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Forthcoming Law to Create Investor Residence Permit and Streamline Immigration Processes

A new law that goes into effect in January 2024 will:

  • Codify the electronic submission and issuance of residence permits and renewals;
  • Eliminate the residence permit for managerial positions;
  • Create an Investor Residence Permit; and
  • Codify the implementation of the EU Blue Card in Greece.

A new law that goes into effect January 1, 2024, codifies certain existing aspects of the Greek immigration process, implements the EU Blue Card and the Investor Residence Permit, and creates more streamlined application processes. A closer look to the changes:


Electronic submission of residence permit applications and renewals

    • Electronic residence permits have been in effect since January 2023. The law codifies their existence.
    • Residence permit applicants receive an electronic certificate of submission, which is valid until the issuance of the decision granting the residence permit.
    • Residence permit applicants can submit their residence permit and residence permit renewal applications on the Ministry of Migration’s website and will receive proof of their residence permit by email.
Electronic submission and issuance create a more streamlined and transparent residence permit application process.
Senior employees/managerial position The law eliminates the residence permit for managerial positions. Individuals who currently hold residence permits for managerial positions who are seeking to renew their permits after January 2024 will either be able to obtain an EU Blue Card; intracorporate transfer permit; or residence permit for special purpose, depending on whether they were a local hire or on secondment. Likewise, initial applicants who would have previously applied under the managerial route will similarly be able to utilize one of the above immigration routes.
New residence permit for investors

The law creates a residence permit for investment purposes for:

    • shareholders of a domestic company with a paid-in capital amount or share value of at least EUR 500,000; or
    • board members, legal representatives, and administrators of domestic companies or legal representatives of branches of foreign companies, which have assets or turnover of at least EUR four million.  
The law intends to attract investors and shareholders into Greece to help reinvigorate the economy.
EU Blue Card The law codifies the EU Blue Card, which has been available since January 2023. It will also further simplify the EU Blue Card application process, by allowing for digital submission, eliminating the need to file the application in person. The law implements the EU Blue Card Directive, which aims to make the EU Blue Card more attractive to highly skilled workers from non-EU countries.

These changes were made as the Greek government seeks to streamline the work permit options available to foreign nationals and to implement the EU Blue Card Directive, which seeks to attract highly-skilled workers and investment to Greece and the European Union.

Since the law has been approved by the government, it will automatically take effect in January 2024. However, due to the most recent national election in Greece, there may be amendments to the law by the newly elected government in the interim. However, due to the government’s commitment to simplify and streamline immigration processes in Greece, it is not anticipated that there will be any major changes. Fragomen will report on any developments as they arise.

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