4 steps of Getting Residency Permit in North Cyprus

You have your property and therefore a visa for 90 days each time you enter to Northern Cyprus due to ownership but you want to enjoy your property in any time of the year. Then we suggest you to obtain your residency permit. In this blog post we are going to cover the residency permit types, requirements and their process of obtaining.

If you want to stay in Northern Cyprus for more than 90 days within a period of 180 days, you will have to apply for short term residency permit.

Short-term Resident Permit is issued, each time, for a period of maximum 1 year. The duration of the short-term residence permit is decided based on the person’s request, reason and other issues related to residence permit.


You are eligible to apply for a residency permit

1) according to your income.

Monthly income shall be equal to the total of 5 minimum wages (currently 3.150 TL) or has the annual equivalent of that amount in a bank account.

2) if you own immovable property

If you want to apply for the resident permit based on the ownership of immovable property you may be granted 1-year renewable resident permit for the first 3 years and thereafter 2-years renewable resident permit in the condition that you have obtained the title deeds registered on your name and still own the property.

Our inhouse legal team supports you every step of the way. Write us if you want to start this process as it is easy and efficient. We can start the process immediately in case you match the criteria:

Criteria for residence permit for foreigners who possess immovable property in the TRNC:

He/ she must possess a house suitable for residence that is currently being used for this purpose.

If the Title Deed of a dwelling is divided into more than one share and one of the shareholders has been issued a short-term residence permit in accordance with this paragraph, no short-term residence permit shall be granted to another shareholder for the same dwelling.
In the event that the immovable property has been purchased through concluding a contract, it is required that the payment for at least one-third of the sale price has been made and the applicant must have applied for a permission to purchase from the Council of Ministers to acquire the immovable property.

If the immovable property has a title deed registered to the name of the applicant, the applicant is required to have an income equal to at least 3 monthly minimum wages; if the instalment are still being paid for immovable property that has been acquired through a contract, the applicant must have an income equal to at least three monthly minimum wages in addition to the monthly installment amount stated in the contract.

3) If your Family has a residency permit

Do you have kids or other family members and relatives you would like to spend time in North Cyprus? How can they get the resident permit if the immovable property is registered on you? In this case they can obtain family resident permit.

The person who is ready to cover the financial expenses of a foreigner who wish to come to North Cyprus for the purpose of family unity and whose name is registered in his/ her application for residence permit are considered as his/her sponsor. The persons who could be considered as a sponsor are: the TRNC citizens, residency permit holders, business permit holders, student residence permit holders and the foreigners who have been legally working in the TRNC at least for a year.

People who can receive family residence permit:

The sponsor’s spouse who is not a TRNC citizen;

His/her or spouse’s handicapped foreign children who is over eighteen;

The sponsor’s or his/her spouse’s parents, if the sponsor and his/her spouse is working
and have children under 12 y.o. Student resident permit holders’ parents and spouses;

The children of foreigners residing in the TRNC who are not a student, not working,
single and under 23 y.o.

The parents of the sponsor who is a citizen of the TRNC.


4 easy steps for obtaining your residency permit

1) Submit applications for a residence permit to the Immigration Authority of the District
Police Directorate responsible for the area where you reside within 30 days after the
commencement of the period granted with the visa given while entering to the TRNC.
Applications for renewal of a residence permit shall be made no earlier than 60 days and not later than 20 days before the expiry of the current residence permit.

2) The applications are first evaluated by the Immigration Authority of the District Police
Directorate and then submitted to the Immigration Department within 10 days, with a
reasoned opinion whether it is appropriate to grant a residence permit or not.

3) After the application is received by the Department, the applicant submits a clean medical report to the Department and if no further examination is required, a residence permit is issued at that time. If the clean medical report is not delivered to the Department by the applicant within 30 days starting from the date of application, a short message is sent to the applicant stating that his/ her application has been rejected and that he/she has to leave the country within 5 days will be considered as having stayed in the country without permission from the competent authorities and will be fined in accordance with the Law.

4) The information and documents required for each type of residence permit are determined
by the Department and published on the official website http://icisleri.gov.ct.tr/.
In cases where possible, applications will be made through the official website of the

It is our pleasure to serve you with the needed information and assistance during this process. Our inhouse team has all your required documents together and we will send someone with you to the official Departments to guarantee a smooth and easy process.

If you need any further explanation and or clarification on the above you can always email to us at info@privilegedinvestment.com or to our inhouse legal team at  legalassistant@esalawfirm.com

Finally, as always it is a privilege to live in Northern Cyprus and we are continuing to release content that will be relevant to help everyone on the other side. As well as on www.privilegedinvestment.com  you will find out on Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin.

You can also attend to one of our  Live Webinars to have more info as to the current situation and current beneficial property offers in Northern Cyprus including legal and tax advice prepared by our professionals in our team. Please email to info@privilegedinvestment.com for requesting the invitation.

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