Greek citizenship is the legal relationship between an individual and a state.
Naturalisation is the process of acquiring the Greek citizenship for foreign expatriates (populations of Greek origin outside of the Greek borders) and allogeneic foreigners (citizens of other countries).
➢ By Birth
Yes! ➢ By recognition
The Decentralized Administrations of each Municipality are responsible for this matter. Naturalisation applications are submitted to the competent department of naturalisation according to the Municipality you reside in. In the following table you can see all the required steps of the naturalisation process. The table with the naturalisation process by the Ministry of Interior can be found in the following link
Below you can see in detail the 7 naturalisation steps by the Decentralised Administration of Attica
After submitting the documents on the date and time set for you and if there are no omissions, the procedures followed for completing your naturalisation are made by the service without requiring any further action on your part. If you need to provide some additional supporting documents our service sends you a letter. For this reason it is extremely important to update the service on any change of residence by submitting a Solemn Declaration of change of address along with the required supporting documents addressed to the Secretariat of our service (6 Ipatias St., Athens, Monday to Friday, 8:00 -14:30). Finally, we should note that the only information required on your part concerns the renewal of your residence permit, a copy of which should be presented to our service whenever it is issued. For Athens: To book your appointment you should arrive to our service, 6 Ipatias St., Athens, 1st floor, Office 1 from Monday to Friday, hours: 8:00-14:00. You can receive an update on the progress of your naturalization application every Monday 8:30-14:00, 6 Ipatias St., Athens, Office 1. Lawyers are available at any weekday.
Six months after submitting the application for the acquisition of Greek citizenship through the naturalisation process, you will be asked to an interview with the Naturalisation Committee operating in the Decentralized Administration of your residence.What is the Committee’s objective? To assess whether the essential naturalization conditions are met. How long does the interview last? Approximately 20-25 minutes. What are the questions about? The initial questions are related to your life, your work, your place of origin. Then the questions concerned the history of Greece, geography, politics, the place you reside in and current issues that are of interest to the Greek society. Examples of questions per subject:
It should be noted that at the discretion of the Commission and by the grading process of the Committee, a positive or negative decision is formed by the Committee which is communicated by a document of the service. If there is a negative decision by the Committee an objection may be submitted to the Council of Citizenship of the Ministry of Interior, within 15 days of notification of the decision. At the discretion of the Council of Citizenship the objection is either accepted or discarded.
A. Next, there is a decision by the Minister of Interior, with which the application for acquisition of Greek citizenship is accepted, followed by announcement of the naturalisation to the service, so the interested party may be invited to take an oath as described below in step 6.
B. The application is rejected by the decision of the Minister of Interior and a new application may be submitted with a reduced administrative fee of two hundred (200) Euros after one year has passed from the date of the negative decision of the Minister.
Following the positive assessment of the Committee and the decision is communicated to the Ministry of Interior so the decision of the Minister of Interior will follow. After the publication of a summary of the Greek naturalisation decision in the Government Gazette and a notice to the service, the next step is the oath.
The naturalization process is completed by the Greek Citizen oath for which the service sends a letter setting the specific date and time. Along with this letter a solemn declaration is also sent where the particulars of underage children are stated.
It is the final stage of the service's involvement after taking the oath, and it relates to the mandate given to women for their registration in the Municipal Roll of the City of Athens, while for the men a decision of registration in the Males Register of the City of Athens is needed first and then they may register to the Municipal Roll.
* It should be noted that the children of naturalised citizens acquire the Greek citizenship provided that they are underage (under 18) and unmarried at the time of the parents' oath. If you are interested in this process you should contact the Municipality of Athens. If the children are adults by the time of the oath they need to submit a new request.
|CAN I?||Greek National Card||Residence Permit for dependent work (2 year + renewal for 3 years)||Ten Year Residence Permit||Long Term Residence Permit – Five Year Duration (European)||Residence Permit of Greek family member or citizen of the EU||Second Generation Permit||No Residence Permit||Stateless (child born in Greece, no nationality recognised)|
|Enroll in the University?||√||x||√||√||√||√||x||x|
|Study in a Schengen country?||√||x||x||√||√ (under conditions)**||√||x||x|
|Work in the European Union?||√||x||X||√ (under conditions)*||√ (under conditions)**||x||x||x|
|Have full access to the labour market?||√||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Work in the public sector?||√||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Have political rights?||√||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|