Immigration Permits

| 18 Aug 2017

Chetcuti Cauchi Lawyers

Non-EU citizens seeking to immigrate to Cyprus could apply for immigration permits if they qualify under one of the categories as listed below under the 5th Regulation of the Aliens and Immigration Regulations of Cyprus:

Immigration Permits - 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.

Immigration Permits - 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.

Immigration Permits - 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.

Immigration Permits - 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.

Immigration Permits - Category E

Persons who have been offered permanent employment in the Republic, which will not create undue local competition.

Immigration Permits - Category F

This category is of great interest to people with considerable income, overseas immovable property owners and pensioners with sufficient income to sustain a living in Cyprus.

An alien can qualify under this category, along with their dependents, provided him/her:

  • Has at their disposal a secured annual income sufficient to cover living expenses for him/her and their dependents in Cyprus without conducting any business, trade or profession in the country. The annual income required should be a minimum of EUR 9,568.17 for the applicant and at least EUR 4,613.22 for each dependent;
  • Can demonstrate additional sums at his\her disposal if the Immigration Control Board considers it necessary.

This is the only category where a permit can be obtained by all family members simultaneously.

The interested person will need to acquire a residence in Cyprus within one year from the approval of the application, in case he/she is residing outside Cyprus, on pain of having the permit cancelled if they fail to do so.The permit will also be cancelled if he/she acquires permanent residence abroad or is absent from Cyprus for a period of two years.


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