Although the law does allow family members to be granted lesser rights than the sponsor, in practice this was rarely, if ever, applied, which may be due to the extremely low number of family reunification requests. In practice, family members were issued the same residence permit as the sponsor, which states them to be refugees and they enjoy the same rights. In 2019, the practice started to change as the Civil Registry and Migration Department (CRMD) ceased issuing residence permits for family members. The CRMD instructs all beneficiaries of international protection (recognised refugees and subsidiary protection) to proceed to the Asylum Service to receive a decision on whether they should receive the status of the beneficiary. The Asylum Service has taken steps to address the situation, but it is still not clear if the CRMD will proceed with the issuance of residence permits. At time of publication the issue remained unresolved.
Article 25(14) Refugee Law.
Based on information from the representation of beneficiaries of International Protection by the Cyprus Refugee Council.