Don’t let figures and stories on the news discourage you from checking out this ancient paradise. Greece is possibly not the easiest country in the world to land a job right now but there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

For the first time in years the Greek economy is expected to grow and huge progress has been made with the EU. While finding employment off your own bat is not easy at present, moving to Greece for retirement or on a foreign posting is still a very attractive prospect.  

Numbers show Greek entrepreneurship is on the rise, as are the number of tourists visiting the country. So, whether you’re looking to open a bed and breakfast on a heavenly island or put your feet up in one, Greece still has a lot to offer. 

With a low cost of living, strong social bonds, depth of culture and amazing variety of natural beauty Greece is an amazing part of Europe.

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Greece is part of the EU so people with citizenship of countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) can move, live and work freely in Greece.

Here are some of the ways to live in Greece if you are a citizen of a non-EEA country:

Work visas

  • If you have a recognized university degree or professional experience as well as a work contract or binding job offer, you may be eligible for an "EU Blue Card".   The Blue Card is a four-year temporary work and residence permit.  This also gives you free movement within the Schengen area and enables your family to join you.   If you do not have a work contract or job offer, you can register on the EU Blue Card Network, where European employers can view your details and connect with you around job opportunities.  This is also where you apply for the EU Blue Card.
  • If you are not eligible under the EU Blue Card Programme, you will need a work permit as well as a residence permit to live and work in Greece. A visa must be obtained before entering the country and once in Greece you have to get a tax number and social security number before the work permit application can start, which all has to be done within 30 days of arrival.  Work permits are usually employer and occupancy specific and even the location is fixed so it’s important to do some research and make arrangements before you move. 

Investment

  • The Greece Golden Visa program  grants residence permits to third country nationals and to the members of their families if they invest more than €250,000 in real estate in Greece.

Through your Family

  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Greece, you are probably eligible for residency. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.

Youth Mobility Visa

  • If you are an Australian or Canada citizen between the ages of 18-30, you may be eligible under the Working Holiday Maker programme.

Here are some of the ways to get citizenship of Greece:

  • If one or both of your parents were citizens when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.
  • If your partner/spouse is a citizen of Greece you can apply for citizenship after being resident in Greece for ten years (or three years if there are children) in the last twelve years.  Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.

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The passport for Greece allows you to travel to 158 countries without a visa.

Its global rank is 23.

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