I’ve been thinking of relocating to the UK and I heard it’s possible with Cypriot citizenship. Is this true?
Yes. Holders of the Cypriot passport have a right to live, work and study in the UK. Citizenship of an enable you not EU member state Cyprus will only to relocate to the UK but also apply for the British residency and citizenship, in five and six years respectively.
Cyprus is in the EU. Won’t Brexit prevent me from living in the UK with a Cypriot passport?
No, it won’t. According to the Home Office rules of EU citizens registration in the UK, if you enter the country before 2022 you will just need to register online. Once you register, the countdown starts: five years before you can apply for the British residency (Indefinite Leave to Remain) and six years before you can request citizenship.
Most likely, citizens of Cyprus will be able to register in the UK in the same easy manner even after 2022. A former British colony, Cyprus is a member of the British Commonwealth and has stronger connections with the UK than any other European country.
That said, we advise you not to delay your decision regarding the Cypriot passport. We recommend you to apply for Cypriot citizenship before Brexit comes into force as the ‘transition period’ rules may change.
What’s with the Brexit ‘transition period’?
The UK authorities announced that they would introduce a Brexit ‘transition period’ in effect until December 31, 2020. Naturally, you’ll be able to receive a passport of Cyprus even after the ‘transition period’ is over. That said, if you plan on relocating to the UK, we recommend that you start the immigration process the sooner the better.
In practice, any immigration reform leads to tightening the rules and/or raising the investment minimum. If only because the British Prime Minister plans to further toughen the immigration laws and boost control over the number of migrants living in the UK.