Work and stay visas in Cyprus

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Work and stay visas in Cyprus

As part of globalization processes, an increasing number of individuals are opting to live and work in foreign countries. In recent times, Cyprus has become a popular destination for temporary or permanent relocation in recent years. Cyprus offers a diverse array of work and residence permits, each tailored with distinct requirements and benefits. In this article, we delve into the various visa and permit options available in Cyprus.

Whether you are a business owner, investor, or simply keen on relocating, understanding Cyprus’ tax and immigration rules can help you make the most of your stay in the country. Should you need further guidance, don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be delighted to schedule an introductory consultation for you.

Types of Visas

Cyprus has several visas/visas to suit different situations. It should be noted that Israeli citizens traveling to Cyprus (and/or the EU) do not require a visa for stays not exceeding 90 days in a six-month period. A condition for this is the validity of the Israeli passport for at least three months before entering Cyprus.

Short Stay Visa

This type of visa allows a non-Cypriot or EU citizen to enter the country, for reasons other than immigration, for a maximum period of 90 days out of 6 months. This visa allows travelers to visit Cyprus and other countries in the Schengen Area for tourism, business or family visits for up to 90 days in a period of 180 days.

You can request to extend this visa for up to 90 days. The application must be submitted to the local unit for foreigners and immigration.

Long Stay Visa

This visa is intended for people who plan to stay in Cyprus for more than 90 days, for work, studies and more, and allows non-Cypriot citizens to stay there for up to one year.

Student Visa

This is a visa designed for students who wish to study in Cyprus at a recognized educational institution.

Work Visa

A work visa, often referred to as an employment visa, permits foreign nationals to work legally in another country, such as Cyprus. Non-EU and non-Cypriot citizens must obtain this visa to work in Cyprus. The hiring employer must demonstrate that there isn’t a suitable Cypriot (or EU resident) for the position. Consequently, non-EU residents often find it easier to secure roles in foreign companies operating within Cyprus than in local ones.

On average, obtaining a work visa takes between 4-6 weeks from the time the appropriate office receives the necessary documents. However, it’s crucial to understand that any missing or incorrectly completed forms can cause delays. With our firm’s vast experience in collaborating with Cypriot authorities, we are well-equipped to guide and support you throughout this process. Reach out to us, and we’d be delighted to set up a consultation for you.

While remote workers can avail of the digital nomad visa,  others seeking employment in Cyprus must follow several steps to secure a work visa:

  1. Job offer – The prospective employer must provide the employee with a formal job offer. This written document is essential for the visa application.
  2. Work Permit Approval – The employer should apply for a work permit on the employee’s behalf with the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, and Social Insurance in Cyprus. This application should emphasize that the job cannot be occupied by a local individual.
  3. Visa Application – After approval of the work permit, the employee can apply for a work visa, along with the requested forms (detailed below) at the Cypriot embassy in the applicant’s home country or at the Cyprus District Police’s immigration unit if the applicant is already in Cyprus..
  4. Visa Issuance – After the visa application is approved, the employee will receive a work visa, allowing them to legally work in Cyprus for the specified duration.

The forms required to attach to the work visa application:

  • Visa application form, signed by the employer.
  • The employment contract.
  • A passport that’s valid for at least three months beyond the visa start date and has blank pages.
  • Proof of health insurance.
  • Certificate of a clean criminal record.
  • A recent passport-sized photograph.
  • The approved work permit.
  • Receipt confirming payment of the visa application fee.
  • Depending on specific requirements, medical certificates and other supporting documents may be needed.

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