What are the procedures regarding Cyprus immigration if you wish to settle and retire in Cyprus permanently?

Cyprus immigration

In order to settle in Cyprus permanently and to live on earnings derived from your pension and/or other income from sources outside Cyprus, under the existing legislation in order to obtain such an Immigration Permit, you have to apply to the Chief Immigration Officer, Nicosia, Cyprus, for his approval under Category 'F' of Regulation five of the Aliens and Immigration Regulations of 1972-1996 on form M.67.

In accordance with the above-mentioned regulations your Cyprus immigration application will be examined in the first instance by the dept of immigration Control Board whose findings and recommendations will be subsequently submitted to the Minister of Interior for a decision in his capacity as chief Immigration Officer.

Immigration You will be requested to complete your application and attend an interview at the local Aliens and Immigration office, taking with you documentary evidence that you have in your own and free disposition a secured annual income (such as pension, dividends from investments, interest from deposits, etc.) of a sufficient amount to support yourself and your family whilst in Cyprus. Please note that only original or officially certified copies of the documents showing your secured annual income are accepted. At this stage, if all documentation is acceptable you will be issued with an Alien Registration Certificate and will be required to supply the originals and 2 copies of each document: passports, bank statements, evidence of income, birth and marriage certificates, tenancy agreement or purchase document.

If your application for an Cyprus immigration Permit is finally approved (and do not be surprised if this takes anytime between 3 - 6 months), you will be issued with what is know locally as your 'Pink Slip', (which is in fact now yellow!) and under the above mention Regulations, you will not be allowed to engage in any form of business profession or occupation, whether paid or unpaid while residing in Cyprus and you will have to support yourself and all your family from own income. Please note that the required secured annual income for a person is EU€9,500 (approximately GBP£6,590) plus EU€4,600 (approximately GBP£3,180) for each dependent person.

Additional information on retiring and moving to Cyprus can be obtained by writing to the Immigration Officer at the following address: Migration Department, Ministry of the Interior, 1457 Lefkosia (Nicosia).
Tel: 22 804 502 Fax 22 804 587
E-mail Cyprus Immigration

Cyprus residency

Citizens of EU countries who complete Cyprus immigration and transfer their normal residence to Cyprus can bring their personal property into the country without having to pay import duty, excise duty and VAT. A citizen of Europe is deemed to have moved his normal residence (namely the place where he usually lives for at least 185 days in a calendar year) to Cyprus.

Personal property, as referred to above, means items of a non-commercial nature which are imported into the country during the Cyprus immigration process for personal and household use. It should be mentioned that it is not necessary to hire the services of a customs agent when importing personal property into Cyprus. The transfer of such property to Cyprus with exemption from excise duties requires the furnishing of proof of the Community status of the items by the production of a T2L document or by the marking of the loading list with the symbol ‘T2L’ or by the production of other commercial documents.

Private motor vehicles and motor cycles of EU citizens intending to become established in Cyprus are subject to excise duties when the engine size exceeds 100 cc and Cyprus immigration documentation will need to have been completed in order that you can register and insure your vehicle.

It must be emphasised that the transfer to Cyprus of certain items, such as narcotics, nuclear, chemical, toxic and biological weapons, biological items and related substances, obscene publications and objects, forged banknotes and certain types of firearm, is prohibited.

More information can be obtained by phoning the Department of Customs and Excise on + 357 22 601 657 and + 357 22 601 658, or Europe Direct on 00 800 6789 1011.

The number 8000 11 12 can be phoned from within Cyprus, and the Eurodirect number + 357 8000 11 12 can be phoned directly from EU countries.

Source: European Union © European Communities, 1995-2005 Reproduction is authorised.

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