Republic of Cyprus
Civil Registry and Migration Department

Migration Section


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.

Step 1:
Follow the link below and study the content of the page.

Step 2:
Follow the link below that corresponds to the category of staff you are interested in.

Step 3:
Download the documents on your computer.

Step 4:
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.

Step 5:
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!

Step 6:
Fill in and sign any other forms that may have to accompany the application.

Step 7:
Fill in all the fields of the application form and sign it. Beware of the parts requiring signatures from third parties.

Step 8:
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 information on the general application process for registration and obtaining a residence permit click here

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Staff CategoryMaximum allowed number
Middle management executives and other key personnel10
SpecialistsBased on annual turnover*

≤1 million: 5

>€1 – €3 millions: 10

>€3 – €5 millions: 20

>€5 – €10 millions: 30

>€10 – €20 millions: 50

>€20 – €30 millions:100

>€30 millions: 200

* For eligible companies that relocate to Cyprus and have joined the Fast Track Business Activation Mechanism, the turnover that will be taken into account will be the one of the company's abroad. This will be valid for the first two years of operations in Cyprus. Following the first two years, the annual turnover of the company in Cyprus will be taken into account.

Support Staff30% of the total staff (will be reviewed by the Department of Labour during the labor market test).

For employing a greater number of third country personnel under the above categories, duly justified and documented requests by the company must be submitted to the Department. The requests must include information on the salary offered as well as:
  • The company’s turnover
  • The ratio of third country employees to Cypriots / EU Nationals and
  • The company's operating time in Cyprus.

In order to exceed the limit of more than 300 third country nationals employed in categories 1-3 above, the consent of the Council of Ministers is required.

It is stressed that the requests should only concern specific persons whose employment is considered necessary by the company. General requests on the matter cannot be considered.

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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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