getting the ID card and passport is a mere formality. I read this in the Turkish citizenship law, but just in case something has changed, check with your local Turkish embassy or consulate.
    I think what Doc Martin was saying is that citizenship for those who have a Turkish grandmother or grandfather, etc., or a Turk somewhere in their ancestry, is no longer offered based solely on that ancestry. But if you have a Turkish mother or father, the Turkish government already considers you to be a Turk.
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Omer Varol in Buying agricultural property as foreigner   
    Just to send an update on my question, I believe it is allowed to own just land for a RP as long as you have a plan to build something there within 2 years of obtaining the land. I believe this provision is written in the recent law of Law No. 6302, if someone would like to view it.
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    Ken Grubb got a reaction from REDDERS in Confirmed: Flights to Turkey are Resuming in June, No HES Covid-19 Tracing Code Required   
    Thanks Redders, for keeping an eye on this. Just as an update, today I got another e-mail message saying my flight has been changed, but again it was only the time of departure and not the date. I hope that's a sign that my flight will actually go this time.
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    Ken Grubb reacted to REDDERS in Confirmed: Flights to Turkey are Resuming in June, No HES Covid-19 Tracing Code Required   
    Hi Ken,things changing daily here with dates.
    This morning THY posted their flight destinations & start dates....Here's the American dates..

     
    Chicago | 3 flights per week as of June 19, 2020 Washington DC | 3 flights per week as of June 19, 2020 Los Angeles | 3 flights per week as of June 24, 2020 Miami | 3 flights per week as of June 22, 2020
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    Ken Grubb got a reaction from REDDERS in Can I Change from a Short-term to a Student Residence Permit?   
    Just updating the information here for anyone reading this later. As Redders said, you can't just switch to a student residence permit. The only way you could possibly go from having a short-term residence permit to having a student residence permit would be to leave Turkey, get accepted by an accredited school or university, then return to Turkey on a student visa which would mostly be arranged by the school you'll be attending. Only after being accepted by a school or university, then entering Turkey with a student visa could you get a student residence permit.
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Mare in Confirmed: Flights to Turkey are Resuming in June, No HES Covid-19 Tracing Code Required   
    Sorry to hear about this, Ken. Maybe it's because there isn't enough demand? Any road, enjoy the beach... best thing is to get away from a while and take a break from all this BS, I have to do that myself from time to time. I hope you get home on the 27th and look forward to hearing about the rest of your experience. Inshallah  
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    Ken Grubb got a reaction from Mare in Tourist Travel Restrictions?   
    I just booked a Turkish Airlines flight from the USA to Istanbul, then Antalya, departing on June 10th and arriving June 11th. So I'll be going through the process. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm not going to do anything about it so I can see if anybody from Turkish Airlines tells me what I need to do. I also still have my Turkish SIM card with me, so worst case scenario I can activate my Turkish SIM card and get an HES code when I get to Istanbul.
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    Ken Grubb reacted to thomasarm in Flight from Istanbul to USA   
    Thanks for the information everyone. 
    As far as I can see, flights from Turkey resume on July 1st. This is according to the Turkish Airlines representative and my flight out. 
    The embassy website does still mention a flight from İstanbul to Los Angeles, but the representative said that flight is also canceled. 
    Good luck everyone and stay safe out there! 
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    Ken Grubb reacted to MEIzmir in Turkish Citizenship and the Cost of SGK Health Insurance   
    Why not? You wanna be a citizen, that means certain rights but also certain obligations. Enjoy...
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conscription_in_Turkey
    In Turkey, compulsory military service applies to all male citizens from twenty to forty-one years of age. Those who are engaged in higher education or vocational training programs prior to their military drafting are allowed to delay service until they have completed the programs or reach a certain age. The duration of the basic military service varies: for those without 4-year university degrees twelve months as privates; for those with 4-year university degrees or higher either twelve months as reserve officers or six months as short-term privates.
    Turkish citizens who reside outside Turkey and have worked for at least three consecutive years have the option to pay a certain fee to be exempt from mandatory military service. This requires a fee of 2000 EUR and a theoretical military training as of August 2018.
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    Ken Grubb reacted to MEIzmir in Turkish Citizenship and the Cost of SGK Health Insurance   
    There is a myth that foreigners get "stuck" with higher payments than Turkish citizens. Ken is correct, enrollment in SGK bases payment on income, SGK has a web site, some of which is in English.  I suggest you meet with an accountant who knows about taxes and other financial and income reporting obligations to determine what your SGK payments will be. Anyone who qualifies for a residence permit has to show income of 500 USD monthly which also puts them in the highest bracket for SGK payment. If you will be working in Turkey after citizenship, you should inquire about retirement and health benefit payments. If you pay into the system an adequate amount and qualify for retirment, you will no longer have to pay in to SGK as a retiree. 
    Consult an attorney or accountant for all this.
    I fail to understand why anyone would want citizenship unless they need to work in Turkey. Turkey officially allows, but can decide not  to "recognize" dual-citizenship if or when it might come to certain alleged offenses against the state. A NASA scientist who was born in Turkey but became a US citizen, returned to Turkey to visit his family, a disgruntled neighbour made a complaint, the scientist was imprisoned and is now under house arrest the last I heard. In these troubled times, many Turkish citizens have been imprisoned for publicly disagreeing with certain government actions. A non-citizen, unless accused of spying, would face, at most, extradition. A personal friend of mine who is a UK citizen and is a 25+ year resident was detained at the Istanbul Emniyet overnight for being in the crowd at a protest against the jailing of a group of academics. The next day he was released and as he left the Emniyet, immigration took him in to custody and that night they put him on a plane to the UK!! (True story). He returned a few days later with the help of the UK government. He had been involved in some minor acivism previously and it was obvious he was singled out for a stern warning. He was fired from his position at a university. He then applied for a retirment he was eligible for and they cut his pension payments in half. He is now in a very long court queue trying to get his pension reinstated. This is called a "chilling effect" not as stren as prison which is where he most certainly would have been had he been a citizen.
    Not saying you might be in the crosshairs of some government official but neighbours have been known to rat out people they do not like with dire consequences to those fingered.  
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Fada in Turkish SGK Health Insurance   
    You have right Ken, the speaker option will be safer. Thanks
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    Ken Grubb reacted to Dona Timani in Paying the Residence Permit Application Fees Online   
    Unfortunately, the option to pay from the application website has been greyed out for a while now. 157 said I can pay online on the tax department portal and even get a digital receipt, but it's really not obvious where to pay for the residence application, I'm using google translate to navigate the website, and I've tried all possible ways but none accept the application number as valid entry. I also used the second link I shared which seems to be part of an older version of the tax department website, it wants a 15-digit number, so I've been adding 00 to make it 15 and it still gives me error message or document not found. 
    Obviously, I prefer to pay online to avoid unnecessary exposure and back and forth trips. I've already tried to go to all three banks (Ziraat, Vakif, and Halk) but just like last year, they don't have the codes on their system (only Vakif had the code for the ID card fee). Of course, when I went to the local tax department, their first answer was to go the banks, but after some explaining, they told me to go to the tax department in Bostanci. I'm going there today as a last resort and hope they wont send me to yet another place. 
    It's just annoying to know there's a way to pay online and I haven't found it. it kinda defeats the purpose of switching to mail system. 
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    Ken Grubb reacted to IbrahimAbi in Paying the Residence Permit Application Fees Online   
    Yes it was greyed out for us too in March. We attended interview and when asked to pay we went to the tax office and showed them our application form, there are two boxes which indicate the fee. They took the money off us (cash only), gave us a receipt which we took back to the Göç idaresi and that was it. We completed the process in mid May (offices were closed for a while) and got my card through the post this week. God luck Dona
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