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New member
Period: 12 months, with the right to renew it for another two years; i.e 3 years


- Employers and clients are located outside Cyprus

- Salaries at least €3,500 euros per month

- Medical coverage, and

- Clear criminal record from the country of residence/origin

  • Establishment of a Business Facilitation Unit
- Act as focal point of contact for existing companies relocated to Cyprus or new ones wishing to operate from Cyprus

- Specific areas of economic activity:

Cypriot shipping companies,

Cypriot high-tech or innovation companies,

Cypriot pharmaceutical companies, or

Cypriot companies active in the fields of biogenetics and biotechnology

  • Work Permits
- Easy facilitation of working permits for high skilled employees from third (non-EU) countries


- Salaries at least €2,500

- Maximum number of work permits per company is 70% of all employees over a period of five years

- The permits will be issued within one month

- Last up to three years

  • Family Members
- Will be allowed to relocate together

- Employees spouses / husbands will also have access to the country’s labour market

  • Tax Exemptions
- Apply only to to foreign high skilled employees

- Will be extendent for a period of 17 years (from 10 years)

- Existing 50% tax exemption on annual salary tax for new employees in the republic earning more than Euro 100,000 is also extended to cover new residents-employees with a yearly salary from employment of €55,000 or more with a tax exemption of 50%.

  • Naturalisation / Passporting
- Eligible employees from 3rd countries will have the right to apply for a naturalisation after 5 years of residence in Cyprus, or

- After 4 if they have a recognised certificate of very good knowledge in Greek language

  • Pension Security / Transfer
Retired employees will be able to enjoy pension from their country of origin and Cyprus; an employee will not "loose" social securities paid in Cyprus or in their homw country as they will be transferred to the country of its retirement

Cyprus is currently in the process to conclude bilateral agreements with third countries

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