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Citizen Incentives

Citizen Incentives

Citizen Incentives

In 2024, those wishing to obtain Cypriot citizenship must meet a number of new criteria:

  • Applicants must maintain permanent residence for the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for citizenship.
  • Periods of absence totaling no more than 90 days do not interrupt this period.
  • No criminal history.
  • Applicants must have at least a B1 level of knowledge of the Greek language and demonstrate adequate knowledge of “the basic elements of the contemporary political and social reality of the Republic of Cyprus.”
  • They must also prove that they have housing and a stable and regular income. Income should be enough to support yourself and family members.

The government also unveiled requirements for the naturalization of “highly qualified” professionals. This scheme is only for employees of companies in the following industries:

  • Companies with foreign interests operating in the Republic and having independent offices in Cyprus.
  • Cyprus shipping companies.
  • High-tech and innovative companies producing products related to aerospace, computers, information technology and communications, pharmaceuticals, biomedical equipment, research and development equipment, machinery and chemicals.
  • Cypriot pharmaceutical companies operating in the field of biogenetics and technology.

The requirements for “highly qualified” candidates for Cypriot citizenship are standard, but still more “soft” in terms of place of residence and language.
They will only need to live in Cyprus for three or four years out of the ten years preceding the 12 months before applying. Some applicants will need to demonstrate knowledge of Greek at a minimum level of A2.

The above is for informative purposes only.  Further professional advice should be sought for each particular case. Our firm does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage occurring by acting on the basis of this information.

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