UK Nationals: How to Secure your Residency & continue to Live, Work & Study in Cyprus

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UK Nationals: Continue to Live, Work & Study in Cyprus

HOW TO SECURE YOUR RESIDENCY IN CYPRUS BEFORE 31st DECEMBER 2020

One of the most recommended law firms in Paphos is Andreas Demetriades & Co LLC. It has been established in the city, since 1970 and has a very strong team dealing with Immigration matters. With Brexit looming over us, it is currently assisting numerous clients in securing their permanent residency in Cyprus. In this article, Eleni Simillidi, Head of their Immigration Team, explains the process of what all British nationals, who have not secured their residency, should be doing at this time.

MEET ELENI SIMILLIDI, HEAD OF IMMIGRATION TEAM

Eleni has worked for Andreas Demetriades & Co LLC for over nine years. She studied in the UK, obtaining an LLB from the University of Leicester and an LLM in Commercial Law from Cardiff University. She deals with all aspects of immigration law, including the new Fast Track Procedure for obtaining a Residence Permit and the Cyprus Investment Programme. Eleni told us, “I relish the challenge of taking on a case for a client, and providing them with the perfect solution. There are many aspects to immigration law, and it is my job to advise my clients on the best path to take so that they are legal and have peace of mind in Cyprus for the future”.

CONTINUE TO LIVE, WORK & STUDY IN CYPRUS

On the 31st of January 2020, the UK signed the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, under which it removed itself from the EU. The implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, which is legally binding for all Member States, commenced the following day on the 1st of February 2020. The EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement states that UK nationals who are eligible for residence rights can continue to live, work and study in Cyprus. This also applies to their family members, including family members who are third-country nationals (a family member is a spouse and/or minor children and/or adult children who are financially dependent on their parents).

TRANSITIONAL PERIOD ENDING ON 31ST DECEMBER 2020

In the Withdrawal Agreement, a transitional provision was made, starting on the 1st of February 2020, and is currently foreseen to end on the 31st December 2020. During the transitional period, current EU law on free movement, will continue to apply, and the residence rights of UK nationals, including their family members, will still be subject to the same conditions, under the current EU law on free movement. Residence documents issued will continue to be valid throughout the transitional period and these documents may voluntarily be replaced with the new residence document, to be issued in the future. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, applications under a new system will be accepted starting as of the 1st January  2021 and onwards.

For UK nationals and their family members, who have residence rights under the Withdrawal Agreement, but do not apply for residence documents by the end of the transitional period on the 31st December 2020, will continue to have the right to apply within a new procedure, which will be initiated, as of the 1st January 2021 – provided they can submit documentary evidence of their residency before the end of the transitional period.

For UK nationals who will be in scope, and can provide documentary evidence of their residency in Cyprus before the end of the transitional period, there will be no deadline for the submission of residency applications within the new process, which will be initiated as of the 1st January 2021.

SUBMITTING AN MEU1, MEU2 OR MEU3

The Cyprus Government protects the residence rights of UK nationals and their family members, including family members who are third-country nationals, by implementing all the provisions of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement on Citizens Rights. Therefore, to be legally covered, all UK nationals, as well as their family members, should secure their residency rights before the end of the transitional period, by submitting either one of the following applications:

MEU1 – Registration Certificate for EU Citizens (Yellow Slip)

The application for the issue of a Registration Certificate is submitted by a European Union citizen and family members, who are also citizens of a Member State, within four months as from the date of entry into the Republic.

MEU2 – Residence Card for Family Members of EU Citizens

The application for the issue of a Residence Card is submitted by the family members of a Union citizen, who are not citizens of a Member State, within four months, as from the date of entry into the Republic.

MEU3 – Permanent Residence Certificate for EU Citizens & their Family Members

The application for the issue of a Permanent Residence Certificate, is submitted by a Union citizen and family members, who are also citizens of a Member State, after five years of uninterrupted legal residence in the Republic.

NEW RESIDENCY CERTIFICATE FOR MEU1 & MEU3 HOLDERS

The Cyprus Authorities will issue a new type of residence certificate, which will be in line with the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement and will protect the UK nationals’ rights as citizens, even after Brexit. As of the 1st January 2021, at the end of the Transition Period, the holders of an MEU1 or MEU3 will be entitled to request this new residence certificate.

PERSONALISED CONSULTATION

Andreas Demetriades & Co LLC have an in-depth knowledge of the law and the procedures pertaining to the Cyprus Immigration Laws. They can provide step-by-step guidance throughout the whole process of submitting your application for Residency.  The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter and does not constitute legal advice.

For any further information, please contact Eleni Simillidi, Lawyer of Andreas Demetriades & Co LLC by email at demetris@demetriadeslaw.com  or by phone at +357 26 811 668.

Andreas Demetriades & Co LLC is one of the most trusted law firms in Paphos and is renowned for its confidential, high-quality, timely and cost-effective legal services. They offer a wealth of knowledge and guidance in various sectors, including the Cyprus Investment Programme & Immigration Services, Real Estate & Investments, Banking & Finance Law, Civil & Criminal Litigation, Commercial & Corporate Law, Employment Law, Wills & Probate and much more. More information available at demetriadeslaw.com.

Published by Cyprus in Style October 2020 – #InStyleBusinessNetwork

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