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Obtain Greek Citizenship

Greek citizenship is granted based on ius sanguinis: according to Article 1 of the Greek Nationality Code, the child of a Greek citizen obtains Greek citizenship at birth.

Therefore, if an ancestor was of Greek descent, you may be entitled to apply for and obtain Greek nationality, provided you can prove to the Greek authorities the sequence of your Greek ancestry.

Greek citizenship by ancestry

The first step for those who wish to apply for Greek nationality by ancestry is to locate the documentation relating to their Greek ancestor at the competent Greek Municipality and obtain the ancestor’s birth certificate.

You then proceed to obtain all the documents relating to the ancestor’s family status and, at the same time, produce all the documents relating to the family status of the applicant and his parents. The documents produced must then be filed with the Special Registry in Athens. If some of the required documents are registered abroad, they must be legalized or authenticated by the competent Greek consulate.

An application for nationality is filed with the competent authority, the Municipality where the ancestor is registered, attaching all the required original documents.

The competent office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs examines the application, which will eventually approve the submitted application and issue a decision recognizing the applicant’s Greek nationality.

Once the procedure is completed, the applicant may obtain his Greek birth certificate and proceed with this to apply for the issuance of a Greek passport at the Passport Office in Greece or at the Greek Consulate of the place where he resides.

After registration with the Greek Municipality and the passport issuance, the applicant is officially considered a full Greek citizen, acquiring the rights and duties provided by law.

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Our Greek Citizenship Services

We help you acquire your Greek Citizenship

Dealing with the Greek administration may not be easy because it is a complex and highly bureaucratic system. However, we will help you apply for Greek citizenship for you and your family by ensuring that the process is streamlined, efficient and stress-free.
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Locating documents

We help you find documents relating to your ancestor that will enable you to prove your Greek origin.

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Registration with the competent municipality

We register the necessary documents with the competent municipality.

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Required Paperwork

We help you correctly fill out the necessary documents to apply for Greek nationality.

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Greek Power of Attorney

Our office can carry the procedure through a limited power of attorney so that you do not have to travel to Greece in person.

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Alternative Solutions

If you do not have a Greek ancestor there are still other ways to obtain Greek citizenship or a residence permit to reside in Greece. Contact us to assess which one is best for you; we will help you submit your application and manage the entire process without traveling to Greece before your application is approved.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Greek Citizenship: FAQ

How do I obtain Greek citizenship?

There are various ways in which you can obtain Greek nationality:

  • By birth, if one of your parents is a Greek citizen
  • By descent, if you have Greek ancestry and can prove it
  • By acknowledgment of paternity by a Greek father
  • By naturalization

To apply for Greek citizenship by naturalization, you must have lived in Greece for at least seven years with a regular residence permit, not have been convicted of crimes in Greece or other countries, be able to speak Greek and be integrated into the country’s economic and social system by working, studying, paying taxes or owning property.

Does Greek citizenship have an expiry date?

No. Once you obtain Greek citizenship, you will be considered a Greek citizen for life and pass citizenship on to your children by descent. The same applies to all members of your family who have obtained Greek citizenship.

Does Greek citizenship make me an EU citizen automatically?

Yes. As Greece is a member of the European Union, Greek citizens are automatically European citizens. This means they can move freely within any state of the European Union to live, study or work.

I am a resident of Greece. Do I have to live in the country to obtain Greek citizenship?

Yes. Under Greek law, residents can obtain Greek citizenship after living in Greece continuously for seven years.

I want to apply for Greek citizenship. Can I keep my current nationality?

Yes. Greek law provides the possibility of dual citizenships, provided that the same possibility is guaranteed in the country of which you are currently a citizen.

Keep this in Mind!

Why getting Greek Citizenship

Freedom of having multiple passports

Greece allows its citizens to have multiple passports. Therefore, you will not have to give up your passport by obtaining Greek citizenship. Keep in mind, however, that some countries do not allow dual citizenship: if you live in one of them, you will not be able to keep both.

Become a Citizen of the European Union

By becoming a Greek citizen, you automatically become a citizen of the European Union and enjoy the freedom of movement and residence provided within the European Union to its citizens: you can reside, work or study in any European country.

Enjoy Travel Freedom

The Greek passport ranks among the passports that allow the most freedom of movement. With a Greek passport, you can enter 186 countries (in 2021) without a visa.

* The information on this site is provided for the sole purpose of illustrating the subject matter. It in no way constitutes legal advice nor a substitute for individual legal advice provided by counsel. Each case is unique, presents unique circumstances, and should be evaluated in detail by an attorney who will verify its specific circumstances.

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Contact us if you want to apply for Greek citizenship. We can take care of the process through a limited power of attorney without you having to travel to Greece.

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