Permanent Residence

Find out how to apply for permanent residence in Cyprus...

Citizens from other EU countries who have been resident in Cyprus for at least five uninterrupted years are eligible to apply for a Permanent Registration Certificate. Non-EU citizen family members of an EU citizen may apply for a Permanent Residence Card, also called a Long Term Residence Permit. An application for a Permanent Residence Card must be submitted within one month of the Residence Card's expiry. The Permanent Residence Card for non-EU family members is valid for 10 years and is renewable. The family members residing with anyone who has obtained permanent residency are also eligible to apply, regardless of nationality. A Cyprus resident need not wait five years before applying for permanent residence if they have been employed or self-employed on a permanent basis for a fixed period of time. There is also some protection for the family members of a person who could qualify for permanent residency but dies before doing so. In all instances the criteria differ and information is available from the Civil Registry and Migration Department

Permanent Registration Certificate validity

Residence cards without an expiry date remain valid during temporary absences not exceeding six months in any year or by one absence of a maximum of 12 consecutive months for pregnancy, childbirth, serious illness, study or professional training, or a posting in a different country. Once permanent residency is acquired, an absence from the country of more than two consecutive years will nullify residency.

Application for permanent residency

A completed application form is required along with supporting documentation. The type of documentation needed varies according the applicant's situation.
  • Application forms can be downloaded by selecting a category from the Migration Page on the Ministry of the Interior website
For more information on this procedure, contact the Civil Registry and Migration Department at the Ministry of the Interior.

Cyprus Identity Cards

The Cypriot identity card is issued to citizens of Cyprus. It is a biometric identity card which can be used as a travel document when visiting countries in Europe. People of Cypriot origin are entitled to obtain an ID by completing the application and visiting a Citizen's Service Centre where they will have their picture and fingers prints taken. 

EU and non-EU nationals who reside in Cyprus have to apply for a residence card which is of similar appearance to the Cypriot national ID. The ID card is used for personal identification but cannot be used as a travel document.

The Civil Registry and Migration Department have details on how to apply for an identity card