Golden Visa in Greece: Citizenship by Investment in 2023

  • Apply online
  • 250,000 € for family
  • Low rate of visa rejection
  • Quick transaction

Why choose the Greek Golden Visa Programme

"Greece Golden Visa is a residence permit by investment issued under the Greek state programme. The investor and their family get the status of residents in exchange for making investment into real estate, public securities, Greek business or making a bank deposit. A Golden Visa is a plastic card with an integrated chip, a photograph, and personal data.

The holders of a Greek Golden Visa do not have to live in Greece or pass a Greek language exam. Greek Golden Visa is extended once every five years as long as the investor maintains the property and still wants to be a resident."

The investor may obtain a golden visa by acquisition of a rental apartment, resort or commercial property, or a land plot with any purported use.

Mariya Reutova, Real Estate Expert at Tranio Greece

What benefits Greece golden visa brings to the investor

  • The right to stay legitimately in Greece for unlimited time.
  • The right to stay legitimately in the Schengen countries for up to 90 days each six months.
  • 4–5% rental income per annum if your real property is rental.
  • The prices of apartments in Athens increase by up to 10% annually.
  • A permanent resident may apply for citizenship in seven years of permanent stay (the conditions are discussed on case‑by‑case basis).

Pitfalls in holding a Golden Visa in Greece

  • The investor staying in Greece for more than 183 days a year becomes tax resident in Greece.
  • Residence is cancelled after the real property is sold.
  • The law has no clear indication today what are the eligibility requirements for a Golden Visa holder to get citizenship, so each case is considered individually.
  • Children of the investor are considered independent when they turn 21. Their residence permit may be extended for another three years upon expiry of which children will lose their resident status acquired by their parent’s investment.
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Why Greek Golden Visa is better than other similar programmes

Greece golden visa is recognised as the most attractive programme in Europe in 2022, while Latvia announced closing of its Golden Visa programme, Portugal changed the eligibility criteria shifting focus on commercial property, and the costs of obtaining residence permit in Spain rose twice as high as in Greece. Housing prices in Greece are upbeat gaining up to 11% per annum and 2022 prices are yet to reach the level of the 2008 financial crisis.

The Greek programme boasts rather fast application processing and low rate of refusals. A lawyer acting under a power of attorney may close your transaction and apply for a Golden Visa. You will have to come in person at the end of the procedure to do the fingerprinting.

Residence by investment programmes

Country Greece Latvia Spain
Budget 250 000 € 250 000 € 500 000 €
Formalities 1—3 mos. 1—3 mos. 3—5 mos.
Extension Once every five years Once every five years First in one year and then once every two years
Children of the investor Up to 21 years Up to 18 years Dependants up to 26 years
Parents of the investor Without restrictions Only the legally incapable Dependants from 65+ years

We do our best to ensure good rental income for the investor and choose properties in popular locations with a good price‑to‑rent ratio.

Elena Milishenkova, Chief Commercial Officer

Real estate price growth index in Greece

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Greek real estate prices are on the rise year on year.

Real estate price growth index in Greece

Source: Tradingecomonics, Bank of Greece

Where to buy real estate in Greece

The location depends on your goals. Choose your resort property in the location where you like to spend time: Athens Riviera, the islands or the Chalkidiki peninsular. Real estate might not rise in price dramatically here but margin is not your main goal.

We recommend Athens for real estate rental business. 50% Greek population live in Athens — it's the heart of the country. Real estate prices here are constantly on the rise and investors enjoy steady demand all the year round. The investor might consider buying one or two buy‑to‑let apartments here and rent them out. Any part of Athens suits this purpose, and the choice would depend only on your expectations as to the tenant‑lessor relation structuring and the rent rate.

Athens is worth considering as the location for your own living. Northern Athens is for mountain‑lovers, and the southern districts are for those who prefer the sea. These are respectable clean expensive districts with international schools for children located far away from migrants and tourists. In the city centre, there are high-end residential districts as well, however, they are often close to socially vulnerable districts and communities, so one must be careful.

Eligibility requirements for the investor and other applicants for a Greece Golden Visa

  • Impeccable background: clean criminal record and proof of legitimate funds to open an account with a Greek bank.
  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Minimum health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of all the applicable taxes and levies.
  • Other documents as may be requested by officials for a particular applicant.
Learn all the requirements

The documents to be submitted depend on the official accepting them. We prepare a comprehensive set of documents to be ready for potential requests.

Tranio Legal, Greece

What relatives may be included into the investor’s application

  • One legal spouse.
  • A civil partner if the partners are ready to enter into a cohabitation deed in Greece (valid only in Greece).
  • The investor’s children from any marriage at the age under 21.
  • Parents of the investor and spouse.
Learn more about rules

Extension of the golden visa for children over 23 years

The investor’s children may extend their residence permits until they turn the age 23 and may not extend their resident status further on only on the grounds of their parent’s investment. There are several ways to extend residence for the investor’s children.

Additional investment

The investor may acquire another real property of at least 250,000 € in the name of the child. The additional investment should be made once the child turns 18 years. The principal investor shall then be the child, and the child’s residence permit validity shall not depend on her/his age.

Change of the principal applicant

The investor’s property holding may be restructured in favour and name of the child making the child the principal applicant. The investor and spouse shall not lose their residence permits and shall be viewed as parents of the principal applicant for the purposes of the golden visa programme.

Any case should be comprehensively discussed in advance with a competent lawyer to choose the best strategy.

Step‑by‑step guide to getting a Golden Visa in Greece

  1. Step 1 — Property selection

    You think of selection criteria. It largely depends on the specifics of your request when the property will be selected: the more complex your request is, the more time it might require.

  2. Step 2 — Viewings and transaction preparation

    A buyer can visit Greece to see the properties or request online viewings. A power of attorney is to be issued to the lawyer carrying out the transaction remotely.

  3. Step 3 — Apartment reservation

    Before a letter of intent is made, your lawyer will review the title documents to identify any potential encumbrances or tax debts.

    Once the documents are reviewed, the investor puts the property on reserve and makes a downpayment of 10% property price.

  4. Step 4 — Transaction closing

    When the review has been completed, the lawyer drafts the master sale and purchase agreement. A few days before execution, the investor should transfer funds to the lawyer’s account to cover the taxes. The master sales and purchase agreement can be signed in person or via a lawyer. The investor must make transaction payment for 7‑10 days. Any account may be used to make payment.

  5. Step 5 — Application for a residence permit

    After the transaction payment has been made, the lawyer collects and submits the documents to the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum.

  6. Step 6 — Visit to Athens to do the fingerprinting

    The investor must visit Greece in person to do the fingerprinting within six months. After the fingerprinting, the applicant receives a blue paper in acknowledgement of residence application receipt.

  7. Step 7 — Issue of a residence card

    A few weeks after the fingerprints have been submitted, the residence permit will be ready. You may obtain your residence permit through the lawyer. Give the blue paper you receive to your lawyer and your lawyer will be handling the matter further on. The documents are exchanged via DHL.

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Frequently asked questions of investors

  1. Can I get a mortgage in Greece?
    Unfortunately, a foreigner may not obtain a mortgage in Greece now. You must pay the full cost of real estate from your own funds in order to be eligible for a Greek residence by investment programme.
  2. Can I get a Golden Visa remotely?
    Tranio can help to acquire a property and submit the documents for a Golden Visa remotely. For this, you would need to issue a notarized power of attorney to the notary involved in the transaction. You will have to come to Greece in person just once for fingerprinting after the submission of your application for the residence permit.
  3. Can my civil partner get a Golden Visa?
    Yes, but you must enter into a cohabitation agreement that shall be valid only in Greece and will be null and void in the other countries.
  4. Can I pay for my real property in instalments?
    If a property is purchased during construction or capital repairs, payment may be made in instalments. However, you may apply for a residence permit only after your aggregate payment is €250,000.
  1. Can I close the transaction and obtain a Golden Visa on my own?
    This is officially allowed but extremely difficult in practice. You would have no opportunity to communicate with the officials in English, which will be the least of the troubles. Moreover, direct interactions with the officials are not a common practice in Greece, and the Greeks prefer to do paperwork through a lawyer. Some agencies may be approached only by licensed lawyers. Thus, it is extremely difficult to do the formalities in Greece without a lawyer.
  2. How can I speed up the formalities?
    Tranio would help you expedite real property due diligence before the transaction. Lawyers usually authenticate the title certificate and ensure there are no encumbrances or tax debts associated with the property. Sometimes, the actual floor area and energy efficiency class should be examined and other parameters of the apartment should be made legitimate before the purchase. This stage can take up to 1.5 months.
    Tranio renovates entire buildings in Athens and sells our own new apartments. We do all the tiresome drafting work well in advance, and the lawyer would have all the documents on the table by the time of the transaction.
  3. Why do property selections in Athens become outdated so quickly?
    The housing market in Athens is very lively and offers quickly go off and on the market. Some apartments in the selection are often no longer on offer by the time of the viewing, but new properties pop up right away. We recommend selecting your apartment out of the current offers during your viewing rather than sticking to the initial property selection.

Why obtain a Greek Golden Visa with Tranio

Tranio opened an office in Greece in 2017. We feel confident in the Athens market. We are proud of our integrity and reputation and work closely with trusted local companies: real estate agencies, developers, legal companies.

Tranio has own development projects in Athens.

We buy entire residential buildings to make renovation and sell finished apartments with guaranties. We can furnish the apartment upon the investor’s request.

  • Own apartments with guaranties
  • Own management company
  • Own managers in Athens
  • Legal support

Our clients have never received a Golden Visa refusal in Greece. The entire process goes smoothly, and in 2021, we helped to obtain 47 residence permits.

Marina Filichkina, Head of Sales, Tranio
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