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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 Hatay branch 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 Turkey's 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 Permits 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 Need to buy the required health insurance coverage for your residence permit? You can buy it online, or just get a free quote, by using our Expat Health Insurance Inquiry Form. Note: The information we have about the DGMM office locations comes from the Turkish government. But offices move sometimes. We advise you to go to the DGMM office a day or more before your appointment to make sure it is still there. If it isn't, please help us by letting us know of the new location.
Interesting statue I stumbled across in Hatay, Antakya, a few hours drive from the Syrian border. The first time I noticed it, it was covered by a canvas, now it's uncovered. What do you all make of it? It's kind of majestic isn't it? It's located on a dusty roundabout, surrounded by shops & traffic though. It seems out of place. The religions are on the right hand & the world it seems is on the left. I still haven't found any info related to this statue, everyone in the city says it's been there forever & opinions differ about it's significance.
What could be considered an ancient motivational meme which reads "be cheerful, live your life" in ancient Greek has been discovered on a centuries-old mosaic found during excavation works in the southern province of Hatay. Demet Kara, an archaeologist from the Hatay Archaeology Museum, said the mosaic, which was called the “skeleton mosaic,” belonged to the dining room of a house from the 3rd century B.C., as new findings have been unearthed in the ancient city of Antiocheia. "There are three scenes on glass mosaics made of black tiles. Two things are very important among the elite class in the Roman period in terms of social activities: The first is the bath and the second is dinner. In the first scene, a black person throws fire. That symbolizes the bath. In the middle scene, there is a sundial and a young clothed man running towards it with a bare-headed butler behind. The sundial is between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. 9 p.m. is the bath time in the Roman period. He has to arrive at supper at 10 p.m. Unless he can, it is not well received. There is writing on the scene that reads he is late for supper and writing about time on the other. In the last scene, there is a reckless skeleton with a drinking pot in his hand along with bread and a wine pot. The writing on it reads 'be cheerful and live your life,'" Kara explained. Kara added the mosaic was a unique finding for the country. "[This is] a unique mosaic in Turkey. There is a similar mosaic in Italy but this one is much more comprehensive. It is important for the fact that it dates back to the 3rd century B.C.," Kara said. She also said that Antiocheia was the world’s third largest city in the Roman era, and continued: "Antiocheia was a very important, rich city. There were mosaic schools and mints in the city. The ancient city of Zeugma in [the southeastern province of] Gaziantep might have been established by people who were trained here. Antiocheia mosaics are world famous." Source: Hurriyet Daily News