Greece cancels suspension decision "golden visas"

The Greek authorities have published a decision on the extension of residence permits for Golden Visa holders, which was previously suspended on the basis of recommendations European Commission. Information about this is published on the website of the Ministry of Migration and Asylum.

IN publications The ministry’s website says:

The suspension of consideration of submitted applications for the extension of residence permits by citizens of the Russian Federation and Belarus is cancelled. The suspension of the submission and approval of new applications for the issuance of residence permits remains until further notice.

By decision of the Minister of Migration and Asylum, Mr. Notisa Mitarakis the suspension of consideration and decision-making on pending applications for the extension of the validity of a residence permit in accordance with articles 16 and 20 B of Law 4251/2014, filed by citizens of the Russian Federation and Belarus, including members of their families, has been lifted.

The submission of new applications for a residence permit, as well as applications for the extension of a residence permit by citizens of the Russian Federation and Belarus belonging to the category of “business owners” of Article 17 of Law 4251/2014, has been suspended.

However, until recently, the suspension of filing and approval new statements for obtaining a residence permit under articles 16 and 20 B of Law 4251/2014 by citizens of the Russian Federation and Belarus, including members of their families, according to investment certificates.

With regard to the suspension of new applications, it is noted that exceptions apply:

a) citizens of the Russian Federation or Belarus who are members of the family of investors of another nationality;

b) citizens of the Russian Federation or Belarus who are family members of the investor, a citizen of the Russian Federation or Belarus who have already applied for an extension of their residence permit or have a valid residence permit.

It is noted that Greece until recently suspended issuance of residence permits for investment purposes for citizens of the Russian Federation and Belarus, before the formation of the corresponding position of the European Union. In this context, the European Commission issued its recommendation – number C (2022) 2028 (03/28/2022), which was taken into account when making this decision.

PS For what we mentioned previously a citizen of the Russian Federationwho filed a lawsuit against the ministry in the Supreme Court of Greece, everything ended well – they did not even have to wait for a positive decision.

I wonder why they changed their mind? Did someone in the country’s leadership decide not to escalate relations with the Russian Federation, or did China heavily hint at sanctions? After all, it is the citizens of this country that make up more than 60% of those who received these visas, and Greece will definitely not risk offending China, even if the United States asks very much.



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