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).
To apply for Cyprus citizenship under the new law, applicants must:
Pass a Greek Language test as below:
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.
The citizenship applications under the new law are to be examined within eight months.
Male applicants who acquire Cyprus citizenship by naturalisation (years of residence) are obliged for military service. This obligation is as follows:
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.
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.
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