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1 LIVING AND WORKING IN CYPRUS

2 INTRODUCTION  Where is Cyprus?

3 INTRODUCTION  Brief historical background

4 INTRODUCTION (cont.) 1878-1960: British rule 1960-Independent republic
1974-Military coup-Turkish Invasion Population around - 80% Greek Cypriots - 11% Turkish Cypriots - 9% foreigners

5 WORKING IN CYPRUS Migration and registration - Who can work?
·        EU Nationals need no visa or work permit ·        Alien’s Registration Certificate (ARC) ·        Registration Certificate EU nationals have the same rights as Cypriots

6 WORKING IN CYPRUS (cont.)
- What will you need? ·        Apply for an ARC (at the local Immigration Branch of the Police) ·        Apply for a Registration Certificate Ø  Passport or ID card Valid for 5 years ·    Apply for Social Insurance number (upon securing employment)

7 FINDING A JOB Public Employment Service - Register at District Labour Office ·    Passport or ID Card ·   Certificates/diplomas/ qualifications

8 Private Employment agencies/job databases
- Especially managerial and highly specialized jobs - Free to job seekers-complaints - List of private agencies upon request – no website -Own job database – CV online

9 FINDING A JOB (cont.) Newspapers/websites
 www.cyprus.gov.cy (link to main newspapers) - National database - EURES Database Applying for a job Letter of application accompanied by a CV No standard letter or CV Usually no references

10 PURSUIT OF PROFESSIONS WHICH ARE REGULATED
Different procedure Labour Dept. as National Focal Point on procedures as well as informing on “competent bodies”

11 Complaints Wages/collective agreements Agreed with employer, or
STARTING WORK Wages/collective agreements Agreed with employer, or based on collective agreements Minimum wage … €743 (…€789) Complaints

12 STARTING WORK (cont.) Taxation
STARTING WORK (cont.) Taxation Apply for a Taxpayer’s Identification Code – fill in Form IR 163A Personal income tax – according to level of income per year: Up to €19.500….. …………… 0% tax rate € € …… 20% tax rate € € % tax rate over € …………..….. 30% tax rate Deducted monthly   

13 SOCIAL SECURITY General earnings related Social Insurance Scheme, covering compulsorily every employed or self employed person (Social Insurance Department) For employed: 6,3% paid by employee 6,3 paid by employer 4% by State For self employed: 11,6% paid by self employed

14 Social Security (cont.)
Transferring your social insurance benefits Reg. EC 1408/71 governs the retention and transfer of social security entitlements when moving from one member state to another Reciprocal arrangements on social security with 4 non-EU countries

15 Social Security (cont.)
Kinds of benefits Marriage Maternity allowance Sickness, etc Free medical treatment to victims of industrial accidents and occupational diseases and to invalidity pensioners

16 Social Security (cont.)
Sickness benefit Payable for 156 days. Waiting period of 3 days/6 days. Unemployment benefit Payable for max. 156 days. Waiting period of 3 days/30 days.  Website:

17 Government provision of health care is funded out of general taxation
HEALTH SYSTEM Government provision of health care is funded out of general taxation Three systems of health services: Government (public) health sector Private health sector Special schemes

18 HEALTH SYSTEM (cont.) Government (public) health sector
Free of charge (through government facilities, according to earnings or disability criteria) At reduced fees Paying patients

19 HEALTH SYSTEM (cont.) 2. Private health sector 3. Special schemes
Issue of medical card: Application form from public hospitals Ministry of Health

20 LIVING IN CYPRUS Relocating from another country - Pets Owner identity
Vaccinated European Pet Passport EU origin

21 Relocating from another country (cont.)
- Car Temporary importation, not obliged to register if accompanied by proper certificates of registration and valid circulation licenses A European citizen holding a valid driving license of his country can drive on the roads of Cyprus. Third party insurance cover Inspection before registration

22 - Accommodation Apartments, houses, villas Rent depending on area Advertisements in all newspapers/real estate agents -Education system Compulsory education until 15 Ministry of Education and Culture

23 - Shops Winter period Summer period Summer afternoon recess (“siesta”) Tourist areas - Cultural and social life

24 - Transport Private car Public transportation network Inter-city Service Taxi Driving on left-hand side CHEKLIST (Before moving to take up employment) EURES CYPRUS account:

25 Thanks for your attention!


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