There are essentially 4 ways in which a foreign national can apply and acquire Cyprus Citizenship: (a) by naturalization, (b) by investing in various forms in Cyprus, (c) through marriage to a Cyprus citizen, and (d) due to Cypriot origins. Acquiring Cyprus citizenship give the legal right to a person, amongst others, to live and work in Cyprus as well as travel without any formalities within the EU.
Cyprus Citizenship by Naturalisation
A foreign national or EU citizen who completes seven years of legal residence in the Republic is eligible to apply for the citizenship provided that he resided legally and continuously in Cyprus during the twelve months preceding the date of the application. The last year of residing in Cyprus preceding the citizenship application is a continuous stay of 365 days in Cyprus and not a calendar year (January to December). The Council having the last word, finds it easier to approve an application provided that certain criteria are met, the most important being the proof of ‘intention to reside in the Republic’.
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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. Provided that conditions are met, the relatively new scheme allows the applicant, wife & children to gain the Cyprus citizenship in six months’ time.
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Marriage to Cypriot citizen
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.
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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.
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