RESIDENCE PERMITS in GREECE
We provide legal advice to third-country nationals in relation to the requirements by Law for each type of Residence Permit.
Types of residence permits:
Residence Permits for Employment: Dependent Employment or provision of services or work, Seasonal Employment, Corporate Executives, Temporary Travel for the provision of services, Athletes-Coaches, Members of Artistic groups, Intellectual Creators, Members of schools of archeology
Residence Permits for Independent Economic Activity: Independent Economic Activity, Development of Investment Activity
Residence Permit for Financially Independent Persons (FIP program)
Residence Permit for Special Reasons: Studies, Vocational training, Scholars-Special programs, Foreign Press Correspondents, Researchers
Residence Permit for Exceptional Reasons: Humanitarian Reasons, Public Interest, Trafficking Victims
Residence Permit for Family Reunification: Family members of a third-country national, Autonomous Residence Permit for the Family members of a third-country national, Family members of a Greek or EU citizen
Long-term Resident Permit: Residence Permit by Investment
Unfixed-term Residence Permit
General conditions in order to have the right of residence in Greece:
a) They must possess a current passport or other travel document recognized by international conventions or a visa
b) They must pose no threat to public order and security for the protection of national security
c) They shall not pose threats to public health. The only conditions that may justify the refusal of entry or of the right of residence are those provided for by the World Health Organization, as well as other infectious, contagious or parasitic diseases that dictate the taking of measures for the protection of public health. The ascertainment, after the issuance of the initial residence permit, that the holder suffers from a disease contracted after his entry in the country shall not constitute grounds for the non-renewal of his residence permit or his removal from the territory of the country
d) They must hold full health insurance for all risks covered for native Greeks
Note: Each residence permit shall state whether the holder is entitled to have access to the labor market and is subject to any special arrangements.
Naturalization is the official administrative act, by which a country confers the status of the citizen to someone who until then was a citizen of another country. When the naturalization process is successfully completed, the person is provided with an identification card, passport and other necessary public documents and as a result she/heobtains legally the rights of the country’s citizens, she/he has thesame rights and obligations as the country’s citizens.
Indicatively, citizenship is granted for the following reasons:
1. Foreigners who have completed seven years of legal residency in Cyprus or Greece before the application’s submission date, under the condition that the applicant during the last period of twelve months preceding the application’s submission date was residing continuously and legally in the Republic.
2. Applicants who follow the Investment Program that enables eligible applicants to obtain citizenship in six months through property investment. It is a direct citizenship program offering such a simple way of obtaining dual citizenship without residency requirements, with an investment minimum of €2,200,000. Cyprus and Greek citizenship grants applicants and their families visa-free access to EU and Schengen Area.
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