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How to Get A Work Permit in Greece

Understand how to legally live and work in Greece with a Work Permit. Our immigration attorneys will support your dream to work in a new country.

How can a lawyer help me with a Greek Work Permit?

Our immigration law experts will guide you through the whole process from applying for an entry visa at your nearest Consulate to submitting an application for a residence and work permit at the Ministry of Immigration. 

We will also arrange for any documentation to be translated, certified and reviewed before the meeting with consular authorities for the visa interview. We offer full support in English, French, Greek, Italian and Portuguese.

Our immigrations lawyers will also help you adjust to work and life in Greece by advising on the various paperwork and requirements you must fulfill. We help clients register for social security with the National Security Organization. We also guide people through the process of obtaining a Greek bank account and getting a tax number.

We work with a number of partners, including healthcare insurance providers, and can ensure you get world-class private medical coverage.

¨We will be with you each step of the journey.¨


What is a Work Permit for Greece?

All nationals from countries outside of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) must have a valid residence and work permit to be employed in Greece. They must get this document before starting their employment activity in the country.

How do I get a Work Permit for Greece?

To work in Greece, a person from a non-EU or EEA nation must first get a visa to enter the country. This visa is called Visa D and is a long-stay visa. Once they have this visa, they can then apply for a residence/work permit in Greece.

Those who have entered Greece on an entry visa that’s dependent on work will be given a residence permit if they provide an employment contract. This contract must have a salary that’s at least equal to the monthly salary of an unskilled worker.

The Process of getting a Greek Work Permit

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A third-country national must enter Greece on a visa. Before this visa expires they must file an application for a residence permit. 

These applications must be filed to the one-stop service at the Directorate of Foreigners and Immigration of the Decentralized Administration. These offices can be found at the applicant’s place of residence or, alternatively, the Ministry of Immigration accepts applications.


These residence permits will allow non-EU citizens to be employed. They are valid for two years and can be renewed for three years. 

The renewal must be submitted at least two months before the permit expires. Late renewal applications can be submitted up to one month after the permit expires. However, there is a €50 fine for lates submissions.

What are the requirements?

Prior to entering Greece, the applicant must apply in person at the Greek Consulate Authority. This should be in their country of residence. The process starts with getting a long-term entry visa, known as Visa D. The process also involves an interview.

This visa is usually issued within 10 days and is valid for a year. Once the applicant has entered Greece, they can then apply for the residence permit by submitting the following information.

  • Copy of the passport
  • Two passport photos
  • An employment contract with the net salary
  • A copy of their criminal record
  • Medical and travel certificates

If the applicant is joined by their family, they will also need:

  • A marriage certificate that’s translated into Greek and certified
  • A birth certificate for each child that’s translated into Greek and certified

If the work and residence permit needs to be renewed, the holder must file an application with the following supporting paperwork:

  • Proof that all taxes have been paid
  • Proof of healthcare insurance coverage
  • Evidence of how many days they worked during the year.

Our team of lawyers understand that a global workforce requires timely solutions to immigration matters. 

We combine our detailed knowledge of local regulations for global mobility with the reach of our law firms in Greece, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal to successfully manage our client’s cross–border issues wherever they arise.


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.

Eleftheria Charalambous

Eleftheria Charalambous

Lawyer, Head of Athens Office
Eleni Maderaki

Eleni Maderaki

Head of Corporate Department Athens
Maria Balaoura

Maria Balaoura

Iliana Arvaniti

Iliana Arvaniti

Legal Trainee


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Based on 12 reviews
02:50 07 Aug 23
I used Lexidy in Athens via email correspondence. The experiece was excellent and every detail was looked after as if I was in person in Athens. I highly recommend them for your legal needs.
Janett Riebe
Janett Riebe
12:18 04 Aug 23
Our experience with Maria and Eleni was immaculate. Responsive and personable communication, every detail simply and beautifully explained, and we felt completely untouched by the complexity of all immigration and legal processes thanks to their support. The speed and ease they brought to our residency and tax processes exceeded all expectations.
Tala Re
Tala Re
06:41 03 Aug 23
I worked with Eleni Maderaki, she helped me with opening an bank account. It was a very good experience. I’m happy that I worked with them.
zaneta freyer
zaneta freyer
13:20 30 May 23
With Lexidy Law Boutique I had a very nice experience. Eleni Maderaki is very competent but at the same time practical. She is service minded and interested in customs needs. Lexidy Law Boutique meets my Norwegian standards!
Daniel Matcham
Daniel Matcham
08:27 12 May 23
Eleni has been exceptional every step of the way! She guided me through the formation of my company in Greece (as a foreigner), set the up tax number, opened me a bank account, set up civil liability insurance and more. I would recommend her to anyone!
beyouta myriam
beyouta myriam
08:28 22 Feb 23
Very nice experience.We feel that we do not know how to begin with such as many procedures to establish a new company. Lexidy Law Boutique giving us all facilities and clarification.Assistance highly appreciated step by step.They answered to all our questions and didn't leave any doubts to succeed, very responsive rate through all channels, phone ,emails.Thank you Lexidy, you made my dream a reality.I recommend very much.Bonne continuation !
Rosa Akbari
Rosa Akbari
16:07 10 Jan 23
Lexidy staff were speedy, straightforward, and reassuring. No hesitation to recommend to anyone needing help navigating residency bureaucracy.
Julians Mjankovs
Julians Mjankovs
08:10 21 Nov 22
I got everything I needed. Big thanks to Eleftheria and Maria for help! You just ask what you need, and they'll figure out how you can get it.
Natasha Halicki
Natasha Halicki
09:51 09 Nov 22
Genuinely welcoming and friendly! As well as very knowledgeable, professional and have great integrity. We hit a few bumps in my visa process but I was supported the whole way through and didn't give up and I was finally successful in my application thanks to their hard work going above and beyond. I wouldn't have been able to do it alone and I would certainly use Lexidy again.
Stephanie Bratnick
Stephanie Bratnick
13:28 05 Sep 22
I can't recommend Lexidy enough. They made our move to Greece incredibly smooth and went up and beyond their regular legal duties to help my family. They new all the ins and outs of the Greek immigration, and the whole process went flawlessly all due to their expertise. Thank you so much! And we will definitely use their services for many years to come.
Kenneth Shen
Kenneth Shen
00:32 24 Aug 22
If you’re looking for knowledgeable, responsive, and extremely supportive lawyers on your side - look no further. Lexidy and Eleftheria made my process of applying for residency smooth and easy. It’s hard to imagine working with someone with more professionalism and knowledge of the subject than the team at Lexidy.
Rossy Rojas
Rossy Rojas
12:28 23 Mar 22
Max is the best and Lexidy LegalTech Boutique solved our immigration process with great aplomb. we were very lucky!

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