Immigrants to face less permit red tape

Immigrants living in Greece will face less paperwork when applying to local authorities to renew their residence permits, according to an Interior Ministry decision made public yesterday. The new regulation, approved by Deputy Interior Minister Thanassis Nakos, states that foreigners looking to renew their right to live in Greece now need to present four documents less to municipal or regional officials. The forms concerned are a copy of the applicant’s tax return statement from the previous year, an employment contract, an employer’s solemn statement and official confirmation that national insurance contributions have been paid. If these documents have been submitted to the appropriate prefectural authorities, they do not need to be handed over to municipal and regional administrators as well, the amendment indicates.