The Registration certificate, commonly known as '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.
The application for the issue of the certificate is submitted within four months from the date of entry into the Republic.
Cyprus Registration certificate overview
The Application type and forms are different for European Union сitizens and their family members who are not European.
Application form MEU1
Citizens of the European Union and their family members who are also сitizens of the European Union apply with the MEU1 form (doc, 4.7 MB).
Processing time – The Yellow Slip is issued immediately or within a maximum of 5 days. It is issued directly from the immigration unit of the city that the applicant lives and applies.
Application form MEU2
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 the Civil Registry and migration department at Nicosia and is 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.
Cyprus Yellow Slip validity
The Registration certificate for European Union сitizens 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, engage in business activities and generally entitles the holder to the same rights as Cypriot citizens.
How to obtain a Registration certificate
- Application forms MEU1 & MEU2 duly completed
- Copy of valid passport
- Marriage Certificate duly certified and translated *(If applicable)
- Children Birth Certificates duly certified and translated *(If applicable)
- Rental agreement or sale agreement of a house/apartment.
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 tax office)
- Bank statements of a bank account in Cyprus or bank statements from abroad (if applicable)
- If working abroad to bring confirmation letter from employer and payslip
- If they are working in Cyprus:
a. Confirmation letter from employer
b. Social Insurance Registration and annual income certificate
c. Employer to sign the application form
- Health insurance (not needed if working in Cyprus)
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.
- Two small passport photos
The documents with (*) require to be translated in 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 lawyer will book the date for the submission of the applications. It is recommended to book in advance, preferably 3-4 weeks earlier than the required submission date.
The applicants are required to be physically present for applying to obtain the Yellow Slip. I.e. the application cannot be submitted through power of attorney or their lawyer. However, their lawyer can attend the meeting for the submission of their application.
Cyprus government fees
Application for the first time or renewal: €20 for each family member.
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
How to renew Yellow Slip in Cyprus
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.
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