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The Greece Golden Visa programme is one of the lowest-cost residency routes within the European Union (EU). This Greek investment visa is particularly appealing for those who wish to enjoy visa-free travel throughout the EU Schengen Area.

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It is also particularly attractive to families, with applications extending to dependants up to the age of 21, who can continue to be included in the programme up until the age of 24, and no minimum stay requirement.

What are the main Greece Golden Visa benefits?

With your Greek residency comes the reward of being able to travel visa-free through the 27 countries within the EU Schengen Area.

You can include a spouse or a partner in your application. Same-sex couples are welcome. You can add biological or adopted children up to the age of 21, living within the family home, to your application, and they can remain part of the programme until they reach 24. Parents and in-laws count as dependants too.

There is no need to reside in Greece. The only time you need to visit is for your biometrics submission.

Investing in Greek property not only delivers you a Greece Golden Visa. You can collect rent from any tenants you rent the property out to.

Who Can Get Greece Residency

  • Must provide evidence of the source of funds
  • Over 18 years old
  • Not an EU citizen
  • Proof of employment or income
  • Health insurance policyholder

  • Over 18 years old
  • Not an EU citizen
  • Covered by health insurance policy

  • At the time of application
  • Remain part of the programme until they reach 24

  • Of investor or spouse
  • Proof of kinship

Programme Requirements

To qualify for the Greece Golden Visa Programme, you must fulfil the following investment option AND other requirements:

Purchase Property

Purchase commercial or residential real estate on the Greek mainland or the islands. The value of the property must be at least €250,000. We can arrange for you to visit Greece to view properties.

Other Requirements and Benefits

As a Greek Golden Visa Programme applicant, you must:

Have medical insurance to cover your stay in Greece and share relevant certificates to show you share kinship with your dependents. Hold on to your property or real estate investment.

The permit is valid for five years and offers renewable permanent residency. Take advantage of access to Greece’s public education system.

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The RIF Trust team has global experts in over 20 countries. We can advise in 14 languages. Let us help you find the perfect investment migration solution.

The RIF Trust team has global experts in over 20 countries. We can advise in 14 languages. Let us help you find the perfect investment migration solution.

Application Process

  • Month 1

    Client onboarding process

    We commence our process with Form 1. This enables us to carry out the initial RIF Trust, part of Latitude Group, due diligence. Following the successful screening, we will provide you with a Client Agreement (CA) to review and sign.

    Upon receiving the signed agreement and retainer payment, our legal team will complete all necessary government forms and supporting documents. You will need to execute a sales and purchase agreement with the developer. We will liaise with the property developer and the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Migration and Asylum on your behalf.

  • Months 1-2

    Application review and submission

    Before submitting your documents, we comprehensively review your application to ensure your file complies with the Ministry of Migration and Asylum's requirements. Our legal team will complete its final checks before submitting the relevant forms.

    The Ministry will undertake its own due diligence and reviews all the paperwork. We will continue to work closely with them throughout the process to ensure your application is timely and efficiently processed. After applying, the Ministry of Migration and Asylum will issue a receipt that can serve as a temporary residence permit while awaiting the application decision.

  • Months 4-6

    Golden Visa issued

    The Ministry will assess your application, and upon approval, you must make all necessary contributions and pay any applicable government fees. We will then arrange for all relevant residence certificates to be sent out.

Frequently Asked Questions

Much of life as most of the world knows derives from Ancient Greece, which is the birthplace of democracy and Western philosophy. With your residency, you’ll gain access to the vibrant historical capital, Athens, and to thousands of sun-drenched Mediterranean Islands.

Greece is a democratic and developed country, with an advanced economy and a very high standard of living.

Athens provides Greek residents with access to both international business and travel opportunities. With the additional benefit of visa-free travel through the European Union (EU) Schengen Area, it’s an extremely popular option for entrepreneurs.

You can also extend the Golden Visa investment to include family members. This includes:
• A spouse or partner
• Children under the age of 21 at the time of application who remain valid until they reach 24
• Dependant parents of you or your spouse.

By including family members in your Greek Golden Visa application, you are allowing them access to visa-free travel within the EU Schengen Area.

The minimum investment required to gain Greek residency by investment is €250,000. This is made by purchasing real estate and must be held for the duration of the five-year residency.

You will receive a permanent residence permit that is valid for five years. Renew your residency indefinitely.

Yes. You can earn passive income by renting out your property short term or long term.

Yes. You will pay tax on the income you generate in Greece. This means you are taxed on your rental income. You will pay 15% tax on annual earnings up to €12,000, 35% from €12,001 to €35,000, and 45% over  €35,001.

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Our team operates in over 20 countries worldwide, securing second citizenship or residency in desirable locations and unlocking a brighter future.

  • 4-6 months application processing time
  • 27 schengen countries to explore
  • Low minimum presence required

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