Revision of the criteria for granting an Immigration Permit within the scope of the new, expedited procedure to applicants who are third country nationals and invest in Cyprus
1. Legal Framework
1.1. In pursuance of the provisions of Regulation 6(2) of the Aliens and Immigration Regulations, the Minister of Interior, having notified the Council of Ministers, has decided to issue an Immigration Permit to applicants from third country, in cases where the following conditions are satisfied:
2. Investment / Financial Criteria
2.1 The applicant should submit a confirmation letter from a financial institution in Cyprus that he has deposited a minimum capital of €30.000 into an account, which will be pledged for a period of at least three years. It must be proved that the said amount has been transferred to Cyprus from abroad.
2.2 The applicant, together with his spouse, should prove that they have at their disposal a secure annual income of at least €30.000. This annual income should increase by €5.000 for every dependent person. This income should derive from abroad, and may include salaries from employment, pensions, dividends from shares, fixed deposits, rents a.s.o. .
2.3 The applicant should submit, with the application, title deeds or a contract of sale in his name and/or his spouse, which has been officially deposited with the Department of Lands and Surveys, for a dwelling or other building, of a total market value of at least €300.000 (V.A.T. is not included therein) and official receipts for the payment of at least €200.000 (excluding V.A.T.), irrespective of the date for the delivery of the dwelling. It should be stressed that the full payment of the value for the dwelling shall be settled in an account in a financial institution in Cyprus.
The above mentioned amounts must be proven to have been transferred to Cyprus from abroad.
It is noted that the purchase of a dwelling may be accepted even when made in the name of a Company and not in the name of the applicant, provided that the Company is registered in the name of the applicant and/or in the name of the applicant and his spouse and he/they are the sole shareholders. In the event that the shareholder of the company is another legal entity, it must be proven that the sole shareholder of the said legal entity is the applicant and/or the applicant and his spouse.
2.4 For the purpose of implementing this policy, the applicant may purchase up to two housing units (apartments or houses) which might be independent, or one housing unit and a shop of a surface of up to 100 sq.m., or a housing unit and an office of a surface of up to 250 sq.m., provided that the total market value satisfies the conditions in paragraph 2.3. In the case of a couple, these restrictions apply for the couple and not for each of the persons involved.
The said purchase must be in relation to a dwelling (and the combinations described above) sold for the first time by a development company. In the case of acquiring two dwellings, both must be sold by the same company. As from 7/05/2013, for the purpose of this policy, applications in relation to the re-sale of dwellings will not be accepted. It should be stressed that contracts of sale in relation to a re-sale of dwellings that have been officially deposited with the Lands and Surveys Department prior to 07/05/2013 (the date of depositing the contracts of sale is to be confirmed by the Department of Lands and Surveys), shall be accepted for the purpose of implementing this policy.
2.5 The Immigration Permit issued to an applicant cover his spouse and children under the age of 18. Unmarried children aged between 18 and 25, who may prove that they are students or undergraduates and are financially dependent on the applicant, may submit a separate application to obtain an Immigration Permit. In such a case, the father or mother and/or both parents together must present an additional annual income of €5.000 for every such dependent child. It is noted that every such dependent child, shall submit with his application, all the documentation defined in para. 7.
The said permit is still valid even if the holder has exceeded the age of 25 years old.
2.6 An immigration permit may also be granted to children of the applicant over the age of 18, who are not financially dependent on the applicant, provided that the market value of the acquired property attributed to each such child is at least €300.000 (excluding V.A.T.), as described in para. 2.3 hereinabove, (e.g. in the event the applicant has a child that is 30 years old and wishes to obtain an immigration permit, the applicant must purchase a dwelling valued at €600.000, if the applicant has 2 adult children, financially independent, he must purchase a dwelling valued at €900.000 etc). In such an event a confirmation of payment for the 66% of the market value of the dwelling must be submitted with the application (e.g. €400.000 for a dwelling of a market value of €600.000).
Provided that in such an event each child shall submit the necessary documentation with his application (e.g. secured annual income of €30.000, a deposit in a financial institution in Cyprus amounting to €30.000, which is bound for 3 years).
3. Qualitative Criteria:
3.1. The applicant and his spouse must submit a confirmation of a clean criminal record from their country of residence and generally they should not be considered as a threat in any way to the public order or public security in Cyprus.
3.2 The applicant and his spouse shall confirm that they do not intend to be employed in Cyprus in any direct or indirect manner.
It is to be noted that the applicant and/or his spouse may be a shareholder(s) in a Company registered in Cyprus and the income from the dividends of such a company in Cyprus are not deemed an impediment for the purpose of obtaining an immigration permit.
3.3 The applicant and his family included in the Immigration Permit, must visit Cyprus at least once every two years.
3.4 All the necessary documentation, that is attached to the application for an immigration permit, including the translation of the same into the Greek or English language, must be duly certified.
4. PROCEDURE FOR THE SUBMISSION AND EXAMINATION OF AN APPLICATION
4.1 Applications must be submitted directly to the Civil Registry and Migration Department (CRMD), personally or through an agent (relevant telephone numbers are 22-403921 and 22-403943). A fee of €500 is payable with the submission of the application.
4.2 Applications that are submitted in Cyprus, either personally or through an agent, shall be submitted in a standard envelope (every document of the application shall be punctured and inserted in the envelope and numbered in blue ink from the first page of the application to the last page, at the responsibility of the person submitting the application). The envelope shall also include a list of the documents submitted with the application, including any other supplementary documents, to be completed by or on behalf of the applicant.
4.3 The application shall be processed by the CRMD and be submitted to the Minister of Interior, through the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior (MOI). An interview with the applicant shall take place only in when it is deemed necessary by the Permanent Secretary of the MOI.
4.4 The Ministry of Interior shall notify the applicant or his agent and the CRMD as to the decision of the Minister of Interior.
5. Transitional Provisions
Upon publication of the present policy, any third country national who has submitted an application for a category F Immigration Permit may, if he so wishes, submit to the CRMD supplementary details proving that the criteria in paragraphs 1 to 4 in the present policy are satisfied in a new application, so that the application will be processed in accordance with the provisions of Regulation 6(2) of the Aliens and Immigration Regulations and on the basis of the above criteria and the relevant procedure.
6. Time schedule for issuing an Immigration Permit
It should be stressed that, provided the criteria of this policy are satisfied and there are no reasons with regard to either the criminal record of the applicant or to public order and public security issues, the application shall be examined by the Minister of Interior in a positive manner and an immigration permit shall be issued.
It is estimated that the procedure described in this policy statement for the examination of the application shall not exceed 2 months from the date of the submission of the application,.
7. Application Forms
The following forms are available electronically:
- Application form (M. 67)
- Checklist of the documents submitted with the application (in Greek and English)
- Checklist of the documents submitted with the application (in Greek and English) for adult children in accordance with para. 2.5
- Affidavit as to the annual income of the applicant, with other supporting evidence (in Greek and English)
- Official declaration as to the confirmation of non-employment of the applicant in Cyprus (in Greek and English)