The Aliens and Immigration Unit has been in operation since the foundation of the Republic of Cyprus. It operates as an independent Unit through its Branches at each Police Division. During its first few years, the operational authority of the Unit rested with the local Divisional Police Department. In the course of time however, the Unit became independent at headquarter level and at the level of its Branch at Larnaca International Airport. It started functioning as a fully independent Unit, both operationally and administratively in 1997 under the direct command of the Chief of Police. .
The Headquarters of the Aliens and Immigration Unit are at Nicosia while the Branches of the Unit are the Divisional Aliens and Immigration Departments as well as the Passport Control Departments at Larnaca and Paphos International Airports.
The Aliens and Immigration Unit is responsible for the implementation of the Aliens and Immigration Law (chap.105 & Reg. 242/72 as amended by Law 22(1)). Taking into consideration the policy of the Government to further promote Cyprus as a tourist destination, the Unit conducts the necessary checks on aliens provided by Law, for the security of the Republic of Cyprus. Such checks are primarily conducted at the entry and exit points of the Republic as well as at the places where aliens reside all over Cyprus.
Cyprus is internationally known as a tourist destination. In order to better implement the Law and the relevant government policy, the Aliens and Immigration Unit makes every possible effort to train its members appropriately by means of participation in seminars and conferences. Among others, members of the Unit participate in National and/or international training/seminars/conferences concerning the following issues:
• Forged Documents
• Illegal Immigration
• Legal Migration
• Harmonization with the Acquis Communitaire
• Refugee and Asylum Seekers Law of E.U. Member States
• Border Control
. Border Surveilance
. Human Rights
. Fundemental Rights of Immigrants