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Going to Greece for two years?

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1. Posted by fiabug (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hello, I have just regestered on this site, and I have many questions to ask. Im 18 years old and I'm Greek. My father lives in Greece, as well as a greek citizen. I am also a greek citizen though I havent lived there. I was baptised there. My father keeps telling me that I dont need a visa because I am a greek citizen, but I am intending to go and live with him for two years. I dont want to get all ready, get there, and after a few months time have to return home. I have an american passposrt, and I have recently (two years) moved to Australia with my mother to live with my step dad. Do I have to go through the same procedures as I had to do for moving here?
I am aiming to leave for November this year.

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

Your father is right, you do not need a visa to live and work in Greece or any of the other EU countries. All it takes is your Greek passport as proof of your citizenship.

What you should think about though is your status in Australia. Check with the Australian immigration authorities before you leave. Right now you are in Australia and you have a residency permit there. But if you go to Greece for 2 years you won't have it any longer. If you then want to return to Australia permanently you'll then have to go through the whole process of getting a visa for Australia again. Maybe there is some sort of clause that allows you to return, but sort this out before you leave.

Greece will still be there for you at a later point in life, no need to give up residency in Australia hastily.

3. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 6y

I don't see any indication of your gender, however one thing to keep in mind is that I believe Greece has compulsory national/military service for all male citizens once they turn 18. If you are male(?) and go to Greece, they will most likely expect you to serve that requirement.

4. Posted by fiabug (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Im sorry, I thought my username would have given it away. I am female.

And thank you for the posts. But i do not have a Greek passport, I have an American one. And as for the giveing up Australian resedency, my family have already been cleared to stay here. Though Im not sure if leaving for two years and trying to return will prove difficult.
I am aware that Greece will always be there, so that is reasuring :D

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Jun-2010, at 14:23 by fiabug ]

5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

Quoting fiabug

But i do not have a Greek passport, I have an American one.

If you hold Greek citizenship and want to travel to Greece or another EU country you should apply for a Greek passport. Contact the Greek embassy in Australia.

And yes, you can hold two passports. This is quite common and normal when you have two citizenships.

And as for the giveing up Australian resedency, my family have already been cleared to stay here. Though Im not sure if leaving for two years and trying to return will prove difficult.

I am reasonably sure that leaving for 2 years and then trying to return permanently will prove difficult for you.

If my guess is correct you are now in Australia as a dependent of your mother and your stepfather and the Australian government has made provisions for you so that you can get a full residency permit and a work permit.

If you leave now for 2 years you'll have big problems getting back. In two years you will have to apply as immigrant, and I am not sure Australia will be happy about welcoming a 20-year old without a college degree and little work experience. You'd have to go through the whole process of moving to Australia again, with lower chances of success.

Morojob might now more, send him a pm with your plans for your life for the next 4-6 years. Do you plan to go to college, what degrees do you hold, what is your work experience, etc.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Jun-2010, at 06:08 by t_maia ]

6. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 6y

Quoting t_maia

I am reasonably sure that leaving for 2 years and then trying to return permanently will prove difficult for you.

If my guess is correct you are now in Australia as a dependent of your mother and your stepfather and the Australian government has made provisions for you so that you can get a full residency permit and a work permit.

If you leave now for 2 years you'll have big problems getting back. In two years you will have to apply as immigrant, and I am not sure Australia will be happy about welcoming a 20-year old without a college degree and little work experience. You'd have to go through the whole process of moving to Australia again, with lower chances of success.

Morojob might now more, send him a pm with your plans for your life for the next 4-6 years. Do you plan to go to college, what degrees do you hold, what is your work experience, etc.

It would certainly help to know your full status in Australia - i.e. visa subclass and residency status (permanent or temporary). If you don't already have permanent residency in your own right, it would be good to get that, as the right to enter/return to Australia as a permanent resident is usually 5 years from date of issue.