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Work Permit

Based on the new legislation in Cyprus (Aliens and Immigration Law No. 184(1)/2007), students are permitted to work 20 hours per week (part-time) during the normal academic semesters and 38 hours per week  (full-time) during their holidays. This legislation covers only students who have been in Cyprus for six months.The work opportunities which students can pursue are governed by the Ministry of Employment. 

Employment of Students from Third Countries (Non-European Countries)
Aliens and Immigration Law No. 184(

Which third country national students are entitled to employment?

Entitled to be employed are third country national students who:

  • have been accepted by recognized tertiary education institutions or institutions which had been registered by 31/12/2007,
  • are full time students on a recognized course of study or a programme which had been registered by 31/12/2007, and
  • have completed 6 months of full time study and residence in Cyprus.

Employers are advised to check that the student is in possession of a valid student residence permit issued by the Director of the Civil Registry and Migration Department which has not expired and on which his right to be employed is clearly stated.

Under which rules and conditions?

Employment of students is allowed provided that:

  • The student has secured an employment contract from a specific employer.(the typical employment contract is available at the District Labour Offices)
  • The student presents the employment contract together with the time-table of his/her studies validated by the Education Institution, to the Department of Labour (District Labour Offices) to be checked and stamped.
  • The employment takes place outside their study time.
  • The hours of employment do not exceed 20 per week, while during vacation periods the hours of employment can be increased to 38 per week.

In which fields and/or occupations is employment of third-country national students allowed?

Taking into account the situation of the labour market, access to employment is restricted to the following activities:


No Economic activity Employment
1. Industry – Repairs Freight handlers in wholesale trade and labourers at petrol stations and car wash.
2. Health – Social services Caregivers in homes for the elderly provided that the provisions of the relevant law are fulfilled.
3. Household activities Circumstantial work in households.
4 Manufacturing Labourers in bakeries, in animal feed production, in waste recycling and night shift labourers).
5. Agriculture – Husbandry – Fishing Labourers in agriculture, fishing and husbandry.
6. Other activities Building cleaners
7. Catering Delivery.


  1.  During the period 1st June – 15th October, the employment of students in the hotel/ catering sector is allowed for training purposes in accordance with current policy and practice.
  2.  Students registered in recognized mechanical and electrical engineering courses will be allowed to be employed for practical training purposes, provided a relevant written training agreement is signed between the employer and the Educational Institution and has been approved by the Department of Labour.

Is employment of third-country national students allowed in private households?

  • The employment of students in private households is allowed for household work provided that it is occasional. In these cases the employers shall have to sign and fill in a special booklet held by the student their details (name / address), the date of employment, the hours of employment and the salary paid to the student. There is no need for a contract of employment.
  • The student has to pay Social Security contributions in accordance with national legislation based on his/her emoluments indicated in the booklet.

Before offering employment, the potential employer should check that:

  • The student holds a valid entry and residence permit as a student in Cyprus and that 6 months have elapsed since his/her entry in the country,
  • Is employed outside the study time and
  • Is not employed in excess of the time limit provided by the law.

(It is noted that the student, when seeking employment, should have in his/her possession the residence permit and the course timetable validated by the Educational Institution where he/she is studying.)

Financial and other Penalties

In case of violation of the provisions of the above law:

  1. The employer is liable to :
  • A fine up to €854 and disqualification up to 6 months of the right of employment of third-country nationals for the 1st
  • A fine up to €3,417 and disqualification up to 12 months of the right of employment of third country nationals for the 2nd                                                                       
  • A fine up to €3,417 multiplied by the number of infringements for any further infringements and disqualification of the right of employment of third-country nationals.
  1. The student is liable to:
  • A fine of €342 for the 1st infringement
  • A fine of €854 for the 2nd infringement
  • A fine of €854 multiplied by the number of infringements, for any further infringements.

The employment of third-country nationals not in possession of a valid residence and employment permit is illegal and constitutes a criminal offence.




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