Cyprus: Government Issues Post-Brexit Guidance for UK Nationals

January 26, 2021 Lucy Halse

Key Points

  • Cyprus has provided post-Brexit work and residency guidance for UK nationals
  • UK nationals who were residents of Cyprus before December 31, 2020 are eligible for an Article 50 permit
  • Non-EU family members of UK nationals who were residents before December 31, 2020 can apply for a national residence permit
  • No application deadline has been provided
  • Valid residents can use their existing residency documents as proof of residency before receiving their new residence permit
  • The application fee for a new residence permit is EUR 30
  • No guidance is available for cross-border and posted workers at this time

Overview

The Government of Cyprus has provided further instructions for UK nationals to continue living and working in the country in 2021.

What are the Changes?

UK nationals who were residents of Cyprus before December 31, 2020 are eligible for an Article 50 permit. Their current EU residence documents continue to remain valid. The government has not yet provided an application deadline for UK nationals to apply for a new residence permit.

Non-EU family members of UK nationals who hold a residence permit can apply for a national residence permit before their current permit expires.

Who is Affected?

The updated guidance applies to UK nationals who were legal residents of Belgium before the Brexit transition on December 31, 2020. UK nationals can show proof of their residency status through their current EU residence document until they receive a new permit.

UK nationals who were residents of Cyprus for five years or more as of December 31, 2020 may apply for a 10-year permanent residence permit. UK nationals who were residents of the country for under five years by the Brexit transition date can apply for a five-year residence permit.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

Applicants can demonstrate valid residency before December 31, 2020 by submitting proof of the following:

  • Certificate of Registration (MEU1)
  • Residence Card (MEU2)
  • Certificate/Card of Permanent Residence (MEU3)

A rental agreement, utility bills, property ownership document, social insurance certificate, and local bank statements will also be accepted as proof of residency. Other documents may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

The application fee for a new residence permit is EUR 30.

Looking Ahead

No specific arrangements have been provided for cross-border workers or posted workers at this time. Updates will be provided as available.

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Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.

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