The interest in Cypriot citizenship has been increasing significantly as non-EU citizens were using the Cyprus Investment Programme which gives Cyprus passport to investors. Also because of the Brexit many Cypriot origin individuals are applying for Cyprus Passport based on that.
There are 4 legal ways in which a foreigner can get Cypriot citizenship:
Application for Cyprus citizenship can be submitted by foreigners, who have completed a total of 7 years of legal residence in Cyprus (2555 days of staying in Cyprus) before the application date. The applicant must have resided continuously in Cyprus through the last 1 year before applying. In cases of applicants who are children or parents of Cypriot citizens, the time required is 5 years rather than 7.
The same 5 years period requirement applies to holders of the permanent residency status or successful applicants of the Cyprus residency by investment program.
The applicant needs to prepare a full list of entries and departures from Cyprus (based on passport stamps) which should confirm the above required days of stay. Each family member has to file a separate application and pay the required fee.
Application processing is estimated to take 1-2 years.
Application submission – €500
Plus on approval – €500
Foreign spouses of Cypriots who completed 3 years of marriage and 2 years of residence in Cyprus, prior to the date of the application are entitled to apply for citizenship.
Also, spouses of Cypriots living abroad are entitled to apply when they have completed at least three years of marriage. In this case, the couple must explain the reasons for which Cypriot citizenship is requested. If the couple has completed five years of marriage and has at least one child, it is not necessary to provide the above explanation.
Government Fees for Submission – €300
Application Processing time is about 1-2 years
There are three types of Cypriot citizenship be descent applications:
Minors or adults, born abroad after the 16th of August 1960 and whose father at the time of birth was Cypriot citizen, and by those born after the 11th of June 1999, whose mother was a Cypriot citizen at the time of their birth.
Government Fees - €20
Minors, born prior to the 11th of June 1999 in Cyprus or abroad and whose mother is a Cypriot citizen and father is a foreigner or for minors whose father took the Cypriot citizenship after their birth.
Also minors, whose father or mother acquired the Cypriot citizenship by Naturalization or by Registration due to marriage with a Cypriot citizen.
Government Fees - €80
Adults born on the 16th of August 1960 or after and none of their parents at the date of their birth was a Cypriot citizen.
Government Fees for M123 - €50
The above Applications can be submitted at the Civil Registry and Migration Department, or at the District Offices in each city, or at embassies/consulates abroad. All the applications will be processed by the Citizenship Section of the Civil Registry and Migration Department.
If you live outside of Cyprus you should submit the application at the Cyprus Embassy in your country.
Please Note that:
The documents with (*) require to be translated in English or Greek 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 and the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Cyprus.
The translation should be done by the Press and Information Office or by a Consular Authority of the issuing country or by a governmental department/service of the issuing country.
The government of Cyprus as part of its policies to attract foreign investment has established the Cyprus Investment Programme. It gives opportunities for investors to get a Cyprus passport for them and their family with investments starting from 2 million euros.
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