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The Cyprus Investment Programme

One of the most transparent investment programmes in the European Union.

Applying to the Cyprus Investment Programme is a transparent and safe procedure. Cyprus's trustworthy status as an international business centre offers key benefits to foreign investors while the island's high quality standards of living are particularly attractive for relocation and family living. Becoming a citizen of Cyprus means that residents can enjoy a safe environment, a multicultural and cosmopolitan society as well as explore professional opportunities for business growth and development. Moreover, as a EU member-state, Cyprus provides access to travelling, working, studying and residing within the European Union.

More than 10 years experience in investment citizenship in Cyprus

Our team of experts will explain the Cyprus Investment Programme and its basic provisions to guide you through a successful application.

Cyprus as an attractive destination for investment

Benefit from a highly specialised human capital, a reliable legislative and regulatory framework and a stable tax system

A minimum investment amount is €2 million

The investment assets obtained can be sold after a period of 5 years

Investing in Cyprus through Real Estate

At PRIME PROPERTY GROUP, we enable non-Cypriot investors to explore investment opportunities through real estate in Cyprus. With a long-standing experience in the sector and through transparent and premium services, we expertly manage the process of applying for citizenship via the Cyprus Investment Programme. Prime Property Group has been active in investment citizenship in Cyprus for more than 10 years. Our team of specialists will assist you throughout the process which entails a straight forward procedure, sound and professional advice and a rich investment real estate portfolio to ensure a return on investment and solid capital growth.

"The Cyprus Investment Programme enables investors to choose from a diverse offering of investment options and is a transparent and secure procedure"

Investing in Cyprus through Real Estate

Advantages of the Cyprus Investment Programme

Approved by the EU (being one of only two CIP programmes in Europe with official EU approval)

The investment assets can be sold after 5 years and additional investment of €500,000 to be held as a primary residence, indefinitely.

Cyprus legislation permits dual citizenship.

The investor's parents may obtain Cypriot citizenship on condition of acquisition of residential property in Cyprus; the purchase price of each is at least €500.000 (excluding VAT)

A straight forward and time-efficient route, enabling applicants to have their application reviewed from 6 to 9 months, from the day of submission.

Successful application applies to the investor, their spouse and all dependent financially children up to 28 years old

Visa-free travel to 157 countries worldwide, including all the European Union member-states, Canada and Australia amongst others

Access to European Union markets, education system, working and traveling with the EU including other social and tax advantages.

Possible investment ways *

Residential property

Commercial property

Participation in Cyprus businesses with
main office located in Cyprus

Financial assets of Cyprus
companies

Government bonds
(500 000 Euros maximum)

Investment in commercial property, land development and infrastructure projects

* One way or the combination of all above

Investment Requirements

The investor must be the holder of a residence permit in Cyprus to qualify for Cyprus citizenship

The minimum investment amount is €2 million

Purchase a main residence at €500,000 (plus VAT if applicable)

The applicant must have a Schengen visa at the time of application

The applicant must have a clean criminal record (including a clean criminal record for spouse, adult children and parents)

The investment must be kept for a minimum period of 5 years

Donation of €75,000 to the Cyprus Land Development Corporation 

Donation of €75,000 to the Research and Innovation Foundation, subject to certain exceptions

Applicants who were previously rejected for citizenship by any other EU country, are not eligible under the CIP

No requirement for applicants to live in Cyprus prior, during or after the application process, but are required to hold a Residency Permit for at least 6 months

Obtaining Cyprus citizenship through real estate enables applicants to complete the application process in less than 6 months. The fact that obtaining Cyprus citizenship through the Cyprus Investment Programme does not entail a residence permit or a visa but rather full citizenship of the Republic of Cyprus makes the Cyprus Investment Programme particularly attractive to persons who wish to make a complete relocation, invest in a new career choice or explore new investment markets.

Investment Options

  • Option 1
  • Option 2
  • Option 3
  • Option 4

Investment in real estate, land under development and infrastructure projects

  • The Applicant has made an investment of at least €2,000,000 (excluding VAT and any transfer duties on land purchases)
  • The investment must involve the purchase or construction of buildings or for the construction of other land development projects (residential or commercial developments or developments in the tourism sector) or other infrastructure projects, including properties purchased after their initial sale (i.e. re-sales)
  • A mandatory donation of €75,000 to the Cyprus Land Development Corporation and a mandatory donation of €75,000 to the Research and Innovation Foundation, unless the applicant invests a minimum of €75,000 in a certified innovative enterprise (i.e. an enterprise that had acquired the relevant certificate by the Ministry of Finance).

Purchase or establishment or participation in Cypriot companies or businesses

  • The Applicant has made a purchase or has participated in companies or organisations established and operating in Cyprus with investment costs of at least €2m.
  • The invested funds must be channelled towards the financing of the investment objectives of these companies exclusively in Cyprus, based on a specific investment plan.Such companies or organisations must have proven physical presence in Cyprus, with significant activity and turnover and employ at least five (5) Cypriot or citizens of European Union member-states
  • The minimum number of employees will be increased if more than one applicant invests simultaneously (or almost Simultaneously) in the same business or company.

Investment in Alternative Investment Funds (“AIFs”) or financial assets of Cypriot companies or Cypriot organisations that are licensed by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (“CySec”)

  • The Applicant has bought units with a value of at least €2m, from AIFs established in Cyprus and which are licensed and supervised by CySec.
  • These investments must be made in Cyprus exclusively.
  • These investments must meet the criteria of the Scheme or in areas approved by the Minister of Finance.

Combination of the above investments

  • The Applicant may proceed with a combination of the above investments, provided that the total investment will amount up to at least €2m.
  • Within this option (combination of investments) the Applicant may purchase special government bonds of the Republic of Cyprus, up to €500.000, which will be issued by the Public Debt Management Office of the Ministry of Finance, on condition that the investor will retain these bonds for a three year period.
  • The characteristics and the terms of these special bonds will be determined by the General and Special Issue Terms of the Government Bonds of the Republic.
  • Investments in government bonds through the secondary market are not considered eligible.

The most cost-effective investment scenario is the acquisition of residential properties with a total value of €2m, as there is no need to buy a residential property worth €500,000. When investing in government bonds and commercial properties, in addition to the investments of €2 million, the applicant is required to purchase a residential property (1 or 2), worth €500,000.       For all investment options, a mandatory donation of € 75,000 to the Foundation for Research and Innovation and a mandatory donation of € 75,000 to the Cyprus Land Development Corporation applies.

Q&A

1. What type of investment do I have to make in relation to real estate, land or infrastructure projects?

To qualify under this investment, the applicant must have made an investment of at least €2 million for the purchase or construction of buildings or for the construction of other land development projects (residential or commercial developments, developments in the tourism sector) or other infrastructure projects. It is noted that investment in land under development is included in this criterion, provided that an investment plan for the development of the purchased land will be included in the application. It is understood that investment in land that is situated in a building zone of zero development, is excluded.

2. How long before the application should I make any investment and how long am I obliged to keep
these investments under the rules of the CIP?

You should have made the necessary investments during the three years preceding the date of the application and must retain the said investments for a period of at least five years as from the date of the naturalization. It is understood that the investor may replace the investment during the said five-year period, provided that he/she has obtained beforehand an approval by the Ministry of Finance.

3. Do I need a Shengen visa to apply to the CIP?

Yes, you need to be a holder of a Schengen visa to be eligible to apply to the CIP.

4. Can an investor applicant for citizenship purchase a residential property with his/her parent?

Yes. If for example a property is purchased for 1 million euros, €500,000 can be paid by the investor and €500,000 by the parent. In such a case the parent can also apply for citizenship once the applicant is approved. This means that all applicants can collectively acquire a residence, provided that the total value of this home-property covers the amount of €500.000 per each applicant.

5. Can my family members become citizens of Cyprus?

Yes, following the investor’s successful application, his or her minor children can be registered as citizens of Cyprus by filing a simple application and paying a small fee to the Civil Registry Department. Adult children of the investor can also become citizens of Cyprus provided they fulfil certain conditions set. A spouse or civil partner of the investor is also eligible to apply for Cyprus citizenship, either simultaneously with the investor or after the investor is approved, without the spouse having to make a separate, additional investment.

6. Can my home residence of 500 000 EUR be rented out?

Yes, it can.

7. Do I have to make any donation to the government?

Yes. As of 15 May 2019, you are required to make a mandatory donation of € 75,000 to the Foundation for Research and innovation to promote the creation of an entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem. It is noted that in case the applicant wishes to make a donation of more than €75,000, any surplus amount paid will be calculated towards his investment amount under criteria A.2-A.5. The obligation to contribute to the Foundation for Research and Innovation is lifted if the applicant invests at least € 75,000 in a certified innovative business (which has been certified by the Treasury) or a certified social company. You are also required, as of 15 May 2019, to make a mandatory donation of € 75,000 to the Cyprus Land Development Corporation. It is noted that in case the applicant wishes to make a donation of more than €75,000, any additional amount paid, will be calculated towards his investment amount under criteria A.2-A.5. One donation per passport package but not per person.

8. Do I or my family members have to immigrate to Cyprus before we are eligible to apply for citizenship under the CIP?

No, you do not need to immigrate to Cyprus. In the case of adults, one of the requirements is to be a holder of a Cyprus residence permit for six months prior to being approved for citizenship. The applications for a residency permit and for citizenship respectively may be filed on the same day.

9. If I am divorced, will this a_ect my minor or adult child or children’s eligibility for citizenship?

No, divorce does not a_ect minor or adult children’s eligibility.

10. What type of documents do I have to submit to apply to the Programme?

As of 15 May 2019, the list of required documents are (existing and required):

- Applicant's clean criminal record from the country of origin and the country of residence (if di_erent).

- Copy of applicant's Schengen visa (except European citizens and for third- country nationals for whom no entry visa is required).

- Due Diligence Report issued through an internationally accepted database ensured through a subscription.

- Applicant's declaration in respect to investment by naturalization scheme.

- Proof of investment (documents which prove the satisfaction of A.1 and one of the criteria listed between A.2 and A.5 including for instance, for real estate investments, the contract of sale, the proof of Registration of the contract at the Land registry and the proofs of payment of the agreed purchase price).

- Proof of permanent residence in Cyprus of at least €500.000, plus V.A.T.

- It is noted that under the new criteria, additional documents such as the urban planning permission, bank waiver and certificate of completion signed by the project architect will also need to be submitted. As regards the certificate of completion, it is noted that in the case of properties still being constructed, it is necessary to maintain an amount equal to 5% of the value in a special account or the equivalent bank guarantee from the seller of the property to the buyer (Performance Bank Guarantee).

- Any other document that might be requested either by the Ministry of Interior, or by the Ministry of Finance.

11. Please advise if it is required to pass Greek language proficiency test or exam in history of Cyprus
as a condition to obtain citizenship of Cyprus?

No, it is not required.

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Consultant of Prime Property Group

Head office in Limassol
  • Ambelakion 28 Street,
    P. Germasogeia
    4046 Limassol, Cyprus
  • +357(25)-315-300
Office in Larnaca
  • Kalogirou Bldg, Shop 5,
    21 Agias Fenaromeni
    6025 Larnaca, Cyprus
  • +357(24)-342-050
Office in Paphos
  • Corner building with
    Tombs of The Kings Ave. &
    17 Aristarchou street
    8015 Paphos, Cyprus
  • +357(26)-962-365
Office in China
  • Room 64741, Yayuan Apartment,
    Beijing Friendship Hotel,
    No.1 Zhongguancun South street,
    Haidian District, Beijing, China.
  • +8618668900529
Office in Moscow
  • Мантулинская ул., 14, ЗАО
    123111 Москва, Россия Время работы:
    Пн-Пт: 09:00 – 19:00
    Сб: 10:00–16:00
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  • +7(495)-984-09-98
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  • Невский Проспект, 22-24, лит. А, пом. 24
    Санкт-Петербург, Россия, 191186
  • +7(812)-612-26-20
Office in Dubai
  • Level 20, 48 Burj Gate, Dubai Mall metro station, Dubai
  • +357-(25)-315-300
Office in Nicosia
  • 56 Stavrou Avenue Strovolos, 2035 Nicosia, Cyprus
  • +357-(22)-373-150

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