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Republic of Cyprus
Consular Services

If you are not a holder of a Cypriot passport, you will need a work permit in order to work in Cyprus. The present policy regarding foreign nationals who wish to take up employment in Cyprus is that an employment permit is granted only on a temporary basis and for a specified position provided that no suitably qualified Cypriot citizens are available. Please note that this action must take place while foreign nationals are outside Cyprus, (except in cases of EU nationals). 

Foreign national seeking employment in Cyprus must secure through personal efforts a local employer who should submit an application to the Migration Officer, Ministry of the Interior, Lefkosia (Nicosia) (see address below), which is the competent authority for the issue of such permits. The Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance acts as an advisor to the Migration Officer as regards the situation in the labour market and the compliance by the above-mentioned employer of the criteria governing the employment of aliens. 

Manpower recruitment is made directly by the employers or through intermediaries; therefore you have to make your own direct contacts with interested employers, intermediaries or employers' organisations.


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Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus in Pretoria