The Child Benefit "Επίδομα Τέκνου" is paid to families who have been residing in the Republic of Cyprus for the last three consecutive years and have at least one resident child, provided that they are living together and their total assets do not excceed the eligibility criteria.

Families with unmarried children living under the same roof are entitled to child benefit in the following cases:

  • until the child turns 18;
  • until the child turns 19, if attending secondary education;
  • until their son turns 21, if serving in the army (National Guard);
  • irrespective of the age, if their children are incapable of supporting themselves due to a physical or mental disability.

The Eligibility Conditions for Child Benefit

A family is entitled to child benefit if its total annual gross income does not exceed:
  • €49.000 in case of families with one dependant child
  • €59.000 in case of families with two or more dependant children
A single-parent family is entitled if its total annual gross income does not exceed:
  • €49.000 in case of families with one dependant child

The annual family income includes the gross income earned in the previous year by all the family members, from work, employment, pensions, rents, dividends, interest on deposits, bonds, or securities in Cyprus or / and abroad.

Any public allowance or grant provided by the Government shall also be taken into consideration except the mother's allowance, student grants, student welfare, scholarships, and grants / subsidies to people with disabilities.

A child’s income from any form of employment also does not count as long as the child is attending regular studies.  

The estranged spouses are considered as members of the family until the divorce.

Regardless of the annual gross income, a family loses its entitlement to child benefit if the total value of the family’s property assets (in current prices) including real estate, shares, bonds and securities, exceeds €1,200,000.

How Is the Child Benefit Calculated?

The Child Benefit is provided according to the Child Benefit Laws 2002 (as amended) and consists of a basic benefit and a supplementary benefit which depend on the number of dependant children and the annual gross family income. 

For the year 2017 the annual Child Benefit is calculated based on the following table:

No. of
Dependant
Children
Basic Benefit
Family Income
€49,000 - €59,000
Basic Benefit
Family Income
up to €49,000
Suppl.Benefit
Family Income
up to €19,500
Suppl.Benefit
Family Income
€19,000 - €39,000
0€380€95€45
€345€380€190€140
€690€760€285€235
4+€1,135€1,260€415€265
 

The Child Benefit for Single-Parent families is calculated as follows:

Family Income
Monthly Benefit
€0 - €39,000€180
€39,000 - €49,000€160
 

The Child Benefit presented on the above tables are per dependant child.

How to apply for Child Benefit?

To receive child benefit the family must submit to the "Social Welfare Service" of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurances (or to another relevant body) an application form together with the relevant documents no later than 31 December of that specific year for which the grant is requested.

Applications must be re-submitted annually to ensure that the parent is still resident in Cyprus, along with proofs from the school that the child is attending. If the application and the relevant documents are not submitted within the deadline, it will be considered out of date and will result in loss of child benefit for that year. The beneficiaries must submit an application every calendar year, in order to receive child benefit.

The documents must be submitted either in Greek or in English, or accompanied by a certified translation in Greek by the Press and Information Office in Cyprus in case they are available in another language. Copies of the required documents may be accepted, unless the original certificates are requested by the Social Welfare Service.
 
The application can be submitted within one year from the date of birth to any of the following institutions:
 
1. ​Social Welfare Service:
6 Tefrkou Street, 1066 Nicosia, tel 22804000
 
2. Citizen Service Centres (CSC):
Nicosia: Angle Kyriakos Matsis & Katsonis Saints Confessors, tel 22446813 (open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm from Monday to Friday), 
Limassol: Spyros Araouzou 21 tel 25829135,
Famagusta: Freedom 83 Derynia, tel 23300300,
Larnaca Ave Afxentiou 27 tel 24815555,
Paphos: Eleftherios Venizelos 62 tel 26822400,
Poli Chrysochous: Evagoras Pallikarides 1, tel: 26821888,
Pelendri: Archbishop Makarios III 70, tel 25813400.
 
3. District Post Offices:
Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca, Paphos
 
By post:
Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurances
​Social Welfare Service
1489 Nicosia

Documents Required When Applying for Child Benefit

If the application is submitted for the first time or new elements have occurred from the previous application (e.g. birth of a new child, child joining the National Guard etc) the following documents are required (only once):

  • the birth certificate for every dependant child;
  • a certificate from the National Guard, for children aged between 18 to 21 years serving the army;
  • a certificate of attendance from a secondary education school, for pupils aged between 18 to 19 years old;
  • a medical certificate, for children permanently disabled, regardless of their age;
  • the court ruling or sworn statement before the registrar or a certificate from the Social Welfare Services regarding the person with whom the children live under the same roof, in case of divorced parents or children whose parents are both dead;
  • the court order for divorce and / or alimony and/or child custody (if alimony or custody is changed, submit the new ruling);
  • a certificate from the Bank or CCI or copy of the bank statement. The child benefit will be paid only by bank transfer to a personal or joint account of the beneficiary;
  • a copy of the Alien Card (yellow slip), Certificate of Registration, Temporary Residence Permit or Immigration Permit from the Civil Register and Immigration Department for the applicant and their family members, in case of foreign citizens living in the Republic of Cyprus for at least three years.Note that a new permit shall be submitted in case the previous one has expired.
  • foreign applicants are also required to submit a community council certificate for minor children who do not attend school or kindergarten that they reside under the same roof with their family or, a certificate of school attendance for pupils (a new certificate must be submitted every September for each new school year).
     
The Grants and Benefits Service may, where it deems fit, request additional documents for all the income and property requirements under consideration.

Documents Required When Applying for Child Benefit

Every year the applicants are required to submit the following documents which refer to the gross income during the previous year for each family member (where applicable) separately:

(a) Employees must submit one of the following documents:
  • a certificate from the employer (which is in the last page  of the application form);
  • the salary certificate (IR 63).
(b) Shareholders of a private company must submit one of the following documents:
  • a declaration of dividends which is in the last page of the application form;
  • a statement of defense contribution from dividends;
  • a copy of the dividends’ certificate.
(c) Self-employed must submit one of the following documents:
  • a copy of the tax return;
  • the income certificate of accountant / auditor.
(d) In case of income gained abroad the application must include the relevant certificates from the competent bodies abroad that proves the amount of earnings in the previous year.
 
(e) a declaration or payment statement of Cyprus Agricultural Payments Organisation.
 
The Grants and Benefits Service may, where it deems fit, request additional documents for all the income and property requirements under consideration.

Families with 3+ dependent children receive the benefit after the 4th month of the year and consequently on a monthly basis.

Families with 1-2 dependent children receive the benefit on an annual basis (at the end of the year).

The child benefit is paid to:
  • the mother when the parents live together;
  • the father or mother (depending on the case), when they are single, widowed or divorced, for the number of children who live with them under the same roof;
  • the person (tutor) who is in charge of the child when both parents are dead. 

Obligation of Child Allowance Beneficiaries

Persons who receive child benefit must notify the Grants and Benefits Service or the Permanent Secretary within one month of any change in their family situation, address, bank account, or of any circumstances that may affect their right to receive the benefit. Failure to provide timely information may result in loss of child benefit.

According to the Child Benefit Law, any person making a false statement or presenting false particulars with the aim of obtaining child benefit either for herself / himself or for any other person, is guilty of an offense and risks a fine of up to €40.000, or imprisonment up to 2 years, or both sentences.

For more information regarding the child benefit contact the Grants and Benefits Service of the Ministry of Finance at:
Tel: +357 22804000, + 357 22804006 
Fax: +357 22668056, +357 22668049 
Coordinator: Mr. Gregory Giorkas (Chief Administrative Officer)

The information source for this article was taken from the Ministry of Finance in Cyprus