Turkey has plenty of beauty to offer for anyone planning to reside in the country. Even though it sounds great to imagine living abroad, there are lots of things to consider before moving to a country you know nothing about or have limited information. Every decision should be personal and not an obligation.
There are serious things to consider. For example, the lifestyle of the country may not lure you once you move to that country. It's vital to take a moment and think carefully about every aspect of your decision. Once you make your move, there is no turning, For instance, its state-of-the-art infrastructure, the straightforward procedure of getting residence and work permit, and low cost of living.
Additionally, with their TL currency rate and the benefits of acquiring Turkish citizenship buy an investment, you won’t regret moving from the United Kingdom to Turkey. Here are some of the things to consider before moving to Turkey.
The Cost of Living
Rent covers most of your expenses in Turkey. The average cost of rent in Istanbul varies between 1500 TL to 4500 TL when it is around 500 TL to 700TL on the Aegean coast. The Eastern part of the country is also similar to the cost of the Aegean part. However, there are big cities like Diyarbakir, Adana, Konya, Trabzon, Sivas in Turkey, and rent prices can be higher in these cities.
If you own a property then your expenses shift to some taxes instead of rent money. These are apartment maintenance fees, house insurance, council, and rubbish tax. The apartment maintenance fee is only if you have a flat in a residency site or an apartment. It can change according to the complex's area and quality. Some of the residences have security guards, big gardens, markets, gyms, shops, and so on, so these will be extra on the expenses. However, the cost of this fee varies between 50 TL to 400 TL. Property insurance of a house with two bedrooms approximately 200 TL annually and the council and garbage tax is 150 TL annually.
Permits in Turkey
If you plan to live in Turkey, you will have to get a residence permit, and if you want to work, you will have to get both a work permit and residence permits in Turkey. You can apply for these work and resident permits at the nearest Turkish consulate in your country or a Turkish embassy. Try to read various guest posts to get the information you need since you will come across useful links.
People who live in Turkey permanently or more than 6 months per year are considered residents. They are subject to tax on their worldwide income, while non-residents (less than 6 months stay per year) pay taxes on their income earned in Turkey.
Permanent residents are still the citizen of another country. So every time they travel outside of Turkey, they must carry the passport of that country with them, as well as their Turkish permit. Both versions of Permit holders can still benefit from Turkey’s Universal Health Care systems.
Residence permit applications are done only directly through the Directorate General of Migration Management's local offices or their online system. For the first applications and applications for transfer, candidates need to fill the online form and get an appointment from the nearest office through the “Central Appointment System”.
Exchange Rate of the Turkish Lira
The price of Turkish Lira has considerable value for western foreigners. Last year, properties and home sales went up in Turkey because of the fall of the Turkish currency rate and the sales to foreign citizens increased by 78%. The majority of the home buyers who intend to relocate to Turkey are from the Middle East and Europe. The Turkish Lira rate attracts business owners from neighboring countries and other countries such as Russia, Netherlands, Dominican Republic, UK, and Spain. Additionally, Turkey provides Turkish nationality to non-nationals and their families with a $250.000 investment.
Turkey offers various alternatives to non-nationals who intend to make an investment and live in the county. Our guides and real estate agents can help you to choose the most lucrative place to stay and set up a business or invest in real estate. The most famous place to reside in Turkey for non-nationals includes Istanbul in Marmara, Aegean and Mediterranean coastal cities for their historical importance as well as the wonderful weather. Even though many business owners love to invest and live in Istanbul, non-nationals who intend to live and make property investment in many peaceful towns like Didim, Fethiye, Bodrum, and Marmaris. Additionally, many people have bought properties in Bodrum. When a foreigner buys properties, the chances of being a Turkish citizen increases.
Taking advantage of the laid back, comfortable lifestyle and experience 4 seasons in a year may sound enticing but it's not easy to learn about a new culture and a new language.
Most people in Turkey accepted Islam as their religion. Religion, of course just like the rest of the world, affects everyday life and the country's culture. There are two important religious holidays in Turkey. First is called Ramazan Bayrami, it's a holiday that lasts three days, sweets are eaten to celebrate the end of the fast of Ramadan month. Also known as ''Şeker Bayramı” since it's customary to offer sweets to visitors. Little kids will often run door to door to collect as many candies as possible.
The other holiday is called Kurban Bayramı (Sacrifice Holiday) it is a four-day festival when sacrificial sheep or cows are slaughtered and their meat distributed to the poor, as well as friends and family in communities.
Making sure you know a few Turkish words before your move can be beneficial to you. Without undertaking an appropriate Turkish course, learning this foreign language might be hard. However, make sure you learn a couple of essential words that will be helpful when you get to Turkey. So, the language barrier won't be a problem.
Since you’ve decided to learn Turkish, don’t shy off from exposing yourself when you get there. You can and should try to interact with neighbors, store owners, and make friends in the immigrant community. Turkish individuals are welcoming and known for being friendly with their neighbors. Everyone is aware that you as a foreigner, and perhaps a future Turkish citizen, are important to the society. You will realize your Turkish colleagues have extensive knowledge of hidden gems around your town. The quirky bars and cafes and remarkable destinations to visit that you can’t find in guidebooks
As it's a very serious and crucial decision that might change all your future, some criteria should be thought carefully while evaluating the pros and cons of this subject. So one of the most important things to think about is the educational system in the country you are planning to settle down in, especially if you have children and you care about their future.
The educational system in Turkey is administrated by the Ministry of National Education (Milli Eğitim Bakanlığı, MEB). According to the constitution of the country, everyone has the right to education which is obligatory from kindergarten to high school.
International students willing to continue their higher education in Turkey must have a secondary education equivalent to the Turkish secondary education system and are allowed to enter Turkish higher education institutions through ALES and SAT exams. They also have to sit for the Turkish language test provided by Tomer, the language studies center of Ankara's University except for students who have finished their secondary education in Turkish high schools or studied in Universities with Turkish programs.
International students must also apply for a student visa in the nearest Turkish council or Embassy presenting the following documents:
Application form Acceptance letter in one of the Turkish higher education institutions A valid passport and a photo Procedure fees.
Give it time
The first year of moving to Turkey can be hard. You may wonder why you relocated in the first place as you will feel homesick and sad all the time. Feeling lonely is normal as everyone will experience the same because you will be dealing with a foreign culture, new foods, weather, and tricky system of government as you meet with new people. Produce duplicates of all your essential paperwork like marriage certificate, birth certificate, passport, medical records, and driving licenses. Luckily, the food is great and diverse. If you like meat, you're in heaven and if you don't you can always count on sweets or vegetable dishes. But you should try Kebab, Lahmacun, and Iskender at least once.