To work as a self-employed person in Malta, 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.
Where and how to apply
You must apply to the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) to obtain an employment licence.
A) You must have invested in Malta capital expenditure of at least € 100,000 within six months from the date on which the ETC licence is issued. Capital expenditure shall solely consist of fixed assets (such as immovable property, plant and machinery) used for business purposes, as reflected in the business plan submitted with the application. Rental contracts do not qualify. Such expenditure needs to be supported by receipts in your name. The application also needs to be accompanied by a letter of reference in your respect, from a reputable Maltese bank that certifies that you have the ability to raise such capital.
B) You are a highly-skilled innovator with a sound business plan (to be submitted with application). You must be committed to recruit at least three EEA/Swiss/Maltese nationals within eighteen months of establishment.
C) You are a sole representative of an overseas company (with a sound reputation and established for at least three years abroad) wishing to open a branch in Malta - evidence of representation is required.
D) You are leading a project that has been formally approved by Malta Enterprise and formally notified by the latter to ETC.
A firm commitment regarding the engagement of EEA/Swiss nationals will help the favourable consideration of an application.
Once your employment licence has been granted, you must within one month apply to the Department for Citizenship and Expatriates Affairs for a residence permit. 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.
|Documents required||Employment Licence|
In the case of (A) above, a Business Plan is required, indicating clearly when such investment is to occur, within twelve months from application. In the case of (B) above, the Business Plan must be submitted with the application. In the case of (C), evidence of such representation is required on the application. In the case of (D), formal notification by Malta Enterprise is required on the application.
To obtain a residence permit, you must present:
Duration of validity of permits
Residence permits are granted for the period of self-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 with respect to 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. This is not in relation to refusal of 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:
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