Golden Visa Lawyers in Greece

Our lawyers can help with the Golden Visa process in Greece.

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How can a lawyer help me with the Golden Visa in Greece?

A lawyer can provide valuable assistance with obtaining a Golden Visa in Greece. The Golden Visa program in Greece offers residency to non-European Union citizens who make qualifying investments in the country. Here’s how a lawyer can help you in this process:

  1. Legal Expertise: Lawyers are well-versed in Greek immigration and residency laws. They can provide you with a clear understanding of the eligibility criteria, documentation requirements, and the application process.

  2. Due Diligence: A lawyer can help you conduct due diligence on potential investments to ensure they meet the necessary legal requirements. They can review contracts and agreements related to your investment to protect your interests.

  3. Document Preparation: Your lawyer will assist you in preparing and organizing all the required documents for your Golden Visa application. This may include financial statements, property deeds, and background checks.

  4. Application Submission: Lawyers can help you submit your Golden Visa application to the relevant Greek authorities. They will ensure that your application is complete and accurate, reducing the risk of delays or rejections.

  5. Communication with Authorities: Your lawyer can act as an intermediary between you and Greek immigration authorities, addressing any inquiries or requests for additional information that may arise during the application process.

  6. Visa Renewal: Golden Visas typically require periodic renewals. A lawyer can assist you with the renewal process, ensuring that you continue to meet the visa requirements and that all necessary documentation is submitted on time.

  7. Compliance: Lawyers can help you stay compliant with Greek immigration laws throughout your residency period. They can advise you on tax obligations, reporting requirements, and any changes in immigration regulations that may affect your visa status.

It’s crucial to hire a qualified and experienced lawyer who specializes in immigration and residency matters in Greece to ensure that you receive accurate and reliable assistance throughout the Golden Visa application process. Contact our expert lawyers for a free consultation of your case!

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What is the Greek Golden Visa?

The Golden Visa is a Greek residence permit and is one of the most popular investment visa programs in the European Union. It is a residence-by-investment visa and is issued to non-EU citizens who purchase in real estate in Greece.

It is exceptionally competitive as it offers the lowest cost option for residency in Europe. Applicants are granted a five-year residence permit in return for a property investment of as little as €250,000.

The Greek Golden Visa program’s minimum investment has increased to 500,000 EUR, effective May 1st, 2023. Greece Golden Visa change applies geographical limits to real estate investments, affecting properties in specific municipalities in Athens, Thessaloniki, Mykonos, and Santorini.

It also paves the way to citizenship if the holder resides in Greece for seven years and allows for visa-free travel throughout Europe’s Schengen region. Furthermore, there is no requirements to become a Greek tax resident.

You can include your family in the residency program.

To get the visa, you must invest:

  • At least €250,000 in purchasing real estate, net of taxes or charges (€500,000€ in municipalities like Athens, Thessaloniki, Mykonos and Snatorini).
  • €400,000 in Greek Goverment bonds
  • €400,000 bonds or shares of real estate investment companies in Greece
  • €400,000 in shares and bonds of venture funds and private equity which have headquarters in Greece

The Greek Golden Visa application procedure is rather simple.

Step 1: Contact the Get Golden Visa Team and Select Your Property
To finish this phase, you must identify the investment criteria and choose the property in which to invest. You can invest in a variety of features as long as the added value is equal to or more than €250,000. Our team can assist you in locating a property that meets your requirements.

Step 2: Adhere to Legal Procedures
Obtaining a Greek Non-Resident Tax number and creating a Greek bank account completes this phase. You can also have the power of attorney executed as an optional step.

Step 3: Purchase the Property
This phase is having a lawyer conduct ‘Legal Due Diligence’ on the property on your behalf. Following that, you’ll need to obtain a promissory sale and purchase agreement and execute a public deed.

Step 4: Launch Your Application
To complete this phase, you must gather all of the necessary documentation for the Golden Visa application. Hiring a lawyer is usually a good option because this can be overwhelming.

Step 5: Go to Greece (or not!)
All biometric data can be submitted to the relevant Greek authorities here, but as of 2021, you no longer need to visit Greece in person in order to start your application, so you can do it from your country.

As of 2021, you no longer need to visit Greece in person in order to start your application. 

Step 6: Obtain Approval for Your Greece Golden Visa
This phase is completed by the authorities, after which your Golden Visa application will be granted and you will be issued a Golden Visa Residence Card.

Step 7: In Greece, renew your Golden Visa.
You can seek to renew your Golden Visa residence card every five years, making it easier to get permanent residency.

Step 8: Request Citizenship
After seven years of living there and paying taxes, you will be eligible to apply for citizenship and a Greek passport. However, there is little information available about this possibility.

How long does it take to obtain a residence visa in Greece?

The Greece Golden Visa normally takes 3 to 5 months to process, although this can vary based on a number of circumstances.

This is the most common case to get the Golden Visa, purchasing a property in Greece. For this approach, you must invest at least €250,000 in one or more properties. The investment cannot include taxes, fees or a mortgage.

The general procedures is as follows:

  1. Tax and Budget Planning: Taxes and fees are mostly paid by the buyer and vary from region to region. They typically include the following:
    • Property transfer tax of 3% 
    • Notary costs, title deed tax and land registration fee of 1% to 2.5%
    • Legal fees of around 1% to 2%, inclusive of VAT
  2. Obtain a AFM: Get your foreign ID card from the Greek administration.
  3. Search for properties in Greece: Our Real Estate lawyers can help you identify the right property for you and ensure that you use reliable and trusted online portals.
  4. Reservation agreement and Letter of Intent: Our lawyers will draft a “Letter of Intent” for purchasing a property and guide you through the reservation agreement and any subsequent negotiations before signing a deal.
  5. Payment of fees: Settle any applicable Property Transfer Taxes or VAT, and update the Land Registry.

Our team of Real Estate lawyers can assist you with the process of purchasing a property, in person or remotely.

What Else do I Need to Know?
After buying the property, the process to complete the visa takes around four months. It goes as follows:
 
– Get the right paperwork: two to five weeks
– Submit the application and wait for approval: 20 days
– Collect the residence card from the ministry: six to eight weeks

Although this program has very rigorous requirements, the advantages of having a Greek residence are quite extraordinary. Having a Golden Visa for Greece means:

  • It grants you entry into the EU (Schengen area).
  • You can apply for the same permit for your spouse or partner, minor children or of legal age, whom -financially depend on you, including also dependants in the ascending line.
  • To keep your permit valid, you simply need to travel to Greece once a year; even then, a lengthy stay is not required.
  • Low Investment Threshold in a Promising Real Estate Market
  • The Double Taxation Treaty
  • Citizenship is available after 7 years.

We offer a wide range of services for investors at Lexidy. Our skilled and committed team has years of experience in legal counsel, management, real estate, conveyancing, new visas, immigration challenges, residence, and investment opportunities for investors with a global perspective. 

If you are thinking to apply for the Golden Visa in Greece, contact us for a free consultation of your case and our expert lawyers will help you with anything you need!

The following paperwork is necessary for a Golden Visa Program application to be approved:

  • Two copies of the application document
  • Four current passport-style color pictures
  • a certified copy of a passport or other travel document that Greece accepts as valid
  • A fee paid and obtained through the “e-Paravolo” platform
    • Roughly amounts to €500 for residence permits of up to a five-year duration
  • A processing fee was paid and obtained through the “e-Paravolo” platform
    • Roughly amounts to €16, concerning the printing of the separate document (electronic residence permit)
  • Certification by an insurance agency for the cost of hospitalization and medical care;
    • Insurance contracts that are signed outside of Greece, provided that they explicitly mention that they cover the interested party for the duration of their stay in Greece
    • Insurance contracts that have been signed in Greece.

The Greek government started a number of tax incentive programs for non-residents in 2021.

If you actually receive income from Greek sources, you should designate a tax representative and file tax returns with the Non-Greek Resident Tax Office.

The Double Taxation Treaty

Your worldwide income could not be subject to taxation in Greece depending on your place of residency and how much time you spend there. In that instance, you might continue doing business outside of Greece and gain certain tax advantages. 

Foreign nationals who are tax residents in Greece are also given tax benefits. For retirees, digital nomads, and other particular expat categories, there are several incentive programs. If you’re unsure as to whether you qualify for any of these benefits, be sure to check with your qualified financial lawyer.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Once you have the supporting documents and the visa application has been submitted at the Consulate. The administration has up to 10 working days to resolve it. Conversely, if the application is submitted from Greece the administration has up to 20 working days to resolve it.

Yes, the Golden Visa comes with a work permit for you and your family. You can work full time or part-time. 

It can be any real estate asset. Some choose to have a home or commercial property, while others use the asset as an income-generating rental property.

Your partner or children can apply with you. You must show that you can financially support them. You will need to provide extra paperwork such as marriage or birth certificates.

Unmarried partners who can prove a long-term relationship can also apply as dependants.

Yes, however, you will have to prove economic dependence and single status. Your children must also be enrolled at a university or academy.

You don’t need to reside in Greece to obtain this permit. You just need to visit Greece once during the period of residence. This applies to all the investment programs, including the Golden Visa via bank deposit approach. If you remain in Greece for ten years, you can apply for citizenship and obtain a Greek passport.

The law allows for investments made through a legal entity located in a territory that is not considered a tax haven.

It’s not required, but it’s always recommended to consult a professional. At Lexidy we can help you will all the process of getting the Golden Visa in Greece.

Our Team

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, whether it’s residence in Greece or simply an investment.