Brexit Cyprus case – withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union
The publication sets out how Cyprus intends to practically implement the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement concerning residence rights of United Kingdom (UK) nationals and their family members, including family members who are third-country nationals, in view of the UK leaving the European Union (EU).
The EU has reached an agreement with the UK on citizens’ rights, ahead of the UK leaving the EU on 29 March 2019. This Agreement will become legally binding once it is set into force.
Who it covers
The Withdrawal Agreement will protect those UK nationals and their family members who have already exercised or will exercise their free movement rights in Cyprus before 1 January 2021 (before the end of the transition period).
It is the period immediately after the UK leaves the EU, which starts on 30 March 2019 and lasts until 31 December 2020. During this period free movement of UK nationals and their family members will continue.
How it works for UK nationals
Evidence required for the 5 years
UK citizens must provide evidence that they have been legally residing in Cyprus for at least five years. If they cannot provide this through a rental agreement, they can use any other document which demonstrates a continuous period of residency of five years in Cyprus.
UK holders of current resident documents (MEU1, MEU2, MEU3) will be able to continue to use them as means of proof for residence rights in Cyprus. Applications received up until the end of the transition period will be examined on the basis of the current free movement rules, and, if approved, will result in the issuance of the current residence documents. After the end of the transition period, UK holders of residence documents and eligible persons arriving in Cyprus will have the right, upon application, to receive a new type of residence document, which will include a statement that it has been issued in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement.
UK leaving the EU:
29 March 2019
30 March 2019 – 31 December 2020
Cyprus personal taxation benefits for UK nationals living in Cyprus
For further information about “Brexit – Cyprus case” please download the full publication issued by the REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS
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