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Cyprus Citizenship New Law

By Stalo Konstantinou

Updated: February 05, 2024

On the 30th of November, 2023, an amendment to the Civil Registry Law was voted. Highly skilled foreign workers can now obtain Cypriot citizenship if they resided in Cyprus for a shorter timeframe of 4 - 5 years (depending on Greek language knowledge). The previous requirement was 7 years.

The revised law offers a new route to citizenship for skilled workers employed by foreign companies.

The new law was passed as an amendment to the Civil Registry Law of Cyprus and was given the number 149(I)/2023. It was published in the Cyprus Republic Official Gazette on 19 December 2023. The relevant section is 111B (2).

New requirements for Cyprus citizenship

To apply for Cyprus citizenship under the new law, applicants must:

  • Legally and continuously reside in Cyprus for 12 months before submitting their application (with an allowance for absence of up to 90 days).
  • Have a clean criminal record and no arrest warrants.
  • Have not entered or left the Republic from any illegal/closed airports and ports (i.e. all the airports and ports in the occupied areas).
  • Pose no danger to public order and safety.
  • Have suitable housing and a stable income (minimum of € 2,500).

Pass a Greek Language test as below:

  • Level A2: can apply for Cypriot citizenship after five years.
  • Level B1: can do so after four years.

Level A2 means using Greek in simple situations but with limited communication skills.

Level B1 means you can handle everyday communication situations on your own.

Family members can also apply for citizenship

  • They must reside in the country for at least seven calendar years within the previous eleven years.
  • They must also have legally lived in Cyprus for one year before applying. However, they can be absent for up to 90 days in the previous year.

Timeline for examination of applications

The citizenship applications under the new law are to be examined within eight months.

Military service

Male applicants who acquire Cyprus citizenship by naturalisation (years of residence) are obliged for military service. This obligation is as follows:

  • If you are between 18 and 26, you will do military service for 6 months. You must join within two years from the date of acquiring citizenship. If you delay, you will do an additional two months of service (that is, a total of 8 months).
  • If you are over 26, you will do military service for 3 months. If you delay, you will do another two months of service (5 months).

Your district military office

If you have not been given any military documents upon acquiring citizenship, contact the military office in the district where you applied for citizenship. They will give you your army number and relevant documents.

Military conscription happens every July (the first ten days) at the nearest military camp. Your nearest military office will explain the details, so contact them when you acquire citizenship. The address for each district is available at http://www.army.gov.cy/el/contact.

Conclusion

The new Cyprus Citizenship Law represents a significant opportunity for foreign nationals and their families. They have a unique chance to get a Cyprus passport.

Contact our legal team for more information on the Cyprus Citizenship Law changes.

More details will be provided once the authorities publish the final text of the law and guidance.

Our team can offer the following

  • Advice on the new criteria
  • Guidance as to the requirements based on the applicant's case
  • Submission of the application

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