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Greece: Modes of Acquisition of Citizenship

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Mode Target person Year Article in law Procedure Conditions Changes since 1985
A01a
Person born to a citizen of a country (birth in that country) 2016 GRE 1(1)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece to a citizen.No major changes
A01a
Person born to a citizen of a country (birth in that country) 2015 GRE 1(1)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece to a citizen.No major changes
A01a
Person born to a citizen of a country (birth in that country) 2014 GRE 1(1)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece to a citizen.No major changes
A01a
Person born to a citizen of a country (birth in that country) 2013 GRE 1(1)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece to a citizen.No major changes
A01b
Person born to a citizen of a country (birth abroad) 2016 GRE 1(1)AutomaticPerson is born abroad to a citizen.No major changes
A01b
Person born to a citizen of a country (birth abroad) 2015 GRE 1(1)AutomaticPerson is born abroad to a citizen.No major changes
A01b
Person born to a citizen of a country (birth abroad) 2014 GRE 1(1)AutomaticPerson is born abroad to a citizen.No major changes
A01b
Person born to a citizen of a country (birth abroad) 2013 GRE 1(1)AutomaticPerson is born abroad to a citizen.No major changes
A02a
Person born in a country (irrespective of the citizenship and birthplace of his/her parents) 2016 No provisionn.a.n.a.Provision was repealed as a result of Decision 460/2013 of the Council of State (February 2013)
A02a
Person born in a country (irrespective of the citizenship and birthplace of his/her parents) 2015 No provisionn.a.n.a.Provision was repealed as a result of Decision 460/2013 of the Council of State (February 2013)
A02a
Person born in a country (irrespective of the citizenship and birthplace of his/her parents) 2014 No provisionn.a.n.a.Provision was repealed as a result of Decision 460/2013 of the Council of State (February 2013)
A02a
Person born in a country (irrespective of the citizenship and birthplace of his/her parents) 2013 GRE 1A(1)DeclarationPerson is born in Greece and both parents have been permanently resident there for 5 years at time of the person's birth.No major changes
A02b
Person born in a country to a parent who was also born in that country 2016 GRE 1(2)(a)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece to at least one parent also born there and permanently resident in Greece at the time of the person's birth.2010
A02b
Person born in a country to a parent who was also born in that country 2015 GRE 1(2)(a)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece to at least one parent also born there and permanently resident in Greece at the time of the person's birth.2010
A02b
Person born in a country to a parent who was also born in that country 2014 GRE 1(2)(a)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece to at least one parent also born there and permanently resident in Greece at the time of the person's birth.2010
A02b
Person born in a country to a parent who was also born in that country 2013 GRE 1(2)(a)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece to at least one parent also born there and permanently resident in Greece at the time of the person's birth.2010
A03a
Foundling found in a country of unknown parentage 2016 GRE 1(2)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece with unknown citizenship or does not acquire another citizenship at birth.No major changes
A03a
Foundling found in a country of unknown parentage 2015 GRE 1(2)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece with unknown citizenship or does not acquire another citizenship at birth.No major changes
A03a
Foundling found in a country of unknown parentage 2014 GRE 1(2)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece with unknown citizenship or does not acquire another citizenship at birth.No major changes
A03a
Foundling found in a country of unknown parentage 2013 GRE 1(2)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece with unknown citizenship or does not acquire another citizenship at birth.No major changes
A03b
Person born in a country who would otherwise be stateless 2016 GRE 1(2)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece with unknown citizenship or does not acquire another citizenship at birth.No major changes
A03b
Person born in a country who would otherwise be stateless 2015 GRE 1(2)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece with unknown citizenship or does not acquire another citizenship at birth.No major changes
A03b
Person born in a country who would otherwise be stateless 2014 GRE 1(2)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece with unknown citizenship or does not acquire another citizenship at birth.No major changes
A03b
Person born in a country who would otherwise be stateless 2013 GRE 1(2)AutomaticPerson is born in Greece with unknown citizenship or does not acquire another citizenship at birth.No major changes
A04
Person born to a citizen of a country whose descent is established by recognition or judicial establishment of maternity/paternity 2016 GRE 2AutomaticPerson is a minor who was born out of wedlock and whose descent from a citizen is recognised by that parent or legally established.No major changes
A04
Person born to a citizen of a country whose descent is established by recognition or judicial establishment of maternity/paternity 2015 GRE 2AutomaticPerson is a minor who was born out of wedlock and whose descent from a citizen is recognised by that parent or legally established.No major changes
A04
Person born to a citizen of a country whose descent is established by recognition or judicial establishment of maternity/paternity 2014 GRE 2AutomaticPerson is a minor who was born out of wedlock and whose descent from a citizen is recognized by that parent or legally established.No major changes
A04
Person born to a citizen of a country whose descent is established by recognition or judicial establishment of maternity/paternity 2013 GRE 2AutomaticPerson is a minor who was born out of wedlock and whose descent from a citizen is recognized by that parent or legally established.No major changes
A05
Person born in a country (acquisition after birth and irrespective of the citizenship and birthplace of his/her parents) 2016 GRE 1A(1)DeclarationPerson is a minor, born in Greece and registered at the 1st class of a Greek primary school where (s)he continues to study at the time of declaration of citizenship acquisition in combination with continuous lawful residence of one of his/her parents for a minimum of 5 years before the child's birth and lawful residence of both parents at the moment of declarationRevised as a result of Decision 460/2013 of the Council of State (February 2013).
GRE 5(1)(d) Naturalisation (discretionary) Person is born and resident in Greece. Other conditions: see A06.
A05
Person born in a country (acquisition after birth and irrespective of the citizenship and birthplace of his/her parents) 2015 GRE 1A(1)DeclarationPerson is a minor, born in Greece and registered at the 1st class of a Greek primary school where (s)he continues to study at the time of declaration of citizenship acquisition in combination with continuous lawful residence of one of his/her parents for a minimum of 5 years before the child's birth and lawful residence of both parents at the moment of declarationRevised as a result of Decision 460/2013 of the Council of State (February 2013).
GRE 5(1)(d) Naturalisation (discretionary) Person is born and resident in Greece. Other conditions: see A06.
A05
Person born in a country (acquisition after birth and irrespective of the citizenship and birthplace of his/her parents) 2014 GRE 1A(1)DeclarationPerson is a minor, born in Greece and registered at the 1st class of a Greek primary school where (s)he continues to study at the time of declaration of citizenship acquisition in combination with continuous lawful residence of one of his/her parents for a minimum of 5 years before the child's birth and lawful residence of both parents at the moment of declarationRevised as a result of Decision 460/2013 of the Council of State (February 2013).
GRE 5(1)(d) Naturalisation (discretionary) Person is born and resident in Greece. Other conditions: see A06.
A05
Person born in a country (acquisition after birth and irrespective of the citizenship and birthplace of his/her parents) 2013 GRE 1A(1)DeclarationPerson is a minor, born in Greece, and both parents have been permanently resident there for 5 yearsNo major changes
GRE 5(1)(d) Naturalisation (discretionary) Person is born and resident in Greece. Other conditions: see A06. No major changes
A06
Person with a certain period of residence in a country 2016 GRE 5, 5A, 5BNaturalisation (discretionary)Person has been permanently resident in Greece for 7 years. Other conditions: no criminal record of certain crimes, stable income, sufficient knowledge of the language, history and culture of Greece.1993, 2004, 2010
A06
Person with a certain period of residence in a country 2015 GRE 5, 5A, 5BNaturalisation (discretionary)Person has been permanently resident in Greece for 7 years. Other conditions: no criminal record of certain crimes, stable income, sufficient knowledge of the language, history and culture of Greece.1993, 2004, 2010
A06
Person with a certain period of residence in a country 2014 GRE 5, 5A, 5BNaturalisation (discretionary)Person has been permanently resident in Greece for 7 years. Other conditions: no criminal record of certain crimes, stable income, sufficient knowledge of the language, history and culture of Greece.1993, 2004, 2010
A06
Person with a certain period of residence in a country 2013 GRE 5, 5A, 5BNaturalisation (discretionary)Person has been permanently resident in Greece for 7 years. Other conditions: no criminal record of certain crimes, stable income, sufficient knowledge of the language, history and culture of Greece.1993, 2004, 2010
A07
Person with a certain period of residence or schooling as a minor in a country 2016 GRE 1A(2)DeclarationPerson is a minor who permanently and lawfully resides in Greece, and has successfully received 9 years of primary and secondary education or 6 years of secondary education. Or person is an adult who lawfully and permanently resides in Greece and has graduated from a Greek University or a Technological Education Institute. Citizenship may be acquired within a period of 3 years after graduation. 2015
A07
Person with a certain period of residence or schooling as a minor in a country 2015 GRE 1A(2)DeclarationPerson is resident in Greece and has completed 6 years of education there at a Greek school. This provision is not applicable after Decision 460/2013 of the Council of State (February 2013).
A07
Person with a certain period of residence or schooling as a minor in a country 2014 GRE 1A(2)DeclarationPerson is resident in Greece and has completed 6 years of education there at a Greek school. This provision is not applicable after Decision 460/2013 of the Council of State (February 2013).
A07
Person with a certain period of residence or schooling as a minor in a country 2013 GRE 1A(2)DeclarationPerson is resident in Greece and has completed 6 years of education there at a Greek school. This provision is not applicable after Decision 460/2013 of the Council of State (February 2013).
A08
Person who is the spouse or registered partner of a citizen of a country 2016 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is the spouse of a citizen, has resided in Greece for 3 years since the marriage and has a child in wedlock with the spouse. Other conditions: see A06.1997, 2004, 2010
A08
Person who is the spouse or registered partner of a citizen of a country 2015 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is the spouse of a citizen, has resided in Greece for 3 years since the marriage and has a child in wedlock with the spouse. Other conditions: see A06.1997, 2004, 2010
A08
Person who is the spouse or registered partner of a citizen of a country 2014 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is the spouse of a citizen, has resided in Greece for 3 years since the marriage and has a child in wedlock with the spouse. Other conditions: see A06.1997, 2004, 2010
A08
Person who is the spouse or registered partner of a citizen of a country 2013 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is the spouse of a citizen, has resided in Greece for 3 years since the marriage and has a child in wedlock with the spouse. Other conditions: see A06.1997, 2004, 2010
A09
Person whose parents are now citizens of a country, but were not at the time of the person's birth 2016 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A09
Person whose parents are now citizens of a country, but were not at the time of the person's birth 2015 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A09
Person whose parents are now citizens of a country, but were not at the time of the person's birth 2014 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A09
Person whose parents are now citizens of a country, but were not at the time of the person's birth 2013 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A10
Person who is adopted by a citizen 2016 GRE 3AutomaticPerson is adopted by a citizen.No major changes
A10
Person who is adopted by a citizen 2015 GRE 3AutomaticPerson is adopted by a citizen.No major changes
A10
Person who is adopted by a citizen 2014 GRE 3AutomaticPerson is adopted by a citizen.No major changes
A10
Person who is adopted by a citizen 2013 GRE 3AutomaticPerson is adopted by a citizen.No major changes
A11
Person who is another relative of a citizen 2016 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person has parental responsibility for a citizen and has resided in Greece for 3 years. Other conditions: see A06.2010
A11
Person who is another relative of a citizen 2015 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person has parental responsibility for a citizen and has resided in Greece for 3 years. Other conditions: see A06.2010
A11
Person who is another relative of a citizen 2014 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person has parental responsibility for a citizen and has resided in Greece for 3 years. Other conditions: see A06.2010
A11
Person who is another relative of a citizen 2013 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person has parental responsibility for a citizen and has resided in Greece for 3 years. Other conditions: see A06.2010
A12
Person who is the spouse, child or grandchild of a former or deceased citizen 2016 GRE 25AutomaticPerson has an ancestor who is proven to be a citizen.No major changes
A12
Person who is the spouse, child or grandchild of a former or deceased citizen 2015 GRE 25AutomaticPerson has an ancestor who is proven to be a citizen.No major changes
A12
Person who is the spouse, child or grandchild of a former or deceased citizen 2014 GRE 25AutomaticPerson has an ancestor who is proven to be a citizen.No major changes
A12
Person who is the spouse, child or grandchild of a former or deceased citizen 2013 GRE 25AutomaticPerson has an ancestor who is proven to be a citizen.No major changes
A13
Person who is the spouse or registered partner of someone who acquires citizenship of a country 2016 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A13
Person who is the spouse or registered partner of someone who acquires citizenship of a country 2015 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A13
Person who is the spouse or registered partner of someone who acquires citizenship of a country 2014 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A13
Person who is the spouse or registered partner of someone who acquires citizenship of a country 2013 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A14
Person who is the child of someone who acquires citizenship of a country 2016 GRE 11AutomaticPerson is an unmarried minor whose parent is acquiring citizenship by naturalisation.No major changes
A14
Person who is the child of someone who acquires citizenship of a country 2015 GRE 11AutomaticPerson is an unmarried minor whose parent is acquiring citizenship by naturalisation.No major changes
A14
Person who is the child of someone who acquires citizenship of a country 2014 GRE 11AutomaticPerson is an unmarried minor whose parent is acquiring citizenship by naturalisation.No major changes
A14
Person who is the child of someone who acquires citizenship of a country 2013 GRE 11AutomaticPerson is an unmarried minor whose parent is acquiring citizenship by naturalisation.No major changes
A15
Person who is another relative of someone who acquires citizenship of a country 2016 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A15
Person who is another relative of someone who acquires citizenship of a country 2015 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A15
Person who is another relative of someone who acquires citizenship of a country 2014 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A15
Person who is another relative of someone who acquires citizenship of a country 2013 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A16
Person who at some point in time was a citizen of a country and reacquires citizenship of that country 2016 GRE 22, 23DeclarationPerson is a woman who lost citizenship due to marriage with a citizen of another country, or was a citizen 'by origin' and left Greece between 1946-1949 as a political refugee.2001
A16
Person who at some point in time was a citizen of a country and reacquires citizenship of that country 2015 GRE 22, 23DeclarationPerson is a woman who lost citizenship due to marriage with a citizen of another country, or was a citizen 'by origin' and left Greece between 1946-1949 as a political refugee.2001
A16
Person who at some point in time was a citizen of a country and reacquires citizenship of that country 2014 GRE 22, 23DeclarationPerson is a woman who lost citizenship due to marriage with a citizen of another country, or was a citizen 'by origin' and left Greece between 1946-1949 as a political refugee.2001
A16
Person who at some point in time was a citizen of a country and reacquires citizenship of that country 2013 GRE 22, 23DeclarationPerson is a woman who lost citizenship due to marriage with a citizen of another country, or was a citizen 'by origin' and left Greece between 1946-1949 as a political refugee.2001
A17
Person whose citizenship rights are restricted 2016 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A17
Person whose citizenship rights are restricted 2015 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A17
Person whose citizenship rights are restricted 2014 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A17
Person whose citizenship rights are restricted 2013 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A18
Person who possess the citizenship of a specific country 2016 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is a citizen of an EU Member State and has resided in Greece for 3 years. Other conditions: see A06.2010
A18
Person who possess the citizenship of a specific country 2015 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is a citizen of an EU Member State and has resided in Greece for 3 years. Other conditions: see A06.2010
A18
Person who possess the citizenship of a specific country 2014 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is a citizen of an EU Member State and has resided in Greece for 3 years. Other conditions: see A06.2010
A18
Person who possess the citizenship of a specific country 2013 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is a citizen of an EU Member State and has resided in Greece for 3 years. Other conditions: see A06.2010
A19
Person who has a cultural affinity to a country 2016 GRE 5, 10, 15Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is of Greek origin. Other conditions: not committed for certain crimes, knowledge of language of Greece.1990
A19
Person who has a cultural affinity to a country 2015 GRE 5, 10, 15Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is of Greek origin. Other conditions: not committed for certain crimes, knowledge of language of Greece.1990
A19
Person who has a cultural affinity to a country 2014 GRE 5, 10, 15Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is of Greek origin. Other conditions: not committed for certain crimes, knowledge of language of Greece.1990
A19
Person who has a cultural affinity to a country 2013 GRE 5, 10, 15Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is of Greek origin. Other conditions: not committed for certain crimes, knowledge of language of Greece.1990
A20
Person who acted as a citizen of a country in good faith and/or was presumed to be a citizen for some time 2016 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A20
Person who acted as a citizen of a country in good faith and/or was presumed to be a citizen for some time 2015 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A20
Person who acted as a citizen of a country in good faith and/or was presumed to be a citizen for some time 2014 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A20
Person who acted as a citizen of a country in good faith and/or was presumed to be a citizen for some time 2013 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A21
Person who has resided in a country for a very long time 2016 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A21
Person who has resided in a country for a very long time 2015 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A21
Person who has resided in a country for a very long time 2014 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A21
Person who has resided in a country for a very long time 2013 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A22
Person who is a recognized refugee 2016 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is a recognised refugee and has been resident in Greece for 3 years.2001, 2010
A22
Person who is a recognized refugee 2015 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is a recognised refugee and has been resident in Greece for 3 years.2001, 2010
A22
Person who is a recognized refugee 2014 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is a recognized refugee and has been resident in Greece for 3 years.2001, 2010
A22
Person who is a recognized refugee 2013 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is a recognized refugee and has been resident in Greece for 3 years.2001, 2010
A23
Person who is stateless or of unclear citizenship and is not covered by any other mode of protection against statelessness 2016 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is a stateless person and has been resident in Greece for 3 years.2001, 2010
A23
Person who is stateless or of unclear citizenship and is not covered by any other mode of protection against statelessness 2015 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is a stateless person and has been resident in Greece for 3 years.2001, 2010
A23
Person who is stateless or of unclear citizenship and is not covered by any other mode of protection against statelessness 2014 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is a stateless person and has been resident in Greece for 3 years.2001, 2010
A23
Person who is stateless or of unclear citizenship and is not covered by any other mode of protection against statelessness 2013 GRE 5(1)(d)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person is a stateless person and has been resident in Greece for 3 years.2001, 2010
A24
Person who has special achievements for a country 2016 GRE 13, 5(3)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person has provided extraordinary services to Greece or his/her naturalisation would serve the country's extraordinary interests, or the person is an athlete of Olympic sports and was resident in Greece for 5 years during the last 12 years and has the right to participate in the Greek national team.2003
A24
Person who has special achievements for a country 2015 GRE 13, 5(3)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person has provided extraordinary services to Greece or his/her naturalisation would serve the country's extraordinary interests, or the person is an athlete of Olympic sports and was resident in Greece for 5 years during the last 12 years and has the right to participate in the Greek national team.2003
A24
Person who has special achievements for a country 2014 GRE 13, 5(3)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person has provided extraordinary services to Greece or his/her naturalisation would serve the country's extraordinary interests, or the person is an athlete of Olympic sports and was resident in Greece for 5 years during the last 12 years and has the right to participate in the Greek national team.2003
A24
Person who has special achievements for a country 2013 GRE 13, 5(3)Naturalisation (discretionary)Person has provided extraordinary services to Greece or his/her naturalisation would serve the country's extraordinary interests, or the person is an athlete of Olympic sports and was resident in Greece for 5 years during the last 12 years and has the right to participate in the Greek national team.2003
A25
Person who is in the public service of a country 2016 GRE 4AutomaticPerson is of Greek origin and enters military service or military school or enlists as volunteer in time of war, or the person becomes an officer in the Greek army. Acquisition upon commencement of duty. Acquisition extended to minor children of persons of Greek origin.No major changes
A25
Person who is in the public service of a country 2015 GRE 4AutomaticPerson is of Greek origin and enters military service or military school or enlists as volunteer in time of war, or the person becomes an officer in the Greek army. Acquisition upon commencement of duty. Acquisition extended to minor children of persons of Greek origin.No major changes
A25
Person who is in the public service of a country 2014 GRE 4AutomaticPerson is of Greek origin and enters military service or military school or enlists as volunteer in time of war, or the person becomes an officer in the Greek armyy. Acquisition upon commencement of duty. Acquisition extended to minor children of persons of Greek origin.No major changes
A25
Person who is in the public service of a country 2013 GRE 4AutomaticPerson is of Greek origin and enters military service or military school or enlists as volunteer in time of war, or the person becomes an officer in the Greek armyy. Acquisition upon commencement of duty. Acquisition extended to minor children of persons of Greek origin.No major changes
A26
Person who has special financial assets or invests money in a country 2016 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A26
Person who has special financial assets or invests money in a country 2015 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A26
Person who has special financial assets or invests money in a country 2014 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A26
Person who has special financial assets or invests money in a country 2013 No provisionn.a.n.a.No major changes
A27
Person who acquires citizenship for other reasons 2016 GRE 105AutomaticPerson is a monk at a specific monastery in Greece (the Monasteries of Mount Athos). Acquisition upon commencement of dutyNo major changes
GRE 14 Declaration Person was born before May 8, 1984 to a mother who was a citizen, or was born in civil wedlock before July 16, 1982 to a father who was a citizen and a mother who was a citizen of another country. Acquisition extended to unmarried minor children. 2001
A27
Person who acquires citizenship for other reasons 2015 GRE 105AutomaticPerson is a monk at a specific monastery in Greece (the Monasteries of Mount Athos). Acquisition upon commencement of dutyNo major changes
GRE 14 Declaration Person was born before May 8, 1984 to a mother who was a citizen, or was born in civil wedlock before July 16, 1982 to a father who was a citizen and a mother who was a citizen of another country. Acquisition extended to unmarried minor children. 2001
A27
Person who acquires citizenship for other reasons 2014 GRE 105AutomaticPerson is a monk at a specific monastery in Greece (the Monasteries of Mount Athos). Acquisition upon commencement of dutyNo major changes
GRE 14 Declaration Person was born before May 8, 1984 to a mother who was a citizen, or was born in civil wedlock before July 16, 1982 to a father who was a citizen and a mother who was a citizen of another country. Acquisition extended to unmarried minor children. 2001
A27
Person who acquires citizenship for other reasons 2013 GRE 105AutomaticPerson is a monk at a specific monastery in Greece (the Monasteries of Mount Athos). Acquisition upon commencement of dutyNo major changes
GRE 14 Declaration Person was born before May 8, 1984 to a mother who was a citizen, or was born in civil wedlock before July 16, 1982 to a father who was a citizen and a mother who was a citizen of another country. Acquisition extended to unmarried minor children. 2001

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Article in law: articles refer to the consolidated version of the current citizenship law of a specific country, as provided at the profile page of each country, unless stated otherwise. Material conditions may be specified in lower level legislation, such as circulars or regulations. In contrast to Europe, the states in the Americas and the Caribbean frequently address citizenship in their Constitutions. The database uses 'Const' as a short-hand when referring to constitutional provisions.

Procedure: refers to the procedures for acquiring or losing citizenship. Please refer to the Citizenship Glossary for an explanation of the different procedures.

Conditions: refers to the conditions for acquiring or losing citizenship, in addition to the general condition stated in the description of each target group. Unless indicated otherwise a "person" refers to a person who has reached the age of majority and "residence" refers to legal residence only (as defined by national law).

Changes: refers to major changes in the citizenship legislation of a country. Generally changes since 1980 are covered and only the year of a change is indicated. For some countries the content of these changes is described in more detail. In future updates of the Database the goal is to do so for relevant changes in all countries included in the Database.