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As part of the Government’s strategy to attract businesses for business or/and expansion of their business in Cyprus, on October 15, 2021, the Council of Ministers approved the implementation of a Digital Nomad program in Cyprus. Cyprus for issuing 100 temporary residence permits, subsequently increased to 500 in March 2022.
The Visa Program for Digital Nomads in Cyprus
The “Cyprus Digital Nomad Visa” scheme allows non-EU and non-EEA nationals to reside temporarily in the Republic of Cyprus, provided that they can carry out work using telecommunications technology for businesses or clients registered in the Republic of Cyprus. abroad for whom they can work independently of location, or are self-employed providing remote services for clients located abroad and can demonstrate stable and sufficient net monthly income of at least EUR 3,500.
Eligibility for the visa regime
People who can benefit from this scheme are third-country nationals who can carry out work remotely using telecommunications technology, employed in a company registered abroad for which they can work regardless of location, or are workers freelancers offering remote services for clients located abroad and can demonstrate stable and sufficient net monthly income of at least EUR 3,500.
Holders of a Digital Nomad residence permit will benefit from a right of residence in the Republic for 1 year, with the possibility of renewal for 2 additional years and a right of residence for family members, for the same duration as the Digital Nomad, without the right to be employed or engage in economic activity in Cyprus.
Holders of this permit may also be considered tax residents of Cyprus, provided they reside in the Republic for one or more periods exceeding a total of 183 days in the same tax year and are not considered as tax residents by any other state.
Family members (of a Digital Nomad permit holder may reside in Cyprus for the same period as the Digital Nomad, provided that a temporary residence permit is obtained, without the right to be employed or exercise an economic activity in the Republic.
Depending on the program, family members of a digital nomad include spouse or civil union partner and minor children.
The Procedure for Obtaining a Cyprus Digital Nomad Visa
The application for acquiring a Cypriot digital nomad visa must be submitted to the Department of Civil Status and Migration in Nicosia within 3 months of the applicant’s arrival in the Republic.
People who legally reside in the Republic under a different status can also apply to obtain a temporary residence permit as a digital nomad, at the Department of Civil Status and Migration at Nicosia.
For the issuance of a Digital Nomad residence permit, the applicant must go to the Department of Migration in Nicosia or to the district unit of the Aliens and Immigration Service of the police in the district of his residence to provide his biometric characteristics (fingerprints and photographs) and signature.
Cyprus Digital Nomad Visa Review Period and Validity
The examination period for this permit lasts approximately 5 to 7 weeks and the fee for issuing or renewing a temporary residence permit is €70. There is also a tax of €70 for registration in the foreigners’ register (applicable only in the case of first registration).
The temporary residence permit as a Digital Nomad is valid for 1 year and can be renewed with a validity of up to 2 years.
Applications for renewal of this permit must be submitted to the Department of Civil Status and Migration in Nicosia, at least 1 month before the expiry of the temporary residence permit.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide on the subject. Specialist advice should be sought regarding your particular situation.
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