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Are you one of the 50 per cent?

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ARE YOU one of the 50% of the British nationals resident in Cyprus who does not have the required documents to enable them to remain in Cyprus post-Brexit?

If so, it is imperative that you are correctly registered with the immigration authorities with either MEU1 or MEU3 if you wish to remain in Cyprus post-Brexit.

Brown Alien Registration (ARC) books, stamps in passports & old Immigration Permits issued before Cyprus joined the EU are obsolete and no longer valid.

If any of your friends/acquaintances are not correctly registered, please encourage or help them ensure they are correctly registered.

In the event of a NO DEAL the Cyprus authorities have given a grace period until the end of December 2020 for British residents already in Cyprus who have not yet registered and those that arrive in Cyprus before 31st October 2019.

Despite the grace period, the British High Commission recommends that people formalise their residency status at the earliest opportunity and reiterate the fact that old brown ARC books, stamps in passports & old Immigration Permits issued pre Cyprus joining the EU are obsolete.

After 31 December 2020, existing MEU residency documents may be replaced by a smaller residency card or other form of documentation.

In the event of a DEAL, the previous agreement on Citizens Rights will stand, with a transition period up to the end of December 2020; this also covers new arrivals into Cyprus up to the end of the transition period (originally published in August 2018, albeit based on EU Exit being 29th March 2019): See Citizens Rights in a deal scenario.

The Cyprus Civil Registry and Migration Department has published guidance concerning residence rights in the Republic of Cyprus in both a Deal and No Deal scenarios.

The High Commission has published guidance at 'Living in Cyprus' which covers Brexit, residency, healthcare, driving licences etc.
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