Pre-Citizenship Services

To ensure a smooth Citizenship application process, we ensure that you have all the documents you need made available to you. As Cyprus has changed hands a number of times over the last 150 years, documents may be hard to source. This is where we come in. The pre-stage part of your application can include the following.

1. Legitimisation

Scenario 1: Minor whose parents married after the birth (parents living or deceased)
Scenario 2: Adult whose parents never married but are living.
Scenario 3: Minor whose parents never subsequently married but are living - in this case, the parents must be willing to visit Cyprus to sign an Affidavit. In some scenarios, we ask the living brother of the Father to make a Statement of his brother's active role in his child's/children's lives.

Pre-Citizenship Services

2. Identity

In some instances we draft legal documents to give validation to someones identity, eg Affidavit of Identity, Statement of Fact, Statutory Declaration of Change of Name, Affidavit or other legal papers. This is likely when there are discrepancies in the names or dates of birth or there is a lack of governmental evidences to support the applicant’s identity.

Cyprus was part of the British Empire

1877-1878 Cyprus was leased to the British Empire but remained an Ottoman territory
1878-1914 British Protectorate
1914-1925 British military administration
1925-1960 British Crown Colony
1955-1960 The Cyprus Emergency / Cypriot War of independence
16 August 1960 – Cyprus formally achieves its independence from the UK

3. Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations

Scenario 1: Amending the Birth Cert to include a father (parents living)
Scenario 2: Amending the Birth Cert to include a father (mother living, father deceased)
Scenario 3: Amending the Birth Cert to alter a mistake on the Register.
Scenario 4: Application for registration of Overseas Foreign Birth
Scenario 5: Application for registration of Overseas Marriage
Scenario 6: Application for registration of Overseas Death
Scenario 7: Establishing Legal Guardianship / Step Parentage

4. Missing Records Search in Cyprus

In the event that you do not have records to support your ancestry, eg Baptismal, Birth, Marriage or Death certificates in Cyprus directly. We begin with:
Route 1: Priests, for which donations are giving (a) for search and (b) for Certificate
Route 2: Nicosia manual search in archives for a record
Route 3: Digitalisation of existing hand written records
Route 4: UK Government records to evidence birth details
Route 5: Religious or Land records to evidence birth right / relationship.
Route 6: Photographs of the gravestones in Cyprus

5. Apostilles

We will offer apostille services for All UK documents, such as:

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Educational Certificates for Employment in Europe
  • Identity documents
  • Corporate and Personal

What is an apostille?

An Apostille is a French word meaning certification. This is a legal certification made by one country to the other. It allows for a document to be given validity in another country (provided that both countries are signatories to the 1961 Hague Convention).

All UK documents need to be apostilled post Brexit.

6. Family Tree Services

Elizabeth Rennie has been a genealogists for over 18 years. She provides two services:

  • Explanatory family tree
  • Factual Family Tree with records for use in Citizenship applications

Some countries allow for descent (from parents only) or from double-descent (grand-parents). Some allow for time set or based on International Territory recognition.