Social Insurance

Social Insurance Security Cyprus

The Social Insurance Scheme Social Insuranceunder the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance (MLSI) provides monetary benefits for retirement, illness, disability, old age, marriage, maternity, orphanhood, unemployment, widowhood, death and employment injury.
Cyprus citizens and anyone legally employed in Cyprus are eligible for this. EU citizens who are pensioners/retirees are also eligible. Those who want to continue coverage after a period of mandatory contributions (Voluntary Contributors) may opt to do so; all others must obtain private pensions and insurance.
Exemptions:
• Self-employed people are not eligible for unemployment or employment injury coverage
• Other voluntary contributors are only entitled to marriage, maternity and funeral grants as well as old-age and survivor benefits
The Cypriot social security system provides benefits and pensions. It is financed by employee, employer and state contributions. Under the social security system, recipients are entitled to subsidised state health and dental care.
Payments are made to the District Offices of the Department.
• The Department of Labour publishes a list of addresses and contact information for the Ministry of Labour and Social district offices
Social insurance payments can also be made via the internet. To register for online payments, complete and return the application form payment of contributions over the internet (PDF in Greek).
Once registered, a code will be issued so that payments can be made via the online Social Insurance contribution payment system.
• For information brochures visit the Social Insurance Services website
• More information regarding social insurance payments in Cyprus is available from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Pros and cons of living in Cyprus

Pros and cons of living in CyprusPros and Cons
There are pros and cons about living in any country and it is the same about Cyprus. It is also to a large extent a personal perspective based on your own expectations and plans for life. Some of the pros and cons will not be visible immediately when you arrive. Maybe not even within the first year. But sooner or later everyone will start making their own list called: Pros and cons of living in Cyprus. If you are considering moving to Cyprus you will of course not have that luxury. So here is a list of pros and cons about living in Cyprus, which are based on my perspective and input from other expats (of varying nationality) living in Cyprus. Continue Reading

Health Care Facts and Information

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If you are moving to Cyprus you will initially need to arrange to obtain the appropriate E-Form from your Doctor in your own Member State, in order that you may obtain health care on the island.

Since 1960, the year of Cyprus’s independence, emphasis has been given to Prevention, a necessary aspect of Health Care. Cyprus now has an international reputation for its Prevention Programs which have managed to practically eliminate diseases such as Malaria, Tuberculosis and Echinococcus. Continue Reading

Getting work in Cyprus

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There are plenty of available jobs in Cyprus. Luckily for you, you have come to the right place to find Cyprus jobs.
The type of jobs can you find in Cyprus?
There is as big a variety amongst the types of jobs offered in Cyprus as in any other country and you will find any type of employment from jobs within tourism to service jobs and jobs in high tech industries that requires university degrees and multiple years’ experience. Continue Reading

Cyprus Citizenship

CYPRUS CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT – NEW CRITERIA 13/9/2016

Citizenship

Citizenship

The Council of Ministers approved on 13/9/2016 the new criteria of obtaining Cypriot Citizenship by investment, based on article 111A, subsection 2 of the Civil Registry Laws of 2002 -2016.

A non – Cypriot citizen who meets one of the criteria explained below either personally or through a company/ companies in which he/ she participates as a shareholder – proportionally based on the percentage of participation, or through investments that his/her spouse made or investments that were made jointly with his/her spouse or as a high-ranking senior manager of a company/ companies that meets one of economic criteria (A), may apply for the acquisition of the Cypriot citizenship through Naturalization by exception.

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Retirement

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Retirement, studying. If you are not planning on workingRetirement
Not working is not a problem in itself and will not prevent you from working in Cyprus. But you will have to prove that you will not become a burden for the cypriot economy, namely the social and health system.
If you are studying
If you are studying in Cyprus you will still need to obtain the Registration certificate. The process for applying is the same as mentioned above and you will need to bring the following:
Completed application form
Valid passport or identity card
Proof of comprehensive health insurance
Proof of adequate financial resources (by declaration)
Two passport sized photos
Fee
If you are retiring to Cyprus
If you are retiring to Cyprus or just don’t have any plans of working in Cyprus you will also need to apply for a Registration certificate. To prove that you won’t be a burden for the society you will need to supply the following documents with your application:
Completed application form
Valid passport or identity card
Adequate income from a legal source. This can include work or income outside Cyprus, pension or any other mean of income
Proof of funds in a bank (Overseas or in Cyprus)
Proof of comprehensive health insurance
Two passport sized photos
Fee
What about using an agent?
It is fairly popular to get help from an agent that – for a fee – helps you with the details of the application. They will speed up some of the processes, although it primarily is limiting the time you spend queuing and waiting at the immigration office.
They are also experienced in handling the application process and will (often) make sure you have all the necessary documents.
It is a relatively small fee but the application process is also something you can easily handle yourself.

How to apply for work permit (yellow slip) in Cyprus

How to apply for work permit (yellow slip) in CyprusWork pemit yellow slip
How to apply for work permit (yellow slip) in CyprusWork pemit yellow slip
Example of a work permit, yellow slip, residence permit or registration certificate in Cyprus
General categories of employment of aliens Issue of entry and work permits
Applications for the issue of entry and work permits in general categories of employment are submitted to the Civil Registry and Migration Department by the intended employer, through the respective District Aliens and Immigration Branch of the Police, on condition that the foreigners are abroad. The applications should be accompanied by a work contract stamped by the Department of Labour of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance. The said Ministry is competent to examine whether regarding the specific profession or job there are no available or adequately qualified Cypriots and then to make a recommendation for employment of aliens. The applications are forwarded to the Civil Registry and Migration Department and after they are examined and it is established that there is nothing against the foreigners which prevents their entry into Cyprus, the relevant entry and work permits are issued. Continue Reading

Local phone number and internet connection

Getting a local phone number and internet connection

Telephone and Internet
When you are moving to Cyprus you should also look into getting a local phone number and set up an internet connection.
How to get a Cypriot phone number
There are no challenges in getting a phone number whether it is a landline or mobile phone number, but if you are not a Cypriot or own property in Cyprus, you might experience some difficulties getting a subscription. In that case our advice is to get a pay as you go number, which you can get at almost any kiosk.
You can read more about getting a Cypriot phone number from these two service providers No1. Cyta and No2. MTN
Getting an internet connection in Cyprus
Google also exist in Cyprus you will of course also need an internet connection. You will want to get the process started quickly as there sometimes is waiting time before your chosen supplier is able to get you connected to the world wide web.
Internet access in Cyprus is expensive compared to wherever you are moving to Cyprus from and the options are limited. This means that you will have to choose between quality and cost – at the moment there is no way for you to get a high bandwidth connection cheap. But internet connections are available from €15 a month and upwards.
Getting a mobile internet connection is also worth considering, as the providers have  4G mobile network. two service providers No1. Cyta and No2. MTN
If you decide not to get an internet connection for your home you will have to rely on wifi access at bars, cafes and restaurants. While that will no doubt be good for your social life it will also include some costs for a coffee here or a drink or beer there.

Education in Paphos Cyprus

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All the essential facts on the system and levels. Information gathered by Maispa Developers

The Education System in the Republic of Cyprus has four stages: pre-primary, primary, secondary and higher/tertiary.

Nine years of education are compulsory (and free at state schools): education is compulsory from Primary School (age 6) to the end of the third year of Secondary School (age 15)

Pre-primary education

The Ministry of Education and Culture has approval of all nursery schools (or kindergartens) operating on the island, whether a state-run public school or a private nursery school. The Ministry of Education and Culture also determines the curriculum to be followed. There are 3 categories of nursery school: Continue Reading

Driving in Cyprus

When driving in another country it always feels different than driving in your home country. The rules might be similar, signs will be a little different, road quality and traffic flow will be a different and local interpretation of driving laws will vary –A lot sometimes a lot. Read this it will give prepare you for driving in CyprusDriving i Cyprus

Driving in Cyprus is different than in many other countries. Being aware of local customs and traffic flow will make it a lot easier and safer for you. In this article, I have gathered these tips based on my own experience, which will make it as simple as possible for you to merge into the Cypriot traffic. Continue Reading