You must obtain:
- an ETC Employment Licence;
- a Residence Permit; and
- if subject to a visa requirement, a visa valid for at least 6 months.
You must also have qualifications at level ISCED 5a, 6 or above and the job must usually pay at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary in Malta.
Where and how to apply
The employer must apply for an employment licence with the Employment and Training Corporation.
The application will be considered from a labour market perspective, including:
Your skills level, relevant experience and overall suitability for the position in question are also taken into account. If you are applying for a highly-skilled job, you must have qualifications at level ISCED 5a, 6 or above and the job must usually pay at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary in Malta.
If the application is accepted from a labour market perspective, key stakeholders, such as health and immigration authorities and other sector-specific authorities are asked for their clearance.
Once your employment licence has been granted, you must apply for a residence permit from the Department for Citizenship and Expatriates Affairs within one month. If you are still outside Malta after one month has passed, you should inform the Department and apply for your residence permit on arrival.
If subject to a visa requirement, you must obtain a visa at the Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin or residence, prior to your intended arrival in Malta.
To apply for an employment licence, your prospective employer must submit the following:
To obtain a residence permit, you must show:
Duration of validity of permits
An employment licence is issued for a maximum of 12 months and an application for renewal must be submitted eight weeks before its expiry.
Residence permits are granted for the period of employment.
If your application is rejected, a letter of refusal is issued highlighting the reasons. The decision relating to the employment licence may be reconsidered if an appeal is filed within one calendar month from the date of the refusal letter with the Employment and Training Corporation’s Reconsideration Board. Only one request for reconsideration may be made in respect of any rejection.
If an application is rejected on grounds of security, health, or other stakeholder clearance, a reconsideration is not possible.
Appeals to the Immigration Appeals Board are also possible but must be filed within three working days from the decision subject to appeal and not in relation to refusal of employment licence.
More on residence permits
On the strength of an Employment Licence, which is issued by the competent authority, the applicant who is subject to a visa requirement must obtain a visa at the Embassy or Consulate in his/her country of origin or residence, prior to his/her intended arrival in Malta.
|Unemployment||Your residence permit cannot be withdrawn if you become unemployed as a result of an illness, an accident or for reasons beyond your control.|
However, your employment licence will be withdrawn.
|Change of employment||Employment licences are tied to a specific employer and position. If you want to change jobs, you must apply for a new employment licence.|
|Change of status||You may change status if all conditions are met. An application for a new employment licence must be submitted to the responsible authorities.|
|Long-term residence||Long-term resident status can be obtained after five years of legal and continuous residence, provided that:
No information available at the moment.