- August 10, 2020
- Posted by: Editor
- Category: Law
Cyprus has been a member state of the European Union (EU) since 2004, which means that the citizens of other EU countries can easily live here under the law of free movement of people. However, the United Kingdom (UK) has decided on leaving the EU and the country is currently undergoing the withdrawal procedure from the EU.
In this situation, it must be noted that relocating to Cyprus as a UK citizen will imply new legal steps, but these will be applied only after 31st of December 2020, which is the date at which the withdrawal period will end, as per the regulations of the Withdrawal Agreement. Our Cyprus immigration lawyers can present the current applicable laws for those who want to move to Cyprus from UK.
How to move to Cyprus from UK until 31st of December 2020
Although the UK is no longer an EU member state from a legal point of view, at the moment, British citizens benefit from the same rights they used to have as EU citizens, given the fact that the new procedures that refer to the movement of persons from the UK to EU and from the EU to the UK are still to be implemented by the authorities of the two entities.
Thus, those who want to move to Cyprus from UK until the end of 2020 can do so following the regulations addressed to EU citizens, which entitles them to the free movement laws. In other words, UK citizens moving to Cyprus will benefit from the same rights the Cypriot citizens have. This means that any British citizen is still entitled to move to Cyprus and work here without obtaining specific documents that are addressed to persons living outside the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA). British persons can also request the issuance of a Cyprus permanent residence permit, if they consider relocating here on a permanent basis.
However, even in this situation, any person living for a period of more than 90 days on the Cypriot territory will have to apply for a Registration Certificate for EU Nationals, which is commonly referred to as the Yellow Slip. British citizens who want to move to Cyprus from UK will have to apply for this document, and this is also necessary in the case of other family members they relocate here with.
The obligation to apply for a Registration Certificate is maintained for all citizens and the foreigner should apply for this document at the Civil Registry and Migration Department working under the Ministry of Interior in Cyprus; our immigration lawyers in Cyprus can present more information on how to apply for a registration certificate.
UK citizens must know that the procedure which grants them the right to move to Cyprus from UK following the EU laws can be extended for a period of one to two years after the end of 2020, as per the regulations of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, which mentions this aspect for the purpose of creating a sustainable transition for all EU and UK citizens.
What are the steps of becoming a resident in Cyprus?
UK citizens can become residents of Cyprus if they spend at least three months on the Cypriot territory. The Cyprus immigration law stipulates that foreigners are also entitled to obtain permanent residency here, to which a person can apply after having lived at least 5 years in this country. Persons planning to move to Cyprus from UK on a permanent basis can also apply for Cypriot citizenship.
Cypriot citizenship can be obtained by foreigners through a process that is known as naturalization, which requires them to live in this country for a period of at least 7 years. Cypriot citizenship can be obtained by persons who make significant investments in the local economy as well, and our Cyprus immigration lawyers can present the process.
Why do British citizens move to Cyprus from UK?
British citizens that relocated from their home country can be found in all the EU member states, as well as in other European countries that are not part of the EU. Some of the common reasons for relocating refer to the quality of life, the cost of living, employment purposes or the decision to relocate for marriage purposes. An important reason is also given by the weather conditions, sunny countries being preferred by Britons. Considering this, we present the following:
• the largest number of British persons relocated to another country is of 284,990 persons, living in Spain;
• Cyprus is among the top 10 European countries where British prefer to relocate;
• currently, more than 70,000 persons decided to move to Cyprus from UK;
• the cost of living can be mentioned as an important reason for this decision – for example, living in Nicosia is 47% cheaper compared to living in London;
• the costs of living in Cyprus are cheaper compared to UK for matters as housing (66% cheaper) or transportation (61% cheaper).
Those interested in relocating to Cyprus can receive more details from our lawyers. You can contact our Cyprus immigration lawyers can offer full legal representation in numerous cases related to the immigration law (Cyprus permanent residence permits, visas, citizenship, relocating with family members, relocating for employment and other relevant matters).