Stringent qualifying requirements must be met by remote employees. With the introduction of a new “digital nomad”-style visa, Greece has joined a number of other European nations in an effort to entice remote employees.
Non-EU citizens can reside and work lawfully in Greece with the Greek Digital Nomad Visa (DNV), which was granted under Law 4825/2021.
Restrictions on eligibility do, however, apply to all of these programs. Detailed information is provided below.
How long is the visa valid?
A stay of up to 12 months is permitted with this visa. The DNV is thereafter only good for a maximum of two years, after which time visa holders can seek a further 12-month extension.
Who’s eligible for a visa?
Those who operate remotely or as independent contractors and are not EU nationals. Only citizens of Third Countries, including British people, should apply.
Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they can carry out their job remotely utilizing equipment such as a computer and the internet and that they operate for an organization headquartered outside of Greece or with clients who are located abroad.
The greatest possible barrier for potential candidates is their ability to demonstrate their ability to pay their bills. Greece requires the primary visa applicant to demonstrate monthly earnings of at least €3,500 (£3,036) after tax deductions.
If the applicant is bringing a spouse (€4,200/£3,641), the minimum income increases by 20%; if the applicant is bringing a kid (€4,025/£3,489), it increases by 15%.
What does it cost?
It costs €75 to apply for a visa.
How do you apply?
According to Law 4825/2021, applicants for visas must present the following paperwork:
- A statement letter
- Employment verification
- Evidence of sufficient funding
- A DNV fee
Candidates who are employed must provide confirmation of a work agreement from an employer headquartered outside of Greece, while those who are self-employed must declare their earnings and offer contracts or pay stubs to support their applications.
The Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum will ultimately award the residency permit. The request can be filed through email or registered letter, and the consular authority is required to answer within 10 days.