Family Reunion Visa

Overview

WHO CAN APPLY

The family members of a third country national, who may enter into Greece in the framework of family reunification are, according to Greek legislation (Article 4, Presidential Decree 131/2006) the following:

  • the spouse, provided he/she is over 18 years of age,
  • their natural and/or adopted single children of under 18 years of age,
  • any other natural and/or adopted children of under 18 years of age of the sponsor or his/her spouse, provided he/she has been awarded their custody.
  • In the case of polygamy, if the sponsor has a spouse living with him/her in Greece, then family reunion with any other spouse shall not be authorized

FAMILY REUNION PROCEDURE

The Embassy of Greece in New-Delhi/Consular Section (the Embassy) examines family reunification cases concerning citizens of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri-Lanka and Maldives in two stages :

1st stage: examination of applications for verification of family relationship

2nd stage: examination of applications for a long-term visa

1st stage: Verification of family relationship.

  1. The competent Prefecture in Greece issues a document (entitled «Διακρίβωση ύπαρξης οικογενειακής σχέσης») asking the Embassy to verify the family relationship between the applicant who resides legally in Greece and his /her family members who live in India. The Embassy cannot initiate the procedure before receiving officially the Prefecture’s document, which, in most cases, arrives approximately three months after its date of issue. The applicants are therefore advised to contact, before applying, VFS or the Embassy in order to verify whether their documents have been received by the Embassy.

  2. The Embassy informs, through VFS and according to the contact details (telephone number) stated by the applicant in Greece, the family members concerned that the above-mentioned document has been received and that they can submit an Application for Verification of Family Relationship along with the required documents (see on this website“ requisite documents”/”family reunification”).
  3. Once the application and its supporting documents are submitted, they are transmitted for verification. The verification procedure lasts approximately one month, depending on every case.
    Verification fees:
    • Indian citizens, residing in Punjab: 25,500 INR
    • Indian citizens, residing in other areas: 35,500 INR
    • Bangladeshi citizens: 28.000 INR
      1. For applicants Applying in India INR 28.000
      2. For applicants Applying in Bangladesh BDT 43,120
    • Nepali citizens: NPR 43,500 per Family Application
  4. Following verification, the applicant is called, through VFS, to an interview which is conducted at the Embassy. After the interview, the Embassy communicates to the Prefecture its opinion regarding the existence of family relationship and returns (through VFS) to the applicant his/her passport.

2nd stage: Application for visa (D Type-long stay in Greece)

  1. The competent Prefecture in Greece, after receiving the Embassy’s opinion, issues a Decision concerning the issuance of a family reunion visa (document entitled «Έγκριση Θεώρησης Εισόδου για Οικογενειακή Επανένωση ») or rejecting the application.
    The Embassy can not initiate the procedure before receiving officially the Prefecture’s Decision, which, in most cases, arrives approximately three months after its date of issue. The applicants are therefore advised to contact, before applying, VFS or the Embassy in order to verify whether their documents have been received by the Embassy.
  2. The Embassy, upon receiving the Decision concerning the issuance of visas, informs the family members concerned, through VFS and according to the contact details (telephone number) stated by the applicant in Greece, that they can submit an Application for a visa for a long stay in Greece along with the required documents (see on this website:“ requisite documents”/”family reunification”) and the visa fee (75 euro, paid in the equivalent amount of local currency )

    If the applicant has not been informed accordingly (especially in cases where the Prefecture’s document has been issued before January 2012 or where wrong phone numbers have been communicated to the Embassy), he/she must, before applying, contact VFS or the Embassy in order to verify whether the relevant file has been received from Greece.

    ATT: For cases not examined by the Embassy at the 1st stage, applicants must submit the documents required for both stages and verification procedure as well as interviews will be conducted as described above.
  3. If all necessary conditions are met, a visa for long stay in Greece is issued. If not, the Embassy issues a letter notifying to the applicant and motivating the refusal of visa.
    The passport along with a visa or a letter notifying and motivating the refusal of visa is returned to the applicant through VFS.

In cases of verification, a certified copy of the valid residence permit of the applicant in Greece will be required.

In case the applicant does not live in Greece, he/she should provide a letter explaining the reason that he/she needs to certify documents at the Embassy. The copy needs to be certified by the appropriate authorities in Greece (police station, KEP). The applicant needs to submit the copy with the original stamp from the police station or KEP.

In the cases of family reunification the applicant should provide a similar copy of the person residing in Greece.

Visa Fees

Dear Applicants, Travel Agents and Representatives, please view the revised visa fee and service charges applicable from 27 June 2017.

Visa category Visa Fee in Euros Visa Fees in INR
Family Reunion Visa 90 6660

The above mentioned Visa Fees is to be paid only by cash.

Please Note:

  • All Visa Fees are payable in cash in the equivalent amount in Indian Rupees at the time of submission of application. It is subject to change every month end.
  • The visa fee is non-refundable.
  • There is a service charge of Rs. 851/- (All VFS’s service charges are inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@@9%). for applicants applying in Delhi.

  • Please note Applicants applying at Mumbai, Jalandhar, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad,Chandigarh, Chennai, Bangalore, Puducherry, Cochin, Goa, Gurgaon, Jaipur and Kolkata Centres need to pay service charge of Rs.1480- (All VFS’s service charges are inclusive of Goods & Service Tax –SGST @9% and CGST@@9%). This includes two way courier charges pertaining to the transfer of visa applications to New Delhi and returning the passports at the respective regional VFS Visa Application Centers in the respective cities.

  • The applicable visa fee in Indian Rupees is as per the current exchange rate. It is subject to change without notice.
  • Applications accepted under Gratis/Visa Fee Waiver

    VERIFICATION FEES FOR FAMILY REUNION

    Applicants from India, applying for Family Reunion have to deposit Rs 25500/- (for Punjab and Chandigarh) & Rs 35500/- (for rest of India) as verification charges in:
    Account name: SIIVIS
    Bank: The South Indian Bank Limited
    Account No.: 04040 73000 000738.
    At the time of submitting the applications the applicant will attach a copy of the deposit receipt as proof of payment. Along with this the applicants will also submit a set of photocopies for all the Indian documents.

    For Applicants from Bangladesh

    The applicants applying for verification prior to Family Reunion visa application have to deposit BDT 43,120 (w.e.f 1 December 2014) for the verification request submitted in Bangladesh or INR 28,000 for the verification request submitted in India at the VFS Offices.

    The applicants applying for verifications due to attestation need to deposit BDT 17,960 (w.e.f 1 December 2014) for the verification request submitted in Bangladesh

For Applicants applying from Nepal

  • The only acceptable method of payment for Visa Fees is by Demand Draft in Indian Rupees (INR). Demand Draft should be drawn in favor of "Embassy of Greece-Consular Fees", and be payable at New Delhi. It is subject to change every month end.
  • The visa fee is non-refundable.
  • There is a service charge of NPR 2368/- (Inclusive of Service Tax levied per application over and above the visa fees). It will be accepted only in Demand Draft in favor of “VF Services Mauritius Pte Ltd” payable at Kathmandu, Nepal.

    Note : “Any demand draft having contradicting MICR number or incorrect information shall not be acceptable”
  • The applicable visa fee in Indian Rupees is as per the current exchange rate. It is subject to change without notice.

Photo Specifications

Photograph Quality



The photographs must be:

  • No more than 6-months old
  • 35–40mm in width
  • Close up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up
    70–80% of the photograph
  • In sharp focus and clear
  • Of high quality with no ink marks or creases




The photographs must be:

  • Show you looking directly at the camera
  • Show your skin tones naturally
  • Have appropriate brightness and contrast
  • Be printed on high quality paper, and at high resolution Photographs taken with a digital camera must be high quality colour and printed on photo-quality paper.

Style and lighting









The photographs must be:

  • Be colour neutral
  • Show your eyes open and clearly visible—no hair across your eyes
  • Show you facing square on to the camera, not looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or tilted, and showing both edges of your face clearly
  • Be taken with a plain light-coloured background
  • Be taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows or flash reflections on your face and no red eye

Glasses and head covers



If you wear glasses:

  • The photograph must show your eyes clearly with no flash reflection off the glasses, and no tinted lenses (if possible, avoid heavy frames— wear lighter framed glasses if you have them)
  • Make sure that the frames do not cover any part of your eyes.

Head coverings



Are not permitted except for religious reasons, but your facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown.

Expression and frame



Your photographs must:
  • Show you alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible), looking at the camera with a neutral expression and your mouth closed.

Processing Time

Processing time for Long Stay Visa application is solely up to the Embassy discrimination.

Application Forms

Download Visa Application Forms

Please click on the appropriate category for which you are applying to download the relevant form:

Long Stay

Visa Application Form (Family Reunion -Opinion)
Visa Application Form (Family Reunion - Decision/ Employment/Student/other categories)
Disclaimer Form

You can also obtain this form from all VFS Greek Visa Application Centres .

To download a form:

  1. Click on the form link
  2. When the form opens, save the form on your computer.

OR

  1. Press the right button on your mouse on the required link.
  2. Select Save Target As from the list
  3. Save the form on your computer.