With the cessation of direct citizenship by investment options, alternative pathways have emerged for acquiring a Cypriot passport. This guide elucidates the primary pathway: Cyprus Citizenship by Naturalization. Emphasizing the latest requirements instituted as of 19 December 2023:

Cyprus Citizenship by Naturalization Process emphasizing the latest requirements as of 19 December 2023:

To qualify, applicants must adhere to the following provisions established as of 19 December 2023:

Main provisions:

  • Applicants are required to have resided in Cyprus for a minimum of 8 years within the 11 years preceding their application. Absences of up to 90 days per year are not subtracted from the total residency period.
  • Continuous residency during the final year preceding the application submission, except for the aforementioned 90-day allowance, is mandatory.
  • Proficiency in the Greek language at Level A2 and basic knowledge of the Island’s history and political/social status are prerequisites.
  • Applicants must exhibit good character, and financial self-sufficiency, and express the intention to remain in the Republic.

Special provisions for highly skilled – Tech Employees:

  • Highly skilled – tech employees must have completed at least 5 years of residency within the 11 years before application submission. This duration can be reduced to 4 years with a B1 certificate of Greek language proficiency. Similar to the main provisions, absences of up to 90 days per year do not affect the total residency period.
  • Spouses and civil partners of eligible applicants can also apply under the same conditions. Additionally, minor children reaching the age of 18 during the parents’ application process can still apply through the minor registration process.
  • Similar to the main provisions, applicants must demonstrate good character, and financial self-sufficiency, and express the intention to stay in the Republic.

The applications will undergo expedited processing (up to 8 months) upon payment of an expedition fee.

Commencing Residency in Cyprus: A Prelude to Acquiring Cypriot Citizenship through Naturalization

When it comes to initiating residency in Cyprus as a precursor to applying for and obtaining Cypriot citizenship through naturalization, the country provides a range of pathways. Among these options are the Cyprus Residence Permit, a Cyprus work permit, or obtaining the Yellow Slip, among others.

In the context of individuals seeking to establish residency in Cyprus, the country offers several routes to initiate this process. These include obtaining a Cyprus Residence Permit, which grants legal authorization to reside in the country under various circumstances such as investment. Similarly, acquiring a Cyprus work permit facilitates lawful employment for non-Cypriot individuals, enabling them to contribute to the workforce while establishing their residency status. Additionally, the Yellow Slip route involves a specific procedure that allows EU non-Cypriot nationals the right to reside in Cyprus, typically for any reason.

Application Requirements:

Essential documents for Cypriot citizenship application include:

  • Original birth certificate
  • Original certificate of clean criminal record
  • Original marriage or civil union certificate (if applicable)
  • Employment confirmation (if applicable)
  • Passport copies and detailed statement of arrivals and departures
  • Copies of two daily newspaper publications affirming the applicant’s intention to acquire Cypriot citizenship and inviting objections, if any
  • Two recent passport-size photos
  • Receipt of payment of fees (€500)
  • Foreign documents must be apostilled unless exempt by bilateral agreements. Non-English or Greek documents require official translation by Ministry of Interior-approved translators.

Additional Requirements During Application:

  • Business address of employer and applicant’s employer details, along with additional proof of employment (if applicable)
  • Curriculum vitae (if applicable)
  • Passport copies of parents and spouse translated into Greek or English
  • Full addresses of parents and spouse
  • An affidavit signed in the presence of an authorized official
  • Two designated independent references endorsing the application based on personal acquaintance, character, and loyalty are to be provided by professionals.

Citizenship and Benefits:

  • Cyprus permits dual citizenship.
  • Cyprus citizens enjoy visa-free travel to approximately 170 countries.
  • Unrestricted residence in Cyprus without additional permits.
  • Living, working, and studying opportunities within EU countries.
  • Reasonable living expenses in Cyprus.
  • Inheritance rights for children of Cypriot citizens.
  • Navigating the path to Cyprus citizenship may seem intricate, but with adequate knowledge and documentation, it is an attainable objective. The benefits of holding a Cyprus passport extend beyond borders, offering freedom, opportunity, and a Mediterranean lifestyle.

Alternative Paths to Attain Cyprus Citizenship

In addition to the method detailed previously, there exist two alternative paths to obtain Cyprus Citizenship:

  1. Spousal Union with a Cypriot Citizen: Individuals who are not citizens of Cyprus but are married to Cypriot citizens are eligible to apply for citizenship.
  2. Citizenship by Birth Right: Children born to at least one parent who is a Cypriot citizen, under legal stipulations, are automatically granted citizenship.

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