Cyprus Permanent Residency Programme Overview

Cyprus is a member of both the European Union and the Eurozone. Holding a Cypriot Permanent Residence Permit is therefore a great advantage when applying for a visa in the Schengen Zone.

The programme requires an individual to make a minimum investment of €300,000 in real estate in Cyprus.

A Permanent Residency Permit is valid for 5 years and can be renewed after that provided the individual maintains ownership of their property. The application processing period lasts between 1-2 months.

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Invest

If you wish to become eligible for Permanent Residency in Cyprus, an investment of €300,000 in real estate is required.

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Ease of Travel

Individuals with Permanent Residency status in Cyprus have a great advantage when applying for a Schengen Zone visa.

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Fast Processing Time

Successful applicants have their applications processed within 2 months.

Permanent Residency in Cyprus: Key Benefits

  • The right to live and study in Cyprus, a European Union member with a mild Mediterranean climate and friendly population.
  • Strategically located at the crossroads of the African, Asian and European continents
  • Permanent residency is also applicable to the main applicant’s entire family, including their spouse, children under the age of 18 (as well as unwed children under the age of 25 who are attending a tertiary academic institution) and parents of both the main applicant and their spouse.
  • Holders of Permanent Residency can become eligible for Citizenship following 7 years of continued residency.

Cypriot Permanent Residency Criteria

  • Applicants must purchase a property in Cyprus valued at a minimum of €300,000.
  • Individuals must prove they have a minimum annual income of at least €30,000.
  • If an applicant wishes to add dependents to their application, their annual income must also include an additional €5,000 for every dependant.
  • If an applicant wishes to include their spouse’s or their own parents, their annual income must also include an additional €8,000.

Step-by-Step Application Procedure

Qualifying Investment

Applicants must finalise their real estate investment in Cyprus before applying for Permanent Residence.

Apply for Permanent Residence in Cyprus

Applications must be submitted to the Civil Registry and Migration Department. Letters of approval are received within 2 months.

Visit Cyprus

All applicants must visit the island in order for their biometrics to be recorded.

About Cyprus

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Geography

The Republic of Cyprus is an island nation located at the crossroads of 3 continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. Its territory comprises the entirety of the Mediterranean’s third-largest island and some smaller islets, with a total area of 9,251 km².

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Population and Language

Cyprus has a population of 875,889. Although English is widely spoken by 90% of the population, the official languages are Greek and Turkish.

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Tourism

Cyprus is a very popular tourist destination with around 4 million tourists visiting annually – over 4 times its resident population.

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Education

Primary and secondary education is compulsory for Cypriot pupils until they reach the age of 15. However, almost all Cypriots proceed with higher education either in one of numerous university campuses on the island, or the United Kingdom, with a sizeable university student diaspora who return to the island after their studies.

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Health Care

The island has recently launched its own General Health System, a full-coverage, universal healthcare insurance programme that strives to provide all residents with affordable medical care.

Cyprus Factsheet

  • Continent: Europe
  • Population: 875,899
  • Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic
  • Capital: Nicosia
  • Languages: Greek, Turkish
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Total area: 9,251 km²
  • Time zone: Eastern European (UTC+02:00)

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FAQ

Can you obtain Cypriot citizenship through the Cyprus Residency Programme?

Yes, if an applicant successfully receives Permanent Residency status through the Cyprus Residency Programme, they can also become eligible for Cypriot citizenship following 7 years of continued permanent residency on the island.

How quickly can I obtain Cypriot Residency?

The application processing period for Cypriot Permanent Residency status takes between 1-2 months.

Will Cypriot Residency grant me access to other countries?

Holders of Cypriot Permanent Residency can travel visa-free to all European Union member states.

How safe is living in Cyprus?

Cyprus is one of the safest countries to live in the world, boasting the lowest crime rate in the European Union. Violent crimes are extremely rare, and locals would often leave their front doors unlocked if leaving their homes for a short while up until very recently.

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