We provide a variety of services, providing helpful assistance on Immigration Visas, Temporary Residence Permits, Registration Certificates, Work Permits, and other, more complex and challenging, Immigration Services.

We are responsible for the whole procedure until the immigration application is finished, and everything is processed smoothly.

More specifically, we:

• give advice and prepare required documents

• complete application forms

• book your meeting with Migration Department or the relevant District Units,

• submit the application on your behalf

• attend the meeting with you (if your presence is compulsory)

• follow your application process and keep you updated on its status

• collect your permits or documents on your behalf.

In September 2020, three laws were enacted aiming to achieve more effective management of migration flows aiming to modernize the asylum process.

· The Refugee (Amendment) Law of 2020 gives the Head of the Asylum Service the authority to issue a decision of return or removal or a deportation decree at the same time as issuing a rejection decision on the asylum application, in a single administrative act, as well as to regulate the issue of notification of that decision.

· The Establishment and Functioning of the Administrative Court of International Protection (Amending) Law of 2020, stipulates that an appeal before the Administrative Court of International Protection against a decision of the Head of the Asylum Service (or the Refugee Review Authority) is filed within fifteen days from the date the asylum seeker received notice of their rejection letter.

· The Law on Aliens and Immigration (Amendment) (Amendment) (No. 3) Law of 2020, allows the decision to return and/or expel an asylum seeker to be issued at the same time as the rejection decision on the application for international protection in a single administrative act.

However, the right way to gain both security and safety is through Government Approved Immigration Schemes.

Non-EU workforce is entitled to receive Cyprus residence and work permits under special provisions for Cyprus companies with foreign interests. A company of foreign interests is any company whose shares are held by third-country nationals (at least 50%) and is approved so by the Ministry of Interior.

There are three (3) categories of staff who are entitled to receive Immigration Work Permits under a company of foreign interests; upper management staff, middle management staff, and supporting staff. For each category, there are different criteria to be satisfied in order for the residence permits to be issued. Under this category, applicants can either be third-country nationals who married Cypriot citizens as well as their minor children, third-country nationals who wish to extend their temporary residence permit and have adequate financial resources from abroad, and third-country nationals who wish to obtain their temporary residence permit because they will marry a Cypriot or an EU citizen.

Naturalization based on years of residence is another option. Applicants can be foreign nationals who have completed seven (7) years of legal residence in Cyprus prior to their application. Only if applicants are either children or parents of Cypriot citizens, legal residence time required is five (5) years. In both cases of naturalization due to Cypriot nationality of spouse or children, applicants must have lived legally and continuously in the island for the twelve months preceding the application.

Finally, in order to receive Nationality as a spouse of a Cypriot citizen third-country nationals applying for Nationality acquisition, will have to show that they have completed at least three (3) years of marriage with the Cypriot spouse, out of which two (2) of those years both spouses have been residing in Cyprus. Family members of Cypriot citizens, who are not citizens of an EU Member-State, can be eligible for a Residence Card which must be submitted by their family members within four months from the entry date into Cyprus.

Also, nationals coming from third countries wishing to stay in Cyprus for more than three (3) months, can apply for the Temporary Residence Permit as a Visitor, with no employment rights.

Moreover, anyone who wishes to enter the Republic of Cyprus for ninety (90) days or less and originates from third countries where there are no special treaties signed between their country of origin and Cyprus must apply and obtain a Visa as visitor for either business or pleasure.

There are various categories for Visa applications, such as Airport Transit Visa (category A), Short-stay Visa for 1 to 90 days (Category C), Multiple-entry Visa for up to 5 years (Category C), Visa issued at the border (Category C), Visa Extension (Category C) and Long-Stay Visa (Category D). Keep in mind that having a valid visa does not grant its owner the absolute right of entry to the Republic of Cyprus and applicants will be required to provide specific evidence upon arrival.

Christofi, Meraklis & Co LLC is ready to assist and advise you in relation to any issues related to the immigration procedure in Cyprus and any legal implications. The content of this article is valid as at the date of its first publication. It is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter and does not constitute legal advice. We recommend that you seek professional advice on your specific matter before acting on any information provided.

For further information or advice, please contact Mikaella Awwad, at info@cmllc.eu