Student visas issued by the Migration Department in Cyprus
Nationals of countries where an Embassy / High Commission / Consulate of the Republic of Cyprus is not available in residency should submit to the chosen educational institution the following documents in order to apply, on their behalf, to the Migration Department, for a student visa:
- A fully completed application form.
- An application fee of 15-30 Cyprus Pounds (non-refundable).
- Four (4) passport-size photographs.
- Attested (certified true) copies of the student's academic qualifications.
- Evidence of proficiency in English (if possible)
- A photocopy of their passport. The passport should be valid for at least one (1) year from the date of the student's arrival.
- A recent certificate of good conduct issued by the police of the country of origin or residence. The good conduct certificate should be original and be issued less than six (6) months prior to the beginning of the semester for which the student is applying. The names and titles of the persons issuing and certifying the document should be clearly stated therein. If not in English, official translation must also be presented.
- A recent financial guarantee issued by the student sponsor's bank stating that the specific costs of living and studying in Cyprus (i.e. living expenses and the tuition fees) for one academic year at the educational institution will be met by the sponsor. The name of the sponsor and that of the student should be stated on the guarantee. The bank guarantee should be original and be issued less than six (6) months before the beginning of the semester for which the student is applying. The bank guarantee should include the mailing address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address of the bank. If not available in English, official translation of the bank guarantee must be also submitted.
Once the visa is obtained, a copy will be forwarded to the student.
The visa procedure takes about one month that's why it is necessary to file an application at least 2-3 months before the expected date of enrolment.
Students must report to the educational institution on the first working day after their arrival in order to register and proceed with the remaining formalities needed for the issue of a temporary residence permit.
International students should register with the District Police Alien Branch within seven days as from the day of arrival in Cyprus. They are also obliged to proceed for medical examinations on the first working day after their arrival, to submit the relevant medical certificates to the District Police Alien Branch within one week from the date of arrival.