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  1. If you get married when you have a residence permit, you must report the change to your local Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management or immigration office) within 20 days. You can walk in without an appointment. Required Documents Passport Photocopy of your passport Uluslararası Aile Cüzdanı (International Marriage Book) or foreign marriage certificate with an apostille and a translation into Turkish by a sworn translator Current residence permit card Biometric photo If Your Marriage Was in Turkey If your marriage was in Turkey, you were issued an Uluslararası Aile Cüzdanı (International Marriage Book). This multi-lingual document includes the identity information of you, your spouse, and children (if any). Learn how to get a copy of your Turkish marriage certificate. If Your Marriage Was in Another Country If your marriage certificate is from a foreign country, it must be legalized for use in Turkey with an apostille. The marriage license and the apostille must then be translated into Turkish by a sworn translator. This procedure will change your marital status, but not your name. Learn how to get a copy of a foreign marriage certificate. Learn how to legalize a foreign document for use in Turkey. Changing Your Name after Getting Married Before you can change your name on your residence permit card, you must first get a new passport with your new name. Go to the website of your country's embassy in Turkey for instructions. Then take your new passport and a copy of your new passport to your local immigration office. No appointment is required. Fee There's no fee for reporting your change of marital status. When you update your passport and change your name on your residence permit card, the only fee is for printing a new residence permit card. For 2021, the fee is ₺125. Apply for a Residence Permit Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  2. Jeanina

    Name Change

    I got married in Turkey 4 years ago and - since I was in a hurry and didn't do my homework properly - was sort of put on the spot regarding the surname issue and had to accept them adding my husband's name to my name on paperwork. Didn't want to make a big fuss about it then, thinking that after obtaining my Turkish citizenship, I would be able to go to court and get (just!) my name back. Well... I've just obtained the citizenship but on my nüfüs cuzdanı, they would only list my husband's last name (without mine). Spoke to a lawyer yesterday and she said there's no way in Turkey for me to just have my own surname without my husband's. Needless to say how silly that is.... considering that most countries don't enforce such nonsense on women. Anyway.... my question is: if I get divorced here, and later on remarry the same person in a country whose laws allow me to keep my maiden name, would the Turkish authorities impose my husband's surname on me again, when registering that marriage in Turkey? Or would the laws of the other country prevail (ones which allow me to keep my own name)? Thanks a million!!
  3. If you apply for a family residence permit, or if your spouse owns or rents a home that you want to use as your residence but you're not on the title deed or rental contract, you'll need to produce a marriage certificate. You'll also need it if you'll be benefiting from your spouse's income and don't have enough independent income to meet the requirements for living in Turkey. How you get your marriage certificate sent to you depends on the procedure used by the office in your home country that maintains them. Since you'll be using the document in Turkey, you'll also have to get the document internationally legalized and translated. Document legalization involves a separate document called an apostille. I'll explain all of this as we go through the process step-by-step. Step 1: Learn Where Your Home Country Keeps and Issues Copies of Marriage Certificates Use Google to search for the government office in your home country which maintains marriage records. Use keywords and phrases including the country, province, or district where you got married, along with the key phrase "marriage certificate." In the search results, you'll find the website of the government office you need. Visit their website to learn how to have a copy of your marriage certificate sent to you. Warning!: Always use websites with an address containing the ".gov" suffix. This suffix means the website is an official government website, and not a private company or individual. Never use a website with an address containing the ".com" suffix. There are many private companies and people with official-looking websites who'll get your marriage certificate sent to you, but they'll also charge you a lot of money for doing what you can easily do yourself. Step 2: Have Your Marriage Certificate Sent to You The government office which issues copies of marriage certificates in your home country will have its own procedure, so follow the instructions given on the website and pay whatever fee is involved. Important!: If the government website has an option to have an apostille or other internationally legalizing document attached to your marriage certificate, choose it! It will save you from having to do it yourself, and you can skip step 3. Step 3: Have Your Marriage Certificate Internationally Legalized A Word of Comfort here: I'll be talking about international conventions and a lot of important-sounding stuff, which makes it sound like you might need diplomatic credentials to do this! But don't worry, getting your marriage certificate legalized is quite easy. In a few minutes, you'll understand it all! What Is an Apostille? An apostille is an internationally recognized document that attaches to and certifies the origin of another document. When a document has an apostille attached to it, it will be recognized and accepted by all countries which have signed the Apostille Convention. How to Learn if Your Country is a Member of the Apostille Convention You can see if your country is a member by going here: List of Members of the Apostille Convention and Their Competent Authorities You'll also see the various competent authorities for your country. What is a Competent Authority? A competent authority is a government office that, under the Apostille Convention, is authorized to issue apostilles. You'll see a link in the list you can use to go to the website of the competent authority you need. Follow the instructions on their website, pay the fee, and send your marriage certificate to them. When they receive it, they'll attach an apostille and send it back to you. If Your Country Isn't a Member of the Apostille Convention If you don't see your country on the list, then your country isn't a member of the Apostille Convention, so you'll need to contact your country's embassy or consulate for instructions. They'll have a different, but probably similar, way of legalizing your marriage certificate. Learn more about apostilles and how they work. Step 4: Have Your Marriage Certificate and Apostille Translated to Turkish Now that you have your marriage certificate and the apostille, both documents must be translated by a sworn translator. The translator will take their translation to a nearby notary and swear to its accuracy. Then the notary will put their stamp on it. At that point, your marriage certificate will be officially recognized in Turkey, and a copy of it will be kept in the notary's archives. How to Find a Sworn Translator Use Google Search Google or Google Maps using the name of the province and district where you live, and the keywords yeminli tercüman or yeminli çevirmen. Both phrases mean "sworn translator." Use the Sworn Translator Federation Website Go to the website of the Yeminli Çevirmenlik Federasyonu (TURÇEF, or in English, Federation of Sworn Translators), at https://www.turcef.net/. At the bottom of their home page is a menu of the regions of Turkey. Just select the option for where you are to get a listing of sworn translators, showing their addresses, contact information, and the languages they specialize in. Learn more about sworn translators. Ask a Notary Notaries in Turkey always work with sworn translators. So, if you see a big red noter sign anywhere, walk into their office and ask where you can find a sworn translator. There will be one nearby. Learn more about notaries. Step 5: Submit Your Documents With Your Application Now that you have your marriage certificate, the apostille, and the official notarized translation of both documents, you can include them in your application package. The Turkish government office you're applying to will only need the notarized translation, but also take the copy of your marriage certificate with you in case they want to see it. How to Get Another Copy of Your Legalized and Translated Marriage Certificate When you get the official translation of your marriage certificate from the translator, you'll see a notary stamp on the back of it. This stamp contains a document number because the translation is now part of the archive at the notary's office. If you need another copy of your marriage certificate later, you won't have to go through the whole process again. Just go to the notary office which notarized the translation and give them the document number. They'll pull the document again and give you another copy of it. That second copy will be as legal as the first, so you can use it for future applications. Assistance and Support Turkey Central Forums: Do you have a question? Search our forums to see if it's already been answered. If it hasn't, feel free to open a new topic. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  4. This article is about how to get a copy of your Turkish marriage license from the Turkish government. If you need to get a copy of your marriage license from your home country, see: How to Get a Copy of a Foreign Marriage Certificate While in Turkey. There are two Turkish documents you can use to prove your marriage: The International Family Book or the Population Registry Document. Either of them should be sufficient, but sometimes a government office will want the population registry document and not the International family book. If you're applying for a family residence permit or otherwise must prove your marriage to the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or Immigration Office), either of these documents will work. The International Family Book In Turkey, the marriage certificate is actually a book, called a Uluslararası Aile Cüzdanı (International Family Book). It's a multilingual, multi-page book containing information about two people who are married, as well as any children they have. It's given to the couple by the government official who presides over their wedding and is supposed to be kept for life. So if you're getting a new one, it'll be because you've lost the one they gave you. By the way, you're supposed to report its loss to your district's police station! After that, you must go to your local muhtar (kind of a neighborhood mayor) and fill out an application for another International Family Book. First-time Applications for the Family Residence Permit If you're applying for a family residence permit for the first time, you can bring the International Family Book to your appointment and show it to the immigration specialist who's handling your case. The book is sufficient to prove your marriage. Extensions of the Family Residence Permit When applying for an extension of your family residence permit, you'll need to submit a notarized copy of the first three pages of your marriage book, that is, those pages which provide information about you, your spouse, and your marriage. The Vukuatlı Nüfus Kayıt Örneği (Population Registration Document) This document shows the dates and birthplaces of you and your family members, your address, and your marital status. You can get this document by visiting your district's Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate of Population and Citizenship Affairs, or Nüfus), or by downloading it from e-Devlet, Turkey's online government services portal. Getting Your Population Registration Document From the Nüfus You'll first need to make an appointment at your local Nüfus. You can make one using their online appointment system, here: Nüfus Appointment Website: https://randevu.nvi.gov.tr/ You can use Google Chrome with the downloaded Google Translate extension to translate the pages into Turkish, if necessary. Go to your appointment with your residence permit and passport, and ask them to give you a copy of your Vukuatlı Nüfus Kayıt Örneği. It will be digitally signed, and require no further authentication. Note: At the time of this writing, the Nüfus appointment system only accepts appointments from Turkish citizens using their national ID numbers. This situation may change, so at least give it a try. If you can't make an appointment, go to the Nüfus without one. At the check-in desk, they'll understand that you're a foreigner and can't make an online appointment. Take a number and wait, and someone will call you. Downloading your Population Registration Document from E-Devlet E-Devlet is Turkey's national government portal. While it's commonly called "e-Devlet," which means "e-Government." its address is www.turkiye.gov. To learn more about e-Devlet and how to download a population registration document, see How to Join and Use e-Devlet. Assistance and Support Turkey Central Forums: Do you have a question? Search our forums to see if it's already been answered. If it hasn't, feel free to open a new topic. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He now lives in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  5. Once you've been married to a Turk for at least three years, you can apply for Turkish citizenship. You don't have to meet any residency requirements or be fluent in Turkish. You don't even have to be in Turkey. Besides the usual identification documents and forms, the main part of the process involves proving that your marriage is a legitimate one. Eligibility for Turkish Citizenship by Marriage To qualify for citizenship by marriage, you must: Be married to a Turkish citizen for at least three years, living together as a family and not engaging in any behavior which would be contrary to an authentic and sincere marriage. The marriage must continue throughout the application process Have no disease which threatens public health Be of good moral character Have no history of behavior which could be a threat to public order or national security Have enough income, produced either by you or your spouse, to enable you and any children you have to live in Turkey. Required Documents for Turkish Citizenship by Marriage Check with the Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Affairs Directorate or Nüfus) responsible for the district where you live for a current list of documents you'll need. Typically, they include: Citizenship by marriage application (form VAT-6), downloadable here: https://www.nvi.gov.tr/hizmetlerimiz/vatandaslik-hizmetleri/vatandaslik-formlari Passport Copy of the photo and identity pages of your passport Two (2) biometric photos Address registration document if you live in Turkey, which you can obtain from the e-Devlet government website Birth certificate (Turkish / foreign) Marriage certificate (Turkish / foreign), and divorce certificate(s) if previously married Death certificate of spouse (if widowed) Health report from a Turkish hospital Criminal record check (Turkish / foreign) Receipt for payment of the application fee Note: Documents from government records from a foreign country must be legalized for use in Turkey with an apostille, or through the Turkish embassy or consulate in that foreign country. They must then be translated by a sworn translator. Passports which don't use the western alphabet must also be translated. To learn how to have foreign documents legalized with an apostille and translated for use in Turkey, see Apostille: What it is, How it Works and How to Get One from Turkey You can make an appointment at any Nüfus office in Turkey at their online appointment website, which is https://randevu.nvi.gov.tr/. Application for Turkish Citizenship by Marriage If you're in Turkey, you'll make the application at the local Nüfus office. If you're not in Turkey, you'll apply to a Turkish embassy or consulate. You can make an appointment at any Turkish embassy or consulate, anywhere in the world, by going to https://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr/. The Turkish Citizenship Interview If you apply for citizenship while in Turkey, a citizenship board consisting of local government officials will review your application. They usually do this on set dates twice a year. If you apply for citizenship in another country, an officer at a Turkish embassy or consulate will do the interview. The interview is always in Turkish. The one they give for citizenship by marriage applications is more lenient than the interview for foreigners seeking citizenship by choice. Foreigners have failed rather badly with their Turkish and were still approved, but the interviewers scolded their Turkish spouses for not teaching them more Turkish! Knowing Turkish isn't one of the requirements for citizenship by marriage, so they do it more to get to know you than anything else. There is no set list of questions they might ask you. The following are some interview questions reported by Turkey Central members: Where are you from? When did you come to Turkey? What do you think of Turkey? Who is Atatürk? What do you think of the Turkish people? What's your profession? How well do you understand Turkish? How did you meet your spouse? What are your spouse's parent's names? Do you see your spouse's parents often? Do you love your spouse's parents? What are the names of your spouse's siblings? Do you have children? Can you make Turkish coffee? To what places have you traveled to in Turkey? They'll also ask your spouse some of these questions. Another popular question is, "what are the words are to the Turkish national anthem?" They ask this to those seeking citizenship by choice, but they might ask you as well, especially if you do well on the other questions. Whether they ask or not, it's good to be prepared. The interview can be quite brief. One Turkey Central member reported that her interview only took five minutes. Approval for Turkish Citizenship After your interview, your application package will be sent to the Ministry of the Interior for approval. It usually takes three to six months for citizenship applications to be approved. You can check to see if your Turkish citizenship application has been approved by going to https://vatan.nvi.gov.tr/moduller/basvuru/basvurudurumbilgi.aspx. Just enter the Başvuru Numarası (Application Number) and the Doğum Tarihi (Birth Date) and perform the "Captcha" check, then press the enter button on your keyboard. Receiving your Turkish Identity Card When your identity card has been printed, it will be sent to the Nüfus office or the Turkish embassy or consulate where you applied for citizenship. They'll then contact you to come and pick it up. Dual Citizenship Turkey has no laws which prohibit dual citizenship. However, some other countries do. So, before you apply for Turkish citizenship, you should check the laws of your own country first. To learn more about dual citizenship, see Dual Citizenship Rules. Name Changes You won't be required to change your name to a Turkish one, but you can adopt a Turkish name if you want one. To learn more about the name rules, see Rules for non-Turkish names. Turkish Citizenship Law Turkish Citizenship Law is the Turkish Nationality Act No. 5901 as amended. Assistance and Support The Nüfus handles citizenship applications made within Turkey. You can call their national helpline from any telephone in Turkey, at 150. Their international number is +90 312 591 2133 or 2389. It has an English option. For citizenship applications made outside of Turkey, contact your local Turkish embassy or consulate. Ken Grubb As a special investigator for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and teacher for the University of Maryland, Ken Grubb has lived and worked in Turkey since 1997. He's now retired and living in Antalya, where he researches and writes guides to help others live skillfully in Turkey.
  6. Application in progress to extend our 2 year residence permit. We are dual citizens of the UK and Georgia. We have always used our Georgian passports in all our dealings in Turkey. We have been told by immigration office in Alanya that they need a apostille marriage certificate from Georgia now. I am in the process of arranging that now. When we receive it, it has to be translated in Turkey and registered in Ankara. My questions are: Do we both have to go to Ankara or is it possible to do it by post? Is it better to have the apostille in English rather than Georgian, then translate it to Turkish here?
  7. Please help me with this. I am an American citizen. I got married in Istanbul, but without my concent., violating my human rights, they gave me my husband's last name on marriage certification. I and my husband do not want to add his last name to mine, but how do we do that? FYI, both of us are not Turkish. After marriage, I did not change my official name anywhere, but I Am afraid it will be a problem when I am applying for my husband's US immigration visa.
  8. I've been coming and going to this forum trying to find answers and also help others with whatever knowledge i might have with my personal experience... But now after 4 years of being in a relationship with my Turkish girlfriend I have finally popped the question and we are now engaged and planning our marriage next year! For this I have come to this forum in an attempt to get some directions and help from you guys as I know this things might change with time or place and nothing like some personal experience and help from you. We are planning to marry in March or so next year in Istanbul over the district marriage office. Currently I'm doing a European voluntary project in Istanbul and I have applied for a RP that will last till March next year (this wont be an issue i guess i can always leave and come back with a touristic visa for the weeding celebration i guess). I hold a Portuguese citizenship and I have already contacted the Portuguese embassy in Ankara regarding this plans in order for me to get some guidelines from them as well. But still wanted to know from this forum and in easier words and realities how the celebration of a marriage goes in Turkey and whats the steps I should expect and documents I should arrange in order to do this without any problems. I have coming and going to Turkey since 2016 and I know how this bureaucratic things change and its always hard to get a straight answer but your help would be much appreciated! I will kindly wait your replies! Thank you in advance
  9. Hello. I got married in Louisiana in 1973-74. I was then stationed in Turkey with the US Air Force, and my wife came with me. While in Turkey, I found her cheating and filed for divorce through a Turkish lawyer in 1974. Is that divorce recognized in the United States? How can I get a copy of my divorce decree from Turkey? Thank you, Randell Cryer
  10. Hi, I'm new to the site. I just joined today. I'm hoping someone can give me their thoughts on the subject and possibly share their own experiences on it. So i am married to a kurdish man and we are living in Turkey. (3 years living here and 7 years together) we also have a 4 year old daughter. The problem I am having is the constant arguing between us. It never stops. If I say something that he does not agree with, I get called stupid, a b*tch, bad heart and many worse things. I'm not allowed to talk to anyone outside otherwise I'm "not normal". Even if I'm in the park with my daughter and I speak to another Turkish mum there, he hates it. I have one friend here who is from Europe, sometimes we try to get our kids together to play and for fresh air. My husband hates this and says it's also not normal to have friends. He wants me to stay inside all the time and clean constantly. I'm not allowed to wear make up or wear my hair down. Even though I don't wear make up often, I'm not "allowed" to do this. I'm often told what to wear even though my clothes are respectful and don't show skin. It doesn't matter. I understand I'm living in Turkey so I should respect Turkish culture which I really do, but surely when marrying into a multi cultural couple there should be some give and take. I try my best to do what is asked of me but it never seems to be enough. I offered him to get divorced if he's unhappy like this but he attacks me verbally then telling me I'm sick in the head and that 8 need help. There is no affection there. We sleep in seperate rooms. We don't even sit close to each other on the sofa. We barely talk. If my parents video call me, he gets angry and doesn't like it. Normally they call to see their grand daughter which should be normal. The thing about it is, when we first met it wasn't like this. Then suddenly when we got married and had a child, it all started to become controlling. Like I said I respect our marriage and Turkish culture but sometimes I think this is a little unfair? I'm not allowed to speak to my neighbours even though they're friendly and ask me for coffee. (their house is literally next to mine so it's not unsafe or far away). I'm just lost and don't know what to do anymore. I feel like he expects the world from me but then no matter what I do it's not enough. Is this normal? Am I being too sensitive? Is it my fault that it's like this? I'm considering just going back home with my daughter then sorting out visiting arrangements so he can see her as often as possible. I'm just not sure how it can keep going like this for the rest of our lives.. Also please be kind with your replies. I can't take anymore abuse lol
  11. hi all, had anyone here got their citizenship through marriage in Istanbul? could you please give me a time line for what had happened e.g.: month-year: submitted paper month-year: finger prints followed by interview month-year: got a message asking to go get appointment with the Vali month-year: Vali interview month-year: got citizenship thank you in advance
  12. hi, i really need a help. Because I and my Girlfriend from Turkey are planning to live together in Turkey but we don't know what to do since I am from Philippines. can Somebody help me to know the things i/we need to do so I can get there and do our plans? Thank you. PS. I have my passport already.
  13. Hi I dont know if im in the right page Since im not a turkish national, but my fiance is. Hes been here in Philiplines for 3 years he love and like philippines i know that, now I supposed to go with him but i need visa but Immigration in philippines didnt give us a chance to arrange anything. they hold my fiance in airport even his exit clearance is feb 6 so he have enought time to fix everything. i didnt see him since they are not allowed to contact or talk or see anybody. Now what we Planned is im the one the one who will come but the im worried i stop already from my job. and what visa i need and information. someone have experience or any idea? thanks
  14. Hello Everyone, my name is Ahmed, I am living in Manchester, UK on a Travel Document with leave to remain visa in London. well, my fiancee lives in Pakistan and we want to get married in Turkey this summer. So, basically I know some basic things like 1) Passport 2) photos 3) birth certificates 4) free to marry status and so basic. I would be really grateful if anyone could answer me these questions I am really confuse and can't find answers on Internet; 1 - Is it necessary that we have to translate documents into Turkish in turkey? or I can do translations in UK and my fiance from Pakistan (Turkish embassy) ? and then we can stamp from Ministry of foreign affairs in Turkey? 2 - Do I need an appointment for Ministry attestations? 3 - and then for a Marriage office, Again should I book an appointment before travelling to Turkey? Or Just in case, if there's delay in my documentation anywhere, can I get appointment earliest possible in Marriage Office? 4 - I read somewhere that If both bride and groom are foreigners, then no need of any medical tests. Is this true? 5 - And last question, I would like to ask that: for example If we make appointment before travelling to turkey in marriage office and translate our documents before travelling, then how many days we will normally stay there ? Or If not, then normally how long does it takes to get everything done including wedding day... I have read somewhere it should be no more than a week and you can do everything from translation to get married in a week. But still because I have never been to turkey, I am feeling like it will take more than that. can you please explain. thank you so much! Also, If anyone could share any address of offices or guide. I would really appreciate that. Thank you so much in advance. Regards, Ahmed
  15. Hi Anyone know imam in Istanbul would perform an Islamic marriage without any legal requirements please?
  16. Hi all, to try to make a long story somewhat shorter, I am in my mid-forties, educated and well-travelled; my 2 daughters are grown and in university (in Canada) and I have just relocated from Canada to Istanbul for at least a year. I had a well paying career and husband in Canada but the usual story....work burn-out and marital problems...so a few years ago I quit the high-powered career, got divorced (I was the main bread-winner when I was married, which turned out to be the cause of a lot of resentment from my husband and contributed to our divorce). I now freelance remotely, doing content marketing for North American agencies, but with only a small fraction of the income I used to make. The culture in Canada (in my experience) is that women are expected to do it all - take care of children, home and work full-time. Men want us to be educated but not more than them, make good money, but not more than them, etc - it's a slippery slope and for me was a very overwhelming and stressful lifestyle. While I appreciate all of the freedoms I have as a woman because of the efforts of the feminist movement, I am also tired of such high expectations and having to 'do it all'. At this stage of my life I would love to be a stay-at-home wife, looking after husband and home, and be taken care of financially with the protection of a man. What I'd like advice on is dating Turkish men with the goal of finding a marriage partner - specifically, is it realistic for me to think that I might be able to find a man who is also middle aged, already had children/divorced, is educated and financially stable, who is looking for a wife to care for? Are Turkish men in this demographic interested in foreign women who want to be a traditional type of wife? Or is this type of relationship unlikely? If it is possible, where does one meet these type of men without having to resort to Tinder? Thank you for your help!
  17. Hi I was married to Turkish man in UK and divorced in UK. My ex husband has requested I go to Turkish Consolate in London to have the divorce recognised in Turkey. Does the marriage in Turkey effect me legally in any other country? Thanks in advance for any information.
  18. I'm curious about this. I've met quite a few people who have married into Turkish families, and most of them aren't working very well. A few couples I know are very happy, though. So I wonder, what makes a marriage to a Turk really work? I think the initial response would be about love, but that would apply to any marriage. What things are important in a marriage to a Turk which are specific to that kind of marriage?
  19. Hello there, i am a pakistani guy married to turkish girl on 22nd june 2018 in kayseri Turkey. Things didn't work out between us and we want a divorce with mutual consent. Someone told me that you can not apply for a divorce within a year of marriage, is it true? Thank you
  20. I met a girl in Izmir in 1964 who didn't speak English. I found her 4 years ago on Facebook and we have been corresponding through her son, In 2015 I went to Izmir to stay with them. I stayed 3 weeks. Her son was very very respectful and after some time until now we speak daily on Facebook or on the phone. He is 20 years younger than I am and has never been married. I have but have been divorced since 2007 (here in the states). He wants to marry me this May. We would be living with his Mom (who is my friend). They have a 3 bedroom apartment in a beautiful area 2 blocks from the sea, We would not have children. He is 50 and I am 70 (but look about 60 - according to my friends). I love Turkey and I love this family. I would have my social security and he has his job, His mother has a very small pension from the Turkish government. I would like to know what people think about this. I do not believe he or his family are using me, I do not send money or anything else. Please let me know what your ideas are before I make this big jump.
  21. Hi! I'm looking to get Islamically married in Istanbul during a visit over the Christmas period. I know officially a civil marriage has to be conducted first, but I know some people marry religiously first. It would be great to know any mosques that would conduct this kind of service for us. We are both Muslims and not resident in Turkey.
  22. Hi there, I am in an odd and uncomfortable situation and I need some advice. My wife of 17 years and I are having great difficulty, and she is considering abandoning me and our son (he's 34, from her first marriage, and lives with us, and we get along fine). We were legally married in Istanbul. We still all live in California for now. She is making threats against my assets, saying things like Divorcing, but also saying she would just leave and deny Divorce, but still would get half of all my assets. It's unclear what she actually wants as she doesn't really know herself and we both get very emotional when the topic comes up. I still love her dearly and am very distressed about her unhappiness, and am more than willing to try anything to make her happy, so of course I don't want a Divorce. Background - she is still grieving over the recent loss of both parents due to natural causes, and very distressed over the lack of emotional support from my own family. In fact, I am happy to give her *some* money, on the order of maybe $50000 USD, much less than she has in mind, if she actually manages to force a Divorce with me. But I have no idea how she could actually sit down with me and negotiate this number, as she is way too emotional and gets agitated whenever the topic comes up. Again, I really want to Reconcile. My question, in general, is, how much power does she have in this situation? What could she possibly have Turkish Lawyers do to me? Can she actually force a Divorce with me, from Istanbul? Does she have legal claim on my assets? A lot of my assets I accrued before we were Married. Thanks for any input /advice.
  23. ngwy

    Changing surname

    I have heard when you get Turkish citizenship some names with ‘w’s need to be changed. What could I change the name Wilkinson into? thanks
  24. Hello, I hope you are well. You might remember a few years ago, the UK broadcaster, Channel 5, released a hit series about marriage immigration fraud, called Holiday Love Rats Exposed. The series explored this little-known area and brought these scams, and the terrible impact on sometimes vulnerable men and women, to public attention. The contributors involved thanked us for giving their cases traction. You may have come across an organisation called Immigration Marriage Fraud UK (immigrationmarriagefrauduk.co.uk); we’re working with founder Dee and contributor Kim to make a further documentary. I'm keen to hear from someone who has been affected by marriage fraud to help me understand these horrible scams more. If anyone is available for a quick chat over the phone so I could explain a little better, and if you felt like it, you could explain your experience - you do not have to speak about anything you don't feel comfortable about. Ideally, this would be someone who went on holiday and met someone, perhaps married them, brought them home to the UK or America (or planned to do so), only to find that their partner was sadly only with them for a visa, money etc.. Does this ring any bells for you? You could be based in the UK or further afield. We do of course understand that discussing these matters is highly sensitive but I can assure you that any initial conversations will remain confidential and be for research purposes only. If you then feel comfortable taking it further, we can discuss it. Nine Lives Media, the independent television company making this documentary, has won two Baftas, an International Emmy plus RTS awards and prides itself on working with contributors on sensitive issues. If you think you fit the bill, please feel free to message me, call me on 0044 (0)161 832 2007 or email me on [email protected] Our turnaround time is quite tight, and we’ll need to identify potential contributors swiftly, so it would be great to hear about your story soon! Many thanks!
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