Republic of Cyprus
Commissioner to the Presidency

Information for Overseas and Repatriated Cypriots

Public assistance

Public Assistance is part of a wider policy of the State and aims to ensure a socially acceptable minimum standard of living for persons (and families) legally residing in the Republic of Cyprus.

The financial benefits and other services provided are regulated by the Public Assistance and Services Law from 2006 to 2013 and the Regulations issued by the Council of Ministers and the House of Representantives.

Recipients of public assistance

According to Article 3 (1) (a) of the Public Assistance and Services Law 2006-2013, public assistance is provided to every citizen of the Republic who has "legal habitual residence for a continuous period of at least one year in areas under the control of the Republic of Cyprus and whose income and other economic resources are insufficient to meet his/her basic and special needs”, as defined in the legislation.

Public assistance, provided in accordance to the Public Assistance and Services Laws of 2006–2013, is subjected to eligibility criteria, such as income, savings, property, etc.

Repatriated Cypriot citizens, are exempted of the condition of having their habitual residence in Cyprus for a continuous period of at least one year, for the purpose of applying for public assistance.

While they are abroad, they are not entitled to submit an application for public assistance and/or other services.

Application form for Public Assistance can be obtained from all the District Welfare Offices and Social Services Offices in Cyprus or from the website

World Conference of Overseas Cypriots