Please find below all necessary preconditions that need to be fulfilled in order for a Permanent Residence Permit to be duly issued:
- Provisions of Regulation 5 category F; and
- Provisions of Regulation 6 (2), the so-called Fast-Track Procedure
Either of these procedures could be introduced in order for the same outcome to be delivered
a. When Category F of Regulation 5 is to be deployed, the procedure is specifically supposed to facilitate the issuance of a residence permit for non-EU Foreigners who must:
Proceed to the purchase of a house/ apartment within the sovereign boundaries of Cyprus. Such a purchase shall be definitely backed
Either, by presenting sufficient evidence that the purchaser also is in possession of secured annual income of the sort that suffices for appropriates housing and living standards in Cyprus, even if the purchaser is unemployed
Or, by presenting sufficient evidence that an annual income of at least 10.000, 00€ shall be at all times available in terms of a sole purchaser, whereas and in terms of dependents, a sum of 5.000, 00€ has to be presented for each one of them on a case by case basis.
Please bear in mind that the Immigration Control Board may as well ask for even more supporting documentation or evidence of any sort should such a thing is deemed necessary
In a few words, the procedure reads as follows:
an Application form duly completed,
accompanied by all supporting documents all of which need to be in their original form,
as well as a fee of 500, 00€, and all of the aforementioned submitted
either to the Civil Registry and Migration Department,
or, alternatively, through any Police Department to the competent District Units of the Aliens & Immigration Service of the Cyprus Police
To sum it up, it also needs to be made clear that the whole procedure shall be concluded within 12 months’ time as from the date of submission
b. When the Fast-Track Procedure is under way, the non-EU nationals have to proceed as follows:
First option, they need to purchase a house/ apartment of at least 300.000, 00€ (plus VAT) and that exact amount of money needs to be deposited to a bank within the boundaries of Cyprus.
Please do bear in mind that this certain purchase as mentioned above could be concluded on behalf of a legal person given that the applicant at hand is the sole shareholder or the ultimate beneficiary, and that specific legal entity is situated in Cyprus or in any other member-state of the EU jurisdiction, currently consisted of 28 states.
Please, also take into consideration the fact that the applicant may as well proceed with the purchase of more than two separate/ independent accommodations of any sort, or of a unique housing premises and a separate shop of up to 100 square meters, or even of a unique office facility of some sort of up to 250 square meters, whereas the total amount has to be estimated at all times at the amount of 300.000, 00€ (plus VAT).
Second option, they need to deposit an amount of 30.000, 00€ as a fixed deposit for a 3-year period.
The third option is to make sure that the interested applicant as such, or along with his/ her spouse possess together an annual income of at least 30.000, 00€ as well as 5.000, 00€ for each dependent who is of 18 years of age or even up to 25 years of age, provided that in such a case they are unmarried and still a university/ college student. The aforementioned income may as well be the result of dividends, salaries, pensions, leases etc.
Please bear in mind that all necessary documents alongside the payment of an amount of 500, 00€ has to be concluded by way of submission to the competent Civil Registry and Migration Department, either directly and in person or via an appointed representative, in which case a certain proxy shall be in need so as for the representative at hand to be able to proceed with all necessary actions.
Please, also, take into consideration the fact that the competent Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior may call for an interview if such a thing is deemed necessary in order for some to clarifications to be further provided
In terms of time and duration of this whole process at hand, the fast-track procedure shall be concluded in principle within 2 months’ time as of the date of the submission of the application as such
Tps to be considered at all times
- It goes without saying according to what has been portrayed above that both the spouse and the child- ren are also covered by the same arrangement and shall be granted permits respectively. However it could be that each parent has decided to conclude for himself/ herself a different application, in which case the child- ren could be part of both procedures as long as the relevant fee has been paid accordingly.
- If children happen to be above the age of 18 and up to the age of 25, then it so happens that they are eligible and are granted with the permit at hand as long as they are still unmarried, while at the same time they are still attending courses at a university/ college as students and they shall continue to do so for at least six months more as from the date of the submission of the application at hand. As already stated above, an amount of at least 5.000, 00€ has to be duly proven as further income for each child at a time
- Parents or parents in law of the interested applicants are also eligible for such a permit as long as a respective fee is to be deposited as well and on condition that an amount of 8.000, 00€ is further proven for each such person i.e. parent or parent in law
What needs to be in place at all times?
- All applicants must present a clean criminal record which is always a necessary precondition
- An Official Statement of the sort clarifying in the most declaratory of ways that the applicants do not intend to launch any business activity in Cyprus
- Proper official/ original documentation in those cases where documentation needs to be presented accordingly
- Once every two years the applicants have to pay a visit to Cyprus so as to avoid any automatic cancellation of permit which can be so easily initiated
- If no original documents can be presented, the copies as such need to be properly validated i.e. officially and duly certified by competent authorities such as lawyers, notaries etc.