The criteria for issuing temporary residence and work permits to non-EU nationals, via a Cyprus Employment Visa, have been revised by the Republic of Cyprus to aid the efforts achieving the cause of making Cyprus a high-growth business centre.
Non-EU nationals can now apply to the Cyprus Migration department for a Cyprus Employment Visa which will grant them a temporary work permit via their employment in a Cyprus Company of Foreign Interests.
The proposed amendment of naturalization (obtaining citizenship) rules will also allow a foreign employee to apply for naturalization after 5 years of work and residence in Cyprus.
Successful applicants can also exercise their right to family reunification, whereby, their family members (spouse and minor children) who are also non-EU nationals, can also enter and reside in Cyprus with a temporary residence permit. The spouse of a foreign employee has immediate and free access to the labour market, with remunerated employment in Cyprus.