Greek Citizenship Through Greek Descent

What to do if you are of Greek descent and would like to become a Greek citizen...

Any national (EU and non-EU) who can prove Greek descent has a right to apply for Greek citizenship. If the application is successful, they are free to live and work in Greece.

Children born before 8 May 1984 to Greek mothers, children born before 16 July 1982 to Greek fathers, or grandchildren of grandparents born in Greece are eligible to acquire Greek citizenship.

It is suggested to obtain legal advice regarding application for citizenship through descent.

Males aged between 19 and 45 who acquire Greek citizenship are required to do 6 months National Service in the Greek Military.

The website Living in Greece has more information on obtaining Greek citizenship.