This post was most recently updated on November 7th, 2020
Cyprus Pink Slip, also known as a pink card, is a temporary residence permit that allows international students to stay in Cyprus for one year.
It is valid for a year and can be renewed annually.
You need to visit the college first when you arrive in Cyprus for the first time on a student visa.
When you get registered in your college, they will then fix an appointment with the Migration Department for you.
After you are registered from the migration department, you will receive your pink card within 2 to 3 months.
They will send it to your college, and you can receive it from your college when it arrives.
Ok, now you have a pink card. What is its value? What are its benefits?
We are going to discuss all these things in this article today. Make sure you read it till the end.
What “Pink Card” really is?
When I first arrived in Cyprus, my visa was more like a “Tourist visa” rather than a student visa.
Of course, I came here as a student, but until I went to college and then the migration department to register, I wasn’t considered an international student in Cyprus.
As a tourist visa is usually given for 15 days to 90 days, I needed a valid permit in Cyprus to stay for more than that time.
Hence, came the Pink Card, which worked as a valid temporary residence permit for me to stay in Cyprus for one year.
Before my visa expired next year, I had to renew my pink card again.
As a result, I could again stay in Cyprus for another year.
If you are new in Cyprus and getting totally confused about the college + the migration thing, I suggest you read the following article.
You can look for a job with your pink card
Previously, an international student couldn’t work or do any jobs until 6 months of arriving in Cyprus, but now the rules have changed.
Soon after you receive your pink card, you are allowed to work for 20 hours a week now.
When you go look for a job, the first thing the employer would want to see is your valid pink card, because they can’t hire anyone illegal.
So, one of the primary benefits of having a pink card is it helps you find a job.
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You will need a pink card to travel to other countries
During the holidays, if you wish to travel to other countries, your pink card works as a valid travel permit.
Suppose you wanted to go to Romania from Cyprus for a week on holiday.
You will need to show your pink card to them along with your passport, a holiday letter from the college, travel insurance, hotel booking documents, and so on.
Visiting Romania or Bulgaria from Cyprus is easy, but visiting Schengen countries from Cyprus is kind of hard.
To understand better, read this article about “Can we travel to other European countries from Cyprus if we are on a student visa?”
So a pink card helps you while visiting other countries.
You can travel to your own country
Suppose you wanted to go on holiday in your country. All you have to do is book a plane ticket, show your pink card and passport and that’s all.
No need for documentation and all. Your pink card would do all the talking.
Also, when you want to come back to Cyprus, you will need the same things; a plane ticket, passport, and pink card.
But make sure your pink card is valid.
You can’t stay in your country for more than 3 months and hope to get back to Cyprus with the same pink card.
Your pink card would be invalid at that time. So be back within three months.
If you have followed the article till the end, then you know a pink card is essential to find a job in Cyprus, travel to other countries and also travel to your own country.
If you think there are some other benefits of a Cyprus pink card, then please let me know in the comment section below.
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