One of the most frequent questions from our clients is about the conditions of permanent residence on the island and the process of obtaining a residence permit. On October 23, 2019, amendments to the immigration law came into force in Northern Cyprus, which regulate the entry, stay, and exit of foreigners from the country. Foreign citizens who own local real estate and who want to stay in the TRNC for more than 90 days or longer than the period provided by a visa must apply for a residence permit if they do not have any other permission to stay in the country. A residence permit is issued for a period of 1 year with the possibility of extension for the same period within the first 3 years, and then for a period of 2 years provided that the relevant documents on property ownership in Northern Cyprus are available. To obtain a residence permit, the following documents must be submitted to the local branch of the immigration police:
• Original passport and photocopies of pages with the owner’s photograph and entry stamp;
• Documents proving ownership of real estate in original and photocopies (if the necessary documents have not yet been received, then the original purchase and sale agreement and a photocopy);
• Certificate of residence from the Muhtar (village headman);
• Documents from a local bank confirming the availability of the necessary amount on the account for each family member (minimum wage TL8,600 (about 465 euros) multiplied by 12 months);
• 2 passport-sized photographs;
• Appropriate state fees.
A mandatory condition for obtaining a residence permit is to pass a medical examination for HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis. This is because the island strictly monitors the prevention of the spread of these complex diseases. The cost of tests is about 30 euros.
According to the new regulation, people of retirement age who have reached 60 years old must obtain a residence permit. However, it is issued immediately for 2 years.
Children under 18 years old require simplified registration.
Short-term residence permits are also available for students, trainees, and foreigners undergoing professional training.