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Postby francoamerican » Sun May 31, 2015 8:03 am

Hello folks,
I am an american who has been retired in asia for ten years and I am now hoping to move to more congenial, less congested Cyprus. will my situation with obtaining a residency permit be much different from that of EU residents ? I cannot find much information about americans in Cyprus - are they so rare ?
I have a ticket to arrive in early July, planning to find a long term rental in Polis area, is that realistic ?
Any advice will be much appreciated.
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Re: american emigrant

Postby B25 » Sun May 31, 2015 3:27 pm

francoamerican wrote:Hello folks,
I am an american who has been retired in asia for ten years and I am now hoping to move to more congenial, less congested Cyprus. will my situation with obtaining a residency permit be much different from that of EU residents ? I cannot find much information about americans in Cyprus - are they so rare ?
I have a ticket to arrive in early July, planning to find a long term rental in Polis area, is that realistic ?
Any advice will be much appreciated.

Unless you have an EU pasort you will need a visa to enter, then renewals before you can apply for any form of permanent residency.
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Re: american emigrant

Postby Sotos » Sun May 31, 2015 3:33 pm

Read this: http://www.cyprusembassy.net/home/index ... ge&cid=109 For American passport holders no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days. I assume you can come and arrange the paperwork for long-term residency while you are here. Alternatively you could contact the Cyprus Embassy at your country of residence. Finding an apartment is not an issue. Just give yourself a bit of time so you can find what you want. So maybe arrange for a short term rental for a month or so first.
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Re: american emigrant

Postby Cap » Sun May 31, 2015 4:56 pm

I cannot find much information about americans in Cyprus - are they so rare ?


There's a fella from Kentucky in Limassol called Clint Darden.
Has made quite a name for himself in Limassol.
He's also coaching and training the CY youth powerlifting I believe.
Great guy from all accounts.

PM him.
https://www.facebook.com/clint.darden?hc_location=ufi
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Re: american emigrant

Postby B25 » Sun May 31, 2015 6:07 pm

Sotos wrote:Read this: http://www.cyprusembassy.net/home/index ... ge&cid=109 For American passport holders no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.


I find that quite strange since a GC needs a Visa to goto the US. In fact you have to have an interview at the US embassy for it.
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Re: american emigrant

Postby Lordo » Sun May 31, 2015 10:09 pm

B25 wrote:
Sotos wrote:Read this: http://www.cyprusembassy.net/home/index ... ge&cid=109 For American passport holders no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.


I find that quite strange since a GC needs a Visa to goto the US. In fact you have to have an interview at the US embassy for it.

did you think that you would have equal status with the usa and they would treat your residents the same way you threat theirs.
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Re: american emigrant

Postby miltiades » Mon Jun 01, 2015 7:00 am

You have made a good choice,Polis is a wonderful and friendly town to live in. I wish you the very best ,once you follow entry requirements you will obtain a visa
Best of luck !
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Re: american emigrant

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:03 am

Yes, Polis is the sanest part of Cyprus. :D Great beaches (not too crowded), safe swimming, freshest agricultural produce, fantastic treks and the right number of bars/cafes/restaurants. Quite a few English-speaking people live there but there are no huge pockets like in some of the villages immediately bordering the town of Paphos. You can hear the odd American ordering something or other around the place. Yes, good choice! :D
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Re: american emigrant

Postby Tim Drayton » Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:24 am

I am afraid that the rules are very different for non-EU nationals who do not benefit from the right of free movement in the European Union. You really need to get expert advice, but the various categories conferring the right to obtain a residence permit for Cyprus are listed here:

http://www.cyprusvisa.eu/cyprus-residen ... ments.html

I think you will find that basically a single person has to show that they have an annual income of at least €9,568.17 from outside Cyprus to be able to get a residence permit, and you will not be permitted to work or run a business here.

If you are retired, your pension is more than the above amount and you do not want to work in Cyprus, I do not think you would have any trouble getting permanent residence.
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Re: american emigrant

Postby Lordo » Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:31 am

no wonder the population is ageing in cyprus. soon there will be nobody working.
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