City Forum
11 Florinis Street, Office 601, 6th Floor
Nicosia 1065, Cyprus

P.O.Box 22573, Nicosia 1522, Cyprus

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"Globally Connected, Locally Respected"

IMMIGRATION SERVICES

At APC, we recognize that moving to a new country can be quite challenging; you have to be able to cope with the new way of life and culture of the country and, at times, procedures and practices followed in the new country may be complicated and time consuming.  Driven by these challenges along with the fact that the global immigration environment is constantly changing, our immigration team offers unique and tailor made solutions with the aim of simultaneously optimizing business benefits and improving the quality of life and life style of our clientele.   

Given the unique characteristics of the immigration environment, when embarking on a new venture in unknown territory, it is important to have the support of industry experts who understand both the challenges and the prospects of the prevailing business environment.  Our firm, with its in-depth knowledge of the Immigration landscape of Cyprus, along with a thorough understanding of the Immigration legislation, is in a position to guide and support, through various options, both businesses and individuals who aim to relocate to and operate from Cyprus.

The Cyprus Investment Program

The Cyprus investment program offers investors the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of an EU national, including the right to reside, work, and study in any EU member state as well as Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.  Our relevant services include:

  • Analysis of all investment options and suggesting the best option to the applicant depending on their personal/business status

  • Examination of the chosen option and advice as to how criteria, terms and conditions must be met

  • Assistance with the completion of the application form and process, as well as help in regards to the various documents that have to be gathered

  • Submission of the application to the authorities and continuous monitoring of the application until the passport(s) is issued

Visas and Permits for Non – EU Nationals

 

A. Cyprus Permanent Residency scheme (Fast Track)

Individuals who wish to relocate to Cyprus and have no intention to work in Cyprus can now benefit from the fast track permanent residence scheme, provided that they fulfill the specific requirements and criteria. Following the application to the Civil Registry and Migration Department, the Permanent Residency in issued in just three to four months.     

B. Short Stay Visa (Visitor’s Permit)

If the purpose of the Non EU applicant’s travel to Cyprus is for vacation or business and will remain to the republic for less than three months, an application for a short stay visa must be submitted. The short stay visa can be a single entry visa or a multiple entry one. If the applicant will be visiting Cyprus regularly, a multiple entry visa for one year can be obtained whereby the total visits in one year must not exceed a total of 90 days. 

C. Temporary Residency Permit 

In case that a third country national wishes to stay in Cyprus for more than 90 days or intends to visit Cyprus for longer periods without employment rights, a temporary residency permit must be obtained.  The temporary permit is issued for one year and can be renewed. An applicant who has obtained the temporary residency permit is not allowed to work in Cyprus and cannot be out of Cyprus for a period longer than four months. 

Our services

  • Provide advice on all procedures and relevant legislation 

  • Assist with the purchase of property and deal with the necessary paperwork required from the local authorities

  • Assist with the gathering of all related documentation and the completion and submission of the application

  • Continuous monitoring of the application after submission until the permit is granted

Employment of Third County nationals by a Cyprus company with EU shareholders

All Cyprus companies of EU interests are allowed to employ third country nationals, up to 30% of their total employee number, with no investment requirement. 

Our services 

  • Provide advice on all procedures and relevant legislation

  • Assist with the purchase or rental of offices 

  • Assist with the gathering of all related documentation

  • Assist with the completion of the company as well as the employee applications 

  • Submission of the application to the authorities and continuous monitoring of the application until the relevant permits are issued

 

Employment of Third County nationals by Cyprus companies with foreign, non-EU shareholders

 

All Cyprus companies of foreign interests are allowed to employ third country nationals in key and managerial positions, provided that they deposit €171,000 as capital in a Cyprus bank account.  There is a minimum salary requirement for such positions which ranges from €23,640 to €46,680, depending on the position.

Our services

  • Provide advice on all procedures and relevant legislation 

  • Assist with the purchase or rental of offices

  • Assist with the gathering of all related documentation

  • Assist with the completion of the company as well as the employee applications 

  • Submission of the applications to the authorities and continuous monitoring until the relevant permits are issued

 

 

Registration of EU Citizens and their family members

EU Citizens entering Cyprus to work or live and who intend to spend more than three months on the island, must be registered with the Migration Department of Cyprus in order to acquire their Yellow Slip. Their family members (spouse and children under 18) can also be registered and acquire the Registration Certificate as dependants of the Applicant.  Non-EU family members of an EU Citizen are also eligible for obtaining a registration certificate. 

Our services

  • Provide advice on all procedures and relevant legislation 

  • Assist with the purchase or rental of a house/flat

  • Assist with the gathering of all related documentation

  • Assist with the completion and submission of the relevant applications

  • Continuous monitoring of the applications until the permits are issued

 

Re-domiciliation of Foreign Companies in Cyprus  

Cyprus allows re-domiciliation of foreign companies into its companies’ registry.  As a result, a lot of opportunities are created for international businesses in the sense that they can re-domicile their foreign companies to Cyprus and thus take advantage of the favorable features of the Cyprus international business regime.  The procedure is fairly straight forward and our office undertakes the whole procedure from beginning to end.  For a foreign company to re-domicile to Cyprus the following prerequisites must be met:

  • The legislation of the country of origin must allow the re-domiciliation to other countries

  • The Memorandum and Articles of Association of the specific company must provide for the re-domiciliation to other countries

  • The company has to appoint a local, approved representative who will deal with the re-domiciliation process