Cyprus: Labour Regulation
Work permits for foreigners are issued under the Alien and Immigration Laws and Regulations, by the Migration Office (but see Entry and Residence as regards Temporary Residence Employment permits for expatriate employees). Work permits are normally issued to foreigners only when no suitably qualified local staff are available.
Under a law implemented in July 2000, foreigners in Cyprus must either have a five-year work permit or have worked on the island for five years or have a combination of worked time and work permit totalling a minimum of five years before their spouses can join them.
But in November 2000, the Cyprus government introduced new regulations designed to make it easier for some foreigners to have their loved ones live with them. However, this solely applied to those EU nationals and non-Cypriots who work in certain sectors: offshore workers, reporters, foreign correspondents, accountants with big firms, lecturers, teachers and those who have invested a designated amount in local businesses.
The five-year permits would be automatically granted to new foreign entrants into these sectors and those renewing permits would be given extensions long enough to enable them to meet the 'five years in total' clause, the government revealed.