In order for aliens of non-Greek or Greek descent to be naturalised as residents of the City of Thessaloniki, they must visit the Decentralised Administration of Macedonia-Thrace, situated at the junction of Taki Ikonomidi Street and Kathigiti Rossidi Street.
Visiting applicants must prepare and submit the following supporting documents:
Necessary supporting documents:
Aliens of non-Greek and Greek descent (non-holders of special expatriate identity cards – EDTO):
- Certify copy of the Naturalisation Declaration. This Declaration takes place before the Mayor, in the presence of two Greek citizens serving as witnesses. It is noted that aliens of Greek descent who do not hold an EDTO are exempt from this obligation.
2. Certify copy of the applicant’s passport, travel document or other proof of identity.
3. Legible photocopy of a valid lawful residence title from among those referred to in Article 5(1)(e) of Law 3284/2004, as replaced by Article 2 of Law 3838/2010 (see Annex, case A4).
4. Birth certificate or other equivalent certificate required by the legislation of the applicant’s country of origin, officially certified and translated.
It is clarified that:
– Certificates issued by countries that have adopted the Hague Convention must bear the Apostille of the Hague Convention, prepared by the competent foreign authority on the original foreign-language document and not on translations thereof.
– Certificates issued by countries that have adopted the Hague Convention but against which adoption our country has raised objections (e.g. Albania) must bear certification from the Greek consular authorities abroad as regards the authenticity of signature of the foreign body. Certification takes place on the original document and not on a photocopy.
– Certificates issued by countries that have not adopted the Hague Convention or that have adopted the Convention and against which adoption our country has raised objections must bear certification from the Greek consular authorities abroad or the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs as regards the authenticity of signature of the foreign body. In this case, too, certification takes place on the original document and not on a photocopy.
– Birth certificates must be translated by the translation service of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the corresponding Greek consular authority in the country where the certificate was issued, or by a Greek attorney, or by a translator who has graduated from the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting of the Ionian University, and not by translation firms.
- Tax return or copy of the income tax statement for the last financial year.
6. Social security number (AMKA).
7. Electronic fee of seven hundred (700) euros for the submission of the initial application or two hundred (200) euros for a repeat application following the issuance of a rejection decision by the Minister of Interior. For applications by aliens of Greek descent who are not holders of EDTO, holders of nationality of an EU Member State, recognised political refugees or stateless persons, fee of one hundred (100) euros for the submission of each application (whether the initial naturalisation application or a repeat application following the issuance of a rejection decision by the Minister of Interior).
Entry in the Municipal Registry due to designation of nationality of Greek expatriates from former Soviet countries.
Designation of nationality for citizens from countries of the former USSR takes place at the Region of Central Macedonia, situated at the junction of Taki Ikonomidi Street and 1, Kathigiti Rossidi Street. Entry of repatriates from former Soviet countries in the Municipal Registry of the City of Thessaloniki takes place following the designation of their nationality at the Directorate of Transparency and Citizen Services, situated at 1, Vassileos Georgiou Street, 1st floor, tel. No 2313 317419.
The following supporting documents are required:
- For those who acquired nationality via oath ceremony, declaration, recognition, adoption, marriage, etc., i.e. from a specific date:
Passport (applicants must submit both the original and a photocopy of the first page which will remain with our service)
The nationality designation decision issued by the Region of Central Macedonia, with the municipal registration order (including underage children, if any) attached thereto.
Male Registry entry certificate (for men)
Birth certificate of the applicant, issued at the country of birth.
Marriage certificate from the country where the wedding ceremony took place.
In the case of divorce, a certificate of divorce and establishment of the 1st marriage.
Certificate concerning any name changes.
Birth certificates for family members (spouse and offspring)
All the above must be translated and lawfully certified.
For countries that have adopted the Hague Convention, the foreign-language document must bear the Apostille of the Hague Convention.
For other countries, instead of the Apostille of the Hague Convention, certification of the signature of the individual signing the document issued by the Greek Consulate of the country where the document was issued. The text must be translated either by the Translation Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or by a Greek attorney-translator (The translation must bear the seals of the attorney, the bar association and the official translators).
Application and solemn declaration, provided by our service.
- For those who acquired Greek nationality by birth:
Passport (applicants must submit both the original and a photocopy of the first and last pages which will remain with our service)
Nationality designation decision, with the municipal registration order attached thereto.
Registry act of birth of the applicant, issued by the Special Registry
Registry act of marriage, issued by the Special Registry of Athens (containing the full particulars of the spouses and the number of their marriage)
Registry act of birth for underage offspring (if any)
Marriage certificate of the parents or Registry Act of the parents, if they have acquired Greek nationality.
For both the above categories:
Municipal Registration Certificate for family members who have acquired Greek nationality and have been registered in a Municipal Registry of the Greek State
Nationality designation decisions if their names have changed (Hellenised names, changes, etc.).
Application and solemn declaration, provided by the service.
Any other supporting document required, as the case may be, such as copy of a court judgment concerning adoption, dissolution of marriage, recognition of offspring, etc., sealed and certified as above.
NB: Foreign residents may submit the above supporting documents at the Greek Consulates of their place of residence
NB: Supporting documents 2 and 3 may be searched for by the service on the basis of the provisions of Law 3242/2004 and Law 3448/2006 “on ex officio searches”, as is the case for supporting document 8 if the event (marriage, birth, death) took place in Greece.