North Cyprus – Foreign Residents – Renewing Residency Permit


Foreign Residents

Renewing Residency Permit

By Brenda Fletcher…..

On 10th May I travelled to Lefkoşa to renew, once again, my residency permit, the past two years have flown by. The process was virtually seam free as there is now a ticket machine installed and a numbered index in the waiting room. After approximately 20 minutes my number was called and the paperwork sorted.Residency

Applicants need to note that you need copies of passport and previous permit stamp, deeds or tenancy contract, a letter from your local Muhtar and a local bank statement. This is an enormous improvement from the original times when you applied in a ‘grotty’ office building by the bus station, having negotiated three crowded floors. Those were the days and, thankfully, the improvements are appreciated.

My point is that, having lived here for 12 years plus, why am I still considered as a visitor so stated by the stamp in my passport. This is my home, I don’t have a property elsewhere, and I do not intend living anywhere else!!!

I really do think that long term expat residents in North Cyprus should, at least, be offered a 5 year residency.   After all you can obtain a 10 year driving licence!!

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2 Responses to North Cyprus – Foreign Residents – Renewing Residency Permit

  1. stephen harris says:

    You can apply for full residence status after collecting 5 temporary resident stamps (of 1 or 2 years) ….. and then paying the appropriate fee of course! Is there any definitive statement on the official TRNC policy towards the need of British citizens aged over 60 renewing their temporary residence permits? Steve Yeni Erenkoy

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