In accordance with the changes to the Immigration Law approved within the State Budget for 2020, the validity of the initial residency permits has now changed from 1 to 2 years. As such, the residency permits that have been issued since 1st April 2020 already have this initial validity period of 2 years.
The changes that have been approved apply for all types of residency, including the Golden Visa programme. Up to now, all residency permits were initially valid for an initial period of 1 year and were then renewed for periods of 2. With this change, the duration of the initial residency permits is now 2 years consecutive.
It should be noted that the changes to the duration of the validity of the temporary residency permits does not affect the possibility of applying for permanent residency or citizenship. In these cases, the minimum time required to apply remains 5 years.