The migration department will start issuing uniform residence permits for third country nationals in the form of biometric cards from February 8, 2016, the interior ministry announced on Wednesday.
The new cards will be uniform for all categories of the third country nationals such as those needing international protection as well as students and researchers from non-EU countries.
The cards will contain fingerprints, a photograph and the signature of the holder. In view of this, when submitting an application, the physical presence of the applicants is required in order to take the fingerprints and the photograph.
All applications must also be accompanied by all other necessary supporting documents which are applicable. Fees vary according to the category.
Moreover, all third country nationals who have already applied for the acquisition or renewal of residence permits and whose applications are pending on February 8, 2016, have until April 8, 2016 to make an additional request to the migration department for an additional fee of €10.
The ministry announced that if the additional request is not submitted within the prescribed period the pending request will be rejected. All residence permits which have already been issued will remain in effect until they expire.
For more information and details, visit the migration department website www.moi.gov.cy/crmd (Greek and English).