The Government of the Republic of Cyprus actively encourages the permanent repatriation of Cypriot citizens back to Cyprus. One of the key goals of the Overseas and Repatriated Cypriots Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the expedited and smooth incorporation of the repatriated citizens into the society.
All repatriated citizens can contact the Citizen Service Center («Κέντρα Εξυπηρέτησης του Πολίτη») to be informed on any rights or allowances they might be entitled in (passport and I.D. issuance, refugee cards, etc), as well as to enjoy a more expedited assistance with their applications.
The Overseas and Repatriated Cypriots Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs acts as a coordination checkpoint and a source of information for all repatriated individuals who wish to be informed on possible allowances or any kind of assistance the Service can offer.
Preparation for repatriation
In order to achieve a smooth repatriation procedure, all individuals who intend to be repatriated are kindly advised to contact the nearest Cyprus’ Diplomatic or Consular Mission and acquire information on any allowances they might be entitled in.
If the decision for repatriation has been taken, it would be also wise to initiate the process for acquiring the Cypriot citizenship (along with a Passport and an I.D.) right away, by contacting the nearest Cyprus’ Diplomatic or Consular Mission.
Additionally, in order to facilitate their smoother adjustment in Cyprus, interested individuals should apply to their nearest Cyprus’ Diplomatic or Consular Mission for the issuance of a document which will certify their -at least- 10-year continuous stay in the country of residence.
An issue which very often erupts when it comes to repatriations is the need to look for employment in Cyprus. The Overseas and Repatriated Cypriots Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs could liaise any interested individual with the competent officers in the Department of Labour (Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance), who are in a position to assist repatriated Cypriots to explore all available employment opportunities.
Contacting Organizations of Repatriated citizens in Cyprus
As the repatriated individuals are trying to adjust, reach for assistance or get more involved with groups of people with common background or interests, they could also approach the organized groups of repatriated Cypriots from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia etc.), who currently reside in Cyprus. More information and contact details of the said organisations can be found in another subchapter of this website (Organizations of Repatriated citizens in Cyprus).