Greece Immigration Law

Greece Immigration Law: Options and Services

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Compared to other European countries and the United States, Greece has a relatively lenient immigration policy, and the application procedures are generally straightforward. This is why many individuals choose Greece as a gateway to the EU. Before delving into the various pathways to acquiring permanent resident status in Greece and showcasing the benefits of professional immigration services, let’s first examine some key statistics.

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Migration Statistics

Based on recent surveys, foreigners make up more than 7% of the Greek population, comprising around 11% of the national employment market and contributing a quarter of the total income tax revenue. These statistics indicate that many immigrants in Greece choose employment as a legal pathway to permanent residency, shedding light on the Greek government’s efforts to attract more individuals from abroad.

Among the various legal routes, immigrants from the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and notably Albanians, who constitute more than half of the entire foreign labor force in Greece, seem to favor employment. Alternatively, investing in the Greek economy, particularly the real estate sector, has gained popularity among many nationalities and primarily Turkish, Russian, and Chinese applicants, as well as expatriates from Western countries.

Legal Immigration Options

Obtaining legal advice tailored to your specific circumstances is highly recommended. In this section, we will briefly discuss the most common and straightforward options. However, we will first address the least convenient and effective path, debunking any misconceptions, and subsequently removing it from consideration.

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Political Asylum

Greece has made significant efforts to assist refugees, earning a special award from the UNHCR. However, the generosity of their hospitality has been exploited in recent times. As a result, the implementation of the corresponding immigration policy has become increasingly complex and challenging.

It’s important to note that having refugee status in Greece does not automatically grant access to public support or free medical services in Greece or any other EU member state. Additionally, obtaining a visa requires demonstrating sufficient funds to support oneself throughout its duration and the commitment to return to the home country upon its expiry.

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By Investment

This option is undoubtedly the most straightforward: simply acquire a private property for €250,000, and consider yourself settled in a maximum of three months. The Program is know as the Greece Golden Visa and it is one of the best and most generous Golden Visas available today. Moreover, you can apply for citizenship in as little as seven years. The required documentation is minimal, and the application process itself is quick and effortless.

It’s worth noting that your Golden visa extends to your family as well, allowing them to stay in Europe even in your absence. Plus, you’ll only need to spend one day per year in Greece.

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By Descent and Family Reunion

If any of your direct ancestors, going back to your great-great-grandparents, were Greek citizens, or if you were born in Greece, you have the opportunity to apply for citizenship by descent. However, it’s important to note that the eligibility criteria can be quite complex and it’s highly recommended to seek the guidance of an expert to navigate through them. Nevertheless, if you do meet the necessary conditions, the application process can be straightforward and efficient.

Please note that if the ancestor in question is beyond the third generation, the option of citizenship by descent becomes significantly more challenging. Additionally, having close relatives or family members in Greece may also make you eligible for permanent residency and, in certain cases, citizenship.

By Employment

This option is particularly suitable if you can demonstrate exceptional professional experience and skills in specific fields. To determine the currently required professions, you can consult your legal representative or visit the official website of the Immigration Department (available in Greek only).

Important Note: You will need to submit your qualifications, translated into Greek and notarized, for inspection and approval by the relevant government departments and professional licensing authorities.

Alternatively, you have the option to apply for the status of remote worker or self-employed, which significantly increases your chances and simplifies the legalization process. For this purpose, you need to provide confirmation of a monthly income of €3,500 for yourself, €700 for an unemployed spouse, and €525 per child. Additionally, you must agree not to seek employment in Greece.

Immigration Services

Outsourcing your immigration process to a legal agent can greatly facilitate the journey while saving you time and money. They provide professional support and guidance from the initial consideration of your circumstances all the way to the eventual registration procedures with the Greek Home Affairs department.

Immigration services offer comprehensive assistance, including:

  • Determining the most suitable legalisation route for your case
  • Collecting, translating, notarising, and submitting all necessary documents
  • Preparing you for standard naturalisation procedures and accompanying you to government departments
  • Assisting with property selection and completing required property transfer and registration procedures in the case of immigration by investment.

By entrusting your immigration process to a legal agent, you can navigate the complexities with ease and confidence.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right migration option can be a challenging task, especially when considering the language barrier with government officials who predominantly speak Greek. To navigate this complex process successfully, we highly recommend seeking professional immigration services. They will provide comprehensive assistance, guiding you from the initial steps all the way to the final oath of allegiance.

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