Cyprus Category F and path to citizenship

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oznomad

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Don't have enough free capital for golden visas so looking at alternatives that don't have heavy minimum stay requirements and leads to EU citizenship down the road. Will continue to stay in Australia for the foreseeable future for various reasons. Anyone been through the Category F process? Can recommend any agents/lawyers?
 

JohnDones

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Don't have enough free capital for golden visas so looking at alternatives that don't have heavy minimum stay requirements and leads to EU citizenship down the road. Will continue to stay in Australia for the foreseeable future for various reasons. Anyone been through the Category F process? Can recommend any agents/lawyers?
Wouldn't you have to stay for majority of the year in Cyprus to renew cat F visa?

Also to qualify for citizenship you need 5x365 days I believe, so it's not 5 years on paper.
 

CyprusLaw

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Wouldn't you have to stay for majority of the year in Cyprus to renew cat F visa?

Also to qualify for citizenship you need 5x365 days I believe, so it's not 5 years on paper.
Application for Cyprus citizenship can be submitted by foreigners, who have completed a total of 7 years of legal residence in Cyprus (2555 days of staying in Cyprus) before the application date. The applicant must have resided continuously in Cyprus through the last 1 year before applying. In cases of applicants who are children or parents of Cypriot citizens, the time required is 5 years rather than 7.

The same 5 years period requirement applies to holders of the permanent residency status.

Please note that at the moment the gvt is preparing amendments to the relevant law making it 5 years instead of seven for all cases, or 4 years for exceptional cases that can show good knowledge of Greek language.
 

JohnDones

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So if the OP plans to stay in Australia for foreseeable future he cannot go with the Cat F visa and get citizenship because he needs to stay physically in Cyprus for both residency renewal reasons and citizenship.
 

boomy

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Please note that at the moment the gvt is preparing amendments to the relevant law making it 5 years instead of seven for all cases, or 4 years for exceptional cases that can show good knowledge of Greek language.
that's even better.
 

oznomad

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Thanks all for the quick responses. If one has to reside continuously for the last 1 year, does that mean the 4 years before that can be reduced stay requirements?

Georgia, Malta and Bulgaria are the places suggested here a lot of time.

For Cyprus I'm sure @CyprusLaw , @CyprusLawyer101 and a few more will shim in soon :)

From what I've researched, Malta is a tough nut to crack for citizenship through Naturalization.
I believe Bulgaria doesn't allow dual citizenship, I don't know much about their pathways. I think it's the same for Georgia as well.
 
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Marc Rich

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Don't have enough free capital for golden visas so looking at alternatives that don't have heavy minimum stay requirements and leads to EU citizenship down the road. Will continue to stay in Australia for the foreseeable future for various reasons. Anyone been through the Category F process? Can recommend any agents/lawyers?
Portugal golden visa might be interesting, 7 day per year minimum stay. Can apply after 5 years to obtain Citizenship
 

Marc Rich

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what does it mean, you travel there once a year, stay for 7 days, doing this 5 years and you can get citizenship ?
exactly, and you only need to renew the residency after 2 years, so technically the first two years you can come 2 weeks before renewing it. You would get the citizenship & passport in the 6 or 7th year
 

lacomaco

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exactly, and you only need to renew the residency after 2 years, so technically the first two years you can come 2 weeks before renewing it. You would get the citizenship & passport in the 6 or 7th year
More and more judges in Portugal decide not to grant citizenship without substance for applicants who spend only a week per year
 
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oznomad

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More and more judges in Portugal decide not to grant citizenship without substance for applicants who spend only a week per year
GV only covers the residency requirements for citizenship, the two other important factors are "ties to Portugal" and basic fluency of Portuguese.
 

Marc Rich

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GV only covers the residency requirements for citizenship, the two other important factors are "ties to Portugal" and basic fluency of Portuguese.
ties to Portugal is relatively easy to have in the form of bank accounts, some membership to maybe gyms, yacht clubs etc. Basic fluency of Portuguese is attainable via any language school and can be 'bought'
 

clemens

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exactly, and you only need to renew the residency after 2 years, so technically the first two years you can come 2 weeks before renewing it. You would get the citizenship & passport in the 6 or 7th year
That's good to know!
 

oznomad

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So if the OP plans to stay in Australia for foreseeable future he cannot go with the Cat F visa and get citizenship because he needs to stay physically in Cyprus for both residency renewal reasons and citizenship.
I don't think there is a residency requirements for Category F? Once every 2 years should do it.
 

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