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Permanent Residency (Normal-track option)

If you wish to obtain permanent residency in Cyprus and you are willing to invest in the country, you may apply for a permanent residence permit (Category F) through the standard procedure. This scheme leads you to permanent residence in 1 year.

To be eligible, you must purchase or rent a property in Cyprus. This do not guarantee the application approval. If the financial commitment is higher, it will be looked favorably by the Civil Registry and Migration Department in Cyprus. Usually, a property purchased for €150,000 will fulfill this requirement.

The property purchased must be for residential purposes and cannot be rented out.

In addition, you must have an annual income derived from non-Cypriot-sources of not less than €10,000, plus €5,000 for each dependent. Additional income may be required at the discretion of the Civil Registry and Migration Department.

If you obtain permanent residency under this program, you will not be allowed to work in Cyprus, but you can be the owner of a Cypriot company and receive dividends.

To maintain the permanent residency, you must visit the country at least once every two years. Otherwise, your permit may be cancelled.

After 7 years of legal residency, you may be eligible for citizenship. You may be required to prove some ties to the country such as a place of abode and have been a Cypriot tax resident.

Requirements


- Title deed or contract of sale/rent (submitted to the Department of Lands and Surveys) for a property purchased/rented in Cyprus.
- Proof that you have at your disposal the minimum annual income required accrued from overseas.
- Clean criminal record certificate issued by the Authorities of their country of origin.
- Statement confirming that you will not be working as an employee in Cyprus.

Restricted Nationalities


European Economic Area

dual citizenship


Dual citizenship is recognized in Cyprus. You are not required to renounce your previous nationality to become a citizen of Cyprus.


Documents Required


  • Proof of Payment of Real Estate
  • Title Deeds or Proof of Registration of Real Estate
  • Bank confirmation letter regarding deposit
  • Original and photocopy of passport
  • Bank Statement
  • Statement of Source of Income
  • Proof of occupation
  • Evidence of Residential Address
  • Original Bank Reference Letter (Not older than 6 month)
  • Evidence of Health Insurance
  • Original Police Clearance Certificate
  • Two passport-size photos
  • Original or Certified copy of Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Original or Certified copy of Birth Certificate (if applicable)
  • dual citizenship Yes
  • Family members included Yes
  • land ownership Yes
  • Physical residence required No
  • Personal visit required No
  • Language skills required No
  • Interview required No
  • Investment Single €150,000
  • Investment Family 4 €150,000
  • Minimum annual income €10,000
  • Time to citizenship 96
  • Time to permanent residency 12
  • Visa-free countries 158
  • Financing available No

Fees

processing fees main applicant €5,000
processing fees spouse €5,000
processing fees dependents -18 €5,000
processing fees dependents 18-25 €5,000

Country details

Cyprus
EUR
357
Nicosia
Europe
Greek Turkish
1102677
Cyprus is a former UK colony and currently a Member State of the European Union. It is located in the island of the same name, in the Mediterranean Sea, 113 km south of Turkey, 120 km west of Syria, and 150 km east of the Greek island of Kastellorizo. It has about 1.2 million people and its capital and financial hub is Nicosia. Its official languages are Greek and Turkish, although English is widely spoken. Since 2008, its official currency is the Euro (EUR).

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Taxes

Becoming a Cypriot citizen does not make you liable to any kind of taxes. To be a Cypriot tax resident you must spend more than 183 days in a year in the country.

Tax residents in Cyprus are subject to personal income tax on their worldwide income. Rates are progressive up to 35% for annual income in excess of €60,000. Capital gains, other than those relating to Cyprus-located immovable property are tax-exempt. Rental income is subject to tax at standard rates, although 20% of the gross rental income for rental of buildings is tax exempt.

Dividend and interest income are not subject to personal income tax, although individuals both residents and domiciled in Cyprus for tax purposes are subject to the Special Defence Contribution (SDC), which taxes dividends at a flat rate of 17% and interest at 30%. SDC also taxes rental income at an effective 2.25% tax rate.

Profits from disposals of shares, bonds, debentures, founders’ shares, and other titles of companies or other legal persons incorporated in Cyprus or abroad and options thereon, are unconditionally exempt from income tax.

Capital Gains accrued by individuals on the disposal of immovable property are subject to a capital gains tax of 20%. A minimum exempted applies to capital gains from the disposal of private residence, agricultural land by a farmer, gifts between spouses, children and third degree relatives, family companies, gifts to charities, exchange of properties, among others. Capital Gains from the disposal of shares in companies that own Cyprus-situated immovable property, when at least 50% of market value of the shares derives from immovable property, are subject to capital gains tax.

There are no Controlled Foreign Companies (CFC) provisions in Cyprus, which means that profits retained in foreign companies owned by tax-residents may not be subject to taxation.

The standard VAT rate in Cyprus is 19%. Reduced rates of 9% and 5% applies to certain goods and services.

There are no net wealth, inheritance and estate duties in Cyprus. There is a stamp duty on all documents related to property.

On corporate taxation, Cyprus has one of the lowest tax rates in the European Union. Resident companies are taxed on their worldwide income at a corporate tax rate of 12.5%.

Dividends received are usually not subject to taxation. Capital Gains derived from the sales of shares are tax-exempt, those from immovable property may be taxed at a 20% rate.

In addition, under the intellectual property (IP) regime, 80% of the net profit for the exploitation of intellectual property may be tax-exempt.

There are no withholding taxes in Cyprus on payments on dividends and interests.

Due to this favorable tax regime, Cyprus is the gateway to the European common market chosen by many non-EU companies and a portal for investment from the West into Russia, Middle-east, Asia and South America. Learn more about Cyprus corporate taxation, legal framework and tax treaties at incorporations.io/Cyprus.

This should not be construed as tax advice. Flag Theory | Passports.IO has access to a global network of qualified attorneys and accountants who can give you the proper advice for your particular circumstances. Contact us for further information.

  • Property tax No
  • Transfer tax Yes
  • Inheritance tax No
  • Net worth tax No
  • CFC law No
  • Tax residency days 183
  • Personal income tax rate 35%
  • Capital Gains tax rate 20%
  • Investment income tax rate 0%
  • Territorial taxation No

Procedures

Flag Theory | Passports.IO and our attorneys in Cyprus, will guide you through each step of the process to ensure that it is as fast, efficient, pain free as possible.

If required, we will provide you access to our network of developers and real estate agents in Cyprus, in order to find the property that best suits your needs. We may introduce you to Cypriot banks to open a bank account to transfer the required monthly income.

Once you have purchased/leased the property, we will prepare all the documentation required to apply for the permanent residency.

We will send you the application forms, and provide assistance to complete the questionnaires. After that, we will submit it to the Civil Registry and Migration Department.

The application should be processed in a maximum period of 1 year. After your application is approved, you must visit Cyprus within one year to provide your biometric features and obtain the residence permit.

For further information on Cyprus permanent residency, contact us for a free private consultation.

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