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What are the requirements on the jobs I created with my Greece-based company as a residency applicant?

If I establish an office of a foreign company in Greece, I understand that I have to employ at least 25 employees in order for the business to support my permanent residency application. What are the requirements on the employees in terms of nationality, residency status in Greece and the job nature (full-time, part-time, contractor, etc.)?


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  • Energopiisi SA Investment Consulting Services
    November 10, 2019

    According to Article 17 of Law 4251/2014 regarding the issue of special purpose, resident permits can be granted to third-country nationals who are board members, shareholders, managers, legal representatives and senior executives of domestic companies and of 1314 GOVERNMENT GAZETTE (SERIES A) subsidiaries and branches of foreign companies. The foreign companies must legally pursue commercial activities in Greece, which is proven with the procurement of a copy of the Government Gazette, or a copy of the company’s articles of association, or a copy of the decision made by their company’s competent body regarding their capacity as board members or managers or legal representatives or general managers or directors. The entry and residence of such third-country nationals who are to be active or employed in such capacity in domestic companies shall only be permitted only if the domestic company employs at least 25 employees. The above restriction does not apply to board members, shareholders, managers, legal representatives and senior executives, subsidiaries and branches of foreign companies, which operate legally in Greece. Since your company in Greece is a branch of a foreign company, there is no restriction for a minimum number of employees.

  • Stilianos Ch. Proestakis
    November 08, 2019

    Your employees need to have a social security number (AMKA) and to have a tax office number (AΦΜ) to be legitimate on your purpose.

  • Papalois & Associates Legal
    November 08, 2019

    They need to be Greek or EU citizens and there are no such provisions. Of course, they should not appear as fake ones.