|The Consular Section of the Cyprus High Commission in Canberra provides consular assistance and services to overseas Cypriots, which include citizen registration, identification documents and passport related matters, emergency travel documents, legalization of documents, etc. The Consulate also issues visas to foreign nationals who wish to visit Cyprus and offers a range of other services and information on Cyprus. |
For more information please contact us at:
Cyprus High Commission
30 Beale Crescent
Deakin ACT 2600
Tel: +61 2 6281 0832
Fax: +61 2 6281 0860
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WORKING HOLIDAY AGREEMENT BETWEEN CYPRUS AND AUSTRALIA
On the 25th of June 2002, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Government of Australia and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus, relating to working holiday visas. This Memorandum provides that from 1st July 2002 the Parties will issue multiple entry visas for working holidays for a period not exceeding nine (9) months within a year, to persons who satisfy each of the following requirements:
● In the case of applications by Cypriot citizens for visas to Australia, these must be Cypriot citizens who reside in Cyprus and in the case of applications by Australians for visas to Cyprus these must be Australian citizens who reside in Australia;
● The primary purpose must be to holiday in Australia or Cyprus, as the case may be, for a specified period;
● Applicants must be between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years inclusive at the time of application for the visa;
● Only persons not accompanied by dependent children may apply;
● Applicants may have not previously taken part in the working holiday scheme;
● Applicants must possess a valid passport and a return travel ticket or sufficient funds with which to purchase such a ticket;
● Applicants must possess reasonable funds for their maintenance during the period of initial stay in Australia or Cyprus as the case may be; and
● Applicants must have good health and a sound background.
For further information please click here. Interested eligible candidates should contact the Consular Department of the High Commission for applications and related fees.
CONSULAR ASSISTANCE AND PROTECTION
APLLYING FOR CYPRIOT CITIZENSHIP
|Ιn accordance with the provisions of the Law relating to National Guard, military service is compulsory for all male citizens of the Republic of Cyprus who reside in the territory of the Republic, including persons who are not Cypriot citizens but are of Cypriot descent (from either side of parents) and thus are eligible to acquire the Cypriot citizenship. The obligation commences in the year the person becomes 18 and continues to the year of his 45th birthday. Reserve military service extends up to the year of the 50th birthday.|
Persons exempted from military service include those who live permanently abroad, for as long as they continue to reside outside Cyprus. However, regardless of the permanent residency abroad condition, when visiting Cyprus, persons between the ages of 16 and 26 (both inclusive) are required to present on departure from the country a special Exit permit. These permits are for a single use and are issued by any Army Enlistment Office under the Ministry of Defence or by the Citizen Service Centres in the District of Famagusta and in Polis Chrysohou. For the Exit permit to be issued, it is required to present a certificate of “Permanent residence abroad” issued by a Consular Authority of Cyprus abroad, together with the passport and the return ticket. The same requirements apply for persons (permanent residents abroad) between the ages of 27 and 45 (both inclusive) who stay in the Republic for a period exceeding three (3) months.
The certificate of “Permanent residence abroad” has a validity of one year. For the High Commission to issue this certificate, it is required to submit (by post) the following documents:
1. Photocopy of the main page of current passport;
2. Photocopy of birth certificate;
3.Photocopy of document that proves your Cypriot ancestry, i.e. Cypriot passport, Citizenship, Identity
card, or any related parents’ documents;
4. A “Record of International Movements” to and from Australia (for at least twelve years)for the applicant and
his parents, which can be obtained from the Australian Department of Immigration and Border protection;
5. Any document that can prove residential address in Australia;
6. Any of the following documents, where applicable:
· If working for a company or organization: A certificate from the employer stating the period of employment;
· If self employed: A letter from the Accountant, Banker or Solicitor stating the facts;
· If a student: A relevant letter from the educational institute stating the facts;
· If unemployed: Proof of receipt of unemployment or supplementary benefit.
7. Bank cheque or money order payable to the Cyprus High Commission for the exact amount of AU$..... (€8.54), only for .... 2017 (personal cheques are not accepted);
8. One self addressed prepaid envelope.
Please be informed that, due to the fluctuations in the exchange rate between the Euro and the Australian dollar, the fees for the certificate of “Permanent residence abroad” might be subject to change every month. For this reason, if you delay submitting your application beyond the end of this month, please call the High Commission to confirm the exact amount of the related fees.
Please also note that persons between the ages of 18 and 26 are eligible to additionally apply for a “Certificate of Exemption from Military Service for Permanent Residents Abroad”. This Certificate is issued by the Ministry of Defence and, contrary to the Exit permit, it can be used for an indefinite period, until the permanent residency abroad condition ceases to apply. However, where the duration of stay is greater than 3 months, a special Exit permit by the Ministry of Defence will be required. For the issuance of a “Certificate of Exemption from Military Service for Permanent Residents Abroad”, the enclosed application form must be submitted, together with the above required documentation. There is no additional fee, apart from the fee for the certificate of “Permanent residence abroad”.
Applications for “Certificate of Exemption from Military Service for Permanent Residents Abroad” that are submitted without the above documents will not be considered complete by the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Cyprus. This certificate is posted directly by the Ministry of Defence to the address stated on the application. Hence, the Cyprus High Commission is not in a position to control the required time for its issuance. However, in case that the “Certificate of Exemption from Military Service for Permanent Residents Abroad” does not reach the applicant on time, the certificate of “Permanent residence abroad”, which is posted by the High Commission, can be used in Cyprus for the issuance of a single Exit permit, as described above.
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