Some more info and links popped up via British in Greece FB group. How can financially independent people (NON EU) get a Greek residence permit?
Greek residence permits for financially independent persons are issued to foreign nationals whose home country incomes exceed €2,000 per month. Along with the main applicants, these residence permits are also issued to spouses and children under 18 years of age, but in this case, the minimum income amount increases by 20% when applying with the spouse and by 15% per child.
Residence permits for financially independent persons are issued for two years, after which holders can renew them every three years. The period of stay in Greece is not limited, and residence permit holders can live there permanently or not visit the country at all.
Applicants only have to visit Greece once to obtain a residence permit for financially independent persons. The whole procedure takes 10 to 14 weeks. The total cost of obtaining the residence permit for financially independent persons is about €3,000 (and an extra €1,500 for the spouse and €1,000 per child).
BUT first have to apply for a D type visa in your home country.
It's certainly not straight forward and includes a criminal record check. After the end of December 2020 this will likely be the only route to a residence permit, or the Golden Visa scheme, for those wishing to move to Crete after the end of the transition period. .. plus no S1/health cover for newly resident
pensioners after Dec 2020 unless a reciprocal agreement is made beyond 2020.
There's more info of procedures etc on this link: https://citizenshipbyinvestment.ch/inde ... ce-permit/
CONCLUSION. Our current beige and blue registration certificates are seeming more and more like gold dust.