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I'm curious as to how difficult it is to get a permit to work in Cyprus as an ESL teacher.

From what I've read, Greece's absolutely horrible economy notwithstanding, it's incredibly difficult to secure a job there as a non-EU citizen because nobody is willing to go through the hassle of visa paperwork when they have Britons to choose from.

Is the same true in Cyprus, or is it relatively possible to secure a position? I understand any non-EU citizen is going to have a tougher time getting a job anywhere in Europe because of paperwork, but at the same time, some places are more draconian with their immigration rules than others.
 

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I'm curious as to how difficult it is to get a permit to work in Cyprus as an ESL teacher.

From what I've read, Greece's absolutely horrible economy notwithstanding, it's incredibly difficult to secure a job there as a non-EU citizen because nobody is willing to go through the hassle of visa paperwork when they have Britons to choose from.

Is the same true in Cyprus, or is it relatively possible to secure a position? I understand any non-EU citizen is going to have a tougher time getting a job anywhere in Europe because of paperwork, but at the same time, some places are more draconian with their immigration rules than others.
It isnt simply a matter of having Britons to choose from, there are are plenty of other Eu citizens here that are struggling to find work. Jobs are very hard for any non Cypriot to find unless you are willing to do the menial low paid jobs Cypriots wont do or have a skill that is in demand.
 

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Whereas forming your own business in Cyprus is really easy and very tax efficient. Many non EU companies and citizens are registered in Cyprus , due to the great tax laws and better immigration legislation.
As many of the Brits are leaving, it would be great to see a new American arrive .
Good luck and I hope you succeed with whatever you want to do.
 

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I'm curious as to how difficult it is to get a permit to work in Cyprus as an ESL teacher.

From what I've read, Greece's absolutely horrible economy notwithstanding, it's incredibly difficult to secure a job there as a non-EU citizen because nobody is willing to go through the hassle of visa paperwork when they have Britons to choose from.

Is the same true in Cyprus, or is it relatively possible to secure a position? I understand any non-EU citizen is going to have a tougher time getting a job anywhere in Europe because of paperwork, but at the same time, some places are more draconian with their immigration rules than others.
I nearly got deported thanks to the government here illegally holding up my application process. They took eight months (when they were supposed to get it done within 3, 6 at the max as is legal under EU law). I had to involve solvit (thanks to being married to a Brit I had access to them) and the Canadian Consulate in Nicosia just to get the paperwork moving. The government illegally asked questions they had no right to (according to solvit) and were holding up my papers also illegally (no shocker there) as they were two months over due, I had not been here a whole tax year (March to March) and were also dodging calls. Not to mention they issued a deportation notice if we failed to comply with x demand, despite this demand having nothing to do with our situation in the remotest sense.

Even the consulate people were fed up with them, nearly ready to escalate it much further up the food chain. They ultimately contacted the head of immigration for Cyprus about my case. Only then were any answers given, via the consulate only. They (the consulate) then called me and told me that my papers would be in the mail the following day having been signed right then and there at the Ministry.

Point of all this is, HIRE an agency to do your paperwork, DO a crap load of research (we were lucky to have expected a hassle and avoided a lot of running around by doing just that), double check everything three times over before filing and make sure you can afford to do nothing for at least 6 months. If I faced this much insanity over a non-working (I intend not to take a job) visa then expect a few brick walls up for a work related visa.
 

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Hi Canadian
Yes i can remember all that trouble you where having im so glad its sorted out, I will mention to my wife Carol about putting you down on face book, so you can have a chat , thats if she can remember how to turn it on, haha.
take care
Monty
 

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Hi Canadian
Yes i can remember all that trouble you where having im so glad its sorted out, I will mention to my wife Carol about putting you down on face book, so you can have a chat , thats if she can remember how to turn it on, haha.
take care
Monty
Haha, tell her to send me a fb message first. I turned off invites because of random Cypriots and Greeks adding me to their friend's list. If she sends me a message first (Mandi Killip) then I can send the invite to her.

Cheers!
 
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