Extension of residence permits due to the coronavirus
By decision of the Ministry of Immigration and Asylum, residence permits and residence permit application certificates (blue certificate) will be extended for 5 months due to the suspension of public reception from 12/3/2020 until 10/4/2020 at the Immigration Services of the Decentralized Administrations, as well as the Department of Migration Policy of the Ministry.
This means that:
Any residence permits, residence cards and permanent residence cards which have expired or will expire in the period between 11 February 2020 up until 12 May 2020 and of which could have been renewed, will now be valid for up to an additional five (5) months from their expiration date.
Any residence permit application certificates (blue certificates) and special legal residence certificate which expired before 12 March 2020 as well as those which will expire between 13 March up until 12 May 2020 and could have been renewed, will now be valid for up to an additional five (5) months from their expiration date.
There will be a further announcement on the website of the Immigration Service of the Decentralized Administration regarding the process for renewing residence permits and residence certifications, as well as for the residence permits and certificates expiring after 12/05/2020.
Additionally, those who entered the country with an entry visa or any other visa, with which they had the right to apply for a residence permit, but were not able to between 12 March 2020 up until 10 April 2020, due to the closure of the services, will now be able to submit their application up until 10 May 2020.
While the services are closed, you can send additional supporting documents by post (registered mail) or courier only if this has been requested of you by an official document from the service either when you submitted your application or by an official letter sent to your home address. In the case that you send additional supporting documents by post, they should be limited to one (1) person per envelope and the file number of the person must be clearly stated within. In the case of a family, one (1) envelope per family member with the file number of the person clearly indicated within.
For more information please see the announcements of the Immigration Services (in Greek):