Brexit: UK nationals preserving their EU citizenship status

Author: Multilysis Services Limited
Date: 2017-03-28

The UK’s referendum result of 23.06.2016 (by which the UK public voted to leave the EU) will unavoidably influence migration to the United Kingdom as a whole.   Currently EU citizens (and some non-EU family members) have the right to live/reside in the UK without a visa (by virtue of the EU Free Movement Law). 

Post Brexit, this is expected to change. The same will apply to UK nationals who will not have the right to move freely in Europe.  

Taking on Cypriot citizenship to stay part of the EU

Cyprus is a full member of the EU which means that a Cyprus citizen is also an EU citizen and can therefore travel and reside freely in any EU member state.  Cyprus permits dual citizenship.


How can a UK national acquire Cyprus citizenship?

There are many ways in which a UK national may acquire Cyprus citizenship.   


Those born in Cyprus on or after 16.08.1960 to at least 1 Cypriot parent automatically acquire citizenship at birth.  Those born abroad on or after 16.08.1960 to at least 1 Cypriot parent may also acquire citizenship at birth.

It should be noted that a person born in Cyprus or abroad between 16.08.1960 and 11.06.1999 to a Cypriot mother cannot acquire Cyprus citizenship.



Those born abroad to at least one Cypriot parent or those of Cypriot origin are entitled to citizenship and can register for citizenship with a local consulate.  Those born on or after 16.08.1960 and who descended from a parent who either became a British national on the basis of the Annexation of Cyprus Orders in Council of 1914-1943 or born in Cyprus between 5.11.1914 and 16.08.1960 during which time the parents were ordinarily resident in Cyprus, may register as a citizen, provided that he is an adult (a person who has completed the age of 18 and is of sound mind).


A British citizen or a citizen of any commonwealth country of Cypriot origin may register as a Cyprus citizen, provided that he is an adult and he resides in the Republic of Cyprus 1 year preceding the application, is of good character and expects to continue to live in Cyprus.


Foreign spouses of Cypriot nationals who have completed 3 years of marriage and harmonious cohabitation with their Cypriot spouse and 2 years of residence in Cyprus prior to the date of application may also apply for such citizenship.



A British citizen residing in Cyprus for at least 2555 days and continuously residing in Cyprus 12 months prior to the date of application may also apply for Cyprus citizenship.

Multilysis will be happy to assist such clients wishing to obtain Cyprus Citizenship.  For more information and/or queries, contact us by email.

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