As previously stated, the legal framework for employment differs significantly depending on the legal status of a person who is not a Cypriot citizen and wishes to work in the country.
Recognised refugees and people with subsidiary protection status enjoy the same benefits as Cypriot (and EU) citizens with regards to the type of work they are allowed to do.
Asylum seekers are allowed to work in a limited number of sectors and fields (please see Unit 1 Topic 2), and they can begin working one month after submitting their asylum application. Asylum seekers should register immediately after one month has passed with their local Labour Office and apply for a work permit. The Labour Department provides job referrals to asylum seekers, usually in a form along with the details of potential employers. Applicants are required to contact them directly, and the employer is expected to provide a written report on the outcome of the meeting.
Asylum seekers must sign a contract provided by the Employer. The employer will need to submit the contract as well as other documents at the Labour Office and wait for approval. When the employer receives confirmation of approval, he/she needs to inform the employee. Asylum seekers are advised to read their contract carefully and keep a copy always. Beginning work before the approval by the Labour Office, is not permitted.
Below, we present some platforms and other ways of looking for a job in Cyprus.
EURES is a cooperation network formed by public employment services. It is an agency of the EU set up to facilitate employment mobility among the member states and it maintains a database of jobs as a useful means to search and apply for jobs in the EU, EEA and Switzerland.
EURES allows you to set up your own profile online and then begin your job search! You can register for free here and then go ahead and select “Cyprus” to look for job positions in the country.
Can I register at the HelpRefugeesWork.org?