The immigration process in Malta is straightforward and subject to simplified formalities that can be entirely handled by one of our immigration lawyers in Malta. It all starts with a verification in terms of visas for non-EU/EEA citizens who want to visit or relocate to Malta. We have gathered important information about the immigration process in Malta, mentioning that you can address your inquiries at any time.
Who needs a visa for Malta?
Non-EU/EEA citizens must obtain a Maltese visa to enter this country. Being part of the Schengen area, visas for Malta come with a series of benefits, like traveling to other Schengen states without restrictions or border controls. A short-stay visa for Malta can be obtained if the following requirements in terms of documents are respected:
- The passport must be valid for at least 3 months prior to the arrival in Malta (including the return).
- The visa application form provided by the authorities must comprise the entire personal information (date and place of birth, name of the parents, etc.).
- The purpose of the visit in Malta needs to be contained by a cover letter.
- The flight ticket reservations, including the return, will be solicited.
- One must provide information about the accommodation in Malta.
- A medical insurance with a coverage of at least EUR 30,000 is needed.
- In the case of employees, companies or sponsors must provide a “no-objection certificate”, and a copy of the employment contract.
- Sole traders in Malta will have to provide a copy of the business license.
- The income tax return or ITR is required for future employees in Malta.
- The proof of enrollment is needed for future students in Malta.
These are a few of the visa requirements in Malta that foreigners should pay attention to. Our team of immigration lawyers in Malta has experience in this field and can help foreign citizens make a proper visa application, and also obtain a residence permit in Malta. Support for Malta citizenship application is offered.
Look for accommodation in Malta
Once the visa process starts, foreigners have sufficient time to look for a place to stay in Malta. It all starts with a verification with the real estate agencies in Malta that have online services, in order for you to see the chosen accommodation. You can also ask for a virtual tour once you get in touch with a real estate agent. Villas, farmhouses, apartments, and condominiums can be chosen in Malta’s great cities and regions, mentioning that it is important to consider the all-inclusive packages if you intend to move with the entire family. Gozo, Valletta, St. Julian’s, Qawra, Sliema, or Bugibba, here are a few recommendations for persons who cannot decide on Malta’s cities to move to. Most of the accommodations in Malta are of good quality, are located in Malta’s countryside, and are well equipped. You can solicit our legal help if you want to buy or rent a property in Malta. Assistance for Malta citizenship is also offered.
Obtain residence in Malta
Once the visa is obtained, the next thing to consider is the residence permit for Malta which is normally issued considering the length of the stay and purpose in this country. Here are a few examples:
- The ordinary residence permit – is issued for foreigners living in Malta for 3 months or more, if they intend to work here;
- The temporary residence permit – can be issued for foreign students in Malta;
- The permanent residence permit – this status is grated after living 5 years in Malta.
Obtain the work permit in Malta
It is important to note that EU citizens don’t need a work permit for Malta, compared to non-EU citizens who need to pay attention to this requirement. A Maltese work permit has a validity of 3 years, with the possibility of renewing it. In terms of formalities, the company hiring non-EU/EEA and Swiss employees will have to provide a letter of sponsorship and a copy of the work contract, solicited by the immigration authorities. All the procedures can be attentively measured by one of our immigration lawyers in Malta, so make sure you talk to us all these aspects. We have also gathered information, facts, and statistics about Malta’s economy, business, and population that you might find it interesting:
- there are around 494,000 of citizens living in Malta, including foreigners;
- around USD 206 billion was the total FDI stock registered in Malta in 2018;
- around 97% of the FDIs registered in Malta was directed to the financial and insurance sector;
- Malta signed more than 50 double taxation treaties with countries worldwide to avoid the fiscal evasion and double taxation.
Foreigners interested in the immigration process in Malta are invited to contact our team of immigration lawyers in Malta.