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. Those seeking citizenship require is a certificate from the local municipality in Greece certifying that their ancestor was born in Greece, has a municipality number, and therefore was Greek by birth. Other documents required are the marriage certificate of that ancestor and the birth certificate of their child, until reaching the person applying for citizenship.

Males aged between 19 and 45 who acquire Greek citizenship are required to do 6 months National Service in the Greek Military. The right to acquire Greek citizenship is granted to children who have a diploma from a Greek secondary or vocational school, or a university. It is also granted to children who have studied for 9 years at a Greek school or have completed the 6 years of the secondary school education.

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