The Council of Ministers, with its Decision on 15.10.2021, decided to replace the current policy regarding the issuance of temporary residence and employment permits to employees of existing and new companies of foreign interests registered in the Republic with a new Strategy for Attracting Businesses for Activities or/and Expansion of their Activities in Cyprus.
The current policy will remain in force until 31.12.2021, while the new Strategy will enter into force on 2.1.2022. A first update on the new Strategy can be found on the relevant webpage of the Ministry of Finance (in English only).
If you are aware of the current policy for companies of foreign interests, you can follow the steps below for the preparation of the application and documents to be attached to it. If you are interested in further information on the policy in place, please read first the paragraphs following the steps below.
Follow the link below and study the content of the page.
Follow the link below that corresponds to the category of staff you are interested in.
Download the documents on your computer.
Print the documents you downloaded. From the list of accompanying documents, choose the one that meets your needs, depending on which permit/ permits you will apply for.
After studying the list of accompanying documents for both the company's suitability and for obtaining a permit, collect the documents you need to submit.
(Attention to the documents that need to be submitted in their original form and duly validated/ certified. You can learn more in the validation 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 in such cases may take time!
Fill in and sign any other forms that may have to accompany the application.
Fill in all the fields of the application form and sign it. Beware of the parts requiring signatures from third parties.
Submit the application and the documents to the Central Offices of the Civil Registry and Migration Department.
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.
For the employment of a third country national in the Republic a temporary residence and employment permit is necessary, according to legislation
- For information on the general application process for registration and obtaining a residence permit click here
(Articles 18ÕÄ to 18ÖÆ of the Aliens and Immigration Law - Cap. 105 as amended until today. See pages 831-842 of the Official Gazette).
The Council of Ministers, with its Decision of 7.10.2020, reviewed the policy regarding the issuance of temporary residence and employment permits to employees of existing and new companies of foreign interests registered in the Republic, as well as companies that have joined the Fast Track Business Activation Mechanism. The Decision replaces the previous relevant Decisions of the Council of Ministers and specifically those dated 29.11.2006, 24.9.2008 and 24.4.2013.
A key pillar of the review is the provision of the possibility of employing a higher number of third country nationals of specific professions and / or skills, for which there is a significant shortage of supply at national level, without a prior labor market test and taking into account the companies’ annual turnover.
The Decision of the Council of Ministers sets out the criteria that companies must meet in order to benefit from this policy, the categories of staff and the maximum numbers of third country nationals who can be employed per category. These are described in the following paragraphs.
Maximum number of third country employees per staff category
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 two (2) years, with a right of renewal. Directors, Middle management executives and other key personnel as well as Specialists (Staff categories 1-3) may reside in the Republic without a time limit, provided they hold a valid temporary residence and employment permit.
For support staff, the restrictions applicable to the general employment of third country nationals in the Republic apply.
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