Savva & Associates Cyprus

A New Horizon for IT Professionals: Accelerating Your Path to Cyprus Citizenship

Are you a non-EU professional with expertise in the IT industry, and open to embracing the Greek language? The pathway to Cyprus and EU citizenship could now be just three years ahead for you. This streamlined process offers a significant opportunity for those looking to expand their horizons and professional networks within the European Union.

Exciting changes in Cyprus’s citizenship laws now offer IT professionals a faster route to becoming EU citizens. With a B1 level in English, the residency requirement for citizenship has been reduced to just three years. But what does holding a B1 certificate entail, and why is this particularly significant for IT professionals?

A B1 level of English, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), signifies an intermediate understanding of the language. This level allows individuals to:

  • Understand the main points of clear, standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Handle most situations likely to arise while traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Produce simple, connected text on topics of personal interest.
  • Describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes, and ambitions and provide brief reasons and explanations for opinions and plans​​​​.

For IT professionals, this represents not just a linguistic benchmark but a gateway to new professional and personal opportunities in Cyprus and across the European Union. Achieving this level demonstrates the ability to engage effectively in a work environment, participate in social and cultural activities, and navigate day-to-day interactions in an English-speaking country or context.

Moreover, the ability to fast-track citizenship through demonstrating a B1 level of English opens doors to a host of benefits, including:

  • Enhanced mobility within the EU for work and travel.
  • Access to a broader job market and professional networking opportunities.
  • Eligibility for various social, health, and educational benefits across the European Union.

For IT professionals, who often work in global teams and may seek opportunities across borders, achieving a B1 level and utilizing Cyprus’s new citizenship pathway can significantly impact their career trajectory and personal life.

In practical terms, reaching a B1 level involves dedication to language learning, encompassing listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. It’s about being able to communicate effectively on familiar topics, understand the gist of conversations and texts, and express oneself in a coherent manner​​.

This development is a call to action for IT professionals worldwide. It’s an opportunity to enhance your language skills, meet Cyprus’s residency and language requirements, and open up a new chapter of opportunities in the European Union. As Cyprus continues to define the specifics of what constitutes ‘highly skilled labor’, IT professionals should prepare to meet these criteria, leveraging their expertise and language proficiency as key assets in their application for citizenship.

For those on the path to enhancing their English proficiency or considering relocation, this is a promising time. Cyprus’ welcoming stance towards highly skilled workers, particularly in the tech sector, signifies a broader trend of valuing talent and diversity within the EU.
For comprehensive insights and guidance, we invite you to reach out to our team at:

Charles Savva
Managing Director


[email protected]

+357 22516671

Mina Pieri
Senior Manager


[email protected]

+357 22510207

Christos Tsaousis
Senior Manager


[email protected]

+357 22510206

We look forward to addressing your questions and providing the necessary guidance for your business needs.