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Turkey Visas & Residency

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Postby Renata » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:42 am

swedpdlr here's the Turkish Immigration Helpdesk for foreigners- 02125728677.
They speak english, but some advisers are better than others so you might have to call several times until you get someon with 10/10 english.

I'm done with Turkey it's been a interesting rollercoaster but time well spent. I'm looking for a new location in Europe but I'm so undecided.
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Postby Billy » Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:06 pm

hi renata, i would prefer south european countries because of the weather... you could make short steps beginning with for example cyrus (greek part)....and work your way north though it would take much time...:)
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Postby Renata » Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:07 pm

hey billy, how's life in turkey are you still here? what's going on with you?
I took a job in Hatay, and there was a clash between 2 groups details are sketchy ... but my housing complex was the epicenter for all the rioting & I had soldiers running past my balcony there was an explosion of some sort .. I flew back to antalya so quick lol .. I'm in izmir now.
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Postby Billy » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:16 am

renata, damn that´s terrible....glad you´re well. :)

yes the east is really tough. - i am still in ankara. it´s good as i don´t have to pay rent. i don´t work so basically i am on retirement mode. maybe next year i will check the coastal region though ankara ist not that bad. the weather is quite ok. i don´t know if i can stand the hot humid weather at the coast. we´ll see. - note to ankara: it´s rated as the best city in turkey. -

so your adventures will gon on... :)
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Postby Renata » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:13 pm

sounds great Billy ... that's the life :wink:

I was in ankara for 2 days in august the school sent us for training ... I was very impressed with the infrastructure and how clean' it was.
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Postby swedpdlr » Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:09 am

As for Turkey visa, I travelled to Philippines, went to embassy with girlfriend, asked politely how to do 'next time'. If not possible to bring her to Turkey, I would seriously consider selling my condo and move elsewhere. The embassy official consulted the Visa consul, five minutes later he joined the discussion, and said "we have reconsidered your case, she will get her tourist visa for 21 days" (maximum limit now). "Please apply for Blue book residence permit when inside Turkey, also get married, then your problems are gone for ever", that's what happened. And within soon we fly to Alanya. W/o my coming here in Manila and bring the case to higher level, it would have been lost case. Women from '3rd world' countries are not welcome, but for DH jobs, not available in Turkey, but in far east.
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Postby Renata » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:09 pm

That's the best way. When you do apply for the blue Residecy book, she will get either 3 months or 1 year, & have to renew everytime it expires, until married. She'll need to show a bank balance in order to get the residency renewed. The funny thing with immigration here they'll never ask for or do a CRB check / Criminal records on a person but if your bank balance is fat; welcome aboard.

swedpdlr I'm from a so called 3rd world country :? as well.
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Postby swedpdlr » Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:51 pm

Renata wrote:That's the best way. When you do apply for the blue Residecy book, she will get either 3 months or 1 year, & have to renew everytime it expires, until married. She'll need to show a bank balance in order to get the residency renewed. The funny thing with immigration here they'll never ask for or do a CRB check / Criminal records on a person but if your bank balance is fat; welcome aboard.

swedpdlr I'm from a so called 3rd world country :? as well.


Visa consul in Turkey/Manila embassy, said that 6 or even 9 months, at first application for Blue book. I know it has to be renewed, I'm in same position, even if I easily get maximum months, from years back. I also learned, as you say, that the key is a fat bank account, I will open an AkBank account for her, my turkish bank since years back. Funny rules, get an account loaded, print out a receipt, and then you're in drivers seat. Next day you transfer money back where they belong, nobody asks. We will be in Turkey from mid March, also getting married, to avoid future night mares as we expererienced last year.
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Postby Billy » Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:06 pm

swed, so you are coming back to turkey. i like how you change continents like it´s nothing.lol.

renata, is t.a.t. really a third world coutry?
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Postby Renata » Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:09 am

so they' say billy but we live better than most of the world
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Postby swedpdlr » Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:12 am

One thing is for sure, MONEY talks. A common filipina w/o money assets is helpless and no chance for entrance to Turkey. I went to Manila and Turkey embassy, I was respected as a foreign westerner, and after talking to the Visa manager about me and my girlfriends situation, he spoke internally with next highest ranked officer in embassy, and they reconsidered. She got her Visa, now in Turkey with me. There are differences between people, no doubt. Thirld world women are low ranked, and only wealthy westerners with fat bank accounts and property owners as well, can count on beeing treated positively. That I learned the hard way.

As for Sweden, my native country, that's another story. You only have to convince immigration authorities that you are in a serious relationship, when done, you fiance gets one year residence permittance, if you stay together in same apartment. Then another year also, if still together as a couple. The third time they ask, they give the woman life time permittance, provided you're still a couple. I think Sweden has the most generous and humane attitude of all countries, I never discovered any other country having similar attitude to couples wanting to join and share life, beeing from different culture and countries.
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