Post graduation work permits are not an easy achievable in Cyprus but possible. The students have to exit Cyprus within 60 days of completion of their study programme in Cyprus at any case. If they have attained an employment contract from Cyprus based firm, they can re-enter the country with work permit. The work permit is submitted in Cyprus by employer who will fulfill the requirements of inviting the foreign employee according to Cyprus law and then send an invitation letter to intended employee. The intended employee will apply for work permit at the Cyprus’s Embassy located in their home country and submit required documents for approval. If approved, the candidate can enter Cyprus on the work permit visa and will be issued a temporary residence permit which will be valid for 1 year duration initially and can be renewed every year. After 5 years of living in Cyprus on temporary resident, the candidate can apply for permanent residency visa of Cyprus. The graduates entering in Cyprus on employment based will apply for Category E visa. The following documents are required to apply for Category E visa:
Signed visa application form
Photocopy of valid passport
Police clearance letter stating the applicant is of good character and that he has not committed any criminal offence (the letter should not be older than 3 months)
Medical examination certificate (stating the applicant is free from HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Tuberculosis)
Bank statement or Credit Card Statement (200 to 300 Cyprus pounds amount must be present at the applicant’s bank account and the statement present at the Embassy must not be older more than 6 months duration)
Passport size photographs (3)
Employment contract from Cyprus’s based company ( the contract must be stamped by the Department of Labor of the Ministry of Labor and Social Insurance and it also has to be revenue stamped by the Revenue Stamps Registrar)
The visa application will be accepted with fee of 20 pounds.
The work permit process will take 2 to 3 months for approval. On arrival the applicant has to register their name at local police station and in case they change their residence, it must be notified to immigration department.
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