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Post: #1   PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:22 pm Reply with quote
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I currently meet the residency requirements where I can now apply for Cypriot citizenship. I know the costs involved and the documentation required. What I would like to know is what are the obligations and benefits in regards to obtaining Cypriot citizenship. I am too old to have to serve in the military. I know I will be able to vote but that is all I know.

I went to the citizens advisory and asked them and they could not tell me - they told me to ask the man who deals with the citizenship applications. He's not the friendliest fellow so I'd like another source for this information.

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Post: #2   PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:31 pm Reply with quote
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Hi CyprusForMe I became a Cypriot citizen last year and so far have not noticed any difference in my status here whatsoever ,apart from being able to vote! Everybody has different criteria though-I'm a uk subject married to a Cypriot so I'll still be in the EU after Brexit (whether that's good or bad I'll have to wait & see) Otherwise you'll have the same rights as a Cypriot regarding health care ,employment,education etc. My husband reckons the most important advantage would be if he dies before me ,I wouldn't have the hassle other expats have had here.....
Obligations for Cypriot citizenship?? None that I've come across!
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Post: #3   PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:33 pm Reply with quote
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lindask wrote:
you'll have the same rights as a Cypriot regarding health care ,employment,education etc.


What would my rights for healthcare be, having never contributed to the system here (I am retired early from the USA)? These are the kinds of things I want to find out before I start the application process as I understand the costs involved will be a bit over 1000 euros (I have already spent about $100 get documents apostilled).

I know I will be able to work (which I probably won't do) and vote. That's all I know.

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Post: #4   PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:20 pm Reply with quote
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CyprusForMe wrote:
lindask wrote:
you'll have the same rights as a Cypriot regarding health care ,employment,education etc.


What would my rights for healthcare be, having never contributed to the system here (I am retired early from the USA)? These are the kinds of things I want to find out before I start the application process as I understand the costs involved will be a bit over 1000 euros (I have already spent about $100 get documents apostilled).

I know I will be able to work (which I probably won't do) and vote. That's all I know.


Your health care question is a tricky one. To a certain extent healthcare is means tested amongst the indigenous population. There seem to be so many different rules , depending on who your speaking to but I don't think you would be entitled at least until Cypriot retirement age.
I took citizenship simply because of the property laws , it dies make life a bit easier in that respect . I did not have to sit the language test but I believe one has to now.
I can't really think of any other advantages , perhaps one , you don't have to pay the huge deposits for , electric , telephone etc
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Post: #5   PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:02 am Reply with quote
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I was all prepared to apply for Naturalisation after 15 yaesr in Cyprus but I have read on other forums that people wait over 8 years to receive confirmation. Can anyone give me their experience of this?

Lindask??
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Post: #6   PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:13 pm Reply with quote
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I just submitted my application this week. They told me to check back in 13 months, if I hadn't heard anything.

I know 2 British people who applied and got theirs in 19 months. I have 2 friends who have applied using a lawyer to do all the work and they have been waiting about 10 months.

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Post: #7   PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:07 pm Reply with quote
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Thanks CyprusForMe. The 2 Brits you mentioned, were they marrried to locals, Retirees, working? That sounds a little more user friendly than 8 years. Lindask, I'd like to know more about your experience please.
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Post: #8   PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:29 pm Reply with quote
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gazzaga wrote:
Thanks CyprusForMe. The 2 Brits you mentioned, were they marrried to locals, Retirees, working? That sounds a little more user friendly than 8 years. Lindask, I'd like to know more about your experience please.


I am married to a Cypriot and when I applied for mine it went through in 6 months . Neither of us was working at that time
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Post: #9   PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:17 pm Reply with quote
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Thanks Scottie
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Post: #10   PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:59 pm Reply with quote
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gazzaga wrote:
Thanks CyprusForMe. The 2 Brits you mentioned, were they marrried to locals, Retirees, working? That sounds a little more user friendly than 8 years. Lindask, I'd like to know more about your experience please.


No, not married to Cypriots, married to each other. One worked here, but not anymore.

Me, I have never worked here and I have a long-term residency permit (I am a third country national).

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Post: #11   PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:25 am Reply with quote
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Thanks CyprusForMe
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Post: #12   PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:36 pm Reply with quote
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I submitted my application for naturalization on Friday 22 March 2019. I'll try to remember to update progress here
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