By Brenda Fletcher…..
On 10th May I travelled to Lefkoşa to renew, once again, my residency permit, the past two years have flown by. The process was virtually seam free as there is now a ticket machine installed and a numbered index in the waiting room. After approximately 20 minutes my number was called and the paperwork sorted.
Applicants need to note that you need copies of passport and previous permit stamp, deeds or tenancy contract, a letter from your local Muhtar and a local Bank statement. This is an enormous improvement from the original times when you applied in a ‘grotty’ office building by the bus station, having negotiated three crowded floors. Those were the days and, thankfully, the improvements are appreciated.
My point is that, having lived here for 12 years plus, why am I still considered as a visitor so stated by the stamp in my passport. This is my home, I don’t have a property elsewhere, and I do not intend living anywhere else!!!
I really do think that long term expat residents in North Cyprus should, at least, be offered a 5 year residency. After all you can obtain a 10 year driving licence!!