While direct citizenship by investment is no longer an option, there are alternative routes to securing a Cypriot passport. This guide explores the most common path – Cyprus Citizenship by Naturalization. From residency requirements to essential documents, we delve into the details, ensuring you’re well-informed about obtaining Cyprus citizenship.
Ways to Obtain Cyprus Citizenship:
Even without the direct Cyprus citizenship by investment option, three ways remain open:
- Naturalization via Residence Permit: Accumulate 7 years of legal residence in Cyprus and explore options to reduce the term to 5 years.
- Marriage to a Cypriot: Non-citizens married to Cypriot citizens can apply for citizenship after three years, with a waiver possible after two years.
- By Birth Right: Children born to at least one Cypriot parent, under legal circumstances, automatically receive citizenship.
Cyprus Citizenship by Naturalization Process:
The primary focus of this guide is on option 1 – Cyprus Citizenship by Naturalization. To qualify, a foreigner must legally reside in Cyprus for at least 7 years, or explore options to reduce the term to 5 years. The individual must have been living in Cyprus legally and without interruption for 1 year before applying. Foreign investors and EU nationals can follow distinct routes to commence their residency in Cyprus, including obtaining a Cyprus Residence Permit, a Cyprus work permit, or acquiring the Yellow Slip.
To apply for Cypriot citizenship, the following documents are essential:
- Original birth certificate
- Children’s birth certificates (original) not attained the age of 21 – for children registered as citizens of Cyprus (if applicable)
- 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. The publications should declare the applicant’s intention to become a Cyprus citizen, acknowledge their citizenship application, and invite any individuals with objections to state their reasons why naturalization should not be granted
- Two recent passport-size photos
- Receipt of payment of fees (€500)
Foreign documents must be apostilled unless exempt by bilateral agreements.
If foreign documents are not in English or Greek, they must undergo translation. The translation must be conducted by official translators approved by the Ministry of Interior.
Additional Requirements During Application:
- Business address of employer and applicant’s employer details. Providing additional proof of employment is also advisable (if applicable)
- Providing Curriculum vitae is also advisable (if applicable)
- Passport copies of parents and spouse translated into Greek or English
- Full addresses of parents and spouse
- The application must be signed in the presence of an authorized official (Affidavit)
- Two designated independent references to support the application. The two designated independent references (not lawyers, agents, or relatives of the applicant) provided by professionals endorsing the application based on personal knowledge. These references should affirm familiarity with the applicant, vouch for their character and loyalty, and express willingness to provide comprehensive details about their acquaintance with the applicant
Citizenship and Benefits:
- Cyprus Dual Citizenship: Cyprus allows dual citizenship.
- Visa-Free Travel: Cyprus citizens can travel to approximately 170 countries without a visa.
- Unrestricted Residence: Enjoy limitless stays in Cyprus without additional permits.
- EU Living, Working, and Studying: Cyprus citizens can reside in EU countries for an unlimited period.
- The living expenses in Cyprus are reasonable.
- Inheritance Rights: Children of Cypriots gain citizenship automatically or can apply for it.
Navigating the path to Cyprus citizenship may seem complex, but armed with the right knowledge and documentation, it becomes an achievable goal. The benefits of a Cyprus passport extend beyond borders, offering freedom, opportunity, and a Mediterranean lifestyle.
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