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Greece

If your company is sending employees to Greece—Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Greece, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible. 

Greek immigration law is quite strict and does not offer many solutions for foreign national workers. Requirements, processing times, employment eligibility, and benefits for accompanying family members vary by visa classification.
 
Business visitors to Greece typically use a local version of the Schengen-C Visa, unless they are visa exempt. The Schengen area limits stays to 90 days in a 180-day period. Business visits must generally be limited to a few days; the exact duration of stay will be determined by Greek authorities on a case-by-case basis.
 
The main work authorization categories are the Installation of Equipment Visa, suitable for short-term installation, testing and maintenance of supplied items by technical staff under a service agreement; the Vander Elst Visa, suitable for temporary provision of services on the basis of a supplier agreement; and the Work and Residence Permit for Senior Employees, suitable for long-term work and residence under a local employment contract in Greece.  
 
Note that foreign nationals entering Greece for work purposes require a D Visa. EU/European Economic Area/Swiss nationals are visa and work permit exempt.