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If I am denied a normal Schengen tourist visa, can I still participate in Greece’s Golden Visa program?

I applied for a tourist visa with the intent of looking at Greek properties but was denied. I am unclear of the reasons why, but I am now wondering if I can still participate in the Golden Visa program. Theoretically, can I buy the property through a representative from my home country, get approved and enter the country this way? Is this advisable? Why or why not?

  • Dimitra Mella & Partners
    February 26, 2019

    Your legal entrance to Greece with the relevant valid entry visa is a prerequisite in order to apply for the Greek Golden Visa.

  • Energopiisi SA Investment Consulting Services
    February 15, 2019

    According to Greek immigration law, the interested third-country citizen who proceeds with the Golden Visa program must first submit an application for an entry visa to the Greek consulate authority in his country of origin. This visa could be a tourist visa type C. The legal entry in Greece is an obligatory prerequisite in order to proceed with the necessary steps of implementation of the property purchase and resident permit application. Some of the requested actions for the procedure need your physical presence in Greece. It is not advisable to buy a property through a representative as you propose, since this will cause you problems for your Golden Visa procedure. It’s better to ask the Greek embassy to inform you about the reasons that your application was not approved and if that could be fixed.

  • Aggeliki G. Androutsou
    February 15, 2019

    The law is to enter Greece with a visa by the Greek embassy. A delegation of visas may be purchased by a Greek delegate, and the Greek embassy will issue a visa with all the documents. If it is allowed, which embassy has refused the visas?

  • Papalois & Associates Legal
    February 15, 2019

    Yes, you can buy a property through a representative and get the Golden Visa.