Overview

It concerns non-EU citizens who are members of the boards of directors, shareholders, managers, legal representatives and senior management executives (general managers, directors), domestic companies, as well as subsidiaries and branches of foreign companies legally engaged in commercial activity in Greece.

The entry and residence of non-EU citizens who are going to operate or be employed, in the above capacities, in domestic companies, is allowed only if the domestic company employs at least twenty-five (25) employees.

Procedure

Non-EU citizens are allowed to enter the country after having obtained a national visa.

A non-EU citizen wishing to obtain a national long-stay visa must present himself/herself to the Greek Diplomatic Mission or consular post within the jurisdiction of which he/she is legally resident and  

• submit the provisions of a) general and b) special supporting documents

• be interviewed in order to determine the purpose of entering and staying in Greece

 • pay the required fees as defined in the applicable national legislation (180 euros, subject to a condition of reciprocity or a bilateral agreement or change by decision of the government).

General supporting documents

The long-stay visa (national visa – Visa D) may be issued under the following general conditions – general supporting documents and provided that the applicant for a foreign national of the third country presents to the competent Diplomatic Mission or consular post:

 • a fully completed and signed application form for a national long-stay visa, accompanied by a recent, colored photograph of the applicant, which must meet the relevant standards set by the ICAO.

• passport or other travel document recognized by the competent Greek authorities

• a criminal record certificate of the foreign authorities certifying the criminal status of the applicant in his country of residence

 • a medical certificate from a recognized state or private body, showing that it does not suffer from a disease likely to constitute a risk to public health in accordance with the international data of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Union acquis, as well as other infectious, communicable or parasitic diseases, which require measures to protect public health

• is not considered a threat to public policy, internal security, public health or international relations and is not listed as undesirable in national databases;

• has travel insurance, with a period of validity equal, at least, to the issued visa, which covers the costs that may arise in case of repatriation for medical reasons, for emergency medical care and / or emergency hospital care.

The above non-EU citizens, provided that they receive the entry visa and enter the country, then submit the required documents to the competent service in the country and pay the required fees (150 euros, subject to the existence of a condition of reciprocity and change by decision of the government), they receive this residence permit.

Duration and who else it concerns

A residence permit of two years or the same duration as the planned period of residence in the country, which is renewed every three years, is issued, provided that the persons concerned continue to provide their services. The above non-EU citizens may be accompanied by the members of their family who are granted a residence permit that expires at the same time as the residence permit of the sponsors.

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