GOOD NEWS: PROBLEMS WITH ΑΦΜ (GREEK TAX NUMBER) FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS SOLVED!

The long waiting times to get an ΑΦΜ seem to be over! The tax office in Thessaloniki and the Asylum Office in Athens have confirmed, that ΑΦΜs will from now on be issued on the same day, if you provide all the necessary documents (namely your white card or residence permit and a proof of your address). This applies for all tax offices across Greece.The tax office will now only check the authenticity of white cards or residence permits, if there are doubts that the document might be fake. In the past, a lot of asylum seekers and refugees had to wait for a long time for their ΑΦΜ. This was because of a ministerial decision in June 2018, which required the tax office to always check the authenticity of white cards or residence permits with the Asylum Service. This process took a lot of time, so that some people had to wait for multiple months until their ΑΦΜ was issued. An ΑΦΜ is a Greek tax number and you need it for example, to be able to be employed, if you want to rent a flat or if you want to access state services like the Social Solidarity Income.