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What does an “independent residence permit” mean for the dependent children over 21 years old?

I learned that once a dependent child of a Greek Golden Visa holder reaches 21 years old, he or she will be granted a different kind of residency permit. How is this permit different from the permits other dependents hold? Is the transfer done automatically or do we have to file another application?

  • Energopiisi SA Investment Consulting Services
    August 12, 2018

    Persons admitted for the purpose of family reunification, as in your case, are entitled, upon their request and with the required supporting documents, to obtain an autonomous residency permit in Greece in the following cases. First is five years from the granting of the initial residency permit for family reunification, if no residency permit has been granted for one of the other grounds of the code. Second is adulthood. Each member of the family applies, in accordance with the provisions of Article 8, for an autonomous residency permit, provided that he fulfills one of the above conditions together with the required supporting documents. For adult children, an autonomous residency permit shall be three years and shall not exceed the age of 21. This residence permit is renewed for an additional three-year period with the sole obligation to provide the previous autonomous residency permit.

  • Dafni Siopi & Associates Law Firm
    August 16, 2018

    Once the dependent child reaches the age of 21, he/she must apply for the independent resident permit which has duration until the age of 24. There is no difference between this resident permit and the resident permit the other family members hold. The transfer is not done automatically and the child has to apply to the competent authority.