Cyprus Overview

Cyprus, with its warm and stable climate and convenient geographical position, is considered an attractive place for both business and residence. The investment landscape in Cyprus is beneficial due to the island’s well-qualified labour force and a reliable transport and telecommunications system.

Cyprus has a modern, free-market, service-based economy, where in conjunction with its effective and transparent regulatory and legal framework, it offers international investors and businesses confidence to invest, grow and prosper. Cyprus was ranked number 53 out of 190 countries on the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Index 2018. A number of new measures have been put into place designed to reboot the economy in the wake of the massive and difficult restructuring of the country’s banking sector, which aim, among other things, at helping stimulate economic growth.

Residence in Cyprus

The fast-track (Category F) permanent residence permit has been introduced by a Council of Minister's decision in May 2013. This procedure (based on the provisions of Regulation 6(2) of the Aliens and Immigration Regulations), enables the granting of a permanent residence permit to foreigners who intend to invest in the Republic provided that the following requirements are met: (i) residential or other property with minimum market value of EUR 300,000 purchased in Cyprus; (ii) secured annual income from abroad and from sources other than employment in Cyprus; (iii) funds transferred from abroad and deposited in a Cyprus Bank in a three year Fixed Deposit Account. The residence permit holder must visit Cyprus at least once every two years to maintain his status.

Cyprus Investment Programme

On the basis of the program a non-Cypriot citizen who meets one of the economic criteria, either personally or through a company/companies, may apply for the acquisition of the Cypriot citizenship through the Cyprus Investment Programme by exception.

Further Information

Henley & Partners assist international clients in obtaining residence and citizenship under the respective programs. Please contact us for more information or to arrange for an initial personal consultation.

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