Golden Visa Program
Cohousing group members who do not have European or Greek residency will take advantage of several permanent residency programs such as the investor visa, digital nomad visa, "financially independent" visa, and more often, property ownership– through the Greek Golden Visa.
The "financially independent" visa currently requires an outside income of €2000 a month, with an additional 20% for the spouse and 15% for every child. It can be renewed every 3 years. The Digital Nomad Visa requires an outside income of €3500 per month. There is both a short-term digital nomad visa and a longer remote worker residency program, but that must be renewed every 2 years.
The property ownership residency program, The Greek Golden Visa, is our GVC residency program of choice because of it's substantial benefits compare to other residency programs and compared to other European Golden Visa programs. The area of Laconia in Greece provides the lowest cost permanent residency program in all of Europe - enabling the entire family to receive permanent residency for a real estate purchase of €250,000 or more in our area of Laconia (the GV price has been raised to €500,000 for other areas of Greece).
NonEuropeans who join our cohousing group will be able to take advantage of the The Golden Visa permanent resident program.
Through a purchase of an ELIA Greek Village Cohousing real estate interest, our members will have the additional benefit of permanent residency in Greece. This Golden Visa is one of the best deals in Europe and in the world
and will open the door to:
Access to living in our community!
Complimentary University & Education Opportunities
Access to Visa-free travel in Schengen
Potential to do business in Schengen via regulatory compliance
Access to Healthcare in Greece and Europe
For Themselves, Their Spouse, Their Children Under 21and unmarried,
and Their Parents!
***Note: We are not lawyers, and the information provided here is for informational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice. You should consult with a licensed Greek attorney for advice regarding the most up to date information and any immigration benefit as it applies to you and your circumstances.
Those Greek Village Cohousing members who, in addition to their real estate interest, also want to contribute to or start their own business headquartered in Greece, whether remote or local (ie: winery, olive oil mill, boutique hotel, gym, trade in local products, natural cosmetics manufacturing, remote online shop, etc), they can also take advantage of this method of obtaining permanent residency below:
From the Official Greek Government website, Enterprise Greece, concerning the Golden Visa. The link to the English translation of the entire immigration permanent residency regulation, Law 4251/2014, can be found here and below:
A. "Permanent residence permit of the investor." (Article 20B)
1. By decision of the Secretary General of the Decentralized Administration or the Directorate for Migration Policy of the Ministry of Migration and Asylum, a residence permit for five years, subject to renewal, is granted to a third-country national who:
(a) has legally entered the country with any type of visa or legally resides in the country, even if the type of residence permit that he possesses, does not permit a change of purpose.
(b) has personally the full ownership, possession, and peaceful enjoyment of real estate property in Greece. In the case of jointly owned property, worth 250,000 euros or 500,000 euros depending on the location of the property, the right of residence is granted only if the owners of the property are spouses with indivisible shares in the property. In all other cases of joint ownership, the right of residence is granted only if the joint ownership rate of each joint owner is worth 250,000 euros or 500,000 euros depending on the location of the property.
(c) has the full ownership, possession, and peaceful enjoyment of real estate property in Greece via a legal entity, whose shares are fully owned by him.
(d) has concluded an agreement for at least a ten-year lease of hotel accommodation or furnished tourist residences in tourist accommodation complexes, pursuant to Article 8 par. 2 of Law 4002/2011 (Government Gazette 1, no 180).
(e) has concluded a time-sharing agreement pursuant to the provisions of Law 1652/1986 "Time-sharing agreement and related issues" (Government Gazette 1, no 167), which is in force.
2. The minimum value of the real estate property, as well as the contractual consideration of hotel accommodation or tourist residences leases of this Article, is determined at two hundred and fifty thousand (250,000) euros or 500,000 euros depending on the location of the property, and must have been paid in full upon the signing of the contract.
The increase of the minimum investment amount, depending on the area where the property is located, will apply from August 1st, 2023. Investors are entitled to buy a property with a minimum value of 250,000 euros even in the affected areas, provided that they have already paid a 10% of the property value as a deposit until July 31st, 2023, and finalize the purchase contract by December 31st, 2023 as required by law.
“ The consideration is paid by a crossed bank cheque to a bank account of the beneficiary, held in a credit institution operating in Greece or with a credit transfer, as defined by Law 4537/2018 article 4, par. 24 (Official Government Gazette Α΄ 84) to a beneficiary’s bank account held in a payment service provider, as defined by Law 4537/2018 article 4 par. 11 operating in Greece or through a POS installed by a payment provider, operating in Greece, by charging a debit or credit card issued by a bank in the name of the buyer, to a beneficiary’s account held in a payment service provider, as provided in Article 4(11) of Law 4537/2018, operating in Greece. The afore-mentioned payments may be also executed by the buyer’s spouse or family members by blood or affinity, up to 2nd degree”.
By joint decision of the Ministers for the Interior and Finance, the value of the above real estate property may be adjusted and shall result from the property value stated in the contracts or from the lease agreements.
3. Το third country nationals, real estate property owners, the possibility of leasing that property is granted.
4. The above third-country national may be accompanied by the members of his family to whom, at their request, an individual residence permit is issued, that expires together with the residence permit of the sponsor.
Family members shall mean:
b. the other spouse or partner with whom a third-country national has a cohabitation agreement in Greece
c. The direct unmarried descendants of the spouses, who are under the age of 21
d. the direct unmarried descendants of the supporter or of the other spouse/partner, provided that their custody has been legally entrusted to the sponsor (for his/her children) and to the other partner (for his/her children), under 21 years of age
e. the direct relatives of the spouses in the ascending line.
5. The above permit may be renewed for an equal duration, each time, provided that the real estate property remains in the ownership and possession of the third-country national or the agreements of paragraph 1 of this remain in force and all other requirements, provided by law, are fulfilled. Periods of absence from the country shall not disrupt the renewal of the residence permit.
"The resale of the real estate property during the period of validity of the residence permit, to another third-country national shall provide the right to the granting of residence permit to the new buyer with simultaneous withdrawal of the vendor's residence permit."
6. The residence permits, being granted pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 4 of this Article, do not establish the right of access to any form of employment.
Please download here a Brief Guide to Residence Permits for real estate owners in Greece, edited by Enterprise Greece, in the following languages: English and Greek.
B. Issue and renewal of residence permit for investment activity (Article 16)
1. The entrance and residence of third-country nationals is permitted in Greece, for the purpose of making investments that will have a positive impact on national development and economy.
Depending on the amount and the characteristics of the investment, up to ten third-country nationals may enter and reside in the country, including the investors, for the implementation and operation of the investment.
2. On the motion of the Foreign Funds Directorate of the Ministry of Development and Investment concerning the characterization of the investment and the feasibility of granting a residence permit, the entry and residence of third-country nationals may be permitted in Greece for the implementation and operation of the investment.
3. The application and the required documents, as specified by the Joint Ministerial Decision, referred to in paragraph 12 of Article 136, are submitted to the Greek Consular Authority of the area of residence of the interested persons, which, within one month, forwards them to the Foreign Funds Directorate of the Ministry of Development and Investment. The above Directorate, within a month, examines the application and forwards the relevant motion to the competent Consular Authority in order for the required national visas to be issued.
4. To the third-country national, who has been granted a visa for the realization of an investment, a residence permit shall be granted for the same reason, on procurement of the required documents.
The duration of validity of the residence permit is for five years and is subject to renewal for an equal period each time, provided the implementation of the investment or its operation is continued after its completion.
5. The above third-country nationals, by way of derogation from the provisions of Article 70, par. 1, may be accompanied by the members of their families who are granted a residence permit for family reunification, expiring simultaneously with the residence permit of the sponsors.
6. The Directorate for Migration Policy of the Ministry of Migration Policy is responsible for the examination of the application and the decision on the issue or the renewal of the residence permit for the realization of investment activity.
7. The provisions of this Article shall apply accordingly for the entry and residence of third-country nationals in the context of new investments realized by Greek undertakings, already operating, or third-country nationals who already reside legally in Greece and hold residence permits for purposes of independent economic or investment activity.
8. In the residence permit of third-country nationals referred to in paragraph 1 of this Article, it shall be stated as “Residence permit for investment activity "and in the" Remarks," the professional status of the holder shall be referenced.
Please download here a Brief Guide to Residence Permits for investment activity in Greece, edited by Enterprise Greece, in the following languages: English and Greek.
II. 1. Up to ten (10) third-country nationals, per investment, deemed necessary, are allowed to enter the country if they have been granted, where necessary, a visa (Visa D), in order to realize investments, which have been characterized as "Strategic Investments", pursuant to a decision of the Interministerial Committee of Strategic Investments on inclusion in Law 3894/2010 (Government Gazette 1, no 204).
The above visa is issued free of charge, on the procurement of the decision of the Interministerial Committee of Strategic Investments, which characterizes the investment as "Strategic Investment" and the motion of the Secretary-General for Strategic and Private Investments referring to the relation of third-country nationals with the entity realizing the strategic investment.
2. The above are granted, by the decision of the Minister for the Interior, a ten-year residence permit, which is renewed for ten years, provided the same requirements are met.
3. For the granting of the residence permit, an application with the required documents is submitted to the Directorate for Migration Policy to the Ministry of Migration and Asylum, as these are defined, by the provisions of Article 136, par. 1, in the Joint Ministerial Decision. The residence permit shall be issued within five (5) days from the date that the application was submitted.
4. The above third-country nationals, by way of derogation from the provisions of Article 70, par. 1, may be accompanied by the members of their family, being granted a residence permit for family reunification, expiring simultaneously with the residence permit of the sponsors, as well as by the support staff, in the case of people with disabilities.
III. 1. Third-country nationals, being subject to Chapters A and B of this Article and legally residing in the country, are not obliged to leave Greek territory in order to apply for a residence permit.
2. The competent departments of the Ministry of Development and Investment shall notify, in writing or by e-mail, the Directorate for Migration Policy of the Ministry of Migration and Asylum, about any change in the evolution of implementation of the investment activity.
C. Residence Permits for investment in securities or a bank deposit in Greece
1. The entrance and residence of third-country nationals is permitted in Greece, for the purpose of making an intangible investment in Greece in specific forms of securities or a bank deposit exceeding the value of €400,000, either as individuals or through legal entities.
2. Beneficiaries of the right to enter and obtain a permanent residence permit under this program are:
- non-EU/EEA citizens who, as individuals, invest in Greece in securities or a bank deposit,
- non-EU/EEA citizens who invest in Greece in securities or a bank deposit through a domestic legal entity of
which they hold all corporate shares,
- shareholders or executives of a foreign legal entity that makes an investment in Greece in securities or a
bank deposit (up to three residence permits are granted depending on the amount of the investment),
- family members of the non-EU/EEA citizen.
The residence permit granted to the above non-EU/EEA citizens does not entitle them to work in Greece.
3. Categories of investment:
a. Capital contribution, amounting to at least four hundred thousand (400,000) euros, to a company headquartered or established in Greece, except for Holding Companies and Real Estate Investment Companies, for the acquisition of stock in a capital stock increase or bonds upon the issuance of a bond loan, which are listed for trading in regulated markets or multilateral trading facilities operating in Greece.
b. Capital contribution, amounting to at least four hundred thousand (400,000) euros, to a Real Estate Investment Company (REIC) under article 21 of Law 2778/1999 (OJHR A-295), whose object is to invest exclusively in Greece, for the acquisition of stock in an increase of its capital stock.
c. Capital contribution, amounting to at least four hundred thousand (400,000) euros, to a Venture Capital Company (VCC) under article 5 of Law 2367/1995 (OJHR A-261) for the acquisition of stock, or capital contribution to a Venture Capital Fund (VCF) under article 7 of Law 2992/2002 (OJHR A-54) for the acquisition of stock, provided that the object of the said Alternative Investment Funds (AIF) is to invest exclusively in companies headquartered or established in Greece.
d. Purchase of Greek Treasury bonds, with an acquisition value of at least four hundred thousand (400,000) euros and a residual duration, at the time of purchase, at least three (3) years, through a credit institution established in Greece, which is also their custodian.
e. Term deposit of at least four hundred thousand (400,000) euros, in a domestic credit institution, for at least one year, with a standing renewal order.
f. Purchase of shares, corporate bonds, or Greek Treasury bonds, which are listed for trading or traded in regulated markets or multilateral trading facilities operating in Greece, of an acquisition value of at least eight hundred thousand (800,000) euro.
g. Purchase of shares of an acquisition value of at least four hundred thousand (400,000) euros in a mutual fund, which has been established in Greece or another country and whose object is to invest exclusively in shares, corporate bonds or Greek Treasury bonds that are listed for trading or traded in regulated markets or multilateral trading facilities operating in Greece.
h. Purchase of shares or stock of an acquisition value of at least four hundred thousand (400,000 euros) in an Alternative Investment Fund (AIF), which has been established in Greece or another Member State of the European Union and whose object is to invest exclusively in real estate in Greece, provided it is included, upon its request, in the list compiled by the Foreign Funds Directorate of the Ministry of Development and Investment in cooperation with the Hellenic Capital Market Commission.