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June 21, 2023

A Guide to Obtaining Greek Citizenship for Individuals of Greek Descent

A Guide to Obtaining Greek Citizenship for Individuals of Greek Descent

Greek culture and history have influenced the world for centuries, and for those with Greek ancestry, obtaining Greek citizenship can be a meaningful and fulfilling endeavor. Greece offers the opportunity for individuals of Greek descent to reclaim their heritage by acquiring Greek citizenship. In this article, we will guide you through the process of obtaining Greek citizenship, from eligibility requirements to the application procedure. Let's embark on this journey of reconnecting with your Greek roots.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for Greek citizenship based on Greek descent, you must meet certain criteria. The key requirements include:

  1. Greek ancestry: You must have at least one parent or grandparent who was a Greek citizen at the time of your birth. If you are applying through your grandparents, they must have been registered in the records of a Greek municipality.
  2. Age requirements: If you are an adult, there are no specific age restrictions for applying. However, if you are applying on behalf of a minor, the child must be under the age of 18.
  3. Proof of descent: You will need to provide documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and any other relevant documentation that establishes your lineage to your Greek ancestor.

Application Process:

Once you have confirmed your eligibility, the next step is to begin the application process for Greek citizenship. Here's an overview of the steps involved:

  1. Gather the required documents: Collect all the necessary documentation, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and proof of Greek ancestry, including official records of your Greek parent or grandparent.
  2. Contact the Greek consulate or embassy: Reach out to the Greek consulate or embassy in your country of residence to inquire about the specific requirements and procedures for applying for Greek citizenship. They will provide you with the necessary forms and guidance.
  3. Fill out the application forms: Complete the application forms accurately and provide all the required information. Be sure to include any supporting documentation as specified by the consulate.
  4. Submit the application: Once you have filled out the application forms and gathered all the required documents, submit your application to the Greek consulate or embassy. Ensure that you have paid any applicable fees.
  5. Application processing: The Greek authorities will review your application, verify the provided documents, and conduct any necessary background checks. This process may take several months, so it's important to be patient.
  6. Citizenship approval: If your application is approved, you will be notified by the Greek authorities. At this stage, you may be required to take an oath of allegiance to Greece.
  7. Obtain Greek citizenship: After taking the oath, you will be issued a Greek citizenship certificate, confirming your newly acquired Greek citizenship.

Benefits of Greek Citizenship:

Acquiring Greek citizenship as an individual of Greek descent opens up a range of opportunities and benefits. Some advantages include:

  1. Access to EU: Greek citizenship grants you the right to live, work, and study in any European Union (EU) member country, thanks to Greece's EU membership.
  2. Cultural heritage: By obtaining Greek citizenship, you can reconnect with your ancestral roots, explore Greek history, and immerse yourself in the rich Greek culture.
  3. Right to vote: As a Greek citizen, you can participate in Greek elections, both at the national and European level, allowing you to have a say in the democratic processes of Greece.
  4. Travel benefits: Greek citizenship enables you to travel with a Greek passport, which offers visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to numerous countries worldwide.

To learn more or for assistance obtaining your Greek citizenship, contact our Greek Affairs attorney Rose Livaditis at contact@pnlawyers.com.

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