Other Permits Cyprus
There are various visas that can be obtained to enter Cyprus by non-EU citizens, including short-term visas, temporary residence permits, immigration permits and residence permits for the family members.
Short-term visas (the purpose of the trip is leisure or business, and it will not last more than 3 months).
A short-term visa can be issued as a multiple entry visa, allowing you to enter Cyprus several times, or a single entry visa. For multiple entry visas the total number of the days of stay in Cyprus must not exceed 90 days, commencing on your first visit during each six month period.
Temporary residence permit («PinkSlip»)
Non-EU nationals who come to Cyprus for long-term purposes without the right to work must obtain special temporary residence permits, usually called 'PinkSlip'. This type of permit can be issued for a period of 1 to 4 years (with the limitation of the period of absence not exceeding 4 months). PinkSlip can be issued for a period of 1-2 years on the first application and can be easily extended for another 1-2 years after that.
There are 3 categories of PinkSlip»:
- «PinkSlip» for living without the right for work.
- «PinkSlip» with the right for work.
- «PinkSlip» for students and learners.
Foreigners who are not EU citizens can apply for an immigration permit (long-term residence) if they meet the categories listed below in accordance with the 5th Regulation of the Government of Cyprus “On Aliens and Immigration Rules”:
Category A: The persons who intend to work in Cyprus as self-employed in agriculture, livestock, poultry or fish farming, provided that they have sufficient land in their possession or permission to acquire it, and that they have at their full and free disposal the capital in the amount of about € 430,000 (£ 250,000 Cypriot pounds), and such employment will not adversely affect the economy of the Republic in general.
Category B: The persons who intend to work independently in the mining enterprises of Cyprus, provided that they have the appropriate permit, they have at their full and free disposal the capital of about € 350,000 (£ 200,000 Cypriot pounds), and such employment will not adversely affect the economy of the Republic in general.
Category C: The persons who intend to work in Cyprus as self-employed in trade or in a particular profession, provided that they have the appropriate authorization, they have at their full and free disposal the capital in the amount of about € 260,000 (£ 150,000 Cypriot pounds), and such employment will not adversely affect the general state of the Republic's economy.
Category D: The persons who intend to work in Cyprus as self-employed in a profession or in the field of science (i.e. engaging in scientific research or activities), provided that they have an academic or professional qualification for which there is a demand in Cyprus. They also need sufficient funds.
Category E: The persons who have been offered permanent employment in the Republic that does not create undue competition at the local level.
Category F: The persons who have at their full and free disposal a guaranteed annual income high enough to ensure them a decent life in Cyprus, without the need to engage in any business , trade or profession.
A foreigner may fall into this category along with his/her dependents provided that he/she:
- Has at his disposal a guaranteed annual income sufficient to cover his own living expenses and the living expenses of his dependents in Cyprus, without doing business, trade or carrying out any professional activity. The required annual income must be at least €9,568.17 per applicant and at least €4,613.22 per dependent;
- Can confirm that he has additional income or savings at his disposal, if the Immigration Control deems it necessary.
This is the only category in which family members can obtain permission at the same time.
Immigration permit will be automatically revoked:
- If the person concerned is unable to obtain the residence permit in Cyprus within one year of the approval of the application, if he/she resides outside Cyprus.
- If the person concerned acquires permanent residence abroad or is absent from Cyprus for two years.
Residence permit for non-EU family members
Family members of a non-EU third country national who has the prospect of applying for the permanent residence permit in Cyprus can obtain a residence permit. Non-EU family members, like a spouse and unmarried children under the age of 18, can obtain the residence permit upon presentation of the documentary evidence of a family relationship (like a birth certificate) with a third-country national who has the residence permit valid for at least one year and who has been legally resident in Cyprus for at least 2 years. Non-EU family members can obtain the residence permit upon application for the family reunification.
Residence permit for the family members of the EU citizens who are not EU members
Non-EU family members of the EU citizens residing in Cyprus can also obtain the residence permit. Non-EU family members, like a spouse and unmarried children under 18, can obtain the residence permit after providing the documentary evidence of a family relationship (e.g., birth certificates) with the EU citizen.
Residence permit issued to a family member who is not the EU citizen is valid for five years from the date of the issue or from the intended period of residence of the EU citizen in Cyprus.
Please note! All the documents issued by a foreign authority (for applying for a temporary or permanent residence permit) must be translated into Greek or English and duly certified (they must be stamped with 'APOSTILLE' if issued by the countries that have signed the Hague Convention. Otherwise, they must be certified by the seals of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the issuing country and the diplomatic mission of the Republic of Cyprus in the issuing country). more details about the visas to Cyprus Contact Amazon Corporate&Immigration Services for more information on the immigration services in Cyprus.
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