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  1. Hi. I'm new to this forum, and I have some questions. Our family is considering a move to Turkey. I'm American and my husband is Pakistani. We have 6 kids ranging in age from 1 month old to 17 years old. We have homeschooled the kids, had them in both public and private schools in the US, and had them in private schools in Saudi Arabia (Arabic language with no help for second language learners). They are English speaking. We are currently living in Abu Dhabi and found out after we arrived that public schools are for everyone according to policy (which we had thoroughly researched) but in reality they only enroll local citizens. I don't want to be taken by surprise like this again. This would be a longterm (permanent?) stay for us in Turkey, and I would like for my children to enroll in Turkish public schools and learn the language and culture and make friends. Will they in fact be allowed to enroll? And is there any help for children who are new to the Turkish language?
  2. Hello, I am a US Citizen who is married to a Turkish woman but it is a religious marriage only, not a legal one. Her ex-husband has been divorced from her both legally and religiously but claimed that he did not divorce her religiously. I came to Turkey and went to our apartment and her ex-husband showed up with her and he took out a knife and tried to kill me. My wife was translating for me and he said "If I see you again, I will kill you." Next time I saw him at my wife's grandmother's house and he again attacked me, this time, breaking my finger. I went to the hospital, got a doctor's report showing that my finger has been fractured and took the report to the police station. They filed a complaint. My wife and her mother came to give their statement and confirmed that I was attacked by the ex-husband. Now the case is supposed to go to the Sevgelik (Public Prosecutor's Office) and I'm supposed to show up for that. I don't know how long that will take but I don't live in Turkey. I need to know what my rights are and what, if any, protections do I have. Does the US consulate do anything to help? I spoke to a couple of lawyers and they said the bill just to represent me will run into the thousands and that is if it doesn't even go to court! If it goes to court, there are additional fees which are more expensive. Is there anything in this country as a public defendant or pro-bono lawyers who can help me? I hardly feel it is fair to be attacked and then just to file my complaint with the public prosecutor's office, I have to pay thousands of dollars. In the US, this would be an open and shut case. He attacked, two witnesses gave their statements to the police, I've been injured and there must be some form of compensation or settlement. Often times attorneys take a case on a percent basis. If they win the case, they keep 30% and give the rest to me. Is there any help for US citizens in Turkey? If not, I see this as an open invitation for people to attack any foreigner and get away with it Scott free because it will be too difficult for them to prosecute the case! Thank you, -Umar.
  3. How would I fare in Turkey alone as an American? I am not an obvious dude that would wear some shirt that said 'USA' in bright red or something ridiculous as that. I did this in Canada and got strange looks but I didn't care because its Canada. I am no captain obvious but would really like to visit Turkey and generally was wondering how Turks view Americans. Im use to the typical saying 'the world hates Americans', yes I am aware of this. My neighbor is a Turk and told me the legends of Turkish women LOL. I am not going there for women but it just seems like an interesting country and sort of a mix of Europe and the Middle East. So I suppose I am a curious soul who is looking for an interesting place to see without a 'tourist group' mind you. You cannot see a culture by using them they do not show you the country entirely and I get bored going on those. I am in my mid 20s and but am a responsible person. Im not a trouble maker or lewd sort so I shouldn't worry about much while I am there? Turks just seem like interesting people.
  4. Hi all, I'm sorry if this topic has been beaten to death, but I recently realized that I was very mistaken about filing taxes. I was under the impression that if you made less than a certain amount abroad, you weren't obligated to file taxes and would not meet any problems with the IRS. The truth is that the best thing to do is file a tax return every year to keep records, even if you owe no tax. In this way the IRS can only ever investigate up to 3 years back. So, if one day you have to pay fines or penalties, you've prevented a very serious situation by at least having filed a tax report every year. So, about my situation: I was contracted as an employee of a company based in the tax-free zone of Dubai Media City (the company has an office in Istanbul). I didn't pay taxes anywhere and I was considered an employee. Then, the company changed our contracts so that we would be considered "independent contractors." This happened mid-way through 2012. I filed a tax report in 2013 (for 2012) as an "employee," making approximately $20,000 per year. However, I now realize that if I'm ever asked to prove that by the IRS, they will undoubtedly find that I was actually working as an "independent contractor" and should have filed as "self-employed" (which, by the way, would require me to pay upwards of $3,000 in taxes...money that I definitely do/did not have)! Now I'm working for a new company under a similar premise. This means I do not pay taxes in Turkey, do not have a work visa, and should most likely be filing as a "self-employed" person abroad for 2013. I am exempt from normal taxes since I make under $95,000, but I still have to pay self-employment tax for earning a profit of over $400. Every month, I send most of the money I make in Turkey to a US account in order to pay my college loan, which runs me about $1000/month. The remainder I use for everyday expenses in Turkey, leaving me with nothing at the end of each month. I have no savings in Turkey and have barely ever saved any money since I moved here: it all goes to my loan (which I also claim on my tax return). I wouldn't really consider this tax evasion, since my loans are owned by the government, anyway!! So, the question is: am I going to wind up in serious trouble? What are the chances that I get flagged by the IRS? What do you guys do?
  5. Hi everyone-- So I just read somewhere that between October 1 and March 2014, everyone (Americans) have to sign up for health insurance under Obamacare, or be fined if you don't. I've done a little research and saw that if you are living abroad, you are exempt, but "living abroad" apparently means living away from the US 330 days a year, and between two vacations--one in the summer, one in the winter--I overstay that. Just wondering how others are dealing with this/making sense of the rules. . . .
  6. Hello all it's been a while since I've been here hope everyone's doing fine. my question is bout living in turkey and paying taxes. I am an author who publishes ebooks online in the US and would like to know how that would work. would i be required to pay taxes in both places? Thanks in advance for your help. Rebekka
  7. Greetings from the United Kingdom. I am the creator of the Izmir and Turkiye DVDs from my earlier tours in Izmir (1995-97 and 2001-2002). I am a retired US military member and have accepted a job as a NATO Civilian at the HQs in Izmir, which is a three year contract. We are planning to arrive in Izmir in mid-November. As a NATO Civilian, I am not associated with the US military or US government and therefore do not have the type of support available that I had when I moved to Izmir as a military member. I am trying to sort out what that means particularly regarding my processing and arrival of my household goods. I will be shipping household goods from the UK and we will be driving from the UK. When we process at the border, what procedure should be applied for my circumstance? Do we purchase visas? How is the car supposed to be processed. I want to avoid having to undo any procedures which are not appropriate to my situation (i.e. having my vehicle in my passport; 180 day limitations, etc). I am working with the NATO HQs in order to get some kind of NATO Orders to facilitate my processing. Where in the process of the arrival and delivery of my household goods will my status as a NATO employee be able to influence how the processing of those goods are managed. I appreciate all the information I have found on this website and thank you in advance for any insight you can provide regarding this situation or living in Izmir in general. This time, I'm coming with an HD camera and have expectations of capturing the wonderful life of Turkey in HD. Cheers, David
  8. Hi Everyone! I am new to this forum and so very glad that I found it. I need some advice for those of you who are living in turkey regarding your observations of how Turkish men interact with African American/black women. I'm an American black women who recently visited Turkey for the first time. My overall experience was very positive...I fell in love with all the culture and history in Turkey. I met a Turkish man in Istanbul who seemed really sweet and sincere. Although I honestly have no way of proving that his intentions are honorable, because I really don't know him that well. My question is, how are black people 'viewed' by Turkish people? I asked my friend how his family would respond to him dating a black woman and his reply was that "his family liked black people." Can this be true. The reason I am somewhat skeptical has to do with the history of racism in America and how in some parts of the states interracial couples are not necessarily well received. Especially in the South where I live. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance for your feedback
  9. So I am American and my turkish boyfriend recently had to complete his military service. We are very careful about being in contact once a week when he has his off day. He is stationed in Ankara which is supposedly the safest place to be, but the problem is I have not heard from him this week or last week. He has not even been online at all either. I know he would never ignore me for the sake of breaking up with me or something ridiculous like that, so I'm not exactly sure what else could be going on. Has anything happened recently in Ankara besides the U.S. embassy bombing? Is there any way the army would give him a punishment that would prevent him from speaking to me on his off days? Someone please help, I really want to be put at ease.
  10. Hello everyone! My name is Angela and I have been married to a Turk for 6 years now and have resided in Oregon. We are moving to Beysehir (small city outside of Konya) in April, permanently! I am excited to finally occupy my home (which has been renovated and left empty for years) on a permanent basis and start my new life in Turkey.I am hoping to meet other people who are in a similar situation as me. It would help me feel less isolated and more comfortable during this big transition.I am a make-up artist by trade and my husband is an Engineer. We met while he was attending college for his masters degree in 2006. He never planned on staying here for an extended period of time until he met me Now it is time to pursue bigger and better things. Moving to Turkey is the best decision we have made. I am SO excited!!!Angela (Melek)
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