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New Greek Citizenship Test to Require Language Proficiency

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...

Number of British Businessmen Seeking Greek Citizenship on Sharp Rise

The number of British businessmen looking to acquire citizenship from countries offering visa-free access to the European Union has risen sharply, investment migration firms say, as prospects of a post-Brexit trade deal between Britain and the bloc darken. Investment immigration...

Greece Extends Offer of Citizenship to Tom Hanks' Entire Family

Officials from the Greek government explained in detail on Tuesday the reasons why it extended an offer of citizenship to Tom Hanks in December and also stated that the offer included Hanks’ wife, actress and producer Rita Wilson, and...

Migrants Granted Greek Citizenship After Saving Dozens in Mati Fire

Greece's President Prokopis Pavlopoulos will grant Greek citizenship to three migrant fishermen who helped rescue dozens of people from the sea during the deadly fire at Mati last summer. One hundred people died in the disaster, which struck eastern Attica...

Recipients of Greek Citizenship Up 138 Percent in 2016

There was a 138 percent hike in the numbers of foreign nationals granted citizenship in Greece in 2016 compared with the previous year, according to figures released by Eurostat on Monday. A total of 33,210 individuals received Greek citizenship, of...

Greece's Migrant Naturalization Bill Expected to Pass in Principle But without ANEL Support

The government's bill on Greek citizenship and naturalization of second-generation migrants looks set to be passed in principle by Greece's Parliamentary plenum on Wednesday, though without the backing of junior coalition partner Independent Greeks (ANEL). The bill is supported by opposition parties...

Bill Tabled for Deliberation Tries to Settle Greek Citizenship Issue for Immigrant Children

Legal residence in Greece of one parent for at least five years before a child's birth and the enrollment of that child in first grade during the citizenship application year are the main requirements for immigrant children to acquire...