There are various visas which can be obtained for entry into Cyprus by non- EU citizens, including short-stay visas, temporary residence permits, immigration permits and residence permits for family members.
a) Short-stay Visas
If the purpose of your travel to Cyprus is for business or vacation (ie non-immigration related) and your stay will be for less than 3 months, you must apply for a short-stay visa. A short-stay visa can be issued as a multiple-entry one, allowing you to enter Cyprus several times, or a single entry visa.
If you are frequently visiting Cyprus for business purposes or otherwise, you can obtain a multiple entry visa for one year, although the total visits must not exceed 90 days, starting from your first visit during each six month period.
b) Temporary Residence Permit (“Pink Slip”)
Non-EU citizens who come to Cyprus for long-term purposes should obtain special temporary permits, commonly referred to as a “Pink Slip”. This type of permit can be issued for a period of 1 to 4 years (with a limitation of absence period not more than 4 months). A “Pink Slip” could be issued for a period of 1-2 years upon first application and will be easily extended for a further 1-2 year period thereafter.
“Pink Slip” – Visitor Visa
Visitor Visas are normally provided to applicants under the following categories:
“Pink Slip” - Student Visa
Each student who takes a long-term course at a Cyprus educational institution must obtain permission for long stay. Students from non-EU countries can be issued visas by an Embassy / Consulate of the Republic of Cyprus in the student’s home country or by the Migration Department of Cyprus. International students must report to their educational institution immediately upon arrival to register and complete other formalities required for obtaining further temporary resident permits.
“Pink Slip” – Employment Visa
Applications for the issue of Entry and Temporary Residence and Employment Permits must be submitted by the Cypriot employer through the District Office of the Aliens and Immigration Unit of the Police or at the Central Offices of the Civil Registry and Migration Department in Nicosia. The applications should be submitted along with the contract of employment certified by the Department of Labor of the Ministry of Employment and Social Insurance, which is the competent Department for securing that there are no Cypriots or citizens of Member States of the European Union, available or adequately qualified for the specific job or post prior to recommending the employment of third country nationals. The applicant must proceed to register with the District Office of the Aliens and Immigration Unit of the Police. The maximum duration of employment in most cases is four years (exemptions may apply).
Companies who meet the criteria to be classified as foreign interest companies are also eligible to employ third country nationals in Cyprus. They must meet the following criteria:
Documents required for Pink Slip application (where applicable):
c) Immigration Permits
Non-EU aliens could apply for immigration permits if they are qualified for the Categories as listed below under the 5th Regulation of the Aliens and Immigration Regulations of Cyprus:
Category A: 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 approximately €430,000 (CY£250,000) and such an employment should not negatively affect the general economy of the Republic.
Category B: 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 approximately €350,000 (CY£200,000) and such an employment should not negatively affect the general economy of the Republic.
Category C: 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 approximately €260,000 (CY£150,000) and such an employment should not affect negatively the general economy of the Republic.
Category D: 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.
Category E: Persons who have been offered permanent employment in the Republic, which will not create undue local competition.
Category F: 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.
An alien can qualify under this category, along with their dependents, provided him/her:
This is the only category where a permit can be obtained by all family members simultaneously.
An Immigration Permit will be automatically cancelled if the interested person fails to acquire residence in Cyprus within one year from the approval of the application, in case he/she is residing outside Cyprus. It will also be cancelled if he/she acquires permanent residence abroad or is absent from Cyprus for a period of two years.
d) Residence Permits
Resident Permit for non-EU family members of non EU citizens
Non-EU family members of a third country national who has prospects of applying for a permanent residence permit in Cyprus, can obtain a Resident Permit. Non-EU family members such as a spouse and unmarried children under 18 years old can obtain a Resident Permit upon providing documentary evidence of the family relationship (e.g. birth certificates) with a third-country national who holds a residence permit valid for at least one year and who has resided legally within Cyprus for a period of at least 2 years. Upon application for Family Reunification non-EU family members may obtain a Residence Permit.
The Residence Permit issued to a non-EU family member is valid for two years.
Resident Permit for non-EU family members of EU citizens
Non-EU family members of EU citizens who reside in Cyprus can obtain a Resident Permit. Non-EU family members such as a spouse and unmarried children under 18 years old can obtain a Resident Permit upon providing documentary evidence of the family relationship (e.g. birth certificates) with the EU citizen.
The Residence Permit issued to a non-EU family member is valid for five years from the date of the issue or for the envisaged period of residence of the EU citizen.
e) Temporary residence permit for third country nationals who wish to be employed by international companies based in Cyprus
The below is the relevant procedure and guidelines for setting up a Cyprus company of foreign interests which can employ third country nationals:
Provided that the Company fulfils the above mentioned conditions, it will be permitted to employ third country nationals for the following positions:
Subject to the Company satisfying the above mentioned conditions, it may employ Cypriots or nationals from other EU countries for the following positions. For EU nationals relocating to Cyprus to work, there is a separate visa/permit to be acquired as per the applicable laws and regulations.
Such Company may employ Cypriots or nationals from other EU countries. For EU nationals relocating to Cyprus to work, there is a separate visa/permit to be acquired as per the applicable laws and regulations.
In the event that the total maximum number for the above classifications is exceeded, the Company should justify the necessity of the employment of third country nationals, subject to certain requirements.
The documents needed for proceeding under the above mentioned category for temporary residence permit are outlined below:
For the Company
For the employee (third country national)
Please also note that the physical presence of the employees is required in order for the migration department to receive their biometric features (fingerprints and photograph) as well as their signatures prior to the submission of the temporary residency applications. Please note that the captured fingerprints are deleted from the Aliens’ Register 48 hours after the issuance of the residence permit.
On a final note, please note that all the documents issued by a foreign authority (either for applying for temporary or permanent residence permit) should be translated to either Greek or English and be duly authenticated (They should bear the stamp «APOSTILLE», if they are issued by countries that have signed the Hague Convention, otherwise they should be sealed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the issuing country and the diplomatic mission of the Republic of Cyprus in the issuing country).
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