Updated: May 03, 2023
The Registration certificate, commonly known as the 'Cyprus Yellow Slip’, as it is printed on yellow paper, is available to European (EU and EEA) citizens who wish to stay and work or remain as visitors in the Republic of Cyprus.
A yellow slip does not allow its holder to travel to Europe or other countries without a visa. It is only valid for Cyprus.
The application for the certificate issue is submitted within four months from the date of entry into the Republic.
The Application type and forms are different for European Union citizens and their family members who are not European.
Citizens of the European Union and their family members who are also citizens of the European Union apply with the MEU1 form (doc, 4.7 MB).
Processing time – The Yellow Slip is issued immediately or within 5 days. It is issued directly from the immigration unit of the city where the applicant lives and applies.
Family members who are not European Union citizens apply with the MEU2 form (doc, 4.7 MB).
Processing time – The Yellow Slip is issued by Nicosia's Civil Registry and migration department and mailed to the applicant’s address. This procedure takes about 3-5 months.
However, once applied, the applicant is allowed to stay and even re-enter Cyprus if he travels with his application receipt.
The Registration certificate for European Union citizens does not expire.
The certificate for non-EU family members has a validity of 5 years. On expiry, the applicant can apply for renewal.
Benefits of Yellow Slip in Cyprus include full rights of stay and re-entry, work, and engagement in business activities, and generally entitles the holder to the same rights as Cypriot citizens.
The rental agreement needs to be for the one-year minimum (rental agreement and a copy of it certified by Muhtar or certifying officer & stamped at the tax office)
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.
The documents with (*) must be translated into English and be «APOSTILLE» 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.
The applicants or their lawyers will book the date to submit the applications. It is recommended to book in advance, preferably 3-4 weeks earlier than the required submission date.
The applicants must be physically present to apply for the Yellow Slip. I.e., the application cannot be submitted through the power of attorney or their lawyer. However, their lawyer can attend the meeting to submit their application.
Application for the first time or renewal: €20 for each family member.
The applicant needs to apply to the Immigration Unit of the City they are living in. 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
For non-EU family members, you need to provide all the documents and certificates as provided for the first registration.
There is no need to renew a yellow slip for EU citizens, as it does not expire.
Our Law Firm will undertake the entire procedure for your application to ensure it runs smoothly. We will book the date for the meeting for submission, prepare application forms, advise on required documents, attend the meeting with you, follow the application process, receive the yellow cards, and deliver them to you.
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