Greece is a country in Southeast Europe, surrounded by the Ionian Sea to the West, the Mediterranean to the South and the Aegean to the East. In the North, it borders with Albania, North Macedonia and Bulgaria. It has the longest coastline of all Mediterranean countries and comprises thousands of islands.
Greece has a population of 10.5 million and the capital is Athens. The official language is Greek. It is a member of the European Union and uses the Euro as its currency.
Greece is considered to be the birthplace of Western civilisation. The ancient Greeks were the ones who introduced democracy to the world, as well as the Olympic Games, threatre and Western philosophy and literature. They were also responsible for some of the most important mathematical and scientific principles we use to this day.
Greece offers a very cosmopolitan lifestyle, aided by its Mediterranean climate and welcoming culture. It boasts excellent educational and healthcare facilities and a reasonable cost of living. The economy is based on services and industry.
Greece offers the opportunity for non-residents to apply for a residence permit.
The Greek residence permit provides several privileges:
The applicant must first obtain a visa to enter Greece, as well as health insurance cover before arriving in the country. The application may then be submitted.
There are numerous investment options available, as described below:
Mercury will conduct an initial due diligence and compliance review. The applicant will then arrive in Greece after obtaining a valid entry visa and arranging health insurance with validity in Greece.
If the preferred route is that of property investment, the applicant will first select and purchase the property. If another investment option is chosen, that investment must be completed before the application may be prepared and submitted. All applicants will need to present themselves so that their biometric data may be collected within 6 months of submitting the application.
The application is normally approved within one to two months, at which point the residence permit is issued with a validity of 5 years and renewable for further periods of 5 years.