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As a Golden Visa holder, how can I expedite an application for Greek citizenship?

About three years ago, I bought a home in Corinth and obtained my Greek Golden Visa. I am looking to relocate to this country permanently but don’t want to wait all the years required for Greek citizenship. What are the quicker routes to citizenship that may be open for me to do so?

  • Energopiisi SA Investment Consulting Services
    August 04, 2019

    According to the decision of the Minister of Interior no. 130181/6353/27.3.2018, published in the Government Gazette 1208/Β/2.4.2018, the residence permits of real estate owners and permanent resident permit for investors have been added to the categories of residence permits that are eligible for the submission of an application for the acquisition of Greek citizenship. In this case, the applicants must fulfill all the preconditions of the Greek citizenship code applied for the acquisition of Greek citizenship by naturalization. Regarding the acquisition of Greek citizenship, please be advised about the related provisions of the law in force. For the foreigner who wishes to acquire Greek citizenship by naturalization, he or she is required to: be an adult at the time of the application for naturalization; be able to prove seven years of permanent and legal residency in Greece, with a minimum 183 days per year; not be convicted of sentences for more than six months, for certain types of crimes, or for more than one year for crimes that have been committed intentionally; keep a permanent resident permit of the types that are recognized by the law. On occasion of this communication, I would like to inform that, according to a recent legal amendment, the permanent resident permit of a landlord or a permanent investor resident permit, as yours, were included as final titles and acceptable for naturalization of foreigners. So you could proceed to the related procedure after seven years under the related terms and conditions above. It’s better to consult a lawyer about this perspective to advise you accordingly about the related details.

  • Stilianos Ch. Proestakis
    July 30, 2019

    In two years, renew your Greek Golden Visa for five more years. In four years, apply for Greek citizenship. In the meantime, learn some Greek.