Immigration Law

 - Greek Citizenship/Greek Nationality: Under Greek Law, the terms Greek Citizenship and Greek Nationality are identical in terms of the process required to become a Greek citizen. The process of acquiring Greek nationality is very bureaucratic, as it requires filing a petition and a number of supporting documents and representation before various Greek Authorities. If one document is incomplete, it can cause serious delays in the processing of your application for Greek nationality (in some instances, your case may be pending indefinitely due to one clerical error that no one will notify you about). It is, therefore, crucial that you retain an immigration lawyer in Greece to handle your application. Greek Law provides for five routes to acquiring Greek nationality:

  • Acquisition of Greek Nationality by birth to a Greek parent (Art. 1 par. 1 Law 3284/2004);
  • Acquisition of Greek Nationality by legal declaration of recognition, by the Greek father, of his biological child born out of wedlock (Art. 2 Law 3284/2004);
  • By naturalization (this refers to foreign Nationals who have continuously and lawfully resided in Greece for a minimum of 7 years);
  • By a declaration from a child born before May 8, 1984 to a Greek mother or by a child that was born to a Greek father before Law 1250/1982 came into effect; or
  • By adoption (applicable only for minors).
      Acquiring Greek Nationality will allow you, among other things, to obtain a Greek passport. An obligation to serve in the Greek military may exist for men who acquire Greek Citizenship, in the event that they intend to reside within Greece for more than 6 consecutive months.
      Our team of immigration lawyers in Greece can assist by evaluating your file, helping you collect all required documentation and filing it before the competent Greek Authorities on your behalf. We will monitor your case closely and ensure it is being processed, without a need for you to be present. You will only need to travel to Greece to collect your Greek Passport.
- Greek residence permits through investment in real estate in Greece:  Law 4146/2013 was recently passed, regulating, among other things, the acquisition of a Greek residence permit by foreign nationals who own or are about to invest in real estate in Greece. If you are interested in living in Greece and already own real estate or have sufficient funds to invest in real estate in Greece, we will be able to assist you by handling all necessary procedures on your behalf and offering you guidance in carefully planning and implementing your investment.
 -Residence permit for the parent of a Greek child: if you have a minor child that has Greek citizenship, you are entitled to a residence permit in Greece. Please contact our office to find out more.

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