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  1. The Directorate General of Migration Management, or DGMM is, in Turkish, called the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlügü. Most Turks just call it the "Göç İdaresi." Apply Online First You must apply for your residence (residency) permit online, at https://e-ikamet.goc.gov.tr/. At the end of your application, the online system will give you an appointment date (or you will receive one by E-mail or SMS message) for you to bring a signed printout of your application, the required documents, and your passport to the Ankara office of the DGMM. During your appointment, an immigration specialist will go over your application package. If it is approved, he or she will give you a temporary residence permit which will keep you legally in Turkey until your residence permit card is printed and sent to your address by registered mail. How to Get There Besides viewing the map above, you can also click on the "Plan my route" button. This will take you to Google Maps, where you can enter your starting location and submit it for directions and the route you need to take. If you take a taxi, tell the taxi driver "Göç Idaresi" (guhch ee-dah-reh-see). You can also show the taxi driver your completed online application, which will have the address on it. Assistance and Support Residence Permit Application Service If you would like professional assistance with your residence permit application, we can provide it. Just make an inquiry using our residence permit application assistance form. Residence Permit Helpline Turkey has a national helpline for foreigners called YİMER (Yabancılar İletişim Merkezi), or in English, the Foreigner's Communication Center. You can call this helpline with any questions you have about the residence permit process or about what documents you need, or if a long time has passed (at least 40 days), you can check on your application status. Be sure to have your passport, your application number, and/or your current residence permit with you when you call. You can reach YİMER from any landline or mobile phone in Turkey, for by calling 157. The call is free. If you are calling from another country, call 90 312 157 1122. How-to Articles Here is a collection of articles about the different types of residence permits you can get in Turkey, with instructions to help you get one. Turkey Residence Permits Residence Permit Community Forum Most Turkey Central members have already gone through the whole residence permit process, and are happy to share their experiences with you or give you advice. Chances are, someone has already asked the question you have, so be sure to search the forums first to see if your questions have already been answered. If they haven't, you can open a new topic. Residence Permit Support Forum
  2. I wonder if someone can tell me about a swimming pool in Ankara, preferably in or near Çankaya. Just a simple one without slides, etc.
  3. i just moved to Ankara and i am looking for a job at the moment. I have a short time residency permit but will change it if working possibility will turn up. Now my question is: does anyone know working places where they need German speakers? like teacher or something like this. I am from Germany and speak English and i have a bachelor of engineering (Geoinformatic). I already applied at some European NGOs based in Ankara. Basically i am flexible about cities. Maybe someone has some information for me.
  4. Hi, which district is good for family residence in Istanbul and Ankara ,As i leave my family (wife and 3 kids ) in Turkey for some time on long term residence.kids (girls) are school going so which area is safe for living in Istanbul and Ankara. i need reviews for both cities. thanks
  5. I am residing in Pakistan with family. I went to Turkey in 2004, and really keen to settle in Turkey, specifically Ankara, with my wife and 3 minor children. I have a bachelor's degree in IT and my wife has experience on the medical side. I read many blogs and information about the short term residence permit and got much information but to use this forum I want any body who give me the whole process to settle and what kind of challenges we have to face initially, and how much money we should have till to get a job in respect to me and to my wife qualifications? Is my spouse's education free or not after getting resident permit?
  6. I've been living in Ankara for what about 7 months now. I'm originally from America, and I'm one of those women married to a Turk. He works for the government, and I am a former medic, nurse assistant, firefighter who is going on a new career track. Anyway that's me, so what about Ankara? I'm not sure if any of you live here, or if anyone is looking to move here. I can tell you that it's a place not a lot of foreigners choose because it's really just a grey government city. No beaches, not as much fun things as Istanbul...so it's not really the top choice it seems since I stick out like a beacon here. I'm going to write pros/cons to living here, and if you have the time I'm interested in what they are for where you live so we can get a taste of what other cities are like. The Pros of Living in Ankara Embassy and all government buildings are close so paperwork is so simple to complete So many different shopping places, easy to find almost anything It's populated but the districts within Ankara give you a smaller town vibe More diverse restaurants than in smaller cities Easy to find English speakers Good central point for traveling throughout Turkey Lots of university options My cat likes Turkey more than America They are trying to green up the grey look of this place Everyone's always at parks, or outdoors which is cool Clothes are much better than in my country The Cons of Living in Ankara It's grey, and boring to look at Skyscrapers, everywhere (I hate tall buildings) People seem to not smile here, or look happy outwardly Roads are bad City Engineers have weird residential planning Doing things in Ankara takes time for the commute Statues of everything everywhere Kind of communist looking downtown area (at least to me) Weather is just insanely hot in summer, and just Siberian cold in winter Politics is always the conversation due to being here Snobby close-minded conservatives Confused secularists who don't know what secularism means Cars are expensive Houses and electronics are expensive Not fitting the standard Turk body size means very small selection in clothing/shoes (I'm really tall and I "guess" I have big feet since I wear size 41) Sometimes looking for ONE thing/item can take you all day going through various stores. That's all I got, your turn!
  7. i just found this forum today and figured i had best try and get involved and get some help. I am currently a painter and decorator living in the UK, but have a very close relationship with a Turkish national whom i am eager to be nearer. Based on this i decided that as i did not wish to continue painting, and would need a job in which would allow me to work in turkey i thought about teaching English. I was always interested in teaching and helping people but after leaving school i fell straight into the building trade. Anyway, now at age 26 and wishing to change not only career but country, i enrolled on the ITTT TEFL/TESOL course scheduled for October and lasting 4 intensive weeks which i believed would allow me to start somewhere on my path to moving and working. However having briefly read a little in the section here, i am now worried that i may be in over my head i am enthusiastic and determined to try for what i want but sometimes it is not enough. If there is anyone here who has done similar to me or has experience in what i am trying to achieve i would be forever grateful for any help and advice you can give me on my quest i really want to make this a success but am now quite scared about my options and what i need to do. Thank you for taking the time to read.
  8. This was my first time to visit Ankara. Compared with other cities in Turkey, Ankara, despite the fact it is the capital city, is less well-known for some reason. (At least to me). Many of my friends actually believed Istanbul is the capital of Turkey. One thing that impressed me about Ankara is that the streets are very neat and clean. The whole city is pretty quiet. I loved the small mansions along the little streets. And the roads are twisted and sloped, which are attractive to me. Unfortunately, I was in Ankara to meet Chinese counselor and ambassador, so my exploration of the city was limited to the embassy area. I don't know if other areas are the same. Also the whether was nice and cool. The sun was shining brightly, yet I could barely feel the heat. In Adana, gosh, I could get myself burnt in the sun. Loved the city. Wish I had more time to stay. Maybe next time.
  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. My husband was recently offered a job in Ankara for 6 months. We are thrilled to be moving our family there this November. 5 out of our 6 children are adopted from Ethiopia and really looking forward to experiencing another culture. Looking forward to learning more about the beautiful country of Turkey and gaining a better understanding of the culture and its people!!
  11. I'm taking a trip to Ankara next week and I'm looking forward to buying a pair of Alpine Stars racing boots from there. Can anyone help me with finding some motorcycle clothing shops?
  12. Hi there!Are there any members on this site studying at Hacettepe University in Ankara? If so, may I ask you a few questions about your experience studying there?Thanks!
  13. Our family will be moving to Ankara this November---5 of our 6 children are adopted from Ethiopia. We are hoping to find a good school where they can continue to be taught in English. What websites or information is out there about schooling for children ages 11-16 in Ankara? Is there anyone out there that is currently sending their children to a good English speaking school that they could recommend?
  14. I know there are two M.A.C Cosmetics stores listed on the www.maccosmetics.com web page but has anyone ever been to them or seen one? I am curious to know about these stores as I am a makeup artist by trade and it would be VERY expensive for me to obtain the cosmetics outside of Turkey. Do you know of any other retailers of high end cosmetics?
  15. Good day to everyone, I'm dipping my toe into the waters of this forum for the first time here, so please be gentle! By way of introduction: I'm Bobby, a 25 year old graduate of chemistry. Whilst a fresh-faced 20 year old at University, I secured work placements in Japan - spending 5 months working as a research/development scientist in a city about an hour from Tokyo, followed by 6 months as a researcher in Okinawa. My time spent out there is probably my most fondly remembered period of my life so far. Upon returning, I made a few crashing errors after returning to my final year of University life (living a wild lifestyle during the most important year - I'm still somewhat ashamed of the details, although there was nothing criminal!) resulting in an undistinguished end to University life, which whilst giving me a degree certificate, severely damaged my ambitions to join a company as an R&D scientist. My hopes of finding a job were not helped by a lack of money, nor by the beginning of the recession prior to my graduation in 2008. With a few heavy debts, I settled down (relying on my mother's support) in my native UK, finding work as a night shift staffer in a well-known supermarket chain. With job prospects in my preferred field of employment limited, I settled into this, and didn't give much thought to alternative prospects. Supermarket work ceded a few promotions - although it is intensive, monotonous and uninspiring. However, my debts cleared, and my lifestyle picked up: regular holidays around Europe, and heavy-drinking weekends ("weekends" being any 2 consecutive nights off) helped break the cycle of monotony at work and home. By accident, I found a girlfriend (who is Turkish) whilst visiting another friend in Barcelona in 2010, and we have met up regularly since. With this girl living in a separate country, I can't quite credit her for directly changing my old lifestyle, but I felt the need to improve myself for her, and clean up my act. Some of my vices were either curtailed in their entirety (smoking) or cut down significantly (drinking, spending). With a desire to mature (ever so slightly!), I started to think of ways to realistically maintain a relationship, whilst at the same time moving away from my current job. Retail work has a surprising amount of pressure, and is largely without reward. I had always wanted a job I could enjoy doing! Towards the end of 2010, I started to explore other career paths. Before I'd decided to start University, I had at the last minute dropped my initial first choice "Primary School Teaching" course (for which I had done a week of voluntary work experience) for Chemistry, in the belief that a chemistry degree would yield more diverse job opportunities at the end. With my wishes geared towards sustaining my existing relationship, and in moving into a job from which I could gain genuine satisfaction, the logical solution led me in the direction of TEFL/ELT. I had resisted the lingering temptation to jump into this immediately after university, having held a hope of finding an R&D position somewhere. I enrolled in a CELTA course in 2011, gaining a Grade "B", and very much enjoyed the whole experience - and wished I'd made the move sooner! After multiple discussions with my girlfriend, numerous scenarios and possibilities were explored, shot down and considered. The concerns were obvious: Where to live? Will we last? The relationship has seemed great (with us in daily contact, and having spent 5 separate "holiday" periods totalling roughly 10 weeks living together thus far - Liverpool, back to Barcelona, Mersin, Istanbul, Belfast) but will it work without the holiday sheen? She is doing a Masters degree at University, and will almost certainly pursue a doctorate afterwards. Although she now has no classes to attend, she does have a dissertation to write. I want to move away from the UK, whilst she doesn't wish to continue living with her rather more conservative sister in Istanbul. In the end, we have mutually agreed to spend a trial period of six months living together in Turkey, with rent/costs being split evenly, beginning in January/February 2012. The location hasn't been finalised as yet, but Izmir and Ankara are our two preferred destinations, with no particular leanings either way. At the only Turkish speaker between the two of us, she will be finding us the accommodation - whilst my sole responsibility seems to be in finding myself employment. The city we choose will depend on the availability and quality of work for me. My search on these matters led me into this forum As introductions go, I appreciate that you may have found that quite lengthy! I will return with salient questions concerning employment prospects in those cities, life in those cities as a foreigner, 'working VISA' concerns, actions to take, pitfalls to avoid and so on... However, for now (I am working more of those night shift hours tonight) I'm going to sleep! That was a long post! If anyone has any kneejerk advice, it would be very welcome!
  16. Just wondering if anyone can tell me what the University in Ankara is like. Are there good facilities? Are there any sports facilities? How about accommodation? Is it easy to find in Ankara?
  17. Hi there, I am planning on moving to Ankara to teach English to be closer to my girlfriend who lives in Esksehir. I have literally 3 weeks teaching experience of EFL. I need to know what i need to do to get certified to teach English, should I take an online course? Or do i need more experience. I am an out of work graduate also who whilst temping isnt making much money, so I cant afford the 1000 pounds for a course that some people are talking about. How much could i expect to earn out there also, as it will be just me on my own. All I would need is a small 1 bedroom flat, and a pub that shows English football matches!
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