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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 also particularly appealing if you wish to enjoy visa-free travel throughout the EU Schengen Area.

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Furthermore, the Greece Golden Visa is a family-friendly programme. As well as you and your spouse, applications can extend to dependants up to the age of 21. Moreover, they can continue to benefit from the programme up until the age of 24. Plus, there is 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 29 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. For example, 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 also collect rent from any tenants you rent the property out to.

Who Can Get Greece Residency by Investment

  • Firstly, must provide evidence of the source of funds
  • Secondly, has to be over 18 years old
  • Thirdly, has not criminal record
  • Also, cannot be an EU citizen
  • Lastly, has to be a health insurance policyholder

  • First, over 18 years old
  • Second, has no criminal record
  • Not an EU citizen either
  • Finally, covered by health insurance policy

  • At the time of application
  • Has no criminal record if aged over 14
  • Remain part of the programme until they reach 24

  • Of either investor or spouse
  • Proof of kinship for either

Programme Requirements

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

Purchase Property

Purchase commercial or residential real estate on the Greek mainland or, if you prefer, the islands. The value of the property must be at least €250,000. We can, if needed, arrange for you to visit Greece to view properties and set up a Greek bank account.

Other Requirements and Benefits

As a Greek Golden Visa Programme applicant, you must have medical insurance to cover your stay in Greece and also produce relevant certificates to show you share kinship with your dependents. In addition, you must hold on to your property or real estate investment.

The permit is valid for five years and offers renewable permanent residency as well. Plus, you can 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, appropriately enough, with Form 1. After this is filled in, this enables us to carry out the initial RIF Trust due diligence. Following the successful screening, we will then provide you with a Client Agreement (CA). Before we can proceed any further, you will need to review and sign this.

    Upon receiving the signed agreement and retainer payment, our legal team will next complete all necessary government forms. In addition, they will prioritize supporting documents. You will also need to execute a sales and purchase agreement with the developer. However, we will liaise with the real estate property developer and the Hellenic Republic Ministry of Migration and Asylum, the relevant Greek Government body, on your behalf.

  • Months 1-2

    Application review and submission

    Before submitting your documents, we first comprehensively review your application to ensure your file complies with the Ministry of Migration and Asylum's requirements. Our case processing team will then complete its final checks, including confirming that you have met the investment threshold, before submitting the relevant forms.

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

  • Months 6-12

    Golden Visa issued

    The Ministry will assess your application, and upon approval, you must make all necessary contributions. You must also pay any applicable government fees. Then you and your family will receive the relevant residency certificates.

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 this Residency by Investment, 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. It also has 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 Zone, it’s an extremely popular option for entrepreneurs like you.

You can also extend the Golden Visa investment to include family members. This includes:
• A spouse or, indeed, a 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 requirement is €250,000 worth of investments in Greece. This is made via an investment in real estate and, importantly, must be held for the duration of the five-year residency.

You will receive a permanent residence permit that is valid for five years. Then, you can 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.

  • 6-12 months application processing time
  • 29 schengen countries to explore
  • Low minimum presence required

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