As a result of the referendum decision in favour of Brexit, UK citizens come across the possibility to have their rights within the European Union, controlled. UK citizens of Cypriot origin may be able to retain their rights as European citizens, by applying for naturalization based on their Cypriot origins, as long as the conditions determined by the relevant laws in Cyprus are met.
It should be noted that dual citizenship is allowed under Cyprus Citizenship law, therefore, the applicants may apply for a Cyprus citizenship and maintain their UK citizenship as well.
- Minors (Under the age of 18)
A. Application for Consular Birth Certificate
Applications can be submitted for registration of minors or adults (above the age of 18) born abroad after the 16th of August 1960 and whose father at the time of birth was a Cypriot citizen, and individuals born abroad after the 11th of June 1999 whose mother was a Cypriot citizen at the time of their birth.
B. Application for the Registration of Minors
Minors, who were born before the 11th of June 1999 in Cyprus or abroad and whose mother is a Cypriot citizen and father a foreigner or for minors whose father acquired the Cypriot citizenship after their birth.
The required documents depend on the citizenship status of at least one of their parents at the time of the child’s birth.
- Adults (Above the age of 18)
A. Adults born before the 16th August 1960:
Individuals born before the 16th of August 1960, who are citizens of the United Kingdom and its former colonies originating from Cyprus, form the male side and reside permanently abroad, are eligible to apply for Cyprus Citizenship.
Furthermore, individuals born before the 16th of August 1960, who are not citizens of the United Kingdom and its former colonies and who originate from Cyprus form the male side, are also eligible to apply.
B. Adults born on the 16th of August 1960 or after:
It can be submitted by adults who were born on the 16th of
August 1960 or after and none of their parents at the date of
their birth was a Cypriot citizen.
It can also be submitted by adults who were born after the 16th of August 1960 and originate from a person, who became a British citizen based on the Annexation of Cyprus Orders in Council 1914 to 1943 or adults born in Cyprus after the 5th of November 1914 and prior to the 16th of August 1960, during which time their parents were residing in Cyprus.
Furthermore, Individuals of Cypriot origin born before the 16th August 1960 and are British citizens or citizens of any Commonwealth state and have completed one year of legal residence in the Republic of Cyprus are eligible to apply for Cypriot citizenship.
Acquisition of the Cypriot citizenship as a spouse of a Cypriot citizen:
An individual who is married to a Cypriot citizen is eligible to apply for a Cyprus citizenship after completing three years of marriage and two years of residency in the Republic of Cyprus before the date of application.
It worth noting that spouses of overseas Cypriots are also eligible to apply for Cypriot citizenship provided that they have completed at least three years of marriage. Additionally, a letter from the couple explaining the reasons for requesting the grant of the Cypriot citizenship to the foreign spouse needs to be submitted. However, in case the couple has completed at least five years of marriage and has at least one child, then it is not necessary to submit the aforementioned letter.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter and does not constitute legal advice.