1 November 2023
4.3 Ten-year Residence Permit under Article 138, Paragraph 1 (Law 4251/14) – Initial Issuance

Duration: 10 years

  1. Certified photocopy of all pages of the passport or travel document covering the validity period of the last residence permit.
  2. Residence permit.
  3. Electronic fee of 900 Euros (fee code 2110).
  4. Printout of insurance capacity  (direct – indirect) issued by a public insurance agency (EFKA – National Social Security Entity) with the submission of: A.M.K.A. – Social Security Number, Α.Μ.Α. – Social Security Member Registration Number, A.F.M. – Taxpayer Identification Number or Insurance policy by a private insurance company, if this was allowed by the previous permit.
  5. Certificate from the competent authorities, in cases where residence permits have not been issued by the Directorates for Foreigners and Immigration, for the total period of legal residence in Greek territory or certified photocopies of previous residence permits proving legal residence in Greece for ten years during the last twelve years.
  6. Copy of the tax clearance note if a tax return was filed in the previous year or copy of the submitted tax return in case this was submitted for the first time during the year of applying for a residence permit renewal.
  7. Proof of meeting the renewal requirements of the current residence permit held.
  8. Documents required for card issuance:
    • Four (4) recent, colored, passport-sized photos(40x60mm without a frame/high resolution/on a white background/neutral face expression, etc.), submitted also in digital form on an optical storage disk (CD) in JPEG 2000 format.
    • Card fee of 16 Euroscovering the printing of the separate document (electronic residence permit) (e-Paravolo / fee code 2119)
    • Official public document from the country of birth or origin, officially certified and translated, clearly stating the place of birth. The translation must also indicate the place of birth in Latin characters.(To be provided only if the passport does not show the place of birth in Latin characters)



The Ten-year residence permit is a TRANSITIONAL PERMIT, meaning not everyone is eligible to obtain it.In particular, only those who held a residence permit valid on 01/01/2006 have the right to obtain this permit. Those who obtained a residence permit for the first time after this date cannot apply for this specific permit.

Ten-year residence permits are renewed according to the current provisions for the acquisition of long-term resident status. If the requirements for long-term resident status are not met, then the ten-year residence permit is renewed for three years and allows access to dependent work-provision of services or work, as well as independent economic activity, depending on the activity carried out under  the ten-year residence permit they held.

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