Since Cyprus joined the EU in 2004 citizens of all European countries have acquire the privilege to work in Cyprus precisely as they are able to work in all other member states.
However, if an EU citizen intends to remain in the Republic of Cyprus for longer than 90 days, to work, start a business, study or retire, he/she should begin the application process for a temporary residence permit as soon as possible.
Non-EU citizens intending to work in Cyprus require a work permit (as well as a visa) before arriving in the country. In order to issue a work permit for some positions, the Ministry of Labor, must be certain that a Cypriot or an EU citizen isn’t available to fulfill the position.
Companies that meet certain criteria (having its own office in Cyprus, etc) can apply for permit for employment of foreign employees. We will assist you with the preparation and processing of such applications.
The Director of Civil Registry and Migration Department is the authority responsible for the first issue and subsequent renewals of Temporary Residence Permits granted to all non-Cypriots employed by Business Companies in Cyprus. Whether you are travelling to the Republic of Cyprus for a short stay as a tourist or a businessperson, or with a purpose of employment and residence, we can assist you in arrangements for:
– Register your Company as an offshore
– Entry visas & invitations
– Work permits for Non-EU nationals
– Residence permit for EU citizens (“yellow slip”)
Residency in Cyprus
We can assist you with all kind of Immigration Permits.
Aliens may make an application to obtain an Immigration Permit on the basis of one of the Categories referred to in Regulation 5 of the Aliens and Immigration Regulations of 1972. An Immigration Permit will not be granted to anybody unless the Immigration Control Board recommends to the Minister of Interior that such person belongs to one of the following Categories:
Persons who intend to work as self employed in agriculture, cattle breeding, bird breeding or fish culture in the Republic, provided that they have in their possession adequate land or a permit to acquire same, they have fully and freely at their disposal capital of €427,150 and such an employment should not negatively affect the general economy of the Republic.
Persons who intend to work as self employed in mining enterprises in the Republic, provided that they have in their possession a relative permit, they have fully and freely at their disposal capital of €341,720 and such an employment should not negatively affect the general economy of he Republic.
Persons who intend to work as self employed in a trade or profession in the Republic, provided that they have in their possession a relative permit, they have fully and freely at their disposal capital of €256,290 and such an employment should not affect negatively the general economy of the Republic.
Persons who intend to work as self employed in a profession or science in the Republic, provided that they have academic or professional qualifications, for which there is demand in Cyprus. Possession of adequate funds is also necessary.
Persons who have been offered permanent employment in the Republic, which will not create undue local competition.
Persons who possess and have fully and freely at their disposal a secured annual income, high enough to give them a decent living in Cyprus, without having to engage in any business, trade or profession. The annual income required should be at least €9,568 for a single applicant and moreover at least €4,613 for every dependent person, but the Immigration Control Board may demand additional amounts as necessary. Most applicants come under this Category, the majority of them being pensioners or retired persons.
For the granting of an Immigration Permit application is submitted on form M.67 to the Civil Registry and Migration Department directly or through the District Aliens and Immigration Branches of the Police. The application should be accompanied by the appropriate documents, depending on the Category for which it is submitted. Applications for Category F which are the most usual should be accompanied by the original of documents regarding the income of the applicants. Applicants who are abroad may submit an application directly to Cyprus, as stated above or through the local Consular Authorities of the Republic of Cyprus. The applications are examined by the Immigration Control Board which submits a relevant suggestion to the Minister of the Interior for a decision to be taken.