Greece, Travel

Getting a Greece Resident Permit

December 13, 2020

After several years of research and a year of living in Greece, I finally have my Greece resident permit. This was especially important this year with all the travel bans in place. If I hadn’t gotten it, I might not have been able to return home for Christmas without it. As it was, I didn’t receive it until the middle of November.

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Getting a Greek resident permit is not hard, but it takes patience and persistence to get it. I am going to walk you through the steps of applying for the Greek resident permit here. This is for the financially independent resident permit. Keep in mind there are several types of permits in Greece that you can apply for.

Before you enter Greece, you should apply for a visa in your home country. Read my blog post about that if you haven’t done that yet.

Do You Need an Attorney?

One of the questions I am asked frequently is if you need an attorney to apply for the Greece resident permit. It is not required but may make the process easier for you. The lawyers in Greece have direct access to the Aliens administration to make appointments and ask questions.

If you decide to get an attorney, ask around to find one who has experience with this process. Many are not familiar with applying for the financially independent resident permit.

To use an attorney, you will need to get a power of attorney. The lawyer can write it up for you in Greek. You will then take it to your local KEP office to have it notarized. The KEP is the citizen’s services department in Greece. Take your passport with you. You may also need to have several copies of the power of attorney notarized, so do a few at once. At the time of writing this, there were no fees for the notarization.

The lawyer will tell you want they want you to do next.

Gather All Your Documents

You will need many documents to apply for the resident permit. Some of these will be similar to what you needed for your visa, so bring all those documents with you to Greece.

The documents you will need are your passport and a full-color copy of all pages, your birth certificate with apostille, a rental contract for an apartment or utility bill in your name, financial records, you will also need proof of insurance and passport photos. The passport photos will need to be digital on a CD and the four physical copies.

At the time of writing you need to prove you have €2000 a month in savings, passive income or retirement income.

All these documents will need to be translated into Greek. If you are not using a lawyer, you can have these documents translated at the Translation Service. The cost is pretty affordable at the service. There is a rush option if you need it. You will need to take your passport with you to this service as well.

Make an Appointment

Each Decentralized Administration has its own process for accepting appointments. After the events of 2020, more administrations have moved to online appointment systems for renewals. However, as of writing, the initial appointment still needs to be made via email.

The Athens administration’s email is My experience with contacting them via email has been good. However, you may need to wait a day or two for a response if it is a busy time of year.

If your documents are accepted, you will be given a blue certificate that acts like a temporary Greek resident permit. Be careful with this document as you may need it to travel with while your application is being processed. You will also have to turn it in when you pick up the official resident permit.

Pay the Fee

To apply for the resident permit, you will need to pay the fee. Right now, the fee is €1000, and you can pay it online. If you can’t do this online, there is a small copy shop next to the Athens administration, and they will help you for a small fee. If you are applying outside of Athens, check with the local KEP office, and they can help you find a way to pay in person.

You will also need to pay €16 for the plastic card. This can also be done on the same website as above.

After Your Appointment

Once you have gone to the appointment, you may need to submit more documents after the appointment. You will need to send the additional documents by registered mail.

The most important thing is to follow up with them frequently. You can email them at Keep in mind this is for the Athens administration only. You can also check the status of your application online.

I needed to submit more documents after my initial appointment. My lawyer sent the documents, and they were received. However, my attorney didn’t send a copy of the power of attorney, so they weren’t accepted. The administration never told us this, and I only found out after I emailed them.

How to Pick Up Your Resident Permit

When you get the notice your resident permit is ready, you will need to make another appointment to pick it up. You will need your resident permit number to register in the system to make your appointment. The online status system will show it to you at the bottom of the notice under remarks.

You will then go to the migration website to register and make an appointment to pick up your Greece Resident Permit. Right now, only part of the website is in English, so I recommend you use a Chrome browser and install the Google Translate extension.

Once you have registered, you can make an appointment. This part of the website is in Greek only. When you translate the website to English, there will be a section called “Performances,” which is not the correct translation. Then you will click on “Appointment for Performances.” This is also not the correct translation. However, this is where you make the appointment to pick up your plastic resident permit card.

Screenshot of Migration website to make an appointment to pick up your Greece Resident Permit

When you go to your appointment, you need to take a print out of your appointment with you, your passport and your temporary resident permit (the blue paper). You will give them the temporary permit.

They will print out a decision about your permit and all the rules to renew it. You will then sign for the permit and that is it! You are officially a Greece resident.

Other Things to Know

The financially independent resident permit is initially good for two years and can be renewed. If you are denied, there is an appeals process. Please email the administration for guidance on how to do this.

The process for getting a resident permit isn’t hard, but as you can see, there are many steps involved. Even with a lawyer, I had to follow-up with the authorities many times and with my lawyer. Be persistent in following up. I recommend checking every week in the online system and every two weeks via email. It is up to you to make sure they have all the documents they have requested.

There is nothing like the feeling you get when you have that Greece Resident Permit in hand. I was so relieved to get it. If you are in the process, I hope this helps, and if you haven’t started it yet, I hope you are now better prepared to start. If you have questions, I will do my best to answer them.

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  • Reply Rebecca December 14, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Thank you for going into such depth and detail for this otherwise seemingly complicated process. Is this applicable to Third Country Nationals, or EU too?
    I think from reading this if I were to do it – getting a lawyer is a good idea, not least to help with the language barrier!

    • Reply Tiffany December 14, 2020 at 11:22 am

      You’re welcome! This is only for Third country(non-EU) nationals.

      Yes, if your Greek isn’t great then I would definitely recommend getting a lawyer.

  • Reply vinneve December 15, 2020 at 6:43 am

    Hi how are you? Glad to see your new post. I have been away from WP too. Are you finally going to stay there for good? Stay safe.

    • Reply Tiffany December 15, 2020 at 9:04 am

      Hi! I’m good. How are you? Yeah I took a break with no traveling going on. I think so but I don’t tend to make long term plans like that. Where are you now? Stay safe too!

  • Reply Joanne Yeon January 26, 2021 at 4:58 am

    Thank you so much, the video was very informative and useful. As I understand in order to apply for this type of residency permit one must show proof of income-funds of 200E per month, does one have to show that the money needed to cover the 24 months expenses is already in totality in a greek bank account ? t

    • Reply Tiffany January 26, 2021 at 5:02 am

      You’re welcome. It is €2000 per month. I didn’t have it in a Greek bank account but did have to prove I could withdraw it here. I had most of the total I savings and that would be advisable since you aren’t supposed to work in Greece.

  • Reply brent kinder April 20, 2021 at 10:37 am

    we are planning on moving to Greece in 10 years when we retire, is there an advantage to the Financially Independant Permit over the Golden Visa Program? I had never heard of this permit idea, but we were planning on just buying a house for 250k and living in the house and getting that Visa, but if we could buy a cheaper place and get this FIP that may be another option for us to consider.
    Thanks for your U-Tube videos, I am devouring them as we plan for our trip to visit the country in May.

    • Reply Tiffany April 21, 2021 at 11:35 am

      The Golden Visa is more expensive to deal with in my opinion. Also it cannot lead to citizenship. The FIP is 1000 euros for two years and then is renewable. I think after 7 years you can apply for a longer visa. However all of this will probably change in 10 years. It changes often unfortunately.

      • Reply Bryanne August 28, 2021 at 3:19 pm

        Super informative info! It’s so hard to find such detailed first hand accounts of this process, so I really appreciate you taking the time to spell it all out for us!:)

        Fwiw the golden visa does include the benefit of naturalization eligibility after 7 years, *if the visa holder has been living in Greece during that time (which may not always be the case since there’s no minimum residency requirement to maintain the GV). We were going to go the GV route, but after trying to deal with realtors there for the last year to find a home and feeling like it’s a never ending cycle of cat herding, we think we’re going to go the FIP route instead and just rent for a while=\

        • Reply Tiffany September 6, 2021 at 1:01 am

          Thank you! I am so glad you found it helpful.

          The golden visa does not allow for citizenship. The FIP does though. Hope that helps. Good luck with the house hunt.

    • Reply Tiffany April 21, 2021 at 11:36 am

      Thank you for your kind words about my channel!

  • Reply Daniel July 23, 2021 at 1:28 am

    Thank you for writing this. My wife and I are permanent residents living in Athens and will be going for our renewal soon. We initially did most all of the application process on our own and found it burdensome. We are retired so we did have the time, but in review of all our time and effort, it probably would have been worth it do engage an attorney. The immigration office was always just chaotic.

  • Reply Rosie August 31, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this blog T. It is so detailed and informative. My only question is, once you have the “blue paper” does that act as a “bridge style temporary visa” that you can use before you can collect your offical card? I am asking that specifically as I am from the UK and coming to the end of my 90 days. So it’d be amazing if I could present that “blue sheet” while travelling between island and main land until the permanent card was ready.

    Hope that makes sense!?

    THANK YOU AGAIN 🙂 This was so so helpful!

    • Reply Tiffany September 6, 2021 at 1:03 am

      You’re welcome! Well you don’t need to present it to travel within Greece so you wouldn’t need it for that. Also, you cannot apply for the FIP visa in Greece. You have to apply for it in your home country. Let me know if you have more questions.

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