Anyone who does not have the right to reside in Cyprus, such as non-EU Citizens, and even those who may reside here legally - such as EU citizens - may consider it preferable to make an application for citizenship.
Citizenship confers the right on the holder to reside and work – not just in Cyprus - but in any EU country. Also, citizens have the right to vote as well as the plethora of rights typically conferred on citizens of a country.
You may apply if you find yourself in any of the following groups:
- You were born in Cyprus to Cypriot mother or father
- You were born abroad and one of your parents is Cypriot
- You are not Cypriot and you have lived in Cyprus legally for a minimum of 7 years
- You are married to a Cypriot spouse and you live in Cyprus together for minimum 4 years
It is unnecessary for children of a Cypriot man to go through the citizenship process if they can prove their heritage by producing the appropriate birth-certificates.
Also, Cyprus permits dual-citizenship, so it is unnecessary to forgo your existing citizenship.
Please note that there do exist some special rules and limitations so you should discuss the matter with an immigration lawyer to make sure you are eligible