The government of Cyprus has updated its work rights for foreign students.

Key Points:

  • Foreign students are allowed to work in certain industries in Cyprus for up to 20 hours per week when school is in session and up to 38 hours during school breaks if they:
    • Are enrolled at government-recognized universities or university programs in Cyprus.
    • Are a full-time student.
    • Have lived in Cyprus since Jan. 31, 2022.
  • Foreign students can only work in specific positions within certain industries, including health and social care, manufacturing, food industries and hotels, among others.

BAL Analysis: Authorities in Cyprus updated their work rights for foreign students with intent to safeguard their work rights while limiting access to the labor market.

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