Cyprus Startup Visa

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Cyprus Startup Visa: Program description

 

The Cyprus Startup Visa represents a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, researchers and foreigners with creative and innovative ideas to implement their projects in a favorable business environment with optimal taxation. This program is limited to 150 visas.

The Cyprus startup visa allows foreign entrepreneurs from third countries to reside and work in Cyprus for the purpose of creating/managing/developing their startup. with high growth potential. Successful startups, as well as their directors, will have the right to hire foreign staff. Family members may also be eligible for family reunification.

The goal pursued by the Government of Cyprus is to stimulate the creation of new jobs, support innovation and research, promote the development of the business environment and contribute to the economic growth of the island.

There are two options for obtaining a Cyprus startup visa, depending on the current stage of development of your project:

Benefits of the Cyprus Startup Visa

Cyprus offers extensive infrastructure including accelerators, business incubators and innovation centers that provide support for start-ups. To obtain a residence permit in Cyprus through a startup visa, entrepreneurs need to demonstrate the viability of their companies and develop a strategy for their promotion.

The state also grants the right of residence to entrepreneurs and members of their families for the period of business development. After seven years of residence in Cyprus, foreigners and their families are eligible to apply for citizenship.

Entrepreneurs of high-tech companies are given the opportunity to receive an 80% tax exemption.

Read more: The Cyprus IP regime

In their guide to obtaining a Startup Visa in Cyprus, the Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation And Digital Strategy points out the following main advantages of obtaining:

 

Requirements for obtaining a Startup visa

 

Participation in the program is possible according to two different schemes: Individual, when only the founder submits an application, or Team.

Individual Startup Visa Scheme

Requirements for candidates applying for a residence permit in Cyprus under the “Start Up” program in an individual scheme include the following conditions:

Team Startup Visa Scheme

Requirements for a startup team include the following:

Besides:

 

Startup visa application process

 

The applicant must submit an application to the Department of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy of Cyprus, which will approve or reject the application within 5 weeks of receiving the complete application.

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    Cyprus Startup Visa - FAQ
    What are the required documents for a Cyprus startup visa?

    The application requires providing information about the applicant and attaching the following documents in English:

    1. Business plan.
    2. Brief resume of the applicant.
    3. Diploma or other proof of knowledge of Greek or English.
    4. A copy of a current passport or other identification document.
    5. Bank statement confirming the presence of €20,000 in initial capital.
    6. Latest financial report, if the company is already operating.
    What is the minimum amount required to obtain a Startup Visa?

    The founder must have at least 20,000 euros of funds to invest in his startup.

    How to extend a Startup visa in Cyprus?

    Upon expiration of the validity period, a new application must be submitted to the relevant department of the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy of Cyprus. The government agency will assess the success of the startup, determine whether it has achieved the required development and whether it has the potential for success.

    The application for renewal of residence permit is submitted by email and must include:

    1. Updated business plan.
    2. Confirmation of payment of contributions and social insurance status for the founder and team of participants.
    3. Certificate of absence of corporate tax arrears.
    4. A form with data on the composition of the company’s personnel.
    5. Certified financial statements.
    6. Bank account statement.

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    Luhina Iryna Head of department
    Visas and Immigration
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    In 2006 graduated from the National Aviation University (NAU), Kiev with a degree in Philology, Translation. Irina Lugina has many years of successful work experience in large companies with a voluminous workflow. Within Feod Group specializes in: visa support by category for financially ...
    In 2006 graduated from the National Aviation University (NAU), Kiev with a degree in Philology, Translation. Irina Lugina has many years of successful work experience in large companies with a voluminous workflow. Within Feod Group specializes in:
    • visa support by category for financially independent foreigners, visas for entrepreneurs and investors in the EU, Great Britain and the USA.
    • preparation and compliance of packages of documents for registration of companies in low-tax jurisdictions, opening bank accounts.
    • obtaining a residence permit and permanent residence in Ukraine on the basis of marriage and through company registration.
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