As expected, prospective legislation that was brought before the Greek Parliament on Tuesday stipulates that foreign nationals who desire Greek citizenship must demonstrate proficiency in the Greek language.
The prospective applicants must sit for exams and demonstrate proficiency in the areas of Greek culture, politics and history and show that they have a command of the Greek language which is equivalent to the “B1” level.
Currently, there is a backlog of approximately 30,000 citizenship applications, some of which have been languishing in the system for years. The Greek state believes that the new testing program will help speed up the application process.
These new written tests will supplant the previous oral tests, which, if the legislation passes, will only be used in special circumstances. These may include if the applicant has dyslexia or is over 67 years of age.
Of course, graduates of any Greek high school or university will not be obliged to take the exams.
The questions on the citizenship tests will be selected from a list of subjects that all those seeking Greek citizenship will have access to online. Additionally, if a candidate fails the test the fist time, they will be allowed to take it again as long as they pay a fee.
The first exam will carry a cost of 250 euros.
The testing will be offered twice every calendar year and successful applicants must receive a score of 80% or above to be eligible for citizenship.