How to become a resident of Cyprus? Cycle of articles. Article 2
Article 2. Registration of foreign citizens in Cyprus. Residence permit
In this article, we will acquaint you with information on how foreign citizens are registered in Cyprus and how they receive a residence permit.
The beginning of the cycle and the full list of articles can be found at the link: Article 1. Introduction. The path from tourist to resident.
Which organization deals with the registration of foreign citizens in Cyprus?
Registration of foreign citizens in Cyprus is carried out by the Civil Registry and Migration Department, namely the Aliens and Immigration Service (hereinafter referred to as the Immigration Service).
Branches of this Service are part of Cyprus Police Department and are located in every region of Cyprus.
The addresses, contact information and working hours of the Department and its branches are available here: http://www.moi.gov.cy/moi/crmd/crmd.nsf/contact_en/contact_en?OpenDocument&ExpandSection=7.
The reception of foreign citizens by the Immigration Service is carried out from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 14:00, with the exception of public holidays in Cyprus declared as holidays. Information about such days can be found at the link: http://www.officeholidays.com/countries/cyprus.
Deadlines for Foreign Citizens to Apply for Registration in Cyprus
An application for registration in Cyprus must be submitted:
1) By a citizen of the European Union and members of his family:
within four months from the date of entry into the Republic of Cyprus. Failure to comply with the registration requirement may result in penalties of up to € 2,562.90.
2) Citizens of non-EU countries who are not family members of an EU citizen:
before the expiration of their legal stay in Cyprus.
How is the registration of foreign citizens going?
The registration process can be roughly divided into 4 main stages:
1) Pre-registration: before the expiration of your stay in Cyprus (for EU citizens - before the expiration of 4 months from the date of entry into Cyprus) you should visit the office of the Immigration Service at your place of residence and inform about your intention to extend the period of your residence in Cyprus. This must be done in person with a passport or ID (for EU citizens), as well as passports or IDs of all applicants associated with you.
An employee of the Immigration Service will enter your data in a special journal and provide you with a sheet for visiting the office indicating the date of the visit, your serial number and the approximate time when you need to be in the office. At the same time, you will receive a standard registration form (the form depends on your status and purposes of stay in Cyprus) and a list of documents that will be required during the registration.
Attention! If on the date of the appointment you provide an incomplete set of documents, you may be refused registration and you will have to make an appointment again. Therefore, read the list of documents that you should provide to the Immigration Service carefully and immediately ask any clarifying questions that you may have. It is better to have a couple of "extra" papers with you than to re-schedule an appointment and go through all the necessary procedures. Remember that some of the required documents must be officially translated, notarized and/or apostilled.
2) Preparatory stage: by the time of the official visit to the office you will need to properly fill out the received forms and prepare all the documents and their copies from the list received at the office of the Immigration Service.
3) Registration: on the appointed date, you should visit the office of the Immigration Service in person along with all family members interested in registration, go through an interview and provide the necessary package of documents and pay the fee.
4) Obtaining registration documents: having handed over a full package of documents and paid the fee, you will receive a receipt, which will be a confirmation of registration. But the result of all procedures will be the receipt of a Registration Certificate/residence permit (Yellow Slip or Residence Card). You will receive the Certificate at the same office of the Immigration Service where the documents were received.
Documents confirming your registration in Cyprus
The documents confirming your registration and the legality of your stay in Cyprus are valid Registration Certificates: Yellow Slip and RESIDENCE CARD (Pink Slip). If you have not yet received the Certificate, but have already been registered with the Immigration Service and your documents have been accepted for processing, until the receipt of the Certificate, the document confirming the registration and the legality of your stay in Cyprus is the receipt of documents you received from the Immigration Service.
Yellow Slip is the unofficial name of the Certificate of Registration in Cyprus, issued to EU citizens and their family members who are also EU citizens. This Certificate is a residence permit granting its holder the rights equal to those of Cypriot citizens (including the right to work).
There are 2 main types of Yellow Slip in Cyprus:
1) Certificate of registration in Cyprus of an EU citizen and his family members who are also citizens of an EU member state (MEU1 Form).
2) Certificate of permanent residence (in fact, a permanent residence permit) of a citizen of the European Union and his family members, who are also citizens of an EU member state, as well as his family members who are citizens of third countries (MEU3 Form).
You can get a Yellow Slip (MEU1 Form) only if you are a citizen of a member state of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland (hereinafter referred to as an EU citizen). This Certificate of Registration in Cyprus of a citizen of the European Union and his family members has no expiration date.
RESIDENCE CARD or Pink Slip
If you are not an EU citizen, then instead of the Yellow Slip, after registering with the Cyprus Immigration Service, you will receive a Residence Card as a Certificate confirming your right to reside in Cyprus (until 2014 this role was played by Pink Slip).
RESIDENCE CARD is a residence permit for third-country nationals, both related and not related by family ties with EU citizens or Cypriot citizens.
The only difference is that for the family members of EU citizens (MEU2 Form) who are not EU citizens, the initial validity period of the RESIDENCE CARD is 5 years, while for other third-country nationals this period does not exceed 1-4 years (with the exception of the Holders of special compatriot IDs (e.g. ΤΑΥΤΟΤΗΤΑ ΟΜΟΓΕΝΟΥΣ) and family members of Cypriot citizens (at the discretion of the Immigration Service).
Please be careful! If you are absent from Cyprus for more than 3 consecutive months, the residence permit will be canceled.
Obtaining a Certificate of Permanent Residence in Cyprus
You can obtain a Certificate of Permanent Residence in Cyprus in the following cases:
After 5 years of uninterrupted legal residence in Cyprus (regardless of whether you are an EU citizen) you are eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit in Cyprus (for EU citizens and their family members - Yellow Slip (MEU3 Form)) with no expiration date, for third-country nationals - RECIDENCE CARD (PERMANENT RESIDENCY) with no expiration date (the card will need to be renewed every 10 years.) The application review period is up to 1 year.
Without a five-year waiting period, if you purchase a new residential property worth 300,000 Euro + VAT and apply for a permanent residence permit in Cyprus, confirming your economic viability. The term for consideration of the application is 3 months. This Certificate does not entitle you to work in Cyprus (read more).
Once acquired, the right of permanent residence is only lost if the holder is absent from the Republic of Cyprus for a period exceeding two consecutive years.
Fees when applying for registration
When applying for registration the fee is paid for the applicant and each member of his family.
The lists of fees for different categories of foreign citizens (for example, for EU citizens and their family members and for third-country nationals (including family members of Cypriot citizens)) are different. They can be found at the link: http://www.moi.gov.cy/moi/CRMD/crmd.nsf/page07_en/page07_en?OpenDocument by selecting the appropriate type of residence permit and the category of the applicant.
Information about all the fees that you need to pay will be indicated in the list of documents that you will receive from the Immigration Service, setting the date of the visit for the interview and registration (the list is issued with a form to fill out and an admission sheet).
Who needs health insurance for the Immigration Service?
Medical insurance is included in the list of mandatory documents that must be submitted to the Immigration Service for all foreigners.
But, if in the case of EU citizens, a European medical card can be accepted as such a document, then citizens of non-EU countries (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, etc.) will definitely need special medical insurance for foreign citizens, the conditions of which fully comply with the requirements of the Immigration Service.
The cost of such insurance is from 150 Euro per year. Using the link below you can read detailed information about the conditions of the insurance policy, as well as fill out a questionnaire and calculate its cost for you personally and for your entire family: https://www.pitsasinsurances.com/ru/products/immigration/.
Bank guarantee: necessity, scope, and duration
To apply for an entry/residence permit for a third-country national, it may be necessary to present an original bank guarantee (hereinafter referred to as the “guarantee”).
A guarantee is provided to cover the costs of deportation if such deportation is necessary due to the fact that the third-country national is a prohibited immigrant. The guarantee can be made at any commercial bank in Cyprus and is, in principle, personal. There are some exceptions, such as students, where the guarantee can be a group guarantee.
To find out if you need a guarantee and if it is possible to provide a group guarantee, see the list of documents that must accompany the application, in accordance with the category of residence that interests you.
As a rule, the guarantee is required for all third-country nationals, with the exception of third-country nationals who are family members of EU citizens or family members of Cypriot citizens.
The scope of the guarantee provided depends on the country of origin of the third-country national, as the costs of deportation (air tickets, etc.) differ from country to country. You can find out the amount of the guarantee that you need by following the link: http://www.moi.gov.cy/moi/CRMD/crmd.nsf/All/F999BD649AB56A74C2257EA6003F9C9D.
The Bank guarantee must be valid for at least ten (10) years. In the case of an application filed for an extension of the residence permit, a new guarantee is not required, provided that the previously granted guarantee is not close to expiring and that it covers the requested period of stay plus one (1) year. Different requirements apply to a student bank guarantee, as it can be a group guarantee.
In certain cases bank guarantee agreement may be terminated and its amount returned to the beneficiary.
Terms and procedure for obtaining a Certificate of Registration/Residence Permit
Citizens of the European Union or family members of EU citizens who are also citizens of an EU member state receive the Certificate of Registration (Yellow Slip MEU1 Form) at the place of registration immediately or within 1-5 days from the date of registration.
Third-country nationals (including family members of an EU citizen who are not citizens of an EU member state and family members of a Cypriot citizen) receive a RESIDENCE CARD within 4 to 5 months from the date of application for registration.
The notification of the readiness of the document comes to the mailing address indicated in the application as the address of correspondence or to the last registration address of the applicant.
Only the applicant or a person officially authorized by the applicant to carry out these actions can receive the document.
- You will definitely need the documents confirming your address in Cyprus. Documents of this kind include:
1) If you are renting a house - a lease agreement.
2) In case you own real estate in Cyprus - Certificate of ownership of residential real estate issued in your name.
If none of the above documents has been issued in your name and you are not a family member (husband/wife) of the owner or tenant, then you may need a court-certified official statement of the tenant/owner of the real estate at the address of your residence, in which he confirms that you live at the declared address.
Also (if available) it will be useful to attach to the documents confirming your address of residence in Cyprus, a utility bill at this address issued in your name.
If you work, together with the block of your registration form filled out by the employer, provide the immigration service with a copy of your contract or a letter from the employer confirming your employment in his company on the date of application, indicating your current salary, as well as an extract from the Social Security Department, confirming your registration in the system and the availability of deductions to the insurance funds. You may also be asked to additionally provide a copy of the employer's liability insurance policy (this type of insurance is mandatory for employers in Cyprus), and therefore it is better to have it with you in advance.
If you are not an EU citizen and you have been granted a residence permit with the right to work in a certain organization, then in the event of a change of employer, you must provide the information about this to the Immigration Service and go through the re-registration procedure. You are also obliged to inform the Immigration Service about the change of your residence address in Cyprus.
The materials from the official website of the Civil Registry and Migration Department of Cyprus are used in our publication.
February 20, 2020