Cyprus Permanent Residency is a legal status that 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.
To obtain a Permanent Residency permit in Cyprus with the fast-track option, the applicant must invest at least €300,000 in real estate. This residency can cover the whole family and does not expire.
A holder of such a permit can apply for Cyprus citizenship after five years of residing in the country.
The legal basis of the permanent residence scheme is Regulations 5 and 6(2) of the Aliens and Immigration Regulations.
Permanent residence programs
A PR in Cyprus is divided into several main categories.
Permanent residency by investment
"Cyprus residency by buying a property" type of permit is for investors who purchase property in Cyprus and have sufficient income from abroad:
Category 6.2 Fast Track Permanent Residency can be obtained by investing at least €300.000 (plus VAT) in a brand-new house or apartment in Cyprus (the list of suitable real estate ).
Permanent Residency Category F requires an investment in real estate of at least €100.000 (plus VAT) and annual income from abroad, which covers living expenses while residing in Cyprus, without working or doing business. The required yearly income starts from €9568 for one applicant plus €4613 for each dependent person.
Here is an example of the Cyprus permanent resident card obtained through investment:
Residency with the right to work
This type of permit is for owners and employees of companies with foreign interests:
Category C: Investors who work for their own company, provided they bring from abroad a capital of about €260,000 which will be used for their company activities in Cyprus.
Category E: Persons who have been offered permanent employment.
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, a 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 the EU, after 5 years of continuous legal residence in Cyprus.
Permanent Residency by marriage to Cypriot
Applicants married to Cypriot Citizens, their minor children from a previous marriage, and parents of the Cypriot citizen or parents-in-law are allowed to apply for a residency permit with an unlimited duration which entitles them to residency rights. Read more about PR by marriage.
Fast-track procedure for obtaining a PR
Requirements for Cyprus permanent residency by investment
The following criteria apply to investors looking for Cyprus residency:
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 the amount of EUR 300,000 (plus VAT). The payment must be made in the seller's bank account 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 whose 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 mentioned above and can be any of the following combinations:
One residential property (house or apartment) EUR 300,000 in value;
Two residential properties (houses or apartments) totaling EUR 300,000 in value.
Offices, hotel buildings, or other realty of at least EUR 300,000 in total value.
If the investor wishes to sell the property, he must replace it with another of equal or higher value and follow all the abovementioned conditions.
The investor must show an annual secured income of at least EUR 50,000 from abroad. This income is increased by EUR 15,000 for the spouse and EUR 10,000 for each underage child of the family.
It can be any income, including salaries, pensions, dividends, fixed deposits, rents, etc. The spouse’s income (if any) can be included in calculating income.
The Permanent Residency permit covers the spouse and children up to 18 years old.
Also, children between 18 and 25 years old can apply separately for a student immigration permit, provided they fulfill the following:
Financially dependent on the investor
University students abroad with a minimum of six months remaining study period from the date of the submission of the application
The parents have an additional annual income of EUR 10,000 for each child
The PR is kept by the children for life even if they exceed the age of 25 or do not continue to fulfill 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 can apply for PR with the only condition of the extra annual income of €10000.
Applicants must also comply with the following:
Provide a clean criminal record from their country of residence
Should not be regarded as a danger to the public order/security of Cyprus
Permanent Residency in Cyprus Category F
To be eligible for this type of permit, the applicant mainly needs to show:
Cyprus permanent residency category F is flexible and has no strict property purchase requirement. However, it is recommended to buy a property in Cyprus for 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, and rents.
Bank deposit in Cyprus
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 which can be used after applying.
Only children up to 18 years old can apply as a dependent, and their permanent residency will be valid until they turn 18. The parents of the applicants cannot apply as dependents.
Applying for the PR category F with a rented property is also possible. However, the application could be declined by the Migration department. Based on our experience, we recommend applying after purchasing a property.
Conditions and restrictions of the permanent residency program
The holders are not allowed to work in Cyprus. However, they can be shareholders in a Cypriot company, which can do business in Cyprus or abroad, and receive dividend income from this company.
Cypriot permanent residence permit does not give any visa-free travel to any other countries or European Union member states, as it is only for Cyprus. The only exceptions are Romania and Bulgaria.
Category F only
The processing time at the moment cannot be estimated (updated - May 2023)
The children of the applicant will lose it once they become 18 years old
Annual obligations to verify criteria (since 2023)
Each year the applicant must submit to the Civil Registry and Migration Department a confirmation that they retain the following:
The initial investment;
The required secured annual income;
A clean criminal record in their country of residence and their country of origin;
Health insurance in case the applicant and their family are not covered by the General Health System (Gesy).
The residence permit will be withdrawn if these documents are not submitted or verified.
How to get a permanent residence permit
To obtain a permanent residency permit in Cyprus, the applicant needs to apply with the following required documents:
Copy of valid passport of the applicant, spouse and children
Curriculum Vitae for the applicant
Marriage Certificate duly certified (official and certified translation)
Children’s Birth Certificates duly certified (official and certified translation)
Original Criminal Record Certificate (Issued from the country of residence and submitted with an official and certified translation)
Documents to prove annual income from abroad
Title of ownership or contract of sale of property in Cyprus
Bank Swift for the payment of the purchase price & receipts of payment
Category F only: Original Letter from a bank in Cyprus OR Bank Statement to show the balance of €15.000 - €20.000
Please note that Criminal Record certificates, marriage & children's birth certificates should be translated into 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 in Nicosia, not at the district immigration units of each city.
After the submission, the applicants must give a photo and fingertips so that the residency cards can be issued upon approval. This can be done any time before the final approval at any migration district unit in any city.
Below are the addresses of each city’s immigration unit.
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.
As of May 2023, the processing time for the application examination under category F can not be estimated. The applications are submitted normally but not processed until further notice by the immigration department.
Cyprus government fees
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 (each)
€70 for registration
The fees are the same for Category F permits.
Permanent residency in Cyprus is valid for life.
The whole family can apply to get a residence permit.
A residency card is obtained within two months through the fast-track process.
PR holder might be eligible to apply for becoming Cyprus Tax resident with the advantage of being exempt from worldwide dividend and passive interest income and the profit of the sale of securities.
PR holder benefits from the newly established General Healthcare system and is entitled to free healthcare.
PR Category F is a flexible procedure that allows the holder to get permanent residency in a European country with minimal investment.
Our team of immigration lawyers in Limassol, Cyprus, is ready to advise and prepare any of the above permanent residency applications. We will support you through all the procedures from initial property purchase, advice on required documents, preparation and submission of the immigration permit applications, and collection of the PR cards.
Contact us for a free personal consultation and learn about our competitive fee services.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.