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I got my residence card in Antalya last July valid till April 2021. I'm aware that the registered adress online is the one I submitted during my application. In the case when this winter season, I decide to change apartment, how does the process go? I assume this is a normal issue? What are the things I should take note of doing? 

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For changes of address in the same province it's pretty simple. You just need to report your change of address, in person, at the local office of the DGMM. You have 20 business days to do this.

I talked to one of the immigration officials in Antalya and he said the only thing they need is a utility bill. But just to be on the safe side, I would also take my rental contract and a regular copy of it (notarized copy not necessary).

You don't need an appointment. An immigration official will change your address in the national address registry.

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What you need is a taahhütname. In English it means "an undertaking." Your friend, and his spouse, if any, and/or anybody whose name is on the title deed or rental contract of the place you want to stay must go to a notary and have the taahhütname created. 

On the taahhütname they must say that they'll be responsible for making sure you either leave Turkey when the time comes or that you extend your residence permit, and that they'll be responsible for any debts you have if you leave Turkey without paying them.

The notary should know what you need and will probably have a template for one already.

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Hi Ken

Turns out I opt to stay to my current registered apartment and not change. 

When I got my new residence card last August in Antalya, I checked in my edevlet and it is correctly updated with my adress. 

However when I typed in my edevlet, "yerlesim yeri belgesi" it still indicated a document from my previous residence in my old ikamet. As you mentioned, after we get our new residence card this year 2020, we don't need to register it to nufus or Muhtarlik right? Because the goc can do it for us. Just to clarify just in case I need this yerlesim belgesi when I apply for a bank credit card or something

 

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That's strange. You're saying that when you go to e-Devlet.gov.tr, on the screen, it displays your correct address, but when you use the site to get a residential address document, it has your old address?

That sounds like a problem with the population directorate (nüfus). It makes no sense to me why one of them would be updated and not the other, so it may be a problem they're not aware of.

They have a helpline at 199, you can call them and ask them about it or let them know about the problem. They have an English language option.

Yes it's true, you don't have to go to the nüfus to update your address any more. I double-checked this personally with an immigration officer. But maybe something fell through the cracks somewhere...

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Yes Ken, in my edevlet system under GOC idaresi section it indicates and correctly states my current residence. But when I type nufus, and it downloads a pdf account of yerlesim yeri it's still the old one.

Anyway as long as it's not needed to personally update then it's not an issue I guess. But I might need this yerlesim document if I get a new bank account as a supporting document but I doubt that I'll need this document for now. 

 Keep me posted. Thanks Ken. 

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I'd still recommend you get this straightened out at the Nüfus. What I meant by not having to go to the Nüfus to change your address was that the immigration officers can do it at the DGMM office. But for some reason your address isn't updating properly.

The reason I think you should get this fixed is because of something that happened to me once. I got off a ferry coming from Greece and the border control officer said I needed to go to the police station immediately (the police were handling residence permits at that time).

Apparently a police officer had come to my registered address (I don't recall why) and I wasn't there, because I had moved to another province. I had reported my address change at the new province and did everything correctly, and when I went to the police station they admitted the problem was their fault because they didn't update my record.

But because of the mix-up, when the police officer found that I wasn't living at my registered address, it set off some alarm bells and they put some kind of alert out on me.

So just to be on the safe side, I'd recommend you go to the nüfus with your address printout showing the wrong address, and your rental contract showing the correct address, so they can make sure the correct information is in the system.

If you do that, would you mind asking them why this is occurring? This could be a problem others have, and I'd like to be able to assist them if it happens again.

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I went to nufus office. They checked in system. Turns out, a previous tenant of the apartment I'm staying in is still registered to the address. They told me thats why it is not updated in their nufus database. I told the house owner to contact the old tenant to update his residence for me to be able to register in my current address in system. 

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Thanks for the update on this. I haven't heard of this situation before. I'm still wondering how system could have your old address and new address at the same time. At least you were able to get it fixed.

I'll make a note of this, so if somebody else has the same problem I can at least tell them what might be causing it.

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The information I got from the immigration office is that you just need to take your rental contract and a regular copy of the contract to them, in person. They told me that it doesn't have to be a notarized copy. Hopefully that's how it will actually work when you do it. They also said they'd accept a utility bill with your name and address on it, but since you don't have any yet the rental contract should be okay. You can go without an appointment.

There's no need to go to the Citizenship and Population office (Nüfus). An officer at the immigration office will change your address in the system, and that will also change it in the Nüfus listing.

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We had a member previously who had a similar problem. It looks like, according to the population records, the previous occupant didn't report their change of address. So they're still listed as living in the place you moved to.

You'll need to go to your local Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü (Population and Citizenship Directorate). It is usually just called the Nüfus).

The Nüfus has a website where you can make an appointment:

https://randevu.nvi.gov.tr/

You can use the Google Chrome browser with the Google Translate application to read it in English. To learn how to install the Google Translate application, see:

Using the Google Chrome Browser with the Google Translate Extension

Try to make an appointment with your foreigner identification number. If you can't, it means they haven't updated the system yet to accept foreigner IDs. In that case, you'll need to go to the Nüfus in person.

You can find your local Nüfus using Google Maps. Just enter the name of your İlçe (district) and the word "nüfus," or "population directorate."

Go to the reception desk at the nüfus and let them know you're a foreigner, and they'll give you a number, then just wait until your number appears on the screen in the waiting area.

Then explain the situation to the person you have a meeting with and give them that paper which explains the problem. If you don't speak Turkish, you can use your mobile phone to call a Turkish friend to translate for you by passing the phone back and forth.

What I believe happens after that is that they contact the person who is incorrectly listed as living in your residence to have them update their address. Or they may be able to do it right there. After they update their records, you can change your address with the immigration office. It may be that after you change your address with the nüfus, changing it with the immigration office is unnecessary if you moved within the same province, but I'm not 100 percent sure of this so you should go there afterwards to make sure.

Take your rental contract or title deed, and a copy, with you. They might be able to make the change immediately based on that. And it may be that the previous occupant did change their address, but for some reason the system wasn't updated. They probably won't need the copy, but it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

If you go past 20 days, don't worry, because it's not your fault. Just explain the situation and you won't receive any penalty.

Good luck with this... I hope you have no problems.

Let me know how this turns out, okay? :)

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Hello

im so sooo tired but I’m think I finished all... It was like this, 

i go to Nufus (must have randevu), and change 3-4 desks at the end they say my flat not existing. It’s not No6 it can only be no4. Then I call owner of flat he say yes it’s No4 he wrong write in contract but this women don’t want accept and send me to Muratpasa Belediyesi. There ask me for Tapu, then again call owner to send me and and and at the end they give me one paper where wrote new number of flat. With that paper again back to Nufus. 1-2-3 desk no one know English or another language, just turskish . after all one guy take my papers and change adress. He say that’s it, that I don’t need to go back to Ic goc idaresi. Is that true? Should I go again there? I check e-Devlet, new adress is in.. 

 

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