The digital nomad community has been expanding worldwide, governments have established programs to host more residents. The most well-known types of digital nomads include retired and financially independent people. Greece is introducing its own program through the recently passed Law 4825/2021 (Government Gazette Α’ 157/4.9.2021) permits non-EU citizens who wish to work remotely from Greece to apply for a Digital Nomad Visa. More specifically, according to the new art. 18 par. 1, ie Law 4251/2014, the following shall apply:
Any foreigner, non-EU citizen, who wish to work remotely from Greece and is:
A) Self-employed or;
B) Dependent employee, for a period of up to twelve (12) months.
The Greek Consulate of the place of the applicant's main residence is the competent authority to receive the application for the issuance of a Digital Nomad Visa.
The non-EU citizen fills the application alongside the required documents, by physical presence or remotely (via email or letter). The Greek Consulate is obliged to respond within ten (10) days from the filling of the relevant application and to complete the process of the Digital Nomad Visa issuance.
Keep in mind, that the 'one-stop shop' department of the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum is competent to issue the Digital Nomad Visa.
A) Provision of evidence that he/she has sufficient resources at a stable income, to cover his/her living expenses during his/her stay in Greece, without burdening the national social welfare system.
The amount that was set is 3.500,00 euros per month and is proved 1) by the employment contract or 2) by bank statements. The above minimum amount refers to the net income, after payment of the required taxes in the country where the employment or services are provided.
The above-mentioned amount is increased by twenty per cent (20%) for the spouse and by fifteen per cent (15%) for each minor.
B) During his/her stay in Greece, the main applicant and/or his/her spouse and/or his/her family members are not allowed to provide dependent work or professional activity in Greece.
A Digital Nomad Visa is valid for a period of up to 12 months.
The non-EU citizen and his/her family members may apply for a two-year period Digital Nomad residence permit upon application submitted prior to the expiration of the digital Nomad Visa. This type of visa may be renewed every two years.
This application is filed before the 'one-stop shop' department of the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum.
Family members are eligible for an individual Digital Nomad Visa, valid for the same period as the main applicant's visa. As family members are considered:
A) The spouse.
B) Minors under the age of 18.
If the non-EU citizen and/or his/her family members have already entered the Greek territory with a uniform type of visa or under a visa waiver regime, has/have the opportunity to apply before the 'one-stop shop' department (in Greece) for the issuance of that type of residence permit, within the period of validity of their visa.
Periods of absence from Greece, do not prevent the renewal of the residence permit, as long as they do not exceed six (6) months per year.
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