Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Cyprus - Child benefit

In what situation can I claim?

Child benefit is granted to families who have had their legal and continuous residence, in the areas under the effective control of the Cyprus Government for at least the last five years prior to the submission of the application. For European citizens EU Regulation 883/2004 art 68 applies.

Single parent families receiving child benefit are also entitled to a single parent benefit for each dependent child, provided the single parent and the dependent child have had their legal and continuous residence, in the areas under the effective control of the Cyprus Government for at least the last five years prior to the submission of the application. For European citizens EU Regulation 883/2004 art 68 applies.

Single parent family means a family where a lone parent, without a spouse/companion/a person living together, lives with at least one dependent child, either from marriage or out of wedlock and lives alone because he/she is single, widowed or divorced or because one of the parents is declared by the court as a missing person or because is serving a sentence of imprisonment more than six months.

What conditions do I need to meet?

Child benefit is granted to a family for the number of unmarried dependent children living together under the same roof. Dependent children are defined as children:

  • aged up to 18 years;
  • aged up to 20 years as long as they are studying in secondary school;
  • aged up to 21 years, if they are serving in the National Guard;
  • regardless of age, children who are permanently deprived of the capacity to care for themselves.

A family is entitled to child benefit if its gross annual income does not exceed:

  • €49,000 for families with one dependent child;
  • €59,000 for families with two dependent children;
  • €59,000 plus €5,000 per dependent child for families with more than two children (i.e. €64,000 for a family with three children, €69,000 for a family with four children etc).

In addition to the income criterion, child benefit is not granted if the total value of the family's assets, including real estate, stocks, bonds, securities and deposits, exceeds €1,200,000.

What am I entitled to and how can I claim?

The amount of child benefit and single-parent family benefit is shown in the following tables:

Table Α: Amount of Child Benefit for 2018

Annual benefit per child, by the number of children in the family, in €

Annual family income

in €

one child

two children

three children

four  children

0 -  €19,500.00

475

570

1.045

1.675

€19,500.01 – €39,000.00

425

520

995

1.525

€39,000.01 - €49,000.00

380

380

760

1.260

€49,000.01 – €59,000.00

-

345

690 *

1.135 *

Notes:

1. The income threshold for one child is set to € 49,000, for two children € 59,000 and for each additional child over two the threshold is increased by € 5,000, ie for three children € 64,000, four children € 69,000 etc.

2. For families  having  more than two  children whose total gross income  exceeds €59.000,01 the amount of child benefit  paid per year per child is equal to the one paid to  families with  total gross income between €49.000-€59.000 (*).

3. The gross annual family income corresponds to the income earned in the previous calendar year.

Table B: Amount of Single Parent Benefit for 2018

Family income

Monthly allowance for each dependent child

€0 - €39,000.00

€180

€39,000.01 - €49,000.00

€160

Families with three or more children and single parent with any number of children with total gross annual family income of less than €39000 during the previous year are entitled to receive child benefit through the automatic payment system during the first quarter of the calendar year.

Submitting applications:

The application must be submitted each calendar year by the last day of the year for which the benefit is being sought.

Jargon busters

  • Family income means the total gross annual income of all members of the family arrived at by adding up the individual gross incomes obtained by each member of the family in the year preceding the year for which the benefit is paid.
  • Children means unmarried legitimate children, stepchildren, children born outside marriage and legally adopted children.

Forms you may need to fill in

Know your rights

European Commission publication and website:

Who do you need to contact?

Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance

Welfare Benefits and Administration Service

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