On the 18th of April 2013, Greece introduced the new Law 4146/2013 that offers residency permits to non-E.U. foreign citizens that buy property in Greece.
The minimum value of the property has been set to 250,000 Euros. The residency permit is granted for 5 years and is renewable for as long as the property remains in the possession of the initial owner.
There are different types of property transactions available in the Greek Immigration program. The first type of transaction is the purchase of property in Greece. The second type of transaction is to sign a minimum 10-year time-sharing contract. The last type of transaction is to sign a 10-year lease of hotel accommodations or a furnished tourist residence.
The five-year residence permit is also offered to the family members of the owner of the real estate property. Provided that the ownership of properties is maintained, after the 5-year period, the residency permit can be renewed for another 5 years.
Joint ownership is permitted, provided that the individuals hold the 50% each and the amount invested by each co-owner is a minimum of 250,000 Euros. In this case, both can apply for a residency permit and be accompanied by their families.
Owners are not required to occupy their residential properties; they can lease the properties and generate rental income.
Holders of the residency permit are required to visit Greece once each year to renew and to receive a replacement of their E.U. National Identity Card.
Holders of the residency permit are not allowed to work. However, they can be shareholders of a company.
The mere mention of Greece conjures up images of ancient ruins, artifacts and edifices that date back to the time of famous philosophers who influenced the world we know today, and the picturesque sunset casting an warm glow over whitewashed houses and blue domes perched on a hill.
Aside from being the birthplace of western civilization, democracy, philosophy, literature and political science, Greece is a plethora of scenic splendors, from its rugged mountains, olive groves, tranquil beaches to the cobble stone streets of its cosmopolitan cities. Greece is indeed a dream destination for many.
Being at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, its strategic location is ideal for investors with a global business mindset. Now it’s possible to live in Greece, set up a business and enjoy a classic Mediterranean lifestyle through their golden visa program.
Greece golden visa program grants a five year residency visa in return for an investment in real estate. The residence permit allows the applicant to live in Greece and even set up a business. Successful applicants will also have the freedom to travel throughout the EU Schengen zone.
REASONS TO CHOOSE GREECE
Right to live and put up a business in Greece
Inclusion of spouse and dependent children in the application
No residency requirement
No language tests, no business experience, no medical tests
Visa free travel within the EU Schengen Zone
High standard of living
Possibility of applying for citizenship after 7 years of residence
An investment of only €250,000 is required in real estate in Greece making it the cheapest investment program of any real estate residency visa scheme in Europe.