Relocating to a new country, starting a new life, and opening a company can be exciting and challenging. In Cyprus, many non-EU citizens find themselves in a similar situation, seeking to obtain residency to join their EU citizen spouses who have settled in the country. This article explores the process and requirements for obtaining residency, often referred to as the “yellow slip,” in Cyprus for non-EU spouses and their dependent children. We’ll walk you through the steps and considerations to help you navigate this complex journey.

Marriage in Cyprus:

Imagine a scenario where a German passport holder is in love with an Israeli passport holder, and they decide to tie the knot in Cyprus. This decision can have significant implications for their residency status in Cyprus.

Non-EU Spouse’s Eligibility:

  • After marrying an EU citizen in Cyprus, the Israeli spouse can apply for a residence card as the family member of an EU citizen.
  • This process aligns with EU law, which allows family members to reunite with EU citizens exercising their right to reside freely within member states.

Daughter’s Eligibility:

  • What about the Israeli spouse’s 10-year-old daughter from a different father? Can she obtain a yellow slip as well?

Let’s delve deeper into these questions.

Daughter’s Eligibility:

If the 10-year-old daughter’s biological father consents to her relocation and her mother’s marriage to the EU citizen in Cyprus is recognized, she could potentially be eligible for a residence card as a family member. Here’s what you need to know:

Residence Card for Family Members of EU Citizens:

  • The daughter could apply for a residence card as a dependent family member of her mother, the Israeli spouse, who is now married to the EU citizen (German passport holder).
  • EU regulations allow for the direct family members, including children under 21, of EU citizens living in another member state to join them.


  • The application would likely require proof of the mother-daughter relationship (such as a birth certificate).
  • Evidence of the marriage between the EU citizen (stepfather) and the non-EU citizen mother.
  • Consent from the biological father, possibly translated and apostilled as needed.
  • Proof that the EU citizen has the resources to support the family and comprehensive health insurance coverage for all family members.
  • Documentation of the EU citizen’s legal residence in Cyprus (e.g., registration certificate or yellow slip).


  • The application should be submitted to the Civil Registry and Migration Department in Cyprus, keeping in mind that immigration policies can change.

Legal Status:

  • If approved, the daughter would receive a residence card, usually valid for five years or the expected period of residence of the EU citizen, with the option for renewal.