The government has recently announced certain changes to the popular permanent residency program which has attracted thousands of investors over the last few years or so. Regulation 6(2) allows a non-EU investor to apply for permanent residency in Cyprus assuming he/she meets certain criteria, the main requirement being an investment to buy a property in Cyprus worth at least €300,000.
The key changes to the program which came into effect on the 24th of March 2021 are the following:
- The program as it was before the amendments took place was
relying on investments to buy a house or flat. The amendments to
the program mean that an investor can now purchase shops, offices,
hotels or other similar properties with a combined value of at
- The program as it previously was only allowed the purchase of
newly constructed properties and resale properties would not
qualify for the program. Under the new program, purchase of resale
properties is acceptable.
- There is now an option for investment that does not relate to
real estate. The amended program now allows an investment worth a
minimum of €300,000 in the share capital of a company
registered in Cyprus and which employs at least 5 people. The
company should have a physical presence in Cyprus. Further,
investments in units of a Cyprus Collective Investment
Organization (type AIF, AIFLNP, RAIF) are also
- The requirement for all investors to have a 3 year fixed term deposit with a local bank has been removed.
These changes are welcome and are expected to render the program even more attractive to non-EU investors who wish to apply for permanent residency in Cyprus.
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