If you are aware of the requirements of the policy and the legislation in regards to the employment of third-country nationals at a Startup innovative business, follow the steps below for the completion of the application and the preparation of the documents to be attached to it.
If you are interested in further information, please first read the paragraphs that follow the steps below.
Download the documents that are located at the bottom of this page, on your computer.
Print the application form and choose and print the list of accompanying documents that is suitable for you, depending on the permit(s) for which you will apply.
After studying the list of accompanying documents, collect the documents to be submitted.
Attention to the documents to be submitted in their original form and duly ratified / certified (you can learn more on the ratification of documents here).
Attention, also, to the documents required to be collected by other Departments / Services and documentation that may be required from abroad, since requisition is such cases may take time!
Complete and sign all the documents/ forms that are required to accompany the application.
Fill in all fields of the application form and sign. Attention to parts of the application that may require signatures by third parties!
Submit the application and documents at the Central Offices of the Department in Nicosia.
It is emphasised that at the time of the application submission, the photograph, fingerprints and signature of third country national will be captured by authorised personnel. For convenience purposes, the capturing of the above may take place up to one (1) week after the submission of the application, at the District Units of the Aliens and Immigration Service of the Police, at the District of residence (for all Districts except Nicosia) by presenting the application submission receipt and a valid travel document. The application is not considered complete and cannot be processed further if these data is not captured.
Conditions for third country nationals
Entering the Republic of Cyprus
Required Actions After Arrival
Validity of Temporary Residence and Employment Permit
Where the conditions foreseen in the law are met, the third country national is granted a temporary residence and employment permit. The validity of the permit depends on the duration of the employment contract and can be up to one (1) year, with right of renewal, provided that the business holds a valid Notification of Initial Approval, or a valid Notification of Intermediate Approval or a Notification of Final Approval, issued by the Ministry of Finance.
Change of Employer
- For information on the general application process for registration and obtaining a residence permit click here
- For information about the submission, amount, duration and return of letters of bank guarantee click here