New res­i­dence per­mits to be is­sued

For­eign­ers will be able to ap­ply for cards with elec­tronic chip as in other parts of EU

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Ad­he­sive la­bels in pass­ports and all other kinds of pa­per­work re­lat­ing to for­eign na­tion­als liv­ing in Greece are to be scrapped and re­placed by a new, elec­tronic res­i­dence per­mit that will also dou­ble up as an iden­tity card.

There are cur­rently 557,476 third-coun­try na­tion­als liv­ing in Greece legally and, ac­cord­ing to a cir­cu­lar is­sued by the Mi­gra­tion Pol­icy Min­istry yes­ter­day, they will soon be able to ap­ply for a meet­ing with au­thor­i­ties to go through the nec­es­sary process for ob­tain­ing their per­mits.

Within 30 days of re­ceiv­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion, Greek au­thor­i­ties will have to set a date for the meet­ing, dur­ing which their bio­met­ric data (user’s photo and fin­ger­prints) will be recorded so it can be en­tered on the card’s elec­tronic chip. The chip can also store elec­tronic proof of iden­tity and a qual­i­fied elec­tronic signature.

The card will also show whether the holder has the right to work in Greece.

All Euro­pean mem­ber-states are obliged to in­tro­duce the elec­tronic res­i­dence per­mit based on a reg­u­la­tion first passed in 2002 and then up­dated in 2008. The aim is to de­sign a uni­form res­i­dence per­mit for the EU. Sev­eral other coun- tries, such as Ger­many which rolled out its res­i­dence cards in Septem­ber 2011, have al­ready com­pleted the process.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry’s cir­cu­lar, the cost of ob­tain­ing the res­i­dence per­mit will be 16 eu­ros. Any for­eign­ers liv­ing in Greece who al­ready have res­i­dence per­mits will not have to up­date to the new for­mat un­til their cur­rent doc­u­men­ta­tion ex­pires.

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