Following the decision of the Council of Ministers dated 13.2.2019 investors, who will apply based on the Cyprus Investment Programme from the 15th of May 2019 and onwards, are obliged to meet the criterion A.1 (Donation to the Research and Innovation Foundation and the Cyprus Land Development Corporation). However, there are investors, who have been informed on the Programme before 13th of February 2019, and will not be able to submit their citizenship applications prior to the 15th of May 2019.
To provide a solution for the aforementioned matter, the Council of Ministers, during its meeting held on the 6th of May 2019, decided that investors, who have concluded agreement/agreements for the purchase of immovable property – either within the framework of criterion Α.2 (Investment in real estate, land development and infrastructure projects) or aiming at the fulfillment of the requirement for the possession of a privately-owned residence in Cyprus – will be exempted from the obligatory fulfillment of the aforementioned criterion A.1 ( Donation to the Research and Innovation Foundation and the Cyprus Land Development Corporation). Provided that the purchase agreement/s will be stamped until the 15th of May 2019 and will bear a seal of the Stamp Duties Commissioner dated until the 15th of May (included).
Finally, it is noted that, according to the decision of the Council of Ministers, the exemption mentioned above will be in force for applications that will be submitted until the 15th of July 2019 (included). Also, all the other provisions of the Programme dated 15.5.2019 (e.g. possession of a Schengen Visa, etc.) will be in force from the 15th of May and onwards.