There are two categories of people who can obtain a temporary residence in Cyprus. Those who reside or who will enter the Republic for employment purposes, and these who reside or who will enter the Republic for visiting purposes. In view of the enforcement of the above legislation, the Civil Registry and Migration Department has reviewed the procedure for the issuance of residence permits for the above mentioned categories. The visitors section examines cases of third country nationals who enter the Republic of Cyprus and wish to stay for more than three months, without employment rights.
The following categories of foreigners can receive a visitors permit following a specific porocedure:
- Τhird country nationals that have conducted a marriage with Cypriot citizens and their minor children (younger than 18 years old) from a previous marriage and/or parents-in-law from third countries.
- Third country nationals who apply for extension of their temporary residence permit, provided that they have sufficient financial resources for their maintenance originating from abroad.
- Τhird country nationals who apply for extension of their temporary residence permitin order to conduct a marriage with a Cypriot or an EU
Work permit in Cyprus:
In Cyprus the employer applies for a work visa. The employer is obliged to make a contract of employment with which the employee must take to the Embassy of Cyprus to obtain an entry visa. Any company with the registration of a third-country nationality must provide evidence of work and declare the position of workers who are not Greek or EU citizens. The company places a job advertisement with their registration number in the database of the Ministry of Labour and Cyprus newspapers. The application is registered with the Ministry of Labour in Cyprus.
After 40 business days of the application being received from the eligible candidates, the Ministry of Labour receives a business statement and begins to process the consideration of the company. The company’s accounts are checked to ensure they have sufficient funds to cover the annual salary of each employee. If the company does not have sufficient working capital and / or the company doesn’t employ a sufficient number of Greeks or Europeans and/or the officials decide that the request is irrelevant, the company may be refused authorization. In general the government prefers for jobs EU citizens or Cypriots and only in specific jobs.
In Cyprus there are two types of companies: Cyprus companies and companies with foreign investments. It’s much easier for foreign companies to bring in workers than local ones.
The positions which are eligible for a Cyprus work permit are:
As an Executive Director the maximum number is 5 people if the registration and migration service of the Republic of Cyprus is not convinced about the justification of the presence of a larger number. The minimum acceptable total annual salary (annual salary + any additional premiums/additional payments) is €41,000. This amount may be adjusted in accordance with changes in the wages index.
- Middle management staff or otherwise staff with mid-level qualifications among the above-mentioned employees, including directors but not the executive directors, as well as other members of the executive bodies of management/middle management or other technical or clerical personnel, with an annual salary of €21,000 to €40,000.
- Supporting Staff
.All third-country nationals employed by other technical, managerial, professional, clerical and other positions in Cyprus, and not falling into the previous two categories, are classified as support staff. It is expected that the company will employ Cypriots or Europeans for this category.