The Free Movement and Residence of Nationals of the Member States of the European Union and their Families Law of 2003 [Íï. 92 (É)(2003)] which was on adopted on 18 July 2003 by the House of Representatives and entered into force on 1st May 2004, the date of Cyprus’ s accession to the European Union, provides inter-alia the following:
Nationals of any Member State who move to Cyprus in order to pursue activity as employed persons are granted a residence permit. The residence permit is valid for not less than five (5) years from the date of issue and it is effective throughout the territory of the Republic. It is automatically renewable upon the request of the person concerned.
Application forms for the issue of a residence permit are available at the Civil Registry and Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior and at the District Aliens and Immigration Branches of the Police. They are also available at the web site: www.moi.gov.cy. The application form must be submitted within three (3) months of entry in the Republic. The residence permit is issued within a maximum period of six months from the date of submission of the application to the above mentioned Department or Police Branches.
For the issue of a residence permit for employment the following documents are required
A valid passport or identity card and a photocopy of it with which the EU National entered the Republic
A confirmation of engagement from the employer or a certificate of employment stamped by the Labour Department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance, in which the duration and type of the work provided by the employee is stated and
Two (2) recent passport sized photographs
Completion of the formalities for obtaining a residence permit do not prevent the immediate employment of the applicant.
Nationals of any Member State who are going to provide or accept services in Cyprus, should first secure the relevant professional permit required by relevant Laws of Cyprus before they apply for work and residence permits.
The right of residence for persons providing or receiving services in the Republic is of equal duration to the period during which the services are provided or received. Where the period does not exceed three (3) months, it is required by Law that the person concerned should report his presence to the Civil Registry and Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior, or any District Alien and Immigration Branch of the Police within 8 days from the date of arrival. (Form 2DECL)
The right of Permanent Residence within the Republic is granted to every national of a Member State who has exercised a self-employed activity within the Republic and who:
(a)(i) at the time of termination of his activity, has reached the age laid down by the Law in the Republic for entitlement to old-age pension and
(ii) has been employed in the Republic for at least 12 months and
(iii) has resided in the Republic for at least 3 years.
Where the Cyprus legislation does not provide for eligibility for old age pension for certain categories of self employed persons, the age requirement is considered as fulfilled if the beneficiary has completed 65 years of age;
(b)having resided continuously in the Republic for more than two years, ceases to exercise his activities in the Republic as a result of permanent incapacity to work;
(c)after three years of continuous activity and residence in the Republic, exercises his activity in the territory of another Member State, while retaining his residence in he Republic, to which he returns, as a rule, each day or at least once a week.
Nationals of the Member States entitled to the right of permanent residence are allowed to exercise it within two years from the time of becoming entitled to such right. Permanent Residence Permit shall be issued to them upon request.
More information on the website of the Civil Registry and Migration Department.