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Greece: Documents that the foreign spouse of a Greek citizen must submit to Greek authorities in order to obtain and renew an Alien's Residence Permit; whether documentation or application requirements are any different for retirees (May 2006)

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Ottawa
Publication Date 16 May 2006
Citation / Document Symbol GRC101330.E
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In 15 May 2006 correspondence sent to the Research Directorate, an official from the Embassy of Greece in Ottawa provided the following information:

Law 3386 of 23 August 2005 stipulates that the foreign spouse of a Greek citizen must submit the following documents to Greek authorities in order to obtain an Alien's Residence Permit:

An application (within 3 months of arrival in the country);

Certified copy of alien's valid passport;

Certified copy of Greek spouse's identification card;

Written proof of relationship to Greek citizen, i.e. Marriage Certificate from the Special Registry of Athens;

Certificate from a Health Insurance Plan attesting to the fact that the person has been insured for hospitalization, medical care, and medication costs.

In order to renew an Alien's Residence Permit, one must resubmit all of the documents used to obtain the permit except the marriage certificate, instead of which one submits a "family status certificate" to prove that the applicant still maintains a relationship with the Greek citizen.

When asked whether documentation or application requirements differ for retirees, the official stated that there was "[n]o particular mention in the law for retired people." The official added that the Embassy "assumes" the same rules apply to all foreign spouses of Greek citizens. Further information on the documentation required by retired spouses of Greek citizens who wish to obtain an Alien's Residence Permit could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate within time constraints.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim for refugee protection. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

Greece. 15 May 2006. Embassy of Greece in Ottawa. Correspondence sent by an official.

Additional Sources Consulted

Internet Sites, including: Embassy of Greece in London; Embassy of Greece in Ottawa; Embassy of Greece in Washington, DC; Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece; Ministry of Public Order of Greece; United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Refworld 2005.

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