Citizenship & Permanent Residence By investment

Cyprus Investment Programme

Financial Criteria

Α.1 Donation to the Research and Innovation Foundation and the Cyprus Land Development

Α.2 Investment in real estate, land development and infrastructure projects

Α.3 Purchase or Establishment or Participation in Cypriot Companies or Businesses

Α.4 Investment in Alternative Investment Funds or Registered Alternative Investment Funds or financial assets of Cypriot companies or Cypriot organizations that are licensed by Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission

Α.5 Combination of the aforementioned investments: The applicant may proceed with a combination of the above investments, provided that the total investment will amount up to at least €2 million.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Clean Criminal Record: the applicant must have a clean criminal record. Furthermore, his/her name must not be included in the list of persons whose assets, within the boundaries of the European Union, have been frozen as the result of sanctions. Moreover, an applicant whose application for citizenship in any other member-state of the European Union had been rejected, is not eligible to apply for the acquisition of the Cypriot citizenship through the Cyprus Investment Programme.
  1. Schengen Visa: The applicant must hold a valid Schengen visa. Third-Country nationals that do not require an entry visa for travelling in European Union member-states, as well as citizens of European Union Member States are excluded from this obligation. It is noted that all the aforementioned in paragraphs 1 and 2 also apply for the family members of the investor that are eligible to apply for the acquisition of Cypriot citizenship.
  1. Residence in the Republic of Cyprus: In all cases listed in Part A, the applicant must possess a permanent privately-owned residence in the Republic of Cyprus, the purchase price of which must be at least €500.000, plus V.A.T.

Residence Permit in Cyprus: The applicant, prior to his/her naturalization as a Cypriot citizen must hold a residence permit in Cyprus for a period of at least 6 (six) months. If the applicant does not already hold a residence permit, he/she may apply for an immigration permit simultaneously with the application for naturalization. The applicant, prior to his/her naturalization as a Cypriot citizen must hold a residence permit in Cyprus for a period of at least 6 (six) months

Key Factors of CIP

  • The total investment should be minimum of Euro 2 Million
  • Donation to the Research and Innovation Foundation of Euro 75,000 and the Cyprus Land development Corporation Euro 75,000
  • 6 months expected time of examination of the application
  • The applicant must retain the investments for a period of at least  5 years and after that is obliged to keep the ownership of a residential property valued Euro 500,000 ( plus VAT if applicable)
  • The applicant must hold a residence permit  in Cyprus for a period of at least 6 months
  • The Spouse and dependent children up to the age of 28 years old can be included in the application and obtain the Citizenship.
  • Citizenship transferable to all descendants
  • Visa free travel to 172 countries
  • No language test

Overview of CIP

One of the main objectives of the economic policy of the Republic of Cyprus is to further encourage foreign direct investment and to attract high net worth individuals to settle and conduct their business in Cyprus. Key factors that make Cyprus an attractive destination for investment, is the highly specialized human capital, the reliable legislative and regulatory framework, the stable tax system and the safety and stability conditions prevailing in the country. Within this framework and taking into account the strong investor interest, the Government of Cyprus has established and revised the "Cyprus Investment Programme” (Programme) on the basis of subsection (2) of section 111A of the Civil Registry Laws of 2002-2019, with specific incentives, terms and conditions and control procedures in order to prevent abuse. On the basis of the Programme, a non-Cypriot citizen may apply for the acquisition of the Cypriot citizenship through naturalization by exception, if he/she fulfill the financial criteria either personally or through a company/ companies in which he/she participates as a shareholder – in proportion to his/her holding percentage, or through investments done by his/her spouse or jointly with the spouse or even as a high-ranking senior manager of a company/ companies that fulfills the financial criteria.

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Cyprus Permanent Residence-Fast Track

Criteria

  • Submit a title deed or contract of sale for a property valued at least €300,000 (+ VAT). The property must be new. It is not mandatory for an applicant to purchase just one property. 
  • Receipt that the purchase is made from funds received from sources outside Cyprus
  • Receipt of annual income of at least €30,000 from sources outside Cyprus. 
  • Receipt of additional annual income of €5,000 a year for each dependent and €8,000 for each parent of the main applicant or spouse, if they are included in the application
  • Deposit at least €30,000 into a Cypriot bank for a minimum fixed three-year period
  • Clean criminal record certificate issued by the police authority of their country of residence
  • Declare their intention not to be employed in Cyprus – PR holders are however permitted to own Cyprus companies and receive dividends
  • Visit Cyprus within one year of the grant of the PR

Key Factors of Cyprus PR

  • The maximum period for granting PR under the simplified procedure is two months. PR status does not impose any restrictions to the period of stay in Cyprus. The only exception is that a holder must visit Cyprus at least once every two years to maintain PR and are free to enter and live in Cyprus without the need to obtain a visa.
  • Actual residence in Cyprus may lead to eligibility for Cyprus citizenship by naturalization, currently after seven years of staying in Cyprus within 10 calendar years.
  • PR can be granted not just to the main applicant but also to the following relatives of the applicant. Applicant’s spouse – Applicant must provide proof of an additional €5,000 in secure annual income and a separate PR application should be submitted for the dependent spouse
  • Dependent minor children up to 18 years old of the main applicant and his/her spouse can be added as dependents in both parents’ applications upon payment of the relevant fee. Applicant must provide proof of an additional €5,000 in secure annual income for each dependent minor child
  • Financially dependent children from 18 to 25 years old who are unmarried students can be added as dependents in both parents’ PR applications. Applicant must provide proof of an additional €5,000 in secure annual income for each financially dependent child
  • The parents of the main applicant and his/her spouse. The applicant must prove additional income of at least €8,000 for each dependent parent or parent-in-law. A separate PR application should be submitted for each dependent parent or parent-in-law
  • Additional PRs may also be granted to non-financially dependent children of the applicant over the age of 18, but this will require the applicant to invest in additional real estate with a market value of at least €300,000 (+VAT) per child.

Cyprus at a Glance

Attractive Tax System

Cyprus has a simple and transparent tax system with one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the EU and multiple exemptions for both corporate and individuals.

The main characteristics of the Cyprus tax system are outlined below:
  • Low corporate income tax rate of 12.5%
  • EU & OECD Compliant
  • Access to EU directives (e.g. Parent-Subsidiary)
  • Extensive double tax treaty network with over 60 countries
  • Dividend participation exemption (subject to conditions)
  • Exemption from tax on gains from the disposal of securities (e.g. shares, bonds)
  • Notional interest deduction on equity applies to all taxpayers and all business activities
  • No withholding taxes on interest and dividends
  • No taxation of capital gains (except for disposal of real estate in Cyprus or shares of company holding real estate in Cyprus)
  • No succession taxes
  • No Controlled Foreign Company (CFC) rules
  • Tax neutrality on foreign exchange differences unless they arise from trading in currencies or currency derivatives
  • Foreign tax relief on income subject to both Cypriot and overseas tax
  • Exemption on profits of foreign permanent establishments (subject to conditions)
  • Company reorganization rules based on the EU Mergers Directive allow for tax-neutral group restructuring 
  • Attractive Intellectual Property regime in line with “modified nexus approach” (OECD Action 5)
  • No exit tax rules 
  • 50% exemption on employment income exceeding €100,000 per annum for non-residents taking up employment in Cyprus
  • No tax on dividends, interest and rental income of non-domiciled individuals

Modern Legal Framework

Our country’s competitive advantages are significantly enriched by a robust and transparent legal and regulatory framework and an attractive tax regime, which offers a wide range of incentives and advantages both for legal and natural persons.

Cyprus’ legal system, based on English Common Law principles, is widely recognized as a business-friendly and effective system that ensures transparency and reliability in business practices. Offering foreign businesses a familiar and reliable framework within which to operate, Cyprus’ legal system is also fully compliant with the EU, the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), OECD, FATCA, the Financial Stability Forum laws and regulations and EU AML directives.

The very core script of the Cyprus Companies Law (CAP. 113) is a replica of the UK Companies Law. However, it is important to note that since its adoption several decades ago, the Law was, and still is, a subject of numerous amendments in the effort of the government to implement all the reforms necessary in order to remain competitive.The Companies Law, as all other legislation in the Republic of Cyprus, is fully compliant with EU Directives and Regulations. As such, any physical person, both from the EU or a third country, who registers his or her company in Cyprus, can engage in business activities without any restrictions.

Cyprus Overview

Cyprus, with an area of 9,251 km² and coordinates at 35°N and 33°E, lies at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia at the crux of the busy shipping and air routes linking the three continents.
 
Cyprus has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with year-round sunshine. Stunning coastlines, golden sandy beaches and clear blue waters, coexist in harmony with glorious mountains of wild natural beauty and peaceful, picturesque villages. Cyprus’ famous beaches have been awarded with 57 Blue Flags in 2015, ranking the island first in the EU for the tenth consecutive year, including three records:
  • most Blue Flags per capita in the world
  • most dense concentration of Blue Flag Beaches
  • most Blue Flag beaches per coastline

Cypriots are known worldwide for their genuine and sincere hospitality and friendliness. Like Cypriot culture, Cypriot cuisine is an amalgamation of different influences from Greece, the Mediterranean region and the island’s previous conquerors.

Quality of Life

High quality of life is without a doubt one of Cyprus’ most attractive attributes. Indicatively, the island was ranked as the 5th best relocation destination worldwide by the 2013 Knight Frank Global Lifestyle Review, while Limassol, the second biggest city in Cyprus has been ranked 4th best retirement destination globally by the 2016 Knight Frank Global Lifestyle Review.

Safety

Besides its natural beauty, Cyprus offers a highly valued safe environment, with low stress levels and crime rates, ideal for a peaceful family life. Acknowledging the island’s safety and security standards, ValuePenguin has ranked Cyprus 5th worldwide and 1st among smaller Countries in its Safest Countries in the World study for 2015 and ranked 5th safest country for 2020 by Insurly