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 will also enable tourists and visitors to extend their stay no matter what was the duration of their initial visa. They should apply before their current visa expires.
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 temporary residence card.
In order to be eligible for this type of permit, the applicant mainly needs to show:
One for each family member.
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).
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.
Set up a bank guarantee in a Cyprus bank, one for each family member. The amount depends on nationality:
Processing time for the bank to issue the bank guarantees is 1-2 days.
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.
It can be any 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:
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 by the Cyprus Embassy of that Country.
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).
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
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 a 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 on 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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I am living with my girlfriend, and 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?
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.
What documents are needed 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 applied. We can receive it on your behalf if you sign the relevant authorisation.
When shall I apply for the renewal of my temporary residence permit?
You shall apply 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 unique 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.