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 (Articles 18ΥΔ to 18ΦΖ of the Aliens and Immigration Law - Cap. 105 as amended until today. See pages 831-842 of the Official Gazette).
On 29.11.2006, the Council of Ministers, established the policy for issuing and renewing residence and employment permits for personnel from third countries who are employed in companies of foreign interests that are registered in the Republic. This Decision allowed the entry and employment of third country nationals in such companies under more favourable terms, with the main objective of attracting foreign investment. Subsequently, on 24.9.2008, the above Decision of the Council of Ministers was revised, in order to extend its application to Cyprus shipping companies. The latest revision of this policy took place on 24.4.2013. This review extended the conditional application of the policy to companies whose third country shareholders had acquired Cypriot citizenship by naturalization, based on economic criteria.
The Decision of the Council of Ministers set 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 in each category of staff. These are described in the following paragraphs.
Companies that meet the above conditions, are entitled to employ third country nationals in the following categories, provided that they first obtain temporary residence and employment permits.
In this category the following third-country nationals are included:
It is emphasised that the minimum acceptable gross monthly salary for Directors is €3.872, an amount that may be adjusted from time to time, depending on fluctuations in the wage index.
Middle management executives and other key personnel:
In this category the following third country nationals are included:
- 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
It is emphasized that the minimum acceptable gross monthly salary for this category is between €1936 - €3871. Amounts may be adjusted from time to time, depending on wage index fluctuations.
All third country nationals not included in the above categories.
Companies are expected to fill in positions in this category with Cypriot or European citizens. In the case where there are no qualified Cypriots or European citizens available, a company may employ third country nationals in posts in this category by following the procedure and submitting the certificates/ supporting documents/ documents described in the list of accompanying documents, after first securing the positive recommendation (sealed employment contract) of the Department of Labour.
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 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.
Change of Employer
Employees at a company of foreign interests can change employer and work in a different company of foreign interests, regardless of their duration of stay in Cyprus, provided that:
- Upper / middle management personnel,
- Other administrative, secretarial or technical staff
- they have found employment within one (1) month from the termination of their previous employment,
- the general conditions laid down by the legislation in force, regarding employment of third country nationals, are met.
- the company of foreign interests that will employ them is a beneficiary company, based on the criteria set out by the Council of Ministers (see above).
Employees that wish to change employer and work for an employer who is not a company of foreign interests are allowed to do so, provided that maximum stay in the Republic for purposes of general employment has not been reached [four (4) years in principle].