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Frequently Asked Questions
In this page you can find answers to frequently asked question regarding the Department.
WHERE IS THE CIVIL REGISTRY AND MIGRATION DEPARTMENT LOCATED?
HOW CAN I CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT?
HOW CAN I INVITE A THIRD COUNTRY NATIONAL TO CYPRUS?
WHERE ARE THE APPLICATIONS FOR RESIDENCE PERMITS SUBMITTED?
HOW CAN I FIND OUT AT WHAT STAGE IS MY APPLICATION FOR A RESIDENCE PERMIT?
HOW WILL I BE INFORMED ABOUT THE RESULT OF THE EXAMINATION OF MY APPLICATION FOR A RESIDENCE PERMIT?
FROM WHERE WILL I RECEIVE MY RESIDENCE PERMIT?
WHO CAN RECEIVE A DOCUMENT THAT HAS BEEN ISSUED?
HOW LONG WILL THE EXAMINATION OF MY APPLICATION FOR A RESIDENCE PERMIT TAKE?
WHEN SHALL I APPLY FOR THE RENEWAL OF MY RESIDENCE PERMIT?
IN WHICH CASES IS THE BANK GUARANTEE RETURNED?
I LOST MY RESIDENCE PERMIT (CARD), WHAT SHALL I DO?
SHOULD THE THIRD COUNTRY NATIONAL BE PRESENT WHEN SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION FOR A RESIDENCE PERMIT?
1. WHERE IS THE CIVIL REGISTRY AND MIGRATION DEPARTMENT LOCATED?
The Civil Registry and Migration Department is at Chilonos street, across the American Academy, at the buildings of the Old Nicosia Hospital, near the Parliament.
2. HOW CAN I CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT?
Ypo can contact our Department by phone at the numbers listed in the 'Contact Us' or through our email address email@example.com . You can also check the progress of your application by a free SMS at 8999.
3. HOW CAN I INVITE A THIRD COUNTRY NATIONAL TO CYPRUS?
When a third country national is invited in Cyprus for tourist reasons, the assumption for responsibility of hosting form is completed (it can be found in the field application forms) and submitted along with a bank guarantee (€855 for Asian Countries, €515 for Eastern Europe Countries and €340 for Middle East Countries) and a copy of the alien's passport.
4. WHERE ARE THE APPLICATIONS FOR RESIDENCE PERMITS SUBMITTED?
The applications for residence permits for the categories: (1) General Employment, Domestic Employment, Visitors, Holders of an International Protection Status, Family Members of a Cypriot and EU citizens and Family Members are submitted at the central offices of the Civil Registry and Migration Department for residents of the Nicosia District and at the Distric Immigration Umits for residents of the other Districts. (2) Long Term Residents, Employment at Companies of Foreign Interests, Immigration Permits, Students and Family Reunification, are only submitted at the central offices of the Civil Registry and Migration Department.
5. HOW CAN I FIND OUT AT WHAT STAGE IS MY APPLICATION FOR A RESIDENCE PERMIT?
If you wish to find out the progress of your application for a residence permit, you can send a free SMS to 8999. Send the message with the word STATUS leave a space and add the number of your application. The application number can be found on the receipt Γ.Λ 301 which you received at the time of submission. e.g STATUS 1234/2014
6. HOW WILL I BE INFORMED ABOUT THE RESULT OF THE EXAMINATION OF MY APPLICATION FOR A RESIDENCE PERMIT?
If the application is approved you will receive a notification for receiving your residence permit. If the application is rejected you will receive a relevant letter.
7. FROM WHERE WILL I RECEIVE MY RESIDENCE PERMIT?
You will receive your residence permit from the place where you had submitted the application. Ypou have to have with you the notification of receining the permit, the Letter of Terms and an identification document.
8. WHO CAN RECEIVE A DOCUMENT THAT HAS BEEN ISSUED?
Issued documents can only be received by the applicant or by a duly certicied representative.
9. HOW LONG WILL THE EXAMINATION OF MY APPLICATION FOR A RESIDENCE PERMIT TAKE?
The examination of an application for a residence permit depends on the category of residence and the complexity of the application. According to the legislation in force applications are examined: (1) employment – within four months, (2) family reunification of a third country national – within nine months, (3) long-term residents – within twelve months, (4) students – within three months.
10. WHEN SHALL I APPLY FOR THE RENEWAL OF MY RESIDENCE PERMIT?
You shall submit an application for renewing your residence permit at least one (1) month before the expiry of the residence permit you are holding.
11. IN WHICH CASES IS THE BANK GUARANTEE RETURNED?
The bank guarantee is returned only if the employee departs for his/her country or in case he/she is employed by another eligible employer, in which case the new employer is obliged to deposit a bank guarantee. It is noted that the bank guarantee is not returned in the following cases: (a) the third country national has become illegal after the his/her permit was cancelled, or (b) the third country national submitted an application for asylum, or (c) the third country national was sentenced for a criminal offence and subsequently, he/she is considered a prohibited immigrant, or (d) the alien abandoned his/her place of residence and work and he/she is missing and wanted for deportation purposes. For the return of the bank guarantee, a written request should be submitted by the employer to the Civil Registry and Migration Department.
12. I LOST MY RESIDENCE PERMIT (CARD), WHAT SHALL I DO?
You must report the loss of your residence permit to the Police and refer to the Civil Registry and Migration Department or the Police Aliens and Immigration Unit of your District, depending on the case and submit a copy pf the report to the Police, for replacement of your permit. For the replacement of a permit a fee of €50 must be paid. It is noted that for receiving the residence permit the same procedure applies as for receiving any residence permit.
13. SHOULD THE THIRD COUNTRY NATIONAL BE PRESENT WHEN SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION FOR A RESIDENCE PERMIT?
For the submission of an application for a residence permit (card) the third country national must be present for capturing his/her biometric features (fingerprints and photo) and his/her signature. It is noted that the presence of the third country national is necessary even if the application is for a renewal of a residence permit, for the same reasons.
Last Modified at: 15/01/2021 10:16:11 AM
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