In Greek legislation, all the time there are changes that relate to the status of the spouse of the Greek citizen. Is there something new now? What law is it regulated by?
Law 4540/2018 supplements Law 4251/2014 (Greek Migration Code), but there are no changes regarding the status of spouses of Greek citizens.
In the circle of family members of a citizen of Greece, the category of cohabitants was added (according to the officially registered cohabitation agreement). And thus, the members of the family of a citizen of Greece are:
1) Spouse (spouse)
2) Cohabitant (under a formalized agreement on cohabitation in Greece or at the consular office of Greece)
3) Direct relatives of the spouse (s) or cohabitant of a citizen of Greece: children of spouses or cohabitants under the age of 21 years or regardless of age, provided they are kept by the family of a citizen of Greece, as well as adopted children.
4) Direct relatives of the spouse (s) or cohabitant of a Greek citizen: parents, provided they are supported by a Greek family.
5) Any other relatives of the spouse or cohabitant (brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandmothers) provided that they depend on a Greek citizen or spouse or cohabitant of a Greek citizen who, due to health, need personal care of a family member Greece
Each family member of a Greek citizen pays a fee of 16 euros for a printout of an electronic residence permit.
In the case of a reprint of a residence permit (in case of loss, for example) a fee of 16 euros and 100 euros is set.
Spouses of citizens of Greece all also receive a residence permit first for 5 years, and then for 10? Are there any exceptions?
Initial registration of the residence permit of the spouse (cohabitant) of a Greek citizen, as well as family members for 5 years.
The renewal of the residence permit of the spouse (cohabitant) is issued for 10 years, since the permanent residence permit is μόνιμη διαμονή, provided that the applicant did not have periods of absence from the country that do not exceed 2 years in total for 5 years of the first residence permit.
If the periods of absence from the country exceed 2 years for 5 years of the first residence permit, when renewed, they are issued again for 5 years and provided that the marriage or contract of cohabitation is in effect.
If the marriage or cohabitation is not 3 years old before the termination, then the applicant will be refused renewal of the residence permit. Moreover, if a foreigner had before marriage or cohabitation of a residence permit in another category, he is given the right to return to the previous residence permit. And if there was no residence permit before marriage or cohabitation, then there are no other options to retain the right to a residence permit in the law.
If the marriage or cohabitation is 3 years before the termination, then the applicant is entitled to a personal residence permit (προσωποπαγές δικαίωμα) for a period of 5 years, provided that the foreigner has medical insurance and proof of financial possibility for independent living in Greece (this is proved by a tax declaration declared income of at least 4,500 euros, or a receipt from the bank of the presence of 4,500 euros in the applicant's account).
Is it possible to work and live in the EU with this residence permit? Travel?
Work with this residence permit cannot be in the EU.
Only if the departure will be with the spouse to the EU country and the registration of the citizen of Greece and the residence permit to the spouse will be executed there.
You can travel to all EU countries that are signed under the Schengen Convention.
Theoretically stay in the EU country for a Greek residence permit can be up to 90 days. But in fact, since departures and entrances within the EU are not fixed, in case of exceeding 90 days there are no negative consequences.
Earlier in a residence permit was written - a member of the family of an EU citizen, now it will be writing on new ones - a member of the family of a Greek citizen ... does this change anything?
Yes, this is true, but despite the fact that these categories of family member status of an EU citizen and a Greek citizen are very similar, in fact there are differences that were introduced by the last law of 4540/2018.
In addition to the circle of family members of a citizen of Greece, as they are now indicated, family members of an EU citizen are also cohabitants, but also cohabitants without a formalized cohabitation agreement that can document their long-term relationship, for example, common household, common child or adopted, long-term legal, financial or public obligations, which have taken on cohabitants.
Any relatives of a family member of an EU citizen are entitled to a residence permit for a period of 2 years under the same conditions as for relatives of a family member of a Greek citizen (maintenance, dependency for health reasons), but also a relative who contains a family member of an EU citizen.