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Malta Visas Work Permits
 

Malta is an island haven for expatriate companies as well as tourists, with many advantages as a first rate location for expansion by foreign businesses and internationally-minded entrepreneurs and workers.

Visas for Malta are not required by European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) nationals, regardless of the purpose or length of stay. However, EU/EFTA nationals planning to live in Malta for an unlimited period must register with the local authorities after three months. Australian, Canadian and USA nationals may stay in Malta without a visa for up to 90 days. Malta is also part of the Schengen agreement which allows visitors to travel between all participating countries.

A third country national (TCN) is any person who is not a citizen of the EU who is not a person enjoying the EU right to free movement. TCNs requiring a visa and work permit must supply the appropriate documentation to comply with the law.

Organising visas and work permits, along with moving staff across the world or recruiting within the new territory, would require an in-house specialist department. Few companies have these resources or the time. Bradford Jacobs, as a global payroll provider through our Employer of Record (EOR) services and Professional Employer Organisation (PEO), have the resources and the time and are experts in hiring staff and applying for work visas and permits with the correct documentation.

  • https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/europe/malta/passport-visa/
  • https://gvzh.mt/malta-law/employment-industrial-relations/permanent-residence-work-permit/

What types of Work Visas/Permits in Malta are there?

Eligibility to work in Malta requires a work permit and a work visa. There are various types of visas/permits, from tourist to business visas, and foreign nationals have a number of options.

Visas for entry to Malta:

  • Short-Stay Visa, or C Visa: A short-stay visa allowing foreign nationals to enter multiple countries within the Schengen zone. This visa is 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 three months regardless how many entries are made
  • National Long-Stay Visa, or D Visa: The D visa allows foreign nationals to stay in Malta for over three months. This is the visa foreign employees need to live and work in Malta for an extended period. Individuals travelling to Malta to study also need a D visa
  • EU Blue Card: The Key Employee Initiative (KEI) provides a fast-tracked service to highly-specialised third country nationals (TCNs) looking to work in Malta. The scheme facilitates work/residence permits for prospective key employees, which under normal circumstances should not exceed five working days from the application’s submission date
  • Single Permit to reside and work in Malta grants an authorisation to third-country nationals (TCNs) to legally reside and work in Malta beyond six months. It incorporates an employment licence and a residence permit. The authorisation is issued in the form of a residence permit and refers to the holder’s employment licence number and place of work. Applications for a Single Permit must be endorsed by the employer and the permit ceases to apply if the applicant leaves the specified employment. Applications for a Single Permit under the KEI initiative may be submitted while the applicant is in Maltese residing abroad.

The Single Permit does not entitle holders to carry out:

  • Paid duties assigned by third parties other than the identified employer
  • Unauthorised work not related to the specific employment indicated in their application

Malta is a member of the European Union (EU). Therefore, citizens of other EU member states are free to travel to Malta without obtaining a visa. They are also exempt from the employment licence requirement. However, EU nationals will need to register their stay with the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs in Malta within three months of arrival.

  • https://identitymalta.com/unit/expatriates-unit/
  • https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/malta-visa/

What are the requirements to obtain a Maltese Work Visa Permit?

EU/EFTA nationals do not require a work visa to enter Malta. There are also a number of other countries whose nationals can travel to Malta for up to 90 days within a six-month period. The relevant embassy should be checked for visa requirements.

For those needing a visa, the correct documentation is required:

  • A valid passport (2 blank pages)
  • Two passport photos
  • Completed application form
  • Covering letterexplaining exact purpose and duration of stay
  • Contract of employment from Maltese company
  • Medical insurance for Schengen area
  • Proof of accommodation in Malta for period of stay
  • Proof of means of support to cover period in Malta

Non-EU foreign nationals or third country nationals (TCNs) also need a Single Permit to work in Malta. TCNs’ skill level, relevant experience and overall suitability for the position are taken into account.

The requirements for a Maltese Single Permit, which incorporates an employment licence and residency, are similar to the work visa and include:

  • A valid passport with one passport photo
  • Completed application form
  • Copy of visa if candidate is already in Malta
  • Cover letter from employer
  • Copy of candidate’s CV
  • Any relevant references or testimonials
  • Proof of qualifications
  • Health certificate
  • Statement/report to show employee’s company searched for Maltese nationals qualified to fill the vacancy

The single permit does not entitle holders to carry out:

  • Paid duties assigned by third parties other than the identified employer
  • Unauthorised work not related to the specific employment indicated in their application

https://gvzh.mt/malta-law/employment-industrial-relations/permanent-residence-work-permit

Applying for Work Visa Permit in Malta

First determine if a visa is needed to travel to Malta. Visas are not required by EU/EFTA nationals, regardless of the purpose or length of stay and some other countries are also exempt so foreign nationals should contact the Maltese Embassy or consulate in their home country for all visa requirements. If a visa is needed they should submit a completed application form with all supporting documents to embassy consular officials, including:

  • Passport with two photographs
  • Contract of employment from Maltese company
  • Proof of insurance for Schengen area
  • Cover letter stating purpose and duration of travel
  • Proof of accommodation and means of support for duration of stay

Third country nationals will also need a Single Permit, which incorporates an employment licence and a residence permit, to work in Malta providing similar documents to the work visa:

  • Valid passport with one passport photo
  • Completed application form
  • Copy of visa if candidate is already in Malta
  • Cover letter from prospective employer
  • Copy of submitted CV
  • Relevant references or testimonials
  • Proof of qualifications
  • Health certificate
  • Statement/report to show employee’s company searched for Maltese nationals qualified to fill the vacancy

It is the responsibility of the company to apply for the Single Permit on behalf of all its foreign workers. Applications have to be endorsed by the employer and the permit would cease to apply if the applicant no longer remains in the specified employment. All documentation, in the meantime, should be submitted by the employer to the Employment and Training Corporation in Malta along with any fees required. Upon both of the applications being approved, the employee may then travel to Malta to take up employment.

https://identitymalta.com/unit/central-visa-unit/

How much is a Maltese Work Visa?

The fee for a Single Permit application or EU Blue Card is €280.50. The fee must be paid with the application. If the application is refused, there is no refund of the fee.

The application fee for Type D and Type C visas is €60, payable at the Maltese Embassy or Consulate in applicant’s country.

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/malta-visa/

Working Visa Malta

Visas for Malta are not required by EU/EFTA nationals, regardless of the purpose or length of stay. However, EU/EFTA nationals who plan to live and work in Malta for an unlimited period must register with the local authorities after three months. Australian, Canadian and US nationals may stay in Malta without a visa for up to 90 days. Malta is also party to the Schengen agreement which allows visitors to travel to all participating countries.

Companies need to ensure that all third country nationals (TCNs) are supplied with the appropriate documentation to comply with the law.

  • National Long-Stay Visa, or D Visa: The D visa allows foreign nationals to stay for more than three months and is required by foreign employees wanting to live and work in Malta for an extended period. People travelling to Malta to study also need a D visa
  • EU Blue Card: The Key Employee Initiative (KEI) provides a fast-tracked service for highly-specialised third country nationals (TCNs) who are looking for employment in Malta
  • Single Permit to reside and work in Malta: the Single Permit grants an authorisation to a TCN to legally reside and work in Malta for more than six months. It comprises an employment licence and a residence permit

Business Visa Malta

  • Third country nationals (TCNs) who need a visa to travel to Malta for a business trips, conferences etc. can apply for a Business or Schengen visa. The following documentation is required:
  • Invitation letter from the Maltese company, detailing address and dates of visit
  • Letter from applicant’s employer allowing business travel to Malta
  • Proof of previous trade relations between the companies
  • Business bank statements of the previous six months
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association, Trade Licence, Proprietorship/Partnership documents
  • Either employer or the partner company must guarantee applicant’s expenses during stay in the Schengen zone

EU and EFTA countries are exempt.

https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/malta-visa/

Malta Visa for EU citizens

As a member of the EU and the Schengen area, Malta has abolished border controls for member states so visas for Malta are not required by EU and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) nationals, regardless of the purpose or length of stay. However, EU/EFTA nationals who plan to live in Malta for an unlimited period must register with the local authorities after a period of three months.

https://identitymalta.com/unit/central-visa-unit/#Schengen-Visa

Malta Visa for USA citizens

Malta is party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that USA citizens may enter Malta for up to 90 days in any 180-day period for tourist or business trips without a visa. Passports should be valid for at least three months beyond the planned departure date. For stays of longer than 90 days, contact the high commission or embassy to obtain the appropriate visa(s) prior to travel.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Malta.html

Malta Visa for Canadian citizens

Malta is a Schengen country. Canadian citizens do not need a visa for travel to countries within the Schengen area for business trips or tourist purposes. However, visa-free travel only applies to stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period. Stays are cumulative and include visits to any Schengen area country. Stays in the Schengen area for a longer period require a visa and the high commission or embassy must be contacted prior to travel to obtain the correct visa.

https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/malta

Malta Visa for Chinese citizens

Chinese citizens travelling to Malta for employment need to apply for a work visa with the appropriate documents. Applicants must hold and Employment Licence issued by the Employment and Training Corporation or an acceptance letter for a Single Permit for residence and work issued by the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs in Malta.

Those travelling to Malta for business trips, professional training or tourism can apply for a Schengen Visa. Applicants applying for a business visa are not allowed to take employment.

https://www.vfsglobal.cn/Malta/China/

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