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Hello everyone!

 

I filed a 2 month vacation leave from my job to visit my fiance in Istanbul effective 15February-15April. I am ready to go to the Turkish embassy in Manila, Philippines to apply for the visa but before I do, I need to know how much do I need in my bank account to ensure that the consul wouldn't have any reason not to approve my visa?

 

Is my leave duration equaled to how much should I have in my bank account? For example, the shorter I stay in Istanbul the lesser the amount I need to have in my bank account? Although my fiance will fully support me for the duration of my visit, one of the requirements is to have a certification from the bank and a passbook.

 

 

I really appreciate all the help.

 

 

Sincerely,

Arlene

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You should probably ask at the Turkish consulate about this.

 

Citizens of the US, UK and European countries can get a visa online at www.evisa.gov.tr. But that site is also good for info about visas for citizens of other countries. Just go to that website and go through the process for the Philippines and you will see what I mean.

 

I went to evisa.com.tr and applied as if I was from the Philippines.  It immediately said this:

 

 

 

Unfortunately, the nationals of the country that you chose are not eligible for e-Visa. You are kindly invited to visit the nearest Turkish missions to make visa application. Visit http://www.konsolosluk.gov.trfor the full list of the Turkish Embassies and Consulates.

 

 

So there are different rules for citizens in the Philippines and you need to report to a Turkish Consulate or embassy and appl y for aviza. I wish I could be more help...

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Thank you, those are the first thing that I did.

 

I have all the requirements prepared including those from my fiance. I just wanted to have a general idea so that I'll know if what I have in the bank is enough or if I need to add more. 

 

 

I'll call the embassy monday morning.

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Hi Viparlene,From my experience as a non Turkish citizen living abroad, The Turkish consulate/embassy: visa officer would be more interested to see the following documents in order- attached with your visa application form if this is a tourist visa.a- Return air ticket copy.b- Bank Statement for past 6 months. (showing sufficient balance showing monthly pay Chq equal to at least $500 per month).c- Your sponsor/invitation letter by your fiancé.d- your other documents required as stated in the visa form.Good Luck,Raj

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Hi again. I had a very challenging time getting my visa approved. I submitted all the required documents in the visa form. My visa was denied in Jan 24 for unknown reasons. I was very upset because I thought I won't have any problems. I have enough funds in my bank account, I have a high paying job, my tax form indicated that as well as my Certificate of Employment, I even printed my payslip from the last 2 months as additional proof that I will go back home after my visit. I already booked a round trip ticket, had to travel 8 hours just to go to Turkish embassy in Manila and I didn't get any answers from the personnel. I called my fiance, who is a pilot and retired air force colonel. Obviously he is very angry and also want to have information to fix the problem so he called the embassy, explained the situation in a calm and professional manner and was rudely answered by the same personnel I spoke with! 

 

He talked to his friend who is currently working in Foreign Affairs. He called Manila Turkish embassy, was lied to and said I didn't have any documents when I applied. Its good that every documents that I passed, I had the interviewer signed a receiving copy. My fiance informed him and sent all the signed documents that I submitted. Then, embassy told his friend that I don't have enough funds, no proof at all etc. He was very livid, he looked at my documents and when he saw my bank certification, he knows that its more than enough,  and that I should be issued a visa. He asked me to go back on 1/27. So I did.  I gave another set of copy of my documents(I don't know why they asked me again). This time, they gave me a release slip 2/3 and I paid Php2600. I was ecstatic!

 

I went back again, Monday, February 3, arrived at the embassy early so that I can go back home asap as I have shift at work that night. I was the first who ave my release slip to the personnel I had given my documents before. I waited and waited, others got theirs but not me. So I asked her, she said the consul will process my visa. So I told her, why just now? Why was it not process before I came here? Again, I didn't get any explanation. She just said that I need to wait. I waited from 10am to 5:30pm to be interviewed. Unfortunately, there was a change of ambassador that day so all day they were in a meeting. The consul I spoke with said he didn't know why I was given a release date because he didn't see my application. I explained my situation and my expectation to him. He has all the 2 sets of my documents in front of him, I discussed and explained every documents as well as showing him my employee id as well as my other bank accounts. He said the reason why they were strict because they don't want to give me incorrect visa, so I told him straight that if you're thinking I will go to your country to work and not visit, you thought wrong. I told him I intend to go back home, I will just visit my fiance. You saw my documents, my salary, it may be low compared to Turkish salary but my fiance said its more than the average income of Turkish. And its more than enough here in the Philippines. Why should I work there when I have a high paying job, work is good and I managed people at work. I said I will have unexcused absence from work because of this. I asked when will I know the result. He did not give me concrete answer if I will ever get the visa but just said will review my files, and someone from the personnel will call me between 5-6 days.

 

I told my fiance I will go back home, he told me to stay at a hotel for the night, he called his friend again who promised I will get my visa next day. His friend called embassy first thing in the morning, spoke to the consul who interviewed me, and was told my visa is ready.  I was hesitant to go because of my bad experience with the embassy but I tried again, and I got itPosted ImageMy flight will be this Thursday, Feb 13 and will arrive in Istanbul Friday.

 

My visa is just 15 days but we will file for an extension next week, Monday. Any information regarding extension process is very much appreciated. And we are also planning to marry in Turkey soon.

 

Relieved,

Arlene

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Wow. I haven't heard a story that bad before. I'm sorry you had to go through that but happy to know you finally got your visa! Posted Image  Unfortunately I have no idea how the extension process would go for a Filipina, but it sounds like your finance has connections that can get things straightened out. If you have the right connections in Turkey, you can make a lot of things happen.

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Hello.. Im actually new here and Im also planning to go to Istanbul.But my friend in Turkey had this problem, the invitation letter was obviously in english coz this is what the Turkish embassy accepts but when he brought it to the notary public, the officer refused to notarized coz they want the invitation letter in turkish language? Does the invitation letter needs to be in Turkish language?

I would love to ask for the help of "VIParlene" if its possible to talk with you through private message.  I would just ask few important things coz me and my boyfriend in Istanbul are both struggling with our documents too. Thank you and I would love to hear response from you.

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Does the invitation letter needs to be in Turkish language?

 

I have never heard of an invitation letter for a visa, if the invitation letter was sent by the Turkish government, why would you have to have it notarized? Anyway if you do have to have it notarized, the notary probably knows of an official translator who can translate it for you. The embassy should have both translators and notaries, or a list of those which are nearby.

 

What is your home country? Rules vary according to country.

 

Unless Viparlene follows this forum, she will be unaware of your post here. I would suggest that you send her a private message.

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Hi yasi, I'm so sorry for the late reply. I've been busy at work since I was gone for 2 months so i didn't had the time to login here. I guess you're from the Philippines as well. Invitation letter should be both in Turkish and English texts. My fiance had to go to a licensed translator first for the english text before going to the notary public. Don't give up, everything has a solution. Better yet, your bf can come to the Philippines then you and him can go to the Turkish embassy for faster visa processing :)@Ken, Turkish embassy in Manila is very strict about issuing tourist visas to Filipinos. They may have their own reasons but at the end of the day, it really sucks. Pardon my language.

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Hi. I might have replied too late but I think I can offer an alternative. 

 

As you know, some countries are allowed to apply an e-visa, some countries are allowed under certain conditions while others are not. I don't know which category your country falls into. If your country falls into the second category, ie., e-visa under certain conditions, it means if you are holding a valid visa from any member country of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development or if you are holding a valid Schengen visa, you can directly apply online for e-visa. My friends from China always come to Turkey for tourism in this way: first they apply a tourist visa to South Korea (a member of OECD), which is easy to obtain and has very little limitations. Then they start the application online for an e-visa. They have to take the e-visa print-out and South Korean visa together when they pass the border control. It may sound more complicated but it actually saves a lot of time and efforts according to my friends. Maybe it's because South Korea has less restrictions to Chinese residents. It may not apply to all but you can explore a little bit in this regards. 

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Hi I need help as well..my fiancee is rushing me to go to turkey and I have no idea what documents I should present and how much money I need to have in my bank account..can someone please provide me the needed documents and what not..thanks and I appreciate your assistance

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If you're just coming for a visit, you just need a passport with an expiration at least 60 days beyond your intended stay. And you need a visa to enter Turkey. You don't need to have any money in the bank if you're just visiting for 90 days or less. You can get a visa online. See this:

Turkey E-visa

If you want to stay longer than 90 days you will need a short-term residence permit, which can be issued for up to one year. You will need to have a registered address, and health insurance, and you will need to have money in the bank to show that you can support yourself. See this:

Turkey Residence Permit

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