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Greece Work Visas & Permits

When expanding a business abroad, a fundamental part of the process is recruiting the right people to help with the expansion, and this often means bringing in foreign workers. To bring your employees to work in Greece, they will need Greece work visas. 

The process of applying for work visas for Greece can be difficult, with the country’s unique laws, language, and administrative procedures all presenting possible delays.

At Horizons, our experts in foreign expansion offer a wide range selection of Greece work visa services, immigration help, and outsourcing to give your business everything it needs to expand into Greece with the best global talent.

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Standard requirements for Greece work visas

While different visas have slightly different criteria that must be met, there are some general requirements for all Greece work visas:
  • Valid passport
  • Passport photos
  • Application forms (in both English and Greek)
  • Fees
  • Biometrics
  • Health check
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Criminal record check

Types of Greece visas

As Greece is a member of the European Union, workers can use Schengen area visas to spend time in the country. The relevant types of visas are the C visa (for short-term stays) and the D visa (for longer-term stays of more than 90 days). The D visa also enables individuals to apply for their residence/work permit to stay and work in Greece. 

How to get a work visa for Greece

Once your employee has arrived in Greece, they (or you, the employer) can apply for a residency/work permit. This can be done at a police station or authorized government office, and the extract type of permit will vary depending on the type of work and other factors.

You/your employee will need to submit all requested documents and pay any fees, then wait for the permit to be processed. While it is being processed, the office will issue a temporary form that will enable your employee to immediately start working legally.

Other considerations

If your employees need to renew their work permit, they should be sure to start the process at least two months before their existing permit expires to avoid any issues. It is also important to note that anybody from other EU or European Economic Area (EEA) nations does not need to follow the same rules to live and work in Greece, but they will still need to register for residency to stay long-term.

How can Horizons help?

At Horizons, we help employers of all kinds expand all over the world, including to Greece, and we are experts in obtaining work visas for Greece. Our Greece work visa experts provide reliable advice and customized outsourcing to assist you through the country’s complex immigration process. We ensure that you and your workers follow Greece’s immigration and employment regulations and can cut your expansion time significantly. In addition, we offer extensive outsourcing solutions covering recruitment, payroll, HR, administration, and more to help your business start trading in Greece as effectively as possible, even if you don’t have a registered Greek entity.