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GREECE – Change in Photograph Requirements

Effective imminently, all applications for residence permits for non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) nationals in Greece should be accompanied by photographs that meet Greek passport standards, plus a soft copy of the photograph in JPEG format. The new requirement is not in force yet, but the Ministry of Public Affairs has confirmed that it will be implemented in the near future.

Greek Passport Photographs

The key difference between Greek passport photographs and the type of photographs usually submitted for a permit application is the size. Photographs must be 4cm x 6cm.

The specific requirements for the photographs are very detailed; however, most photographs in Greece should be able to provide the necessary format.

Key criteria are as follows:

  • 4cm x 6cm
  • White or light coloured background
  • Face forward, eyes open, mouth closed, neutral expression
  • No headcovering except for religious reasons, in which case it must not obscure the face, or medical reasons, in which case a medical certificate must be provided.

Additionally, the photographs must be accompanied by a soft copy in JPEG format, to be submitted on a CD.

Action Items

  • Note the new requirements for photographs to be submitted in support of residence permit applications.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Corporate Relocations Greece

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2021 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.