Temporary Residential Permit for third-country nationals: New criteria

The Civil Registry and Migration Department has announced new changes in the application of third country-nationals regarding the temporary resident permit (“Visitor”).

The new criteria will be in force by the 1st of January 2023. The following additional requirements should be satisfied:

  • Original Clear Criminal Record Certificate from the country of origin or residence, if the applicant resides in a country other than the country of origin, with a duly certified official translation in Greek or English ONLY for the first Permit.
  • Detailed statement of bank account transactions in a financial institution in the Republic of Cyprus, for the last 12 months in case of a renewal or from the date of opening the account in the case of a first permit, showing the foreign remittances in the name of the applicant which in total should not it is less than €2,000 per month or €24,000 per year for one person. This amount increases by 20% for the spouse and by 15% for each child. For the purposes of calculating the amount, transfers abroad or to third parties will not be taken into account. Therefore, in order to apply for the permit, the applicant needs to show the statement of his bank account, containing the information regarding their monthly financial transactions, which will eventually be equal to 24,000 per year for one person. During the first permit, a cash transfer or deposit of at least €10,000 is also accepted. In the case of a cash deposit, the cash declaration at customs must be submitted.
  • Original medical examination certificate of blood tests, proving that the third-country national does not suffer from hepatitis B, and C, HIV, syphilis, as well as a chest X-ray for tuberculosis with a doctor’s opinion, stamped by a specialist doctor from the Republic of Cyprus ONLY for the first Permit. For children under 15 years old no x-ray is required and a Mantoux Skin Test is required instead. For children who are under 6 years of age, no medical examinations are required.
  • Evidence that the applicant has sufficient and stable resources, as analyzed below, derived from a stable or satisfactory income of the applicant outside the Republic. Specifically, income includes salary, pension, deposits in a bank account abroad, rents, dividends, interest on deposits or by exception from dividends from a company in the Republic (with certification by the Company’s Accountant that he does not receive any salary from his position) or rents in the Republic , or from income in his bank account in the Republic from a salary from his previous work in a company of foreign interests

It is worth mentioning that at the time of the submission of the application for the renewal of the visitor’s permit, the balance in the account must, in any case, not be less than €6,000, which corresponds to three months’ income, regardless of the size of the family

For further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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