Cyprus temporary residence permit, the so-called Pink Slip, allows Non-European Union passport holders to extend their stay in Cyprus for more than 3 months (90 days). It allows also tourists and visitors to extend their stay no matter what was the duration of their initial visa, just they should apply before their current visa expires.
Cyprus temporary residence permit overview
Pink Slip in Cyprus is valid for 1 year and can be renewed on an annual basis. Under this permit, a person is allowed to live in Cyprus as a visitor (without the right to work). Also, his family members, spouse, and children (under 18 years old), can get the pink slip as dependants. The whole family applies at the same time, each family member files a separate application form and gets his own temporary residence card.
Pink Slip restrictions
- Cannot stay out of Cyprus for more than three months continuously as the permit would be cancelled automatically
- No right to work in Cyprus
- Is granted only to non-EU Nationals who wish to extend their stay in Cyprus
- Valid for one year, can be renewed annually
How to obtain a Cyprus Pink Slip
Pink Slip requirements
In order to be eligible for this type of permit, the applicant mainly needs to show:
- adequate income from abroad to cover living expenses whilst residing in Cyprus (estimated about €15,000 – €20,000 for a three-member family)
- either rented or bought a house or apartment
Application processing time
- Cyprus Residence Permit Card is obtained within about 3 months
- Once applied allowed to stay until the temporary residence permit card is issued
- Application form for a temporary residence permit in Cyprus as visitor MVIS3 duly completed
One for each family member.
- Rental agreement or sale agreement of a house/apartment
The rental agreement needs to be for a one-year minimum (Rental Agreement and a copy of it certified by Muhtar or certifying officer & stamped at tax office).
- Bank statement & proof of transfer from abroad
Deposit/Transfer €15.000 in a Bank account in Cyprus which should be transferred from abroad. If brought in cash needs to be declared in the airport on arrival and get the confirmation document. (Learn how to open a bank account in Cyprus).
If bank transfer, one needs swift or confirmation from the bank in Cyprus that this amount was transferred from abroad.
- Bank guarantee
Set up a bank guarantee in a Cyprus bank, one for each family member. The amount depends on nationality:
- Eastern Europe countries, Russians = €550
- Middle East countries = €350
- Asian / American countries = €850
Processing time for the bank to issue the bank guarantees is 1-2 days.
- Health insurance
It can be international health insurance if the applicant already has one or it can be made in Cyprus. The average cost is €200 for each person. It can be made in 1 day.
- Documents to prove income from abroad
It can be any kind of stable income i.e. employment, bank deposits, pension etc. This income should enable the temporary residence holder to cover his living expenses in Cyprus.
Annual income estimates:
- €10,000 for a single applicant
- €15,000 for a couple
- €20,000 for couple & 1 child
- Passport copy
- Marriage Certificate duly certified and translated *(If applicable)
- Children Birth Certificates duly certified and translated *(If applicable)
The documents with (*) require to be translated in English and bear the «APOSTILLE» stamp OR be certified by the Ministry of foreign affairs of the country that will issue them and also by the Cyprus Embassy of that Country.
Cyprus government fees
Application for the first time or renewal: €70 for each family member.
Registration: €70 for each family member (payable only the first time of application).
Application submission location
The applicant needs to apply to the Immigration Unit of the City they are living. The applications are further forwarded and examined by the Civil Registry and Migration Department.
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
Tips & Advice / Recommendations
We advise our clients to transfer money from abroad in their bank account in Cyprus and to use a visa, credit card for their expenses, instead of cash.
This will assist in subsequent application for Pink Slip renewal as their bank statement will clearly show that they bring money to Cyprus from abroad and that they spent them for their living expenses.
Our Law Firm will undertake the entire procedure for your application to make sure it runs smoothly. We will book the date for the meeting for submission, prepare application forms, advice on required documents, attend the meeting with you, follow the application process, receive the immigration permit cards and deliver them to you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I am living with my girlfriend, the rental agreement is in my name only, we are not married. Is it acceptable for her to present that rental agreement for the submission of her application for Pink Slip?
In order to be acceptable, you need a letter from the Landlord to confirm that he is aware that she lives there and he accepts it.
How long in advance do we need to book our meetings for Pink Slip application?
It is recommended to book the meetings as early as possible following your arrival to Cyprus, the meeting will be set at about 2-3 weeks’ time.
What documents are needed in order to book our meeting?
You need a copy of the passport, visa and arrival stamp.
From where I will receive my residence permit?
You will receive your residence permit from the place where you had submitted the application. We can receive it on your behalf if you sign the relevant authorization.
When shall I apply for the renewal of my temporary residence permit?
You shall submit an application for renewing your temporary residence permit at least one (1) month before the expiry.
Should I be present during the submission of the application for temporary residence permit or renewal?
You must be present for capturing biometrics (fingerprints and photo) and signature samples.
Does temporary residence permit (Pink Slip) allow to travel to Europe without a visa?
Unfortunately, it does not. It is only valid for Cyprus.
Please explain which are the Cyprus Pink Slip benefits?
A Cyprus pink slip allows the holder and his family to stay in Cyprus for the duration of it, and also to re-enter Cyprus if they travel abroad without the need for a visa. There are no other special benefits.
How long is a Pink Slip valid for?
It is valid for a one year, one month before Pink Slip expiry the applicant is entitled to apply for renewal.