No even if you have never lived in Greece, you still need to acquire a Greek permanent resident abroad certificate, as you are STILL liable. Quite amazing really.
From the Greek Embassy website in London
Those who were born abroad and reside from their birth until the present day abroad in one or several countries.
The supporting documents (originals and copies) required for the issuance of the Certificate of Permanent Resident Abroad are the following:
- Application to the Consulate General.
- Passport or ID card or certificate of registration in a Municipality in Greece (military records or ‘mitroa arenon’ registration number also needed).
- University, College, Schools etc certificates, employers’ certificates, pay slips, P60’s, bank statements (monthly), all other documents proving continuous residence abroad.
Please note that, for the period that the applicant was minor (under 18 years old), he must prove that both his parents or the one who had the exclusive parental responsibility was residing abroad (in that case the relevant supporting documents for the parents should also be submitted e.g. P60’s, bank statements etc.).
Pretty sure in Cyprus you just get struck off the list if you live abroad...that sounds like a workable system to me!
Message posted by janmanessi on 17 September 2011 at 12:16am - IP Logged
I think the odds on a child not registered in Greece being called up as an adult are pretty remote- HOWEVER technically they are still Greek, whether they choose to be or not, therefore could be liable unless they visit the embassy and do the correct paperwork...the process of which may well be enough to put them off the idea of becoming a 'true Greek' anyway!
My son is about to do his military service and I am amazed at the number of people who feel this is a matter for congratulations, and say that without doing the service he would be considered to be an outsider, a non-Greek with no rights to opinions on local or national issues, (I heard the same accusation levelled against George Papandreou who apparently did not do his military service).
Message posted by CorfuLiz on 12 December 2011 at 12:53pm - IP Logged
As promised, an update on the call up to the army for our son Mark. Fantastic advice from Jan Manessi and her son Ben meant we collected all the correct documents. These proved Mark has resided and been educated fully in the UK. Ben gave us a really good tip to send everything to the Consulate in Birmingham. Today a certificate arrived which we will now send to the army office in Corfu. Hopefully this will now mean that Mark can visit this summer and not be stopped when he wants to leave Corfu at the end of his holiday.
Message posted by janmanessi on 12 December 2011 at 1:02pm - IP Logged
And Ben is now home on leave having been 'sworn in' at Arta's military base last Friday. When he goes back tomorrow he will be told his long term posting. In the meantime he says it is far more 'good than bad' and he has made a lot of new friends as his intake was mainly from Corfu...so on Saturday a number of them came up here for a party. I hope he will go on feeling so positive.
One thing I liked is that as you walk into the base there is a badly damaged car by the gate as an example to the men, and he has been made to watch a lot of road safety videos...maybe it makes them all a bit more careful when they drive.
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