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EU Citizenship in Cyprus

Dual Citizenship has a number of important benefits, from tax planning, to investment privacy, and the EU remains enormously popular as a second Citizenship location. 

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The Cyprus EU Citizenship programme is one of the fastest and simplest routes to EU Citizenship, with passports issued in just three months. No donation is required to complete the process, which works purely on the basis of a secure financial property investment.

  • No residency requirement
  • No tax consequences
  • Passports in just three months
  • Family included
  • Dual citizenship
  • Visa-free travel within the EU
  • Healthcare and education opportunities
  • Financial freedom

Cyprus – gateway to the EU

Cyprus has been a full EU member state since 2004 and joined the EU Monetary Union in 2008. In 2014, legislation was introduced allowing foreign investors to become Cypriot (EU) citizens, acquiring a Cypriot passport through naturalisation. A Cypriot passport holder is an EU passport holder, and a passport holder of any EU country and is also considered an EU citizen. EU citizens can work, reside, study and travel within the EU, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Norway.

Why Cyprus?

Cyprus sits at the meeting point of three continents: Europe, Africa and Asia, which makes it perfectly positioned for travel and business. It has a modern, free-market, service based economy and has been structured so as to offer impressive tax advantages. British education, a world class healthcare system, no inheritance tax and an emerging energy economy make Cyprus an appealing location for dual citizenship.

The benefits of citizenship

Becoming an EU citizen opens up the right to live and work anywhere in the EU. Visa-free travel is available to 168 countries and free trade rules within the EU provide access to a potential business market of 500 million EU citizens. There are numerous advantages to obtaining this access via the Cyprus Citizenship programme.

  • Speed and flexibility – passports are granted within three months and there is no requirement of residency in Cyprus.
  • Open to all – any nationality can apply for Cyprus EU citizenship and there is no language requirement, medical test or interview to complete.
  • Legacy – EU passports are made available to the investor, a spouse, parents of the investor, as well as dependent children aged 28 or less who are in full time education. As citizenship passes on by descent, this creates a potential legacy for generations to come.
  • Taxation – only those who choose to become tax resident in Cyprus need worry about changes to taxation. For those who do, Cyprus has no inheritance tax, friendly corporation tax and a strong double tax treaty network.
  • An insurance policy for the future – both current and future generations will have the right to either live in Cyprus or remain in their home country.
  • Business advantages – investors can own a business in Cyprus or set up an internationally trading business using Cyprus as a base. It’s simple to make use of Cyprus’ excellent business and tax advantages.
  • Exit after three years – the main investment can be sold on after three years, as long as a property with a value of at least €500,000 is maintained.

Who qualifies

Investors of any nationality can apply for EU Cyprus Citizenship. No donation is required only the investment deposits, information and documentation mentioned below.

In addition to an investor, a spouse, minor children and unmarried adult children up to the age of 28 who are studying outside of Cyprus can also benefit from citizenship. The parents of the investor can also become Cyprus Citizens.

Once citizenship is obtained it is valid forever.

The deposits

EU Cyprus Citizenship can be obtained via an investment in Cyprus resident real estate of at least €2 million. This can be invested in a single property or can be made via a portfolio of properties.

If any property has been purchased in the three years prior to applying for citizenship this can be included as part of the €2 million investment amount.

Where the parents of the investor wish to be included in the application, they only need to purchase a permanent residence property that is worth at least €500,000. This can either be purchased separately or pooled with the rest of the main investment.

Documents and conditions

In addition to the property purchase, a number of documents must be supplied by an investor, including:

  • A copy of an original passport
  • A birth certificate
  • A marriage certificate, where applicable
  • A detailed biography
  • A certificate of police clearance from country of origin (or country of residence, if different). There is a requirement that the investor has a clean criminal record from their country of origin and country of residence if the two are not the same. The investor must not be named as one of the people whose property is ordered to be frozen from within the EU.

Application fees apply:

Submission fees

  • €2,000 per adult
  • €80 per minor child

Approval fees

  • €5,000 per adult

Taxes apply to the property purchase:

VAT standard rate is 19%. However, this may be reduced to 5% on the first property purchase (first 200m2).

Additional taxes and duties apply (approximately €4,000).

The steps involved

The process of applying for EU Cyprus Citizenship has been made very simple and is designed to be completed quickly. For most investor applicants it takes just three months to arrange a passport.

Step 1 – choose and purchase a real estate investment. This can be arranged through a visit to Cyprus or via correspondence. Once the property purchase agreement is signed, the funds are held in a secure account and a receipt issued – this receipt is essential for the citizenship application.

Step 2 – create citizenship application. This involves putting together the documents mentioned above. Note that these must be officially translated into either Greek or English. They also need to be officially certified or stamped. In a country that has signed the Hague Convention of 1961 these documents can be certified with apostille. Otherwise they must be stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant Cyprus Embassy.

Step 3 – a pre-clearance check is carried out by legal advisors.

Step 4 – submission of documents. The citizenship application, along with the property purchase agreement, receipt of funds and fees payable are all submitted to the Ministry of the Interior.

Step 5 – becoming a Cypriot Citizen. The application will be ratified by the Council of Ministers and citizenship is official. Within three months of the grant of citizenship a certificate of citizenship must be signed by the investor, either in front of a Registrar of a Cypriot Court or a Consular at any Cypriot Consulate abroad. After this passports can be issued and applications for children to be naturalised can begin.

Children – dependent or non-dependent

Children can apply to be naturalised once a parent investor has obtained EU Cypriot citizenship.

Dependant children. For minor children this normally takes around three weeks. Minor children can collect their documents from Cyprus at any time.

Non-dependent children. Applications for naturalisation of adult children take up to two months and passport and identity card must be collected from Cyprus within three months. Adult child naturalisation is subject to fees, including a submission fee of €2,000 and approval fee of €5,000.

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