Permanent Residence of UK Nationals and their family members in the Republic of Cyprus after Brexit.
The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and provides for a deal on citizens’ rights. It sets out a transition period which lasts until 31 December 2020. During this time, British Citizens can continue to live, work and study in the Cyprus broadly as they did before 31 January 2020.
If you are resident in Cyprus before the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020, you will be able to continue to live, work and access services as you do now.
If you plan to stay in Cyprus for more than 3 months you must register as a Cypriot resident and you will get a registration certificate by the Ministry of the Interior, Civil Registry and Migration Department.
After living in Cyprus for more than 5 years, you can apply for permanent residence.
This type of application confers on an EU citizen, who has been legally resident in the Republic of Cyprus for 5 years, the right almost the same as a Citizen of the Republic of Cyprus including: the right of permanent residence in the country, the right to own one or more properties, the right to social welfare, the right to health cover under GESY and the right to get an EU residency card in 2021.
These rights are only lost after an absence of 5 years and are valid permanently even after the end of the Transition Period.
You must establish that Republic of Cyprus is your country of residence where you usually lived for 5 years. Residence requires that it is the normal location at which you live, work, or carry out your life and additionally, requires that you are present for at least 186 days of every 365-day period.