Long-Term Residency Permit & the Right to Legally Work in Cyprus – Explained

LONG TERM RESIDENCY CYPRUS

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LONG-TERM RESIDENCY IN CYPRUS & THE RIGHT TO LEGALLY WORK

Advice from ELENI SIMILLIDI – Cyprus-based Attorney & Senior Associate AT Andreas Demetriades & Co LLC

Long Term Residency CyprusThe Council Directive 2003/109/EC concerns the status of third-country nationals, who are long-term residents in Cyprus. According to such, the integration of third-country nationals who are long-term residents in an EU State, is essential in promoting economic and social cohesion in the European Union. A third-country national, who has legally resided in an EU State, is eligible to be granted a set of uniform rights, almost identical to those enjoyed by EU citizens.

Cyprus has adopted this directive, thus giving the right to third-country nationals who comply with the conditions seen below, to upgrade their PR status into long-term residency status, which will allow them to enjoy similar rights to EU citizens, including being able to work in the Republic of Cyprus legally.

LONG-TERM RESIDENCY CYPRUS – ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

The Civil Registry and Migration department can grant long-term residency permits to third-country nationals (including family members of European Union citizens who are not covered by the Right of Union Citizens and their Family Members to Move and Reside Freely within the Territory of the Republic Law No. 7(I)/2007) who have resided legally and continuously, within its territory, for the five years preceding the submission of the application.

Periods of absence from Cypriot territory shall not be considered to interrupt the five-year period provided:

  • The applicant has not spent more than 10 cumulative months out of the Republic of Cyprus during the aforementioned five-year period.
  • The applicant has not spent more than 6 continuous months out of the Republic of Cyprus during the aforementioned five-year period.

LONG-TERM RESIDENCY CYPRUS – CONDITIONS FOR APPLYING

To submit the application, the third-country national must provide the following evidence:

  1. Stable and regular resources, which are sufficient to maintain himself/herself and the members of his/her family, without recourse to the social assistance system.
  2. Sickness insurance.
  3. A certificate of knowledge of the Greek language (Level A2).

The application is submitted to the Civil Registry and Migration Department, and the examination period is currently set at six months. Once approved, the applicant will obtain a Biometric Card, which will verify his/her Long-Term Residency status. The said permit will be valid for a period of five years, and an application for the renewal of such can be submitted to the Civil Registry and Migration Department, three months before its expiry date.

Once approved, the long-term residency permit holder shall enjoy equal treatment rights, as any other EU citizen, and will be eligible to enjoy the following benefits: 

  1. Access to Employment.
  2. Self-Employed Activity.
  3. Education and vocational training, including study grants in accordance with Cypriot law.
  4. Recognition of professional diplomas, certificates and other qualifications, in accordance with the relevant procedures set out by the Cypriot Government.
  5. Social security, social assistance and social protection, as defined by Cypriot law.
  6. Tax benefits.
  7. Access to goods and services, and the supply of goods and services made available to the public, and to procedures for obtaining housing.
  8. Freedom of association and affiliation and membership of an organisation, representing workers or employers of any organisation, whose members are engaged in a specific occupation, including the benefits conferred by such organisations, without prejudice, to the national provisions on public policy and public security.
  9. Free access to the entire territory of the Republic of Cyprus, within the limits provided for by the national legislation, for reasons of security.

A long-term resident may exercise the right of residence, for a period exceeding three months, in any other EU Member State other than Cyprus, subject to them complying with certain conditions and requirements imposed by that specific EU Member state, including, but not limited to:

  1. Exercise of an economic activity in an employed or self-employed capacity.
  2. Pursuit of studies or vocational training.
  3. Other purposes.

LONG-TERM RESIDENCY CYPRUS – WITHDRAWAL OR LOSS OF STATUS

Long-term residents shall no longer be entitled to maintain long-term residency status in the following cases:

  1. The Long-Term Residency holder is absent from the EU territory for twelve consecutive months.
  2. The Long-Term Residency holder obtains the Long-Term resident status in another EU Member State.
  3. The Long-Term Residency holder is absent from the Republic of Cyprus for six consecutive years.

Conclusively, a Residency Permit does not simply bestow you with the right to live in Cyprus but can lead to enhanced rights and benefits.

About the Author

Eleni Simillidi is a Cyprus-based Attorney and a Senior Associate with Andreas Demetriades & Co LLC.    She has obtained an LLB from the University of Leicester and an LLM in Commercial Law from Cardiff University in the UK. Eleni has been practising law since 2011 and represents Clients in real estate agreements, transactions, and joint ventures for the sale, rental, and construction of residential and commercial properties.  Her main area of expertise is Cypriot residency and citizenship, including the new Fast Track Procedure for obtaining a Residency Permit. 

About ANDREAS DEMETRIADES & CO LLC

Andreas Demetriades & Co LLC lead the way with a team of qualified Cypriot Lawyers, who have in-depth knowledge of the law and the procedures pertaining to the Cyprus Immigration Laws. Having their base in Cyprus allows them to speedily resolve any issues, thus, avoiding unnecessary delays. 

The Firm has a wealth of experience, offering clients the best possible legal support, by providing step-by-step guidance throughout the whole process of submitting their application and securing their Residency Permit. 

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 at Andreas Demetriades & Co LLC by email at eleni@demetriadeslaw.com or by phone +357 26 811 668. For more information about the services they offer, visit their website at DemetriadesLaw.com.

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