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  1. Hi Hi! I'm almost "desperate" to get some info about Turkish divorce cases. I'm from Holland and I'm in a relationship with a Turkish man for 2 years. I do live in Turkey, but not with him. My boyfriend was married for a couple of years and his marriage didn't work out and he filed for divorce. This divorce is going on for 2 years now and we have to keep our relationship a secret. I hate this so much, because I love him and I know it's also very hard for him. My boyfriend has a child with his wife and she very small (3 years old). He told me that the judge changed and this delayed his case. What i understand from him is that it can take 1 more year.. I'm devastated about this, that's why I want to learn more about the Turkish divorce system. Because in Holland it's so different.
  2. First of all, thanks for compiling such an enormously helpful site - by far the best resource on Turkish visas / residency permits that I have come across. My wife, son and I are just about to apply for short term residency permits in order to extend our 3 month stay as tourists by a further two months. As our tourist visas run out on 9th September I am slightly concerned that I have left our applications too late especially with the forthcoming 10 day bayram, although from what I have seen on this forum it appears that we would be ok to stay in Turkey even if our tourist visa has expired as long as we have completed the online application and have a forthcoming appointment arranged - can you confirm that this is correct? Also I have just noticed on another question a requirement to have a birth certificate for my son (he is 2 years old) translated into Turkish - can you please provide precise details on the requirements re: this - is it something I need to arrange before the appointment? Do you have any idea how long it takes to get a birth certificate issued from the UK if you have misplaced the original and do you know how long it will take to get it translated in line with the requirements? Grateful for any advice anyone can provide re: these questions.
  3. Please help with situation.

    Hi there I hope someone can help me. I am a British Citizen and I married a Turkish man in Fethiye in 2000. We had two children together (girls, now 16 and 14 - they were both born in the UK). We bought an apartment together in Fethiye in 2001 and lived in Turkey. Both names are on the tapu. After 14 years of marriage, in early 2014, I found out many awful things about my husband - he was having a 3 year affair with a local girl who worked at the cinema, he was also using prostitutes and filming himself (I found the camera), he was watching teenage pornography and in thousands of debt without my knowledge, had a gun in the house, plus many other things. After he knew I found out about all this, he just blamed me for his behaviour. I knew for my sanity and my children's safety that I had to leave. On the evening of 13th June 2014, my children and I got to Dalaman airport without my husband knowing and we boarded a plane to the UK. I left my house, my job, my friends, we left everything behind. I wrote a letter to my English neighbours explaining why I was leaving. I brought everything with me - I have the marriage certificate, the tapu, the camera and all the evidence of his unreasonable behaviour etc. It is now 2017 and my girls and I have never gone back to Turkey. We are now settled in the UK. The girls rarely speak to their father. However... I have heard a rumour that he has recently divorced me over in Turkey - probably on the grounds of desertion. After all, it has been over two years since I left and I have not had the money to have ever asked a solicitor in the UK for help with it. My ex husband will not answer my FB messages whether he has divorced me or not, but he has been asking my daughter for our address. My question is: How has he managed to get a judge to grant the divorce when there is property or children involved? What happens now in regards to the apartment if he has divorced me? Can I instruct a solicitor here or in Turkey to sell the apartment because half of it is mine still? He has never paid any child maintenance while I have been in the UK. I want the value of my half of the apartment back because as far as I know he is living it in without any worries now. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you x
  4. Documents Required from the Applicant Residence Permit Application Form Passport, and a notarized copy of the identity information page, photo page, and page showing the most recent entry stamp * Four (4) photos meeting the official photo requirements * For passports which are not issued in Latin letters, you must have it translated by a Turkish sworn translator, and include the translation with your passport. Documents Required from the Sponsor Current residence permit Passport and a notarized copy of the identity information page, photo page, and page showing the most recent entry stamp * If another parent is involved and they share custody, a letter giving consent for the child to obtain a family residence permit Proof of sufficient financial support Proof of health insurance which is valid in Turkey and which meets minimum coverage requirements, or a document showing that the family member is covered under a bilateral agreement. Criminal record, from Turkey and/or other countries where the sponsor has lived for the past five years, showing no convictions for any crimes against family members * Address registration document from the Nüfus (population directorate), showing the sponsor’s current address. * For passports which are not issued in Latin letters, you must have it translated by a Turkish sworn translator, and include the translation with your passport. ** If the criminal record check is obtained from a foreign country, it must be apostilled, then translated by an official translator and notarized by a Turkish noter (notary). If you need health insurance, contact our English-speaking agent of Ankara Sigorta, which provides health insurance packages for residence permits (in English and Turkish), using our Health Insurance Inquiry Form. Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. Call 157 from any telephone within Turkey. The call will be free. From outside of Turkey, call +90 312 157 1122. Long-distance charges will apply. See Also Family Residence Permits in Turkey Family Residence Permits Forum: We have an entire forum dedicated to the subject. If you have any questions or comments, please post them there. The Four Basic Steps of Applying for or Extending Your Residence Permit External Links Minimum Wage in Turkey: From Fedee.com, the minimum wages of various countries, including Turkey, updated annually on 1 January. Directorate General of Migration Management, Required Documents: Several downloadable PDF documents available here, which cover the documents required for first-time applications and extensions. Turkey Residence Permit Law (PDF): The Law on Foreigners and International Protection, Dated April, 2014. In English, this is the Turkish law which governs residence permits.
  5. Documents Required from the Applicant Residence permit application form Passport, and a notarized copy of the identity information page, photo page, and page showing the last entry stamp * Previous residence permit Two photos meeting the official photo requirements Documents Required from the Sponsor Passport, and a notarized copy of the identity information page, photo page, and page showing the last entry stamp * Notarized copy of residence permit Two (2) photos meeting the official photo requirements. Residence permit or work permit If another parent is involved and they share custody, a letter of consent from the other parent. Proof of sufficient financial support Proof of health insurance which is valid in Turkey and which meets minimum coverage requirements, or a document showing that the family member is covered under a bilateral agreement. Criminal record, from Turkey and/or other countries where the sponsor has lived for the past five years, showing no convictions for any crimes against family members ** Address registration document from the Nüfus (population directorate, showing the sponsor’s current address. * For passports which are not issued in Latin letters, you must have it translated by a Turkish sworn translator, and include the translation with your passport. Since extensions are done by mail, send in only the notarized copy. Do not mail the original passport. ** If the criminal record check is obtained from a foreign country, it must be apostilled, then translated by an official translator and notarized by a Turkish noter (notary). Important! After you complete your online application for extension in the online residence permit system, you will have five business days to get your application package in the mail. It must be sent by taahhütlü posta (registered mail) using Turkey's official mail system, PTT, or a Turkish cargo delivery company. Do not send multiple extension applications in the same package. Each application must be mailed separately. If you need health insurance, contact our English-speaking agent of Ankara Sigorta, which provides health insurance packages for residence permits (in English and Turkish), using our Health Insurance Inquiry Form. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. Call 157 from any telephone within Turkey. The call will be free. From outside of Turkey, call +90 312 157 1122. Long-distance charges will apply. See Also Family Residence Permits in Turkey Family Residence Permits Forum: We have an entire forum dedicated to the subject, where you can post questions or comments. The Four Basic Steps of Applying for or Extending Your Residence Permit External Links Minimum Wage in Turkey: From Fedee.com, the minimum wages of various countries, including Turkey, updated annually on 1 January. Directorate General of Migration Management, Required Documents: Several downloadable PDF documents available here, which cover the documents required for first-time applications and extensions. Turkey Residence Permit Law (PDF): The Law on Foreigners and International Protection, Dated April, 2014. In English, this is the Turkish law which governs residence permits.
  6. If you are a foreigner and have a child born in Turkey, the child’s birth certificate will enable him or her to stay in Turkey for six months, unless the residence permits of both parents expire sooner. During the first six months, you must apply for a residence permit for your child at the regional office of the Göç İdaresi Genel Müdürlüğü (Directorate General of Migration Management, or DGMM) which services the area where you live. The child will be eligible for a family residence permit if at least one of the parents is a Turkish citizen, or is a foreigner who has been legally living in Turkey for more than one year. Otherwise you must apply for a short-term residence permit for the child. Leaving and Re-entering Turkey If you take your child out of Turkey and the child doesn’t yet have a residence permit, and you want to re-enter Turkey, the birth certificate does not provide re-entry rights. You will have to obtain a visa for your child when you return to Turkey, even if you and the other parent both have a residence permit. If you have gone to your residence permit appointment, they will give your child a temporary residence permit, printed on a sheet of A4 paper. With the temporary residence permit, plus receipts for the residence permit card and fees, you may leave Turkey with your child for up to 15 days and re-enter without having to get a visa for your child when you return. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. Call 157 from any telephone within Turkey. The call will be free. From outside of Turkey, call +90 312 157 1122. Long-distance charges will apply. See Also Residence Permits Forum: You can ask questions, make comments, and communicate with other people who have gotten residence permits here. External Links Directorate General of Migration Management, Required Documents: Several downloadable PDF documents available here, which cover the documents required for first-time applications and extensions. Turkey Residence Permit Law (PDF): The Law on Foreigners and International Protection, Dated April, 2014. In English, this is the Turkish law which governs residence permits.
  7. Documents Required from the Applicant Residence Permit Application Form Passport, and a notarized copy of the identity information page, photo page, and page showing the stamp for the last entry into Turkey. * Four photos meeting the official photo requirements * For passports which are not issued in Latin letters, you must have it translated by a Turkish sworn translator, and include the translation with your passport.. Documents Required from the Sponsor Turkish identity card and a copy If another parent is involved and they share custody, a letter giving consent for the child to obtain a family residence permit. Proof of sufficient financial support Proof of health insurance which is valid in Turkey and which meets minimum coverage requirements, or a document showing that the family member is covered under a bilateral agreement. Criminal record, from Turkey and/or other countries where the sponsor has lived for the past five years, showing no convictions for any crimes against family members Address registration document from the Nüfus (population directorate), showing the sponsor’s current address. * If the criminal record check is obtained from a foreign country, it must be apostilled, then translated by an official translator and notarized by a Turkish noter (notary). If you need health insurance, contact our English-speaking agent of Ankara Sigorta, which provides health insurance packages for residence permits (in English and Turkish), using our Health Insurance Inquiry Form. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. Call 157 from any telephone within Turkey. The call will be free. From outside of Turkey, call +90 312 157 1122. Long-distance charges will apply. See Also Family Residence Permits in Turkey Family Residence Permits Forum: If you have questions or comments about the family residence permit application, please post them in our forum. The Four Basic Steps of Applying for or Extending Your Residence Permit External Links Minimum Wage in Turkey: From Fedee.com, the minimum wages of various countries, including Turkey, updated annually on 1 January. Directorate General of Migration Management, Required Documents: Several downloadable PDF documents available here, which cover the documents required for first-time applications and extensions. Turkey Residence Permit Law (PDF): The Law on Foreigners and International Protection, Dated April, 2014. In English, this is the Turkish law which governs residence permits.
  8. Documents Required from the Applicant Residence permit application form Notarized copy of the passport, including the identity information page, photo page, and the page showing the most recent entry stamp * Previous residence permit Two photos meeting the official photo requirements Documents Required from the Sponsor Notarized copy of Turkish identity card If another parent is involved and they share custody, a letter giving consent for the child to obtain a family residence permit. Proof of sufficient financial support Proof of health insurance which is valid in Turkey and which meets minimum coverage requirements, or a document showing that the family member is covered under a bilateral agreement. Criminal record, from either the Turkish government and/or a foreign country, depending on where the sponsor has lived for the past five years. The record must show no convictions for any crimes against family members ** Address registration document from the Nüfus (population directorate), showing the sponsor’s current address. * For passports which are not issued in Latin letters, you must have it translated by a Turkish sworn translator, and include the translation with your passport. Since extension packages are submitted by mail, include the notarized copy of the passport. Do not mail the original passport. ** If the criminal record check is obtained from a foreign country, it must be apostilled, then translated by an official translator and notarized by a Turkish noter (notary). Important! Once you complete your online application for extension in the online residence permit system, you will have five business days to get your application package in the mail. It must be sent by taahhütlü posta (registered mail) using Turkey's official mail system, PTT or by a Turkish cargo delivery company. Do not send multiple extension applications in the same package. Each application must be mailed separately. If you need health insurance, contact our English-speaking agent of Ankara Sigorta, which provides health insurance packages for residence permits (in English and Turkish), using our Health Insurance Inquiry Form. Turkey's Foreigner Communications Center The DGMM has a number you can call to speak to an immigration specialist. Call 157 from any telephone within Turkey. The call will be free. From outside of Turkey, call +90 312 157 1122. Long-distance charges will apply. See Also Family Residence Permits in Turkey Family Residence Permits Forum: If you have comments or questions about family residence permits, please post them in our forum. The Four Basic Steps of Applying for or Extending Your Residence Permit External Links Minimum Wage in Turkey: From Fedee.com, the minimum wages of various countries, including Turkey, updated annually on 1 January. Directorate General of Migration Management, Required Documents: Several downloadable PDF documents available here, which cover the documents required for first-time applications and extensions. Turkey Residence Permit Law (PDF): The Law on Foreigners and International Protection, Dated April, 2014. In English, this is the Turkish law which governs residence permits.
  9. If you apply for a short-term residency permit for a child, then you need to have an Apostilled birth certificate for the child. This needs to be translated and notarized. Apostilled documents can take a while to get from the country that issued the birth certificate, plus extra time to then get it translated to Turkish and notarized, so people need to be aware that this is needed. Also if you have sole custody you need to get this document with Apostille. Ken: Question to ask DGMM: How old can this custody document be (max.) and what date counts application date or start date of RP? Do you have to get a new one for a residency permit renewal? So do you have to order and pay for a new Apostilled custody document every year? If your child has a birth certificate that does not list the father at all because legally the child has no father (can happen if you were not married and the father never declared to be the father), 157 requested to get a letter from the Konsulate, explaining this situation, explaining why the German birth certificate does not list a father at all. This costs 25 EUR to get this written in Turkish by the German Konsulate. It might save you from having to get the Apostilled custody document, but not sure.
  10. Bringing Children to Turkey

    Turks love children. Even a passer-by might walk right up and admire your kids, saying Maşallah (mah-shah-lah) which is an expression of amazement of how beautiful something (or someone) is. It also serves to ward off the mythical "evil eye." Turks may show excessive attention to your children. For the foreigner not used to it, this can be unnerving, but it is intended only to express an innocent affection for children. Hotels Many hotels in resort areas offer programs and facilities specifically for children, such as playgrounds, programs, children's clubs, children's pools, day care, babysitting, and even live entertainment. You'll see these mentioned on the hotel websites, or you can ask your travel agent for a hotel which includes programs and facilities for children. For sleeping arrangements, hotels are used to catering to families, offering family suites, cribs, and smaller beds for the kids. Restaurants Restaurants are especially welcoming to children, and are happy to let them run around and play during your visit – it won't bother other Turkish guests. Other Child-friendly Places Luna Parks (amusement parks) and water parks are often in or near resort towns. Some museums also have children’s exhibits and programs. Turks take their children most everywhere along with them, even letting them stay up late at night. Baby Care You can get disposable diapers and baby food from just about any supermarket or eczane (egg-zah-neh), which is a chemist or pharmacy. However it probably won't be the brand you usually use. Hotels can make baby food from mashed vegetables and fruits if necessary, but if your little one has a favorite food, it would be a good idea to bring those foods in your checked baggage. Restroom changing facilities are rare in Turkey. Buses Buses in Turkey, including inter-city buses, don't have toilets. Make sure your children use the facilities before boarding, since journeys between rest stops can be an hour or more. See Also Children Forum: Our forum all about children, both Turkish and foreign. If you have a question, please ask it there.
  11. Dear all, We are two mothers looking for native English speakers in ANKARA, who love to spend time and play with kids! We want kids learn and practice English naturally and while playing, not in a course, or class environment, because that is what they love, play We are planning to do 1 hour play sessions for groups of 1 to 3 children on the weekends or weekday afternoons. During these play sessions we expect "you" to speak English and play with them. So you don't necessarily have to have an education profession. Age groups may vary from 5 to 9 years. If you like playing with the littles and are interested, please email us to meet and have a cup of coffee to discuss details. Best Wishes, Eda & Nihan P.S. We are planning to do sessions for French and German. So if you are native French or German speaker, don't hesitate to contact us for future planning. Please note that we don’t speak German or French.
  12. My baby was born in Turkey (we, her parents are foreign obviously) and I have just got her passport from my country done (she is almost a year old now). Now we must start the process of a residence permit. I, the mother, already have mine. We live in Istanbul. Should I go down to the main local Emniyet, or do I need to go to the Vatan Emniyet since it is her first time getting a residence permit? Also, should I start at the Emniyet to find out there what I need to do for her, or can someone tell me here, or tell me the best place to go find out what she needs?
  13. I have gone through pretty much all of the posts here for an answer but nothing quite exactly the same. I am Chinese (not a Muslim) in Asia and the Turkish boy has been here for work for the past few years. I am older by 5 years and he is currently 31. We have been dating for over a year now and we have gotten serious and talking about marriage. I have recently also flown to Turkey to meet with his family (and he has met mine) but unfortunately they are adamant against us having a future and instead wants to find him a suitable candidate. He wants to end the relationship now as he sees no future to this to continue. I know family ties are really strong especially in traditional family but I am reluctant to let go of something i firmly believe in. Although i also understand that love isnt the priority in muslim families. I just am not sure if I should hang on for the sake of hoping they will eventually relent since he has a couple more years here and will not be moving back to Turkey so soon. And that he is quite ready to settle down but we just dont see how we can work this out without breaking his family ties. I have going to start understanding Islam more too for the sake of the promise i have made to him and myself since we started dating and also to find peace in myself. But i cant say i am not hanging on that Allah can give us a miracle here. Anyone has seen a miracle as such happen? I think the fact that i am older than him also plays a huge part in their objection since it may not be so easy for me to conceive now. I need a glimmer of hope. So desperate that this is the first time i am actually posting on any forum for support.
  14. Hi - I would be grateful if someone can answer this question. I am a Turkish woman (dual citizen) and live in the US. My daughter was born in the US and she is 16 years old and wants to become a Turkish citizen. The father is an American. The father and I got married after she was born and we got divorce a few years ago. I never registered the marriage or the divorce in Turkey or Turkish records (kutuk)..My daughter has her father's last name in her birth certificate. When I called the Turkish consulate about her citizenship, they told me my daughter is considered Turkish and she can get her Turkish citizenship. However they said that in order for my daughter to continue using her father's last name I have to register my marriage in Turkey. Otherwise she would have to take my last name. I thought this is ridiculous since the father's name and signature is on her birth certificate as the father. Certainly I wouldn't want her to change her name now or have a different last name in Turkey. Registering the marriage would not be too difficult but for the divorce, I would have to hire an attorney in Turkey to open a divorce case so that I can register my divorce judgement from the US by a Turkish judge. This would be costly and unnecessary in my opinion. Is there a way for my daughter to keep her father's last name in Turkish records without registering the marriage and subsequently the divorce in Turkey, such as acknowledgment of paternity by the father...Do Turkish laws accept such documents? Please help. Thanks in advance.
  15. Turkish Citizen Born Abroad, Father Absent

    Hello, I have a question about registering children born abroad. I gave birth 3 years ago to twin baby boys. I'm British/French and their dad is Turkish. We never got married but he signed their birth certificates. He walked out just a few weeks after they were born, and I've never heard from him. I don't know if he registered the boys with the consulate or not, and I've tried contacting him, but nothing. It's been almost three years, nothing. Nothing from him, nothing from his mates, nothing from his family. I was thinking of registering the boys myself, but I don't have any of their dad's original documents, just photocopies, kimilik, now expired passport, license. Is that enough? Should I do it? Can they boys do it when they are adults or is that too late? Is there any reason to do it now? Thank you
  16. Can somebody advise me please. I usually live in Turkey but returned to the UK to have my second child. I have been here 5 months and accumulated some personal belongings that are to large to go with us on the aeroplane i.e toys (non-electrical), a small toddler bed, toddler car seat, excess toys, Moses basket do we pay import charges on children's items and can anyone recommend some companies that were reliable and fairly priced?Any help on this or a point of reference to start with would be appreciated.I am English and my husband is Turkish.
  17. ok so its time to start thinking about what does a child need from a creche and also what would a mum expect to get out of sending a child to creche either PT or FT. i think in my case i am lucky as i dont need to send my child but i may want to eventually for his own social /personal development. Just wondered - what makes a good creche? for us location matters and of course price (which i imagine varies greatly for what reasons i dont know didnt think yet.....) having not taught under 5's as such its a new world to me.... anything anyone has to share on this subject i would be interested to read... Anyone any experience of sending their dual citizen babe to an All turk creche? Also wondering what people think about teaching in one (English) ? what to expect...i have always said no but i see advantages in doing so now my son is nearing creche going age (almost )himself ;-) TIA
  18. What Are Our Kids?

    I'm sure I'm not the only who's had this conversation... Just what are our kids? Do you consider them "mixed race?" In some respects, the fact that I'm American and he's NATIVE Turkish makes our son multi-cultural (and, inshallah, bi-lingual in the future), but Turk is not really a race. Neither is Arabic, for that matter, but in today's society, I'm willing to put it out there that a Muslim/Arab receives as much prejudice as a person of color, thanks to all the media coverage of terrorism around the world. But "Arab" is not a box to check on any forms. There's a whole lot of attention about Latin, but that's not even a race; it's an ethnicity. (Hmmm.... to do list: find out whom I can contact to persuade them to change that...) So, is Turk considered Asian, since it's Asia minor and on the maps? But if you research, some resources say that Turks are Caucasian, but others say they come from the Mongols, so are Asian. Maybe I'll just have my son check the "Other" box. What do you think?
  19. Children, Ucagiz, Kekova

    Children play among the ancient sarcophagai.
  20. Bumper Cars, Culture Park, Izmir

  21. Ferris Wheel, Kultur Park, Izmir

  22. Carousel, Kultur Park, Izmir

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