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.
Our Greek Citizenship Services
We help you acquire your Greek Citizenship
We help you find documents relating to your ancestor that will enable you to prove your Greek origin.
Registration with the competent municipality
We register the necessary documents with the competent municipality.
We help you correctly fill out the necessary documents to apply for Greek nationality.
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.
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.
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?
Does Greek citizenship make me an EU citizen automatically?
I am a resident of Greece. Do I have to live in the country to obtain Greek citizenship?
I want to apply for Greek citizenship. Can I keep my current nationality?
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.
Our Greek Citizenship Lawyer will help you get Greek citizenship stress free
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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