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Residence permits for real estate owners in Greece - Who they apply to

01 Jan 2015

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A residence permit is any documentation issued by the Greek authorities, according to which a third country citizen is given the right to reside legally within Greek territory,in accordance with the provisions of the European Union (Regulation 1030/02 as applicable). Different categories of residence permits exist, as well as different types of permit within each category. Employment rights depend on the type of permit issued. Applications for the granting and renewal of residence permits are submitted directly to the municipality or the relevant authority of the Aliens and Immigration of the Decentralised Authority in the applicant’s place of residence, apart from certain specific types of residence permits for which applications are submitted to the Department for Migration Policy at the Ministry of the Interior.


Residence permits for real estate owners and who they apply to

A residence permit for real estate owners is a new type of residence permit, for third country citizens who have entered the country legally on any kind of visa (type D or C) or are legal residents in the country, even if the residence permit they hold does not allow for change of residence scope. Beneficiaries of the right of entry and residence, for a period of five years, are:

  • third country citizens who own real estate property in Greece, either personally or through a legal entity of which they own the total of the company shares, provided the minimum value of the property is €250.000
  • third country citizens who have signed a timeshare agreement (lease) – for a minimum of 10 years – for hotel accommodations or furnished tourist residences in integrated tourist resorts according to article 8, paragraph 2 of Law 4002/2011 (Government Gazette 180 A’), provided the minimum cost of the lease is €250.000
  • third country citizens who either reside legally, with a residence permit, in Greece,or wish to enter and reside in the country, and who have full ownership and possession of real estate property in Greece, which they have purchased before the enactment of law 4146/2013, provided that they had purchased the real estate property for a minimum of €250,000 or the current objective value of their real estate property is at a minimum of €250,000
  • third country citizens who fully and legally own real estate property in Greece,the minimum value of which is €250,000, and which they acquired through a donation or parental concession. The right to a residence permit in this case can only be exercised by the receiver of the donation or parental concession
  • third country citizens who purchase a plot of land or acreage and proceed to erecting a building, provided that the cumulative value of the land purchase andthe contract with the construction company is at minimum €250,000
  • third country citizens who have signed a ten-year timeshare agreement (lease),based on the provisions of Law 1652/1986. A time share lease, according to theprovisions of article 1 of law 1652/1986 is the commitment of the lessor to grant,each year, to the lessee, for the duration of the timeshare, the use of the touristaccommodation and to provide to them the relevant services for the determined period of time according to the contract, and the lessee must pay the agreed rent
  • family members of the third country citizens described above

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