Amendment to Help Non-EU Entrepreneurs Come to Greece Tabled in Parliament

The Parliament House in Athens. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Yorgos Kontarinis)

ATHENS – An amendment facilitating the entrance of foreign entrepreneurs from non-EU countries to Greece was tabled in parliament on Tuesday. The amendment is attached to the foreign ministry’s draft law entitled “Regulations for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union” and introduces a new type of entry visa, the Airport Transit Visa (ATV).

A report by the General Accounting Office on the amendment said that it also establishes a “Business Invitation” form for extending an invitation to a third-country national with the assumption of responsibility/provision of accommodation for the purposes of granting a Schengen visa. This will be used as a supporting document for examining requests for a business/professional visa, in the case that interested third country citizens are not able to certify the specific requirements by themselves.

The amendment also foresees penalties (fines and imprisonment) for persons that invite a foreign national using a “Business Invitation” with aim of violating migration law and the provisions of Schengen.