The right of permanent residence in Greece can be acquired by UK citizens who have lived in Greece legally for a continuous period of 5 years. If you fulfil this requirement, you can apply for a permanent residence document, which confirms your right to live in the country permanently, without any conditions.
With regard to the right of permanent residence, two options will be available to UK citizens: the EU Long Term Resident Status (without integration requirements) or the national permanent resident status for UK citizens (issued upon condition of continuous stay of 5 years and a criminal record control for reasons of public order and security).
Applications for the EU long term resident status can be submitted any time after the withdrawal date on the condition that the person has lived legally in Greece for an uninterrupted period of five years. Periods of absence can be taken into account when calculating this period. Further requirements are: a stable and regular source of income and health insurance. Long term EU residents enjoy the same treatment and rights as nationals in certain areas and can benefit from the possibility, under certain conditions, to move from one EU member-state to another. UK citizens with permanent resident status will enjoy equal treatment to Greek nationals, as provided for in existing legislation applied to EU citizens.
More information can be found at: https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/legal-migration/long-term-residents_en and http://immigration.gov.gr/web/guest/adeia-diamonis-makras-diarkeias (in Greek).
To get a document certifying your right of permanent residence, you must submit proof that you have been living legally in the country for 5 years. You need to provide, along with your application, different supporting documents, depending on your situation (employed, self-employed, jobseeker, pensioner, student). These include:
• a valid registration certificate issued when you arrived
• evidence that you’ve been living in the country, such as utility bills and rental contracts
• evidence such as payslips, bank statements, tax returns that you’ve been working, studying, self-employed, self-sufficient or looking for work.
The authorities must issue the permanent residence document as soon as possible .The document is automatically renewable without any condition or requirement.
Applications for the new permanent resident status (new biometric residence cards) of UK citizens and their family members can be submitted at a later stage towards the end of 2020. UK citizens having a permanent resident status will enjoy equal treatment with the Greek nationals, as provided for in the existing legislation applied to Union citizens. The permanent resident permit for UK citizens will have a duration of five years. Interruption in residence not exceeding three consecutive years will not affect the validity of the new biometric permanent residence card.
For more information see Q&A for the difference between Registration Certificate and Permanent Residence Document above.