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Last updated: February 15, 2024
The Golden Visa Program in Cyprus is a Permanent Residence program, making it an attractive option for non-EU inventors looking for a secure long-term residence with a pathway to citizenship after five years.
At Global Residence Index, we provide our clients with exceptional hands-on investment migration services. With over a decade of experience, the company consistently provides solutions to all things relating to the investment migration industry.
There were a few changes in 2023, and this guide will provide you with all the details and steps you’ll encounter along the way to becoming a PR holder.
We’ll explore how obtaining Cypriot residence can improve global mobility by diversifying your asset portfolio into a new country and continent. If the topic interests you, there is more information on our website, and you can book a consultation with one of the global experts.
The beauty of the Cypriot Permanent Residence program is that investors received PR immediately upon completing the investment criteria. There are no physical presence requirements other than visiting the Mediterranean paradise island for at least one day every two years.
The investment options for Permanent Residence are reasonably straightforward and are as follows:
There are a few caveats under each investment option. Investors need to be aware of these additional requirements that can make or break an investment decision or lead to clients being bewildered later when they become known.
The most significant potential misunderstanding is VAT when purchasing real estate. VAT is 19%. Cypriot law provides for a reduced rate of 5% for the purchase of real estate, subject to certain conditions. Thus, the buyer of new real estate is allowed to save significantly.
The investment value excludes VAT, which makes that total investment requirement a fair bit more than just €300,000. Investors can purchase property for a lower amount and include refurbishments that can then accumulate to over €300,000 plus VAT. The investor may apply for Permanent Residence by completing a transfer of at least €200,000 plus VAT. The funds must come from a foreign bank account.
Commercial real estate can include office, retail, and hospitality (food and beverages, lodging, recreation, travel and tourism, and meetings and events) €300,000 excluding VAT. The investor can combine multiple properties under this route to meet the minimum investment.
The investments must be in a Cypriot company that generates employment for at least five people.
The funds under the CIO need to be regulated by the Cypriot Securities and Exchange Commission and professional fund managers who comply with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Laws (AIFM Law). Funds must consider regulations issued further to the Investment Services and Activities and Regulated Markets Law.
Investing in funds has the potential to generate significant returns for investors, particularly when making investments in early rounds or medium-sized businesses with the potential for a positive exit. Funds can equally be more risky on the downside.
The new regulations lower the range of family members qualifying as the principal applicant’s dependents. Unfortunately, parents and parents of the spouse and adult children no longer qualify as dependents. Parents need to qualify independently by making investments of their own.
Dependents can include spouses, children under eighteen, and children under twenty-five who are entirely dependent on the primary applicant.
The Cypriot Permanent Residence program has increased the minimum annual income requirements. The income figures are now increased to €50,000 for the principal applicant, €15,000 for a spouse, and €10,000 for each dependent child.
A new criterion includes that investors must prove that they have maintained their investment and that their income in the previous year meets the minimum income requirement. Failure to present proof can cause their residence to be canceled.
There is a route to citizenship under the investor program. Applicants will need to live in Cyprus for four years within seven years. In the fifth year, if the applicant stays in Cyprus for twelve consecutive months, they can apply for citizenship.
There is no language requirement or nationality test to apply for citizenship.
After becoming a citizen, there is freedom of movement within the European Union as Cyprus is an EU member state. EU citizens can travel, work, and study in any other EU country without a visa.
Cyprus has one of the best tax residences in Europe. Many EU and non-EU nationals make Cyprus their place of residence for tax purposes, personally, and for their business. Income taxes can be zero in certain circumstances, and company taxes are 12.5% of profits, which can use tax laws to defer at times.
Cyprus is an idyllic Mediterranean paradise; many applicants who participate in the investment program live for considerable time on the island each year. By spending enough time in Cyprus, investors can realistically work towards citizenship. Cyprus recognizes dual citizenship and is part of the European Union.
For those investors who are not going to live in Cyprus, they only need to visit once every two years to maintain their Permanent Residence.
The Cyprus Golden Visa investment is currently €300,000 plus 5% VAT if you work with our real estate team in Cyprus. The program has many benefits and is an excellent investment migration program for increasing assets in multiple countries that afford long-term residence.
Our relationships with real estate lawyers in Cyprus allow our clients to get the best locations and real estate. By working in this manner, we work directly with developers to get off-plan and early handover properties. By getting in early, investors can maximize their return on investment.
We hope this guide might have been helpful to you. For an in-depth consultation, we invite you to schedule a meeting with our team. We will see if the program is right for you, after which we can connect you with our experienced real estate agents and legal professionals in Cyprus.
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