In the first half of 2018, 2968 applicants received a residence permit in Greece through investments. Thus, the Greek program for the provision of “golden visas” is becoming the most popular in the Old World.
Since the opening of the program at the end of 2013, Greece has issued 8,367 “golden visas” to the main applicants and 12,089 to their family members, that is, a residence permit (permit) received by 20,456 people. This is 6,000 more than in Portugal.
Most of the program participants (47%) are citizens of China. Russians make up 14.5% of all applicants, Ukrainians – 2.8%. The most popular area for buying property among the program participants is Athens.
The program of Greece is one of the fastest and cheapest European programs, allowing foreign citizens to issue a residence permit in the country through the purchase of real estate. Residence permit in Greece allows you to move freely in all Schengen countries.
There are no requirements for the minimum period of residence in the country to obtain or extend a residence permit.
Irina Simonyan, director of marketing for Henley & Partners Russia & CIS: “Our compatriots traditionally buy property in the north of mainland Greece in the historical and religious region of Halkidiki. The capital of Greece, Athens, is also gaining popularity – it is still undervalued, but the very promising and dynamic market. Those who are looking for something new and more secluded choose Crete, villas or new large buildings. ”