Greek Citizenship By Descent

Published April 14, 2021

You have Greek roots and wonder if you are eligible for Greek citizenship ?
If the answer is yes, keep reading.

Do any of your parents have Greek nationality?

The Greek nationality law is based on “Jus sanguinis”, the right of blood. If you are born to at least one parent who is Greek national, you have the right to Greek citizenship, irrespective of your place of birth.

Do you have an ancestor who was a Greek citizen?

If your ancestor was registered in the Greek municipal records (or the military records for male ancestors) and you have proof of your relationship to them, you have the right to Greek citizenship.

If the answer is yes to any of the 2 questions above, then you probably qualify for Greek citizenship by descent.


What are the benefits of Greek citizenship?

  • You can travel to Greece (even during COVID) without a problem.
  • You can live in Greece or stay as long as you want.
  • You can travel to the EU and the Schengen countries without the need of a special visa.
  • You can travel to 184 countries without the need of a visa. The Greek passport is the 5th more powerful in the world.
  • You can live and work in any EU and Schengen country.
  • You are eligible to vote in Greece.

What you need to know:

  • To add the Greek citizenship to your current one, make sure that your current nationality allows dual citizenship.
  • To support your application, you will need to trace and collect older documents in order to demonstrate the relationship to Greece, such as certifications from Greek schools abroad, membership in Greek communities, church certificates, old family passports etc.

Contact us for more information on our “citizenship by descent” service.

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