June 16, 2022

Cyprus Authorities Implement Stricter Working Rights for Student Permit Holders

In an attempt to further protect student rights and simultaneously limit local labor market access, the Cypriot authorities have introduced a number of changes for student visa holders.

Measures taken include reducing work authorization for student permit holders from 30 hours per week to 20 hours per week during term time, and 38 hours per week during the school holiday periods. Students will only be permitted to work in occupations on the shortage list and in internships related to their studies. Previously, there were no restrictions to the occupation or industry they worked in.

Additionally, employers are now required to submit employment contracts to the local labor office for approval and stamping. Internships will also require a written internship agreement between the educational institution and the employer, which is to be approved by the Department of Labour.

For further information on immigration in Cyprus, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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