Greece Digital Nomad Visa Legal Services
Providing expert Greece Digital Nomad Visa legal advice to foreigners looking to work remotely from anywhere in Greece.
Digital Nomad in Greece
Are you a digital nomad looking for the perfect destination? Greece is the perfect place to work and explore. Let our team help you make the most of your time as a digital nomad in beautiful, historic Greece.
Contact us today to learn more about our services for digital nomads in Greece and start your adventure.
How to relocate to Greece as a digital nomad?
Greece has long been a destination for ex-pats who want to swap their day-to-day reality for incomparably good weather, cuisine and rich history. Unlike most attractive climates, Greece has the advantage of a strong legal system and is fully integrated into the European Union, which allows for visa-free travel throughout the continent and access to the EU’s business friendly single market.
Greece is leading the way in Europe when it comes to embracing digital nomads and remote work. Greece launched its Digital Nomad visa in September 2021 to allow non-EU citizens who are freelancers to legally work and live in the country. The new visa provided a simple route for entrepreneurs, remote workers, freelancers and self-employed people to enjoy the opportunity to live and work on the Greek mainland or any one of its 227 inhabited islands
The main requirements are that the applicant doesn’t work for a company that’s already registered within Greece and can do their existing work remotely.
The Digital Nomad Process
For Digital Nomads exploring opportunities in Greece, the journey usually starts in their home country and proceeds as follows:
- Digital Nomad Visa
The applicant must appear in person at the Greek Consular Authority of their home country or country of residence and apply for the Digital Nomad Visa. You can do this in-person, by email or via post.
This visa is issued within 10 days of submitting the application and gives the holder the right to reside in Greece a year.
- Digital Nomad Residence Permit
Once the application is submitted the competent authority must examine the file within 40 working days and provide the applicant with the temporary residence permit which allows the applicant to reside in the country until the final decision is made.
Once filed, the applicant will receive confirmation of their submission and this is called the “white certificate”. This automatically grants the applicant the right to enter and exit Greece as well as reside in the country until the final card is issued.
The next and final step is the provision of fingerprints and this depends solely on the availability of the authorities. It should be noted that the whole process until the issuance of the final card could take up to a year.
What are the requirements?
While Greece is an open and welcoming country, there are specific requirements for its various permits and visas. Therefore Digital Nomads must meet the following requirements to qualify for this type of work and residence permit.
- The applicant must be a non-EU citizen
- They cannot work for a Greek company
- Their work must be performed remotely with a laptop and internet connection
- They must have sufficient financial means to support themselves. This €3,500 a month for the applicant and this increases by 20% if there’s a spouse or partner during them plus a further 15% for each child.
If you’re self-employed, you need to specify your type of business and ensure your business address is outside Greece. Freelancers must work for companies or clients based outside of Greece as well.
How can a lawyer help me?
Our team of immigration legal experts are here to ensure that you don’t get tied up in bureaucracy, or worse, lost in translation. Having a lawyer who is a seasoned expert in immigration procedures will accelerate the process and ensure that you arrive in your new home in a positive mindset without stress or hassle. While Digital Nomad Visas simplify the existing process, they are still a little tricky for those unfamiliar with Greek culture and the legal system.
We will review all the documentation and advise whether a Digital Nomad visa, or another permit, is the right choice for you. Where necessary, we’ll arrange for documents to be certified and translated and we will work with the consular authorities in your home country to kick start the process. We will also liaise with Greece’s Ministry of Immigration to prepare the application for submissions and accompany you when filing the paperwork. Finally, we will track the progress of your application, overcome any hiccups during its approval and collect the visa once its ready.
¨We will be with you each step of the journey.¨
We are a department formed by qualified legal experts who have been trained in the field of immigration law. We work on these requests every day and it’s our passion. For us, Lexidy is a way of life and what excites us the most is to be able to deliver the happiness and satisfaction of a successful immigration process. We want to help you achieve your goals and dreams.