Ways to apply for Cyprus citizenship

Author: N. Pirilides & Associates LLC
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Acquiring Cyprus citizenship entitles a person, amongst others, to live and work in Cyprus without any restriction as well as travel without any formalities within the EU. There are essentially 4 ways in which an alien can acquire Cyprus Citizenship: (a) by naturalization, (b) investment by exemption, (c) through marriage to a Cyprus citizen, and (d) due to Cypriot origins.




Obtaining Cyprus Citizenship by Naturalisation


To be entitled to apply for Cyprus citizenship through naturalization, an EU citizen or third country national must have resided for a minimum 7 years (2555 days) legally in Cyprus, of which the year preceding the date of application should be full and uninterrupted.


Obtaining Cyprus Citizenship by Exemption through investment


The government of Cyprus has implemented a new procedure for exceptional naturalization of investors (Non-EU) which aims at facilitating investment in Cyprus by migrant entrepreneurs and investors who, in return for obtaining Cyprus citizenship, are prepared to invest in Cyprus. The new scheme has been established pursuant to amendments to the Cyprus Civil Registry and Migration Law.  The investment allows the applicant (and eventually his wife & children) to hold a Cyprus passport and have all the benefits of a Cyprus citizen.


Registrations as a result of marriage to citizens of the Republic of Cyprus


A person of full age and capacity who has contracted a marriage to a citizen of Cyprus may submit an application after completing 3 years of marriage and harmonious cohabitation with the Cypriot spouse.


Obtaining Cyprus Citizenship due to Cypriot origins


A person can obtain Cyprus citizenship due to Cypriot origins as long as he/she satisfies certain criteria. There are different application forms depending on the age, origin and date of birth of the interested applicant. For more information click here.


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