The electronic submission of applications for renewal of residence permits through the electronic services of the Ministry of Immigration and Asylum starts today, on the website: https://applications.migration.gov.gr/en/metanasteusi/.
As the starting date for the submission of the applications the March 14, 2022 is determined, while the expiration date is March 31, 2022. Relevant instructions will be included in all steps of submitting the electronic renewal request in accordance with its established procedure.
It is pointed out that the Ministry of Immigration and Asylum, in accordance with the article 139 of law 4876/2021 (A’251), has accepted the pending applications for the issuance or renewal of residence permits of third-country nationals, which had been submitted until December 31, 2020 with an expiration date of March 31, 2022.
The acceptance of the applications is done without the issuance of a decision and the period from the submission of the application until March 31, 2022, is recognized as time of legal residence. The regulation was deemed necessary to deal quickly and effectively with the issue of accumulated pending applications, which had not been able to be processed and accepted or rejected.
The pending applications that had been submitted from the date of entry into force of Law 4251/2014 until December 31, 2020, fall under the scope of this regulation.
Applications for the renewal of residence permits which had been issued in accordance with Article 139, are related exclusively to the same type of permit. However, if the conditions for a change of purpose or change of category of residence permit are met, the third-country national may submit a request, which will be examined by the competent authority, in the event of change of the purpose permitted by law.