Requirements relating to entry & residence permits for EU nationals and their family members

Author: Multilysis Services Limited
Date: 2012-09-06
This text provides information for the citizens of other Member States of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA), and also nationals of Switzerland, and their families.  It contains the basic information on entry, temporary and permanent residency, legal arrangements that apply to all EU citizens and information about employment in Cyprus.
 
A. EU Citizens’ Rights
 
EU citizens are free to enter, leave, travel and live in Cyprus and may also engage in any economic activity, either as paid employees or self employed persons, service providers or engage in any educational opportunity in Cyprus, under the same conditions as Cypriot citizens.
If EU citizens are going to stay in Cyprus for less than three (3) month, they only need to have a valid passport or a valid identity card issued by their country and not expiring in less than six months, which evidences their nationality.
 
Within four months of the date EU citizens entered Cyprus, they have the obligation by law to go personally to the Civil Registry and Migration Department (this service is currently being provided by the local Immigration Branch of the Police in all districts except Nicosia) and apply for the Registration Certificate for EU Nationals (or Yellow Slip).  In order to obtain this Certificate one should submit the following:
  • A duly completed standard form (obtainable from Civil Registry & Migration Dept or from the local Immigration Branch of the Police) depending on the category of residence permit one is applying for;
  • A Valid Passport or ID Card;
  • 2 photos.
It should be noted that if one is applying for dependants, he must also present to the relevant Department certified true copy of marriage certificate, birth certificates of children etc. The Registration Certificate is issued in a short period of time from the day of application.
 
One should know that the Registration Certificate is issued only if EU Citizens have secured a paid job in Cyprus or they are self-employed or they are students or they have identified reasonable means for living in Cyprus without the need to work. If by any chance they do not comply with the above requirement, then the Cyprus Authorities may refuse to issue the said Certificate.
 
A fine is imposed in case of non-compliance (Law N7 (I)/2007) and more specifically a fine of €2.562,90 is imposed to any European national who works in the Republic without being registered.
 
A residence permit is not required to begin working in Cyprus - an EU national may begin work while the residency application is still pending,
however both the employer and employee may be fined if application for the Registration Certificate is never processed. 
 
In case an EU Citizen decides to come to Cyprus and live without working, he/she has to prove that he/she has reasonable means of wealth allowing him/her to live in Cyprus without becoming a burden to the social and health system of the island.
 
If EU citizens are students, in addition to the passport or identity documents and two passport-sized photographs, in order to obtain the Registration Certificate, they are also required to show proof:
  • of their enrolment in a university or college
  • proof of comprehensive health insurance
  • proof (by declaration) of financial resources
If EU citizens are retired or simply not working in Cyprus, they must show that they have:
  • adequate income from legal sources such as pension, employment outside of Cyprus or another means to support themselves
  • proof of funds in a Cyprus or overseas bank
  • proof of comprehensive health insurance
B. Family Members of EU Citizens
 
Family members include a spouse, children aged below 21, other dependents and spouse's dependents have the same rights as any other EU-Citizen. 
 
In order to apply for the Registration Certificate, along with all the relevant certifications, a fee for each family member is required. The Registration Certificate is issued when EU Citizens submit the following:
  • A duly completed standard application form
  • Valid passport or identity card, and several copies
  • Proof of the family relationship (certified copies of marriage certificate and children's birth certificates)
Family members that are not dependants must show proof of a serious medical condition which leaves them completely dependent
 
If it has been issued, the Registration Certificate of the EU-citizen family member already residing in Cyprus
Two passport-sized photos for each member
 
EU citizens’ non-EU family members can live in Cyprus for more than three months if they apply for a Residence Certificate (Pink Slip). This is issued to non-EU family members of EU citizens moving with them to Cyprus.  The application must be made within four months of the date of entry otherwise a fine will be imposed.
 
Family members of EU citizens who are not EU citizens themselves should provide the following with a competed application form MEU2 (for non-EU family members of EU citizens):
  • Valid passport with visa if applicable (and copies)
  • A document stating the family relationship
  • Proof of family relationship (marriage and children's birth certificates)
  • Proof of the family member's consistent relationship with the EU citizen
  • Family members that are not dependants must show proof of a serious medical condition which leaves them completely dependent
  • Two passport-sized photos
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