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How can I satisfy the requirement for investment in financial assets of Cypriot companies when investing in my own company?

I am a Russian entrepreneur and moved my company from Russia to Cyprus four years ago to take advantage of the low corporate tax rate. I now wish to apply for a second citizenship in Cyprus. How can I ensure that investing in my own company in Cyprus can satisfy the requirement for investing in a Cypriot business? Are there any special requirements for an applicant investing in their own company?

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    Yiannis Fanides

    Cyprus Law Firm
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    Based on the Cyprus Passport Investment Scheme Regulations, an investor can apply for a Cyprus Passport if he invests in Cyprus Company shares plus in a residential property (minimum value at least €500,000). The Cyprus Company Shares can be considered as an investment for CY-Passport purposes given the Cyprus Company is registered for at least 3 years and has at least 5 employees (registered in Social Insurance). Transferring an amount of money from abroad towards your own company can be used for applying for a Cyprus Passport only if you proceed with further investments in Cyprus through this company (we have to prove this amount of money has been transferred to a third party/i.e. as per the Business Plan Report that needs to be submitted along with the Passport Application).

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    Savvas Poyiadjis

    Cyprus Certified Public Accountant
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    It is absolutely fine to utilise an investment in your own company to apply for citizenship by investment. The conditions are as follows: (1) employ at least 5 Cyprus or EU nationals who have been Cyprus tax residents in the last 5 years; (2) invest €2 million in the share capital (equity) of the Cyprus company; (3) purchase a real estate unit of at least €500,000 + VAT, if applicable, (4) prepare a business plan and demonstrate substance and realistic operations within Cyprus. The Ministry would seek to see actual operations and presence in Cyprus for such investments, i.e. not purely holding structures.

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    Marianna Pavlides

    Cyprus Law Firm
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    It is possible to invest in your Cyprus Company and have that be considered an eligible investment for Cyprus Citizenship. The requirement will be €2 million capital, at least 5 Cypriot and/or European employees and a business plan confirming the further investment of the capital within Cyprus economy for the next 3 years. The appropriate Ministries will check on this progress periodically.

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