1. The application for the issue of a PERMANENT RESIDENCE CERTIFICATE is submitted by a Union citizen and family members also Citizens of a Member State, after a five-year period of uninterrupted legal residence in the Republic of Cyprus.
The application for the issue of a PERMANENT RESIDENCE CARD is submitted by a Union Citizen Family Members who are not citizens of a Member State, within one month after the expiration of validity of the Residence Card.
2. The validity of the residence card shall not be affected by temporary absences not exceeding six months in a year, or by absences of a longer duration for compulsory military service or by one absence of a maximum of 12 consecutive months for important reasons such as pregnancy and childbirth, serious illness, study or vocational training, or a posting in another Member State or a third country.
3. Once acquired, the right of permanent residence shall be lost only through absence from the Republic of Cyprus for a period exceeding two consecutive years.
4. The right of permanent residence in the Republic of Cyprus shall be enjoyed before completion of a continuous period of five years of residence by:
(a) Employees or self-employed persons who, at the time they stop working, have reached the age laid down by the Cyprus Social Insurance Law in force for entitlement to an old age pension or employees who cease paid employment to take early retirement, provided that they have been working in the Republic of Cyprus for at least the preceding twelve months and have reside in Cyprus continuously for more than three years.
(b) Employees or self-employed persons who have resided continuously in the Republic of Cyprus for more than two years and stopped working in Cyprus as a result of permanent incapacity to work. Not withstanding the above, if such incapacity is a result of an accident at work or an occupational disease entitling the person concerned to a benefit payable in full or in party by the Social Insurance Services or other benefit payable by in full or in part by a different authority by virtue of another relevant law, no condition shall be imposed as to the length of residence;
(c) Employees or self-employed persons who, after three years of continuous employment and residence in the Republic of Cyprus, work in an employed or self-employed capacity in another Member State, while retaining their place of residence in the Republic of Cyprus, to which they return at least once a week.
5. For the purposes of entitlement to the rights referred to in points 4 (a) and (b), periods of employment spent in the Member State in which the person concerned in working shall be regarded as having been spent in the Republic of Cyprus. Periods of involuntary unemployment duly recorded by the Labour Department, periods away from work for reasons not of the person’s own making and absences from work or cessations of work due to illness or accident shall be regarded as periods of employment.
6. Irrespective of nationality, the family members of an employee or a self-employed person who are residing with him in the territory of the Republic of Cyprus shall have the right of permanent residence, if the employee or self-employed person has acquired himself the right of permanent residence in the Republic of Cyprus—
If, however, the employee or self-employed person dies while still working but before acquiring permanent residence status in the Republic of Cyprus on the basis this Law (article 14(1)), his family members who are residing with him in the Republic shall acquire the right of permanent residence on the condition that:
(i) The employee or self-employed person had, at the time of death, resided continuously on the territory of the Republic for two consecutive years.
(ii) The death resulted from an accident at work or an occupational disease.
7. For this application the fees payable are €20 for each person and two passport-sized photographs must be submitted.
8. The Republic of Cyprus shall issue family members who are not citizens of a Member State entitled to permanent residence a PermanentResidence Card valid for 10 years which shall be renewable automatically every 10 years from the date of issue upon request of theperson concerned and with the payment of a fee of €20.
9. The application for a Permanent Residence Card must be submitted within one month from the expiration of validity of the Residence Card.
10. Failure to comply with the requirements to apply for a Permanent Residence Card shall render the person concerned liable to a financial sanction up to €2.562,90.
PLEASE NOTE that all public documents issued abroad must:
a) bear an official translation into Greek or English from Press and Information Office.
b) Be certified with APOSTILLE if the country has signed the Hague Convention of 1961 or
- Certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin of the applicant and then by the Embassy/Consulate of Cyprus in his country or
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin of the applicant and then the Embassy / Consulate of his country in Cyprus.
- In the instance that the country of origin of the applicant has not signed the Hague Convention of 1961and there is no Embassy /Consulate in the above mentioned country the documents must be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin of the applicant and then the nearest Embassy / Consulate which is accredited to Cyprus