The Greek Government changed the Golden Visa Law on Dec 23rd, 2020. The change allows you to in a Greek Golden Visa completely remotely, without having to visit Greece at all. You can then receive your “blue certificate”, in other words, your temporary residence card, in the mail.
How a Remote Application Works
As a Golden Visa investor, you need to sign a Power of Attorney (PoA) with a local law firm in Greece. You can do this at the local Greek Consulate in your city. This document would allow your law firm to:
- Submit your Greece Golden Visa application on your behalf,
- Complete your investment remotely on your behalf, which can be:
- Purchase of real estate worth at least 250,000 Euro or
- Deposit of a minimum of 400,000 Euro in government bonds
You could always use a PoA for the completion of your investment in Greece. However, changes in the program now allow you to also apply for the Greece Golden Visa program, without the need to enter Greece at the time of the application, or prior to the application.
Just as you are not required to enter Greece as a main applicant, your dependent family members are not required to enter the country either.
What is the Main Change to the Greek Golden Visa Program?
Under the new rules, it is now possible to complete all the required steps of obtaining a Golden Visa in Greece, remotely. So, neither you nor your dependents will not have to travel to Greece for any step of the process. You will receive your “blue card”, your temporary residence card.
When Are You Required To Enter Greece?
You and your dependents will only need to present yourself physically in Greece once, in order to provide your biometrics data.
Greece Golden Visa 2021
The Greece Golden Visa program changes will be in effect as of 2021. This will make a big difference for many prospective investors as the Covid-19 pandemic made international travel difficult for many people across the world.
This new option will make it possible for many more families to consider and apply for Golden Visa in Greece in 2021.