Cyprus Permanent Residency is a legal status which entitles Non-EU citizens and qualifying dependents to enter and stay as permanent residents in Cyprus with no limitations. It does not expire; therefore, the holder does not need to renew it. It is also known as a Cyprus immigration permit or unlimited residency.
The legal basis of the permanent residence scheme is Regulation 5 and 6(2) of the Aliens and Immigration Regulations.
A PR in Cyprus is divided into several main categories.
"Cyprus residency by buying a property" type of permits is for investors who purchase property in Cyprus and have sufficient income from abroad:
Here is an example of the Cyprus permanent resident card obtained through investment:
This type of permits is for owners and employees of companies of foreign interests:
To find out more about this type of permits read about Employment Visas.
Permanent Residence by 5 years of stay
Non-EU citizens who had resided legally and continuously in Cyprus for five years before the filing of the application and had for the entire prementioned period valid Cyprus temporary residence card are entitled to apply for the so-called long-term residence permit.
Permanent Residency for EU citizens
This type of residency can be applied by European Union citizens and their family members also Citizens of EU, after 5 years of continuous legal residence in Cyprus.
Permanent Residency for investors of the Cyprus Investment Programme
The applicants of the Cyprus Investment Programme immediately upon submission of their application are entitled to receive within five days a Cyprus PR.
The CIP provides a Cyprus Citizenship with an investment of 2 million euros and an additional donation of €150.000, to an investor and his family (wife & children up to 28 years old).
Permanent Residency by marriage to Cypriot
Applicants married to Cypriot Citizen, their minor children from a previous marriage and also parents of the Cypriot citizen or parents-in-law are allowed to apply for residency permit with an unlimited duration which entitles them to residency rights. Read more about PR by marriage.
Purchase a property in Cyprus for €300.000
The investor must buy a new house or apartment or any of the combinations mentioned below, from a development company for the minimum amount of €300.000 plus VAT (VAT is 19% or 5% for the first property bought for own use).
The investor must register his sales agreement at the Land Registry and pay at least €200.000 plus VAT to be able to apply. The payment must be made in the bank account of the seller in Cyprus, and the money should be transferred from abroad.
The delivery date does not matter, so properties under construction can be included.
The property can be bought in the name of a company in which the absolute owner or ultimate beneficiary will be the investor or his/her spouse. The investor may buy up to two properties provided the total sales price is as mention above and can be any of the following combinations:
If the investor wishes to sell the property, he must replace it with another of the equal or higher value and to follow all the conditions mentioned above.
The investor, together with his/her spouse, must prove yearly income from abroad of minimum €30.000, which is increased by €5.000 for each dependent (spouse and children). It is also increased by €8.000 for each dependent parent or parent-in-law and provided this is satisfied they can also apply and get the permanent residence permit.
It can be any income and usually includes salaries, pensions, dividends, fixed deposits, rents etc.
The Permanent Residency permit covers the spouse and children up to 18 years old.
Also, children between 18 and 25 years old can apply provided they fulfil the following:
The PR is kept by the children for life even if they exceed the age of 25 or do not continue to fulfil the above (unmarried, financially dependent, students).
However, their future spouse or child cannot be added as dependents on their PR. If children want to study at the University of Cyprus, they must apply for a temporary residence permit as students. When they finish their studies regardless of their age, they will be able to apply for PR with the only condition of the extra annual income of €5000.
The parents and parents-in-law of investor can also get PR without buying additional property. The only requirement is to show an additional annual income of €8.000 for every such parent. And to provide the application documents as mentioned in the list below.
Applicants must also comply with the below:
To be eligible for this type of permit, the applicant mainly needs to show:
Category F residency is flexible and does not have a strict requirement of property purchase. However, it is recommended to buy a property in Cyprus of any amount. It can even be a resale property. The money for the purchase does not need to be transferred from abroad.
The applicant must show a yearly income of at least €9568 for one applicant plus €4613 for each dependent person. This income must be from abroad and can be from salaries, pensions, stock shares, rents.
The applicant should deposit in his bank account in Cyprus an amount of approximately €15.000 to €20.000, which is not pledged it is a simple deposit, the money can be used after applying.
Only children up to the age of 18 years old can apply as a dependent, and their permanent residency will be valid until they become 18 years old. The parents of the applicants cannot apply as dependents.
It is also possible to apply for the PR category F with a rented property. However, the application could be declined by the Migration department. Based on our experience, we recommend applying after purchasing a property.
Category F only
To obtain a permanent residency permit in Cyprus, the applicant needs to apply with the following required documents:
Please note that Criminal Record Certificate, marriage & children birth certificates should be translated in English and be certified by the Ministry of foreign affairs (or Embassy) of the country that will issue them. And also by the Cyprus Embassy of that Country, or bear the APOSTILLE stamp.
The application to obtain a permanent residency can be submitted by the lawyer of the investor who does not need to be present at the submission. Those applications are only provided at the Civil Registry and Migration Department at Nicosia, not at district immigration units of each city.
After the submission, the applicants are required to give a photo and fingertips so that on approval, the residency cards can be issued. This can be done at any time before the final approval at any migration district unit in any city.
Below are the addresses of each city’s immigration unit.
Agamemnonos 6, Engomi, 2411 Nicosia
Franglinou Rousvelt 223, Zakaki, Building ¨D. Nikolaou¨, 2nd floor, 3046 Limassol
Piale Piasha 75, 6027 Larnaka
Eleftheriou Venizelou & Kaningos 22, 2nd floor, 8021 Pafos
Eleftherias 83, Tatolos Bld, Derynia Plaza, 1st floor, 5380 Derynia
On approval, the lawyer will collect the PR cards.
The fast-track Cyprus residency by investment is obtained in about two months. On approval, the lawyer can collect the cards on behalf of the investors.
It is estimated that the period for the examination of the application for permanent residency under category F shall be 18 months.
The cost of the fast track permanent residency program is €300.000, and it does not include the following fees:
Applicant / applicants’ spouse / children under 18
€500 for all
€70 for each person for registration
Adult children & parents (each)
€70 for registration
The fees are the same for Category F permits.
Our team of immigration lawyers in Limassol Cyprus is ready to advise and prepare any the above permanent residency applications. We will support you through all the procedure from initial property purchase, advice on required documents, preparation and submission of the immigration permit applications, collection of the PR cards.
Contact us to receive a free personal consultation and learn about our competitive fee services.
What is a Cyprus alien card? Does it give any rights?
It is merely a registration certificate, is not considered a valid permit and does not grant any right to stay.
How to get permanent residency in Cyprus after the study?
According to Cyprus immigration rules, the only way is to follow either of the residency by investment programs.