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Acquiring Cypriot citizenship

Postby Tim Drayton » Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:21 am

This is something that those British citizens who live here and need to earn their living will have to consider if the UK leaves the European Union and they wish to stay here - or can see no other good option. It might thus be useful to start gathering some information about this. The only information I have been able to find is that you are entitled to apply for citizenship through naturalisation after seven years' residence and you must have a valid residence permit at the time you apply. Does anybody know more about what is entailed, how long the process takes and what the chances of being granted citizenship are? Does anybody know of anyone who has applied and what their experiences were?
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Re: Acquiring Cypriot citizenship

Postby RichardB » Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:07 am

Tim Drayton wrote:This is something that those British citizens who live here and need to earn their living will have to consider if the UK leaves the European Union and they wish to stay here - or can see no other good option. It might thus be useful to start gathering some information about this. The only information I have been able to find is that you are entitled to apply for citizenship through naturalisation after seven years' residence and you must have a valid residence permit at the time you apply. Does anybody know more about what is entailed, how long the process takes and what the chances of being granted citizenship are? Does anybody know of anyone who has applied and what their experiences were?


CBBB Is the only one I know , He should be able to give you the info you need.
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Re: Acquiring Cypriot citizenship

Postby CBBB » Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:47 am

The information and form you need can be found here http://www.moi.gov.cy/moi/crmd/crmd.nsf ... enDocument

They have put up the price a bit, I only paid CY£110, and it is now €500!

After applying it took around 2 years to come through, but I had a bit of 'meson', a third country national (non-EU) I know has been waiting for about 5 years, I think it is faster than that for EU citizens.

There wasn't too much hassle, and it is worthwhile keeping a note of the name and phone number of all the people you deal with during the process so you can call them for updates, they were always quite helpful.

If you have done any translation work for the Government here, you should canvas the people you dealt with to see if they can help.
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Re: Acquiring Cypriot citizenship

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:57 am

Tim, why don't you just marry a Cypriot? :)

(That's what those two above did and they are sooooo happy and fulfilled! :D )
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Re: Acquiring Cypriot citizenship

Postby Tim Drayton » Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:01 am

Thanks for the info. I am only looking into it as an option at the moment, but since one of the conditions is that you must have a valid residence permit when you apply, that will have to be while my EU yellow slip is still valid.
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Re: Acquiring Cypriot citizenship

Postby Jerry » Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:20 am

Tim Drayton wrote:Thanks for the info. I am only looking into it as an option at the moment, but since one of the conditions is that you must have a valid residence permit when you apply, that will have to be while my EU yellow slip is still valid.


Sounds like you have just had a proposal Tim. :D

I was offered Cypriot citizenship many years ago, my Dad told me to decline, he said they would probably make me serve in the National Guard. :(
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Re: Acquiring Cypriot citizenship

Postby Tim Drayton » Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:30 am

Jerry wrote:
Tim Drayton wrote:Thanks for the info. I am only looking into it as an option at the moment, but since one of the conditions is that you must have a valid residence permit when you apply, that will have to be while my EU yellow slip is still valid.


Sounds like you have just had a proposal Tim. :D

I was offered Cypriot citizenship many years ago, my Dad told me to decline, he said they would probably make me serve in the National Guard. :(


Funnily enough, I was talking yesterday about this very matter to a London-born second generation Cypriot who now runs a business in Limassol . It seems he has done his full time in the National Guard, but even so certain restrictions apply to him as a 'Charlie' (e.g. he can't inherit his dad's land) - I think it has to do with him keeping his British citizenship as well. It seems pretty unfair.
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Re: Acquiring Cypriot citizenship

Postby CBBB » Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:54 am

Jerry wrote:
Tim Drayton wrote:Thanks for the info. I am only looking into it as an option at the moment, but since one of the conditions is that you must have a valid residence permit when you apply, that will have to be while my EU yellow slip is still valid.


Sounds like you have just had a proposal Tim. :D

I was offered Cypriot citizenship many years ago, my Dad told me to decline, he said they would probably make me serve in the National Guard. :(


You don't have to have Cypriot citizenship to serve in the NG, many kids have served without it, I know quite a few cases.
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Re: Acquiring Cypriot citizenship

Postby CBBB » Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:56 am

Tim Drayton wrote:
Jerry wrote:
Tim Drayton wrote:Thanks for the info. I am only looking into it as an option at the moment, but since one of the conditions is that you must have a valid residence permit when you apply, that will have to be while my EU yellow slip is still valid.


Sounds like you have just had a proposal Tim. :D

I was offered Cypriot citizenship many years ago, my Dad told me to decline, he said they would probably make me serve in the National Guard. :(


Funnily enough, I was talking yesterday about this very matter to a London-born second generation Cypriot who now runs a business in Limassol . It seems he has done his full time in the National Guard, but even so certain restrictions apply to him as a 'Charlie' (e.g. he can't inherit his dad's land) - I think it has to do with him keeping his British citizenship as well. It seems pretty unfair.


I would suggest he should check on that, because I am certain that is not the case.
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Re: Acquiring Cypriot citizenship

Postby Sotos » Tue Apr 05, 2016 2:17 pm

CBBB wrote:
Tim Drayton wrote:
Jerry wrote:
Tim Drayton wrote:Thanks for the info. I am only looking into it as an option at the moment, but since one of the conditions is that you must have a valid residence permit when you apply, that will have to be while my EU yellow slip is still valid.


Sounds like you have just had a proposal Tim. :D

I was offered Cypriot citizenship many years ago, my Dad told me to decline, he said they would probably make me serve in the National Guard. :(


Funnily enough, I was talking yesterday about this very matter to a London-born second generation Cypriot who now runs a business in Limassol . It seems he has done his full time in the National Guard, but even so certain restrictions apply to him as a 'Charlie' (e.g. he can't inherit his dad's land) - I think it has to do with him keeping his British citizenship as well. It seems pretty unfair.


I would suggest he should check on that, because I am certain that is not the case.


I agree... he should be able to inherit from his father! I know several people that got the citizenship... it took several years. If there is Brexit I am sure there will be an arrangement for the British people living in EU and EU people living in the UK. Maybe just a bit more paperwork and a bit more delays (no more "EU citizens" fast lanes) but I don't think that you will be required to leave from Cyprus if UK exits the EU.
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