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Can foreign nationals take up employment in Cyprus and how?




Foreign nationals (from non-EU countries) may be employed in Cyprus provided they can first find a local employer who is willing to employ them. The employer is then obliged to collect all necessary documentation and submit the required applications to the various Government departments in order to have a work permit issued for the foreign national he/she wishes to employ. If the employer is successful, the foreign national will hold a work permit for the specific job and for a limited period of time (please note that work permits are not general and are not valid indefinitely). Recruitment is therefore made directly by the employers or through agents; you have to make your own direct contacts with interested employers, intermediaries or employers' organizations if you wish to take up employment in Cyprus. Citizens of third countries need a work permit to work in Cyprus. The process for the issue of such a permit is undertaken by the Cypriot employer before the arrival of the interested person in Cyprus. The recruitment of human resources is handled directly by the employers or intermediaries

Citizens of the EU may work in Cyprus without a particular work permit. However, for their registration to the Social Insurance they need to provide a registration certificate of European citizenship in order to obtain a post. For qualified professions regulated by the legislation (doctor, lawyer, engineer etc) it’s required to obtain a profession practicing permit, also required for Cypriot citizens, which can be issued by the relevant professional association.

For more information you may contact the Work Department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance (www.mlsi.gov.cy/dl), the Civil Registry and Migration Department of the Ministry of Interior (http://moi.gov.cy, migration@crmd.moi.gov.cy) and the Employers & Industrialists Federation (http://www.oeb-eif.org, info@oeb.org.cy). The Civil Registry and Migration Department Ministry of the Interior 1457 Lefkosia (Nicosia) Cyprus. Tel: +35722804502 – Fax: +35722804587 – Email: migration@crmd.moi.gov.cy

Here are the addresses of the main employers’ organisations, which you may wish to contact: Cyprus Employers & Industrialists Federation (OEB) Central Office Address: 30, Grivas Dhigenis Avenue, P.O. Box 21657, 1511 Nicosia, Cyprus - Telephone:+357 - 22 66 51 02. Fax:+ 357-22669459 E-mail:info@oeb.org.cy Website: http://www.oeb-eif.org /Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry 38, Grivas Dhigenis Ave. & 3 Deligiorgis Str., P.O.Box 21455 1509 Nicosia,Cyprus Email:chamber@ccci.org.cy Tel:+357 22889800 - Fax: +357 22669048 - Website: www.ccci.org.cy /Cyprus Hotel Keepers Association 12, A. Araouzos Street, Hesperides Building P.O.Box 24772 1303 NICOSIA – CYPRUS Tel:+357-22452820 fax: +357-22375460 Email: cha@cyprushotelsassociation.org Cyprus Website: www.cyprushotelassociation.org


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