Malta is the smallest island country in the European Union situated in the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the most beautiful and peaceful countries to live and work. From gaming to financial services, various industries are flourishing in the country thereby creating job opportunities for skilled people across the globe. But to work in Malta you need to apply for Malta Work Visa if you are not a citizen of any of the European Union countries.
What is Malta Work Visa?
If a citizen of a non-EU country wants to work in Malta, he requires a Malta Work Visa and EU Blue Card to live and work in Malta. The citizens of the European Union member nations do not need a work permit to live, study and work in Malta.
Types of Malta Work Visa
Malta offers a variety of visas for foreign nationals, including tourist visas, business visas, and visas for medical purposes. Foreign nationals who intend to travel to Malta to work have a few options when it comes to visas:
- Short-Stay Visa: The short-stay visa also called as C visa is a Schengen visa, which means it allows foreign nationals to enter multiple countries within the Schengen area. This visa is available in three forms to accommodate single entries, double entries, and multiple entries. The C visa allows the holder to remain in Malta for up to 90 days regardless of how many entries are allowed.
- Long-Stay Visa: The D visa allows foreign nationals (from non-EU member countries) to stay in Malta for more than three months. This is the visa foreign employees you will need to live and work in Malta for an extended period of time i.e., more than 90 days. Students from non-EU member countries who want to study in Malta will need a D visa as well.
In addition to a long-stay visa (D Visa), you will also need a work permit (ETC Employment License) to legally work in Malta. Again, only your employer can apply for the ETC employment license for you.
In order to get you your ETC employment license, your Employer would need the following documents:
- A copy of your passport certified by relevant authorities
- Completed application form
- Passport size photos
- Qualification and work experience documents
- Updated CV
The Employer, as part of the application process, would also need to provide evidence that they tried to fill the position from within the EU before making an offer of employment to a non-EU national.
Requirements to Obtain Malta Work Visa
Following are the basic requirements for obtaining Malta Work Visa:
- A duly completed visa application form.
- A cover letter stating the purpose of the applicant’s trip to Malta.
- A valid passport with at least two blank pages.
- Two passport photos.
- Proof that the applicant has travel medical insurance coverage for the entire Schengen area.
- An employment contract with a company based in Malta.
- Proof of accommodations for the duration of the applicant’s time in Malta.
- Evidence of sufficient financial means to cover the entire period of the applicant’s stay.
Foreign nationals will also need an employment license to work in Malta. The requirements for a Maltese employment license include:
- A completed application form.
- A copy of the applicant’s CV.
- A copy of the applicant’s visa if they are already in Malta.
- A cover letter from the applicant’s employer.
- One passport photo.
- References and testimonials of the applicant’s qualifications.
- A medical certificate of health.
- A vacancy report demonstrating that the company searched for qualified Maltese nationals to fill the position.
What is the Process to Get Malta Work Visa?
The citizens of non-EU countries should contact the Maltese embassy or consulate in their country of residence for a complete, up-to-date list of all of the visa requirements. After doing so, they should complete the Malta visa application and submit it and the supporting documents to the embassy officials.
You cannot apply for your Malta Work Visa on yourself in most of the cases and for most of the jobs. Rather it is the employer’s responsibility to apply for an employment license on your behalf. So your employer in the Malta should begin this process in the meantime. The employer should submit the relevant documents to the Employment and Training Corporation in Malta and pay any applicable fees.
Upon approval of both applications, you can travel to Malta and begin working for your employer in the Malta. Non-EU citizens would also need to apply for Permanent Residence which needs to be renewed annually. Whereas, the EU citizens have the liberty to choose between Permanent Residence and ordinary residence.
Malta Global Residence Program
Another category that non-EU nationals can apply under is the Global Residence Program of Malta. This program offers great benefits but also has stricter control measures. To be eligible you must prove that
- You maintain a residential address in Malta
- You can pay 15% tax on the income earned in Malta
- You have sufficient funds to support your family in Malta
The Maltese Global Residence Program is an attractive option as Malta being part of the Schengen area, allows free movement throughout the European Union.
Malta Work Visa for Entrepreneurs
To set up your business venture you need to obtain an employment license from the Government of Malta. To be eligible you should have a planned investment of EUR 100,000 in the first six months of establishing the business or you may need to demonstrate the capability to employ at least 3 local people in the first 18 months of the business you start in Malta. An employment license may also be procured by producing a sound business proposal approved by the Maltese Enterprise Agency.
Can My Spouse & Family Members to Come with Me to Malta?
In most of the visa categories and especially in the D category work visa you cannot bring you family with you to Malta initially. However, you may apply for a family reunification visa after completing a year of stay in Malta. This would include your spouse and dependent children.
You would be required to provide evidence of suitable accommodation and sufficient income to support the family. You would also be able to provide evidence of funds to support your whole family.
What is the Processing Time for Malta Work Visa?
Usually, it takes around 15-45 days of time from your application submission to get your Malta Work Visa. In some cases, the visa processing time may take up to 90 days.
What is the cost of a Malta Work Permit Application?
The fee for a single permit application is €280.50. The fee must be paid when the single permit application is submitted. If the application is rejected for any reason, there is no refund of the fee.
How Can I Renew my Malta Work Permit?
Single permits can be renewed by submitting a renewal single permit application, which must be accompanied by documentation certifying that income tax and national insurance contributions have been duly paid for the previous 12 months. Other documentation needs to be submitted also (namely Form C, rental declaration form, copy of lease agreement, copy of valid passport).
The same fee of €280.50 is levied once more while you apply for the renewal of your Malta Work Visa. Renewal applications must be submitted at least one month prior to the expiry of the current permit as processing of such applications takes around 4-6 weeks. If the applicant submits the application early enough, s/he can hold on to the current valid e-residence card, which is then exchanged when the new e-residence card is issued.
However, if the permit holder applying for a renewal applies at a very late stage, the e-residence card would be collected at time of application and the applicant would be issued with an interim authorisation to reside and work in Malta. This document confirms that a renewal application has been submitted, and allows the applicant to keep on working.
The Key Employee Initiative
The KEI is a newly-launched scheme by Identity Malta that provides a fast-track service to highly-skilled individuals who wish to work in Malta. The scheme facilitates the issuing of single permits to prospective key employees within five working days from the date of submission of the application.
Applications for a single permit under the KEI are open to managerial or highly-technical posts which require the relevant qualifications or adequate experience related to the job being offered. Applicants who want apply for Malta Work Permit under the KEI scheme need to satisfy the below criteria:
- Annual gross salary of at least €30,000;
- Certified copies of the relevant qualifications, warrants OR the necessary work experience supported by references covering at least a 3-year period;
- Declaration by the employer stating that you have necessary credentials and qualifications to perform the assigned duties.
The KEI is also extended to innovators involved in start-up projects which are specifically endorsed by Malta Enterprise. Applications are submitted in the same manner as other single permit applications, namely when the applicant is physically in Malta or still abroad.
Approved applications will be issued with a work permit valid for one year and which, if renewed, may then have a validity of maximum three years, subject to the presentation of a valid employment contract, and the original annual tax declaration form stamped by the Inland Revenue Department.
If you are looking to get your Malta Work Visa, or you are planning to migrate permanently or Invest in Malta, we can help you with your application. Do get in touch with our team by filling up the form below.