Greece Decentralizes Golden Visa Processing to Tackle Two-Year Waitlists in Greater Athens

Rules requiring golden visa investors submit files in the municipality where they'd bought the property had seen Athens appointments fully booked until 2021.

Since the siren song of Greek golden visas in earnest began to reach Chinese investor migrants three years ago, the program has seen application volume soar to heights for which its administrative infrastructure was, evidently, not prepared. By the end of 2017, the number of golden visa approvals had outpaced that of the preceding year by 64%; by the close of 2018, issuances had increased by a further 46%.

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