Cyprus to of­fer on­line visa ap­pli­ca­tions in China as of 20/4

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The govern­ment of Cyprus will start ac­cept­ing on­line ap­pli­ca­tions for visas from Chi­nese vis­i­tors and po­ten­tial in­vestors by the end of the month, in an ef­fort to at­tract them to the is­land and pro­vide long-term res­i­dency or even cit­i­zen­ship.

With the prop­erty sec­tor seem­ing as the most promis­ing to exit the re­ces­sion of the past years, as Cyprus was bailed out by in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tors and has just ex­ited its ‘eco­nomic ad­just­ment’ pro­gramme, prop­erty sales of at least EUR 330,000 will se­cure Chi­nese in­vestors a lo­cal ‘res­i­dency’ per­mit. Fur­ther­more, for the more ad­ven­tur­ous, an in­vest­ment in cash, bonds or prop­erty or in an on­go­ing busi­ness to the tune of EUR 2.5 mln, will au­to­mat­i­cally en­ti­tle the in­vestors the right to cit­i­zen­ship.

In an an­nounce­ment, the Em­bassy of Cyprus in Bei­jing an­nounced the sig­na­ture of an agree­ment with TLS­con­tact on March 29, con­cern­ing the open­ing of Visa Ap­pli­ca­tion Cen­tres (VACs) in China.

As of April 8, the web­page (pro­vi­sional ver­sion) of the Visa Ap­pli­ca­tion Cen­tre of Bei­jing (https://cy.tls­con­tact.com/cn/BJS) is ex­pected to be avail­able, while it is ex­pected to be fully op­er­a­tional from May 4. The VAC of Bei­jing is ex­pected to start op­er­at­ing on April 20.

Dur­ing the pe­riod from April 8 to May 4, ap­pli­cants from all over China may con­tact the TLS­con­tact’s call cen­tre (calls from China: 021 60168632, calls from over­seas: +86 021 60168633) to ar­range an ap­point­ment for the sub­mis­sion of their visa ap­pli­ca­tions.

As of May 5, all ap­point­ments will be made elec­tron­i­cally, through the web­page https://cy.tls­con­tact.com/cn/BJS .

The VAC Bei­jing will be open daily (Mon­day to Fri­day) from 8.30 a.m. un­til 12 noon (lo­cal time) and will ob­serve the of­fi­cial hol­i­days of Cyprus and the PR China.

Ap­pli­cants from all over China, as well as the other coun­tries of ac­cred­i­ta­tion of the Em­bassy of the Repub­lic of Cyprus, are en­cour­aged to choose the Visa Ap­pli­ca­tion Cen­ter of Bei­jing for the sub­mis­sion of their visa ap­pli­ca­tions.

More in­for­ma­tion is ex­pected to be avail­able from April 8, the em­bassy an­nounce­ment con­cluded.

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