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Hi All,

has anyone been successful in obtaining the Cypriot citizenship via continuous 7 year residency ? I mean also not by heritage nor investment.

I have read that one is only allowed to be away from Cyprus very few days a year and that very few citizenship requests actually get approved.

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Hi Matthias,

I don’t know of any UK Expat who has applied for Cyprus citizenship, (although a couple have indicated that they are considering it). However, I suspect that has more to do with the possible downsides of dual citizenship rather than red tape (which I agree is excessive here). Most UK Expats are happy to live here and pay the cheaper Cyprus tax, but still want to have the security of sole UK citizenship.

Residents with the MEU1 can leave Cyprus for up to 90 days with the right to return. Possessors of the MEU3 are allowed to leave Cyprus for up to 2 years with the absolute right to return. However, both the MEU1 and MEU3 will be replaced after Brexit by a single document and the ‘rights’ of return have yet to be published. I suspect, however, that not a great deal will change. The Cyprus economy relies heavily on UK Expats - even more so after the virus disruption.
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Hi Matthias,

I know a couple who've applied - they've been waiting to hear for 3 years!

But there's a landmark case being brought before the General Court of the EU which, if successful, has positive ramifications.

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