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Greek Citizenship
Via Ancestry

Program Overview

Three types of eligibility

Path #1

By Birth

Path #2

By Descent

Path #3

Citizenship via Naturalization


If the applicant was born before 07/16/1982 to a Greek father and a foreign mother in the context of an existing marriage, he is presumed to have acquired Greek citizenship at the time of birth.If the applicant was born after 07/16/1982 to a Greek father and a foreign mother, whether married or unmarried, he is presumed to have acquired Greek citizenship at birth.If the applicant is born before 05/08/1984 to a Greek mother and a foreign father (regardless of nationality) in an illegal or non-existent marriage, he is considered to have acquired Greek citizenship at the time of birth.If the applicant is born after 05/08/1984 to a Greek mother and a foreign father (regardless of nationality), regardless of the type of marriage, he is considered to have acquired Greek citizenship at the time of birth.

If you've successfully established your bloodline and gathered the necessary documentation, you'll be applying for Greek citizenship by descent next.

Who is Eligible to Apply

Greek citizenship is set by the Greek Nationality (or Citizenship) Code (Law No. 1438/1984) and other laws, especially Law No. 3284/2004. If a person's parent is a Greek citizen, they can acquire Greek citizenship at birth, even if the parent has not exercised their right to citizenship. A person must be registered in the records of a municipality in Greece to be considered a Greek citizen. Greek citizens who live in the United States can apply for a certificate of registration through the Greek consular office in their area. The Greek consular office will then send the application to the right Greek government office. To prove that you are Greek, you need a certificate of registration. You can get this by registering the marriage and birth of the applicant's parents at a Greek consulate in the United States.

The Greek Ministry of Interior, Public Administration, and Decentralization, not consulates, is in charge of deciding who is a citizen. People can use their right to become Greek citizens by going to the Greek consulate closest to them and showing proof of their Greek ancestry. It should be noted that Greek citizenship is an inalienable right for those born to a Greek citizen, and that consulates do not "grant" citizenship but rather assist individuals in exercising their right to citizenship in accordance with Greek law.

Free Greek Citizenship Eligibly Assessment

Vital Records Requirements

You can apply in Greece (you'll need a translator) or at a Greek embassy or consulate (you will need two witnesses who are Greek citizens). Needless to say, if you do it in the country, it will take much less time to process.

To submit your application, you'll need to gather the following documents:

  • Your travel document
  • Your original birth certificate
  • If applicable, parents' family registry (oikogeneiaki merida) in Greece
  • If applicable, your marriage certificate
  • If applicable, your children's birth certificates
  • If applicable, your children's baptism certificates
  • Birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, and, if applicable, municipal registration for the ancestor for whom you are applying for citizenship.
  • If applicable, your christening or baptism certificate

All paperwork must be apostilled, translated into Greek, and certified. Some of the documents from Greece can be obtained through your local consulate. If you get your passport from your grandparents, be prepared to answer questions about their parents (your great-grandparents), such as their name, date of birth, and marriage.

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Where do you submit your applications?

You can submit your application in person at the Greek Embassy or Consulate closest to your place of residence.

Is there a language requirement?

There is no language requirement.

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