Expatriates Unit

The Expatriates Unit is involved in the legal migration process and caters for the processing and issuing of residence documentation. This involves the implementation of the provisions of national legislation with regards to the EU nationals’ freedom of movement and other regulations concerning third-country nationals residence documentation.

EU nationals exercising their Treaty Rights in Malta are issued with a residence document that reflects their immigration position in Malta. Whilst third-country nationals are issued with a residence permit which authorizes them to legally reside in Malta and gives them the mobility to freely travel without a visa

within the Schengen Area and cross its external border.  In accordance with the Identity Card Act (Cap. 258), both residence document and residence permit shall serve the purpose of an identification document.

THE ISSUE OF RESIDENCE DOCUMENTS TO EEA/SWISS NATIONALS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS

The Free Movement of European Union Nationals and their Family Members Order 2007 transposes the provisions of the European Union Council Directive 2004/38 of the European Parliament and the Council of 29th April 2004. Subsequently, amendments were made by means of Legal Notice 329 of 2011 and Legal Notice 107 of 2012. 

The said legislation makes provisions for the implementation and administration of EU and EEA nationals’ rights to exercise their right to free movement. Swiss Nationals and EU/EEA nationals also enjoy free movement in the EU/EEA territory and Switzerland.

The Free Movement of European Union Nationals and their Family Members Order 2007 transposes the provisions of the European Union Council Directive 2004/38 of the European Parliament and the Council of 29th April 2004. Subsequently, amendments were made by means of Legal Notice 329 of 2011 and Legal Notice 107 of 2012. 

The said legislation makes provisions for the implementation and administration of EU and EEA nationals’ rights to exercise their right to free movement. Swiss Nationals and EU/EEA nationals also enjoy free movement in the EU/EEA territory and Switzerland.

RIGHTS OF EEA NATIONALS

European Economic Area (EEA) nationals have the right to reside in Malta when exercising their Treaty Rights as workers, self-employed persons, economically self-sufficient persons or students. Such rights may be restricted on the grounds of public policy, public security, public health or if they become an unreasonable burden on Malta’s social assistance system.

FAMILY MEMBERS

Family members of an EEA national have the right to join and accompany him/her in Malta. Family members are defined as: 

  • the spouse;
  • children or grandchildren of EEA nationals or those of his/her spouse, who are under 21 years of age or who are dependent on him/her; 
  • the dependent parents or grandparents of the EEA national or of his/her spouse. 

In the case of a student, only the spouse, or dependent children are entitled to a right of residence.

Extended family members (such as brothers, sisters and cousins) and partners do not have an automatic right to live in Malta. In order to facilitate their request for residence, extended family members or partners must be able to demonstrate that they are dependent on the EEA national. In the case of partners, they must show documentary evidence that they have been in a durable relationship for at least two (2) years.

EMPLOYMENT/SELF-EMPLOYMENT

EEA nationals and their family members can: 

  • accept offers of work and seek employment in Malta; 
  • work (whether an employee or self-employed); &
  • set up a business.

ECONOMICALLY SELF-SUFFICIENT PERSONS (PENSIONERS AND RETIRED PERSONS FALL UNDER THIS CATEGORY)

An EEA national does not necessarily have to work while he/she is living in Malta. However in order to reside here, he/she must be able to support himself/herself and his/her family members accompanying or wishing to join him/her in Malta (without recourse to public funds). 

The EEA national concerned must be covered by sickness insurance against all risks whilst in Malta and have sufficient resources not to become a burden on the State. In this respect, Article 11(5) of the Order lays down that such level of resources should be the minimum means which determine the grant of social assistance to Maltese nationals. At present, this includes a capital of at least €14,000 or a weekly income of €92.72 or, in the case of a married couple, a capital of €23,300 or a weekly income of €105.93. Moreover, for each dependent an extra €8.15 should be added (refer to https://socialsecurity.gov.mt/en/Documents/INF%20-%20SocialAssistanceEN.pdf).

Notwithstanding the stipulated level of resources, the personal circumstances of the EEA national and accompanying family members shall be taken into consideration for their right to residence.

STUDENTS

An EEA national and his family members (as defined above) have the right to reside in Malta if the EEA national concerned is following an educational course, including vocational training, and is enrolled in a recognized educational institution in accordance with the Education Act or with the Employment and Training Services Act. An EEA national enjoys such right of residence provided that he/she has enough resources to be able to support himself/herself and his/her family members, without recourse to public funds, and has a sickness insurance against all risks in Malta.

REGISTRATION CERTIFICATES, RESIDENCE CARDS

A registration certificate is a document issued to an EEA national which confirms the person’s right of residence under European law and in terms of the above-mentioned 2007 Order. Residence cards are issued to family members of an EEA national who are third-country nationals. The card confirms such persons’ right of residence in Malta. It is mandatory for EEA nationals and their family members to be in possession of the said documents if their residence in Malta is for a period which exceeds three (3) months. In that case, they are required to fill in one of the applicable application forms (either Form A, J, M or F) and to personally present it to the Expatriates Unit together with the required documents. Such card also serves the purpose of an identification document.

PERMANENT RESIDENCE

Once the EEA national (and his/her family members) has lived in Malta for a continuous period of five (5) years, or else as provided for in Regulation 6 of the abovementioned Order, he/she is entitled to apply for confirmation of permanent residence. It would be required that the applicant had been legally residing in Malta and had been in employment, or self-employment, or as a student or as an economically self-sufficient person, throughout the five (5) year period. A continuous period is defined as not having been absent from Malta for more than six (6) months each year. Longer absences for compulsory military service will not affect such residence. Additionally, a single absence of a maximum of twelve (12) months for important reasons such as pregnancy, child birth, serious illness, study, vocational training or posting overseas, will also not affect the required continuous residence.

Notes

  • Applications have to be submitted in person at the Expatriates Unit;
  • In certain cases additional documentation may be required;
  • Residence documents have to be collected personally by the person concerned. In the case of persons who are permanently housebound and who present a medical certificate in confirmation of such infirmity, the residence document may be collected by a person who has a specific power of attorney for such purposes from the applicant concerned.

The residence permit specifies the purpose of the holder’s authorization to stay in Malta, which may include the following instances:

  1. Single Permit;
  2. Self-employment;
  3. Economic self-sufficiency; 
  4. Study and Researchers;
  5. Health Reasons; 
  6. Family Members;
  7. Long-term residence;
  8. Partner; 
  9. Exemption under national legislation; 
  10. Highly qualified employment;
  11. Intra-corporate Transferees;
  12. Seasonal Workers; 
  13. Posted Workers; 
  14. Refugees, Subsidiary Protection & SRA;
  15. Other reasons.

The Expatriates Unit issues a residence permit, in a card format containing biometric features, to third-country nationals which grants them the right to legally reside in Malta.

SINGLE PERMIT

The single permit authorizes third-country nationals to legally reside and take up employment in Malta for a defined period which may be further renewed. Such application is processed by a means of a single application procedure, which includes the application of a work and residence permit.

SELF-EMPLOYMENT

A third-country national may engage in self-employment activities provided that Jobsplus have issued an employment license in his/her respect for the mentioned purpose. Such authorization is reflected by means of a residence permit issued by Identity Malta Agency.

ECONOMICALLY SELF-SUFFICIENT

Third-country nationals who plan to submit an application for a temporary residence permit on the basis of economic self-sufficiency (refer to checklist) must be in possession of a valid authorisation to reside in Malta. Such authorisation may be in the form of a residence permit or a visa. Applications may be submitted by high-net-worth beneficiaries of local residence investment or tax programmes, including the Global Residence Programme, the Malta Residence and Visa Programme and the Individual Investor Programme.

Where justified, Identity Malta Agency also issues a residence permit to economically self-sufficient for a temporary purpose of stay.

STUDY, RESEARCHERS, TRAINING AND VOLUNTARY SERVICE IN THE MOBILITY PROJECT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Residence permits are issued to third-country nationals for the purpose of study, research, training and voluntary service (in the mobility project for young people) under the provisions of Subsidiary Legislation 217.22.

STUDENTS

These regulations apply to third-country nationals accepted by an institution licensed by the National Commission for Higher Education to pursue a full-time course of study leading to a higher education qualification (refer to the checklist). The qualification must be recognised by the Malta Qualification Recognition Information Centre at MQF level 5. Courses may also include a preparatory programme which leads to the higher-education qualification. Third-country nationals who are visa exempt must submit their application for a residence permit within three months from their date of entry within the European Union territory. Other non-European nationals who need a visa to travel to the Schengen Area must be in possession of a visa issued for education purposes. Applications must be submitted by the applicant in person whilst in Malta.

Residence permits are also granted for the purpose of study whenever the course level does not fall under specified the levels in Subsidiary Legislation 217.22.

HEALTH REASONS

Third-country nationals who proceed to Malta to seek medical treatment may be granted a residence permit, provided that all necessary documentation is submitted to Identity Malta Agency.

FAMILY MEMBERS

Persons who qualify under the conditions stipulated in Subsidiary Legislation 217.06 are issued with a residence permit for the purpose of family reunification with the sponsor, who has already been issued with a residence permit in Malta. In the case of those family members who do not satisfy the conditions of the said legislation, they may be granted a residence permit to reside in Malta on a case by case basis.

LONG TERM RESIDENCE

Third-country nationals who (i) have been legally and continuously residing in Malta for a period of five (5) years or more, (ii) have stable and regular resources, (iii) have their own accommodation and (iv) fulfil integration measures (outlined in Subsidiary Legislation 217.05), may apply for the long-term residence status (refer to checklist). The status of long-term residents is permanent and the residence permit would be issued for a period of five (5) years.

PARTNERS

Non-Maltese partners of citizens of Malta are issued with a residence permit provided that the relationship is a stable and a genuine one, amongst other conditions laid.

EXEMPTION UNDER NATIONAL LEGISLATION

The Immigration Act provides for certain categories of persons who are exempted from requiring the permission to legally reside and work in Malta. Beneficiaries enjoying such status include foreign spouses of Maltese citizens and children under 21 years of age of foreign spouses and Maltese citizens. On application, they are issued with a residence permit to reflect their status.

HIGHLY QUALIFIED EMPLOYMENT

Third-country nationals who satisfy the conditions of entry and residence for the purpose of highly qualified employment (Subsidiary Legislation 217.15, implementing EU Council Directive 2009/50/EC) shall be issued with a residence permit entitled EU Blue Card.

  • Key Employee Initiative

The Key Employee Initiative is a national scheme which fast-tracks the application process for single permits of highly specialized professions.

Who is eligible to apply under the Key Employee Initiative?  

  • A key employee is a highly-skilled person who is pivotal in the smooth running of an organization. 
  • For the purpose of this initiative, key employees receive a minimum basic annual salary of €30,000. 
  • They should occupy a managerial or highly-technical posts which require sufficient qualifications or adequate experience in various employment sectors. 
  • Such persons could be covered by either a definite or an indefinite employment contract.

INTRA-CORPORATE TRANSFEREES

An intra-corporate transfer is a temporary secondment for occupational and training purposes of a third-country national (TCN) from an undertaking established outside Malta to a local entity which is part of the same undertaking. The transfer may also take place from an entity established in another Member State of the EU to a host entity in Malta. The admittance of such persons is regulated by Subsidiary Legislation 217.21

SEASONAL WORKERS

Third-country national seasonal workers may be issued with a residence permit for the purpose of employment as long as they satisfy the conditions outlined in Subsidiary Legislation 217.20.

POSTED WORKERS

A Posted Worker in Malta is an employee of a foreign undertaking who does not normally work in Malta but is sent to work in Malta for a limited period of time by the foreign undertaking. The said workers are required to register such posting with the Department for Industrial and Employment Relations. Identity Malta Agency will issue a residence permit to reflect such posting for a limited period of time, provided that they produce the necessary documentation from the said Department.

REFUGEES & SUBSIDIARY PROTECTION

The granting of Refugee and Subsidiary Protection status is the responsibility of the Refugee Commissioner. Following the issue of the certificate confirming such status, Identity Malta Agency will issue a residence permit and the relative documentation on submission of an application.

SPECIFIC RESIDENCE AUTHORISATION

Persons, whose application for international protection has been finally rejected by the relevant asylum determination authorities, may apply for the immigration status entitled Specific Residence Authorisation (SRA). The eligibility for the said status shall be assessed on the basis of the criteria and guidelines outlined in the policy. The assessment shall be carried out by Identity Malta Agency in cooperation with the pertinent Immigration authorities.

OTHER REASONS

There could be other reasons which could justify the issue of a residence permit and the relevant requests are assessed on a case by case basis.

Applying for a Single Permit

The single permit authorizes third-country nationals to legally reside and take up employment in Malta for a defined period, which may be further renewed. In accordance to Subsidiary Legislation 217.17, third-country nationals may submit an application whilst they are either still-abroad or legally staying in Maltese territory.

Applications for a residence permit have to be endorsed by the employer and the permit would cease to apply if the applicant would no longer remain in the specified employment.

The single permit does not entitle holders to carry out: 

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

Third-country nationals applying to reside in Malta for specific work.

Step 1 – Application Stage 

Applicants would need to fill in CEA Form C and Form ID 1A and submit the necessary documents as outlined in the relevant checklist. 

The Expatriates Unit receives applications from Monday to Thursday between 07:30AM and 11:30AM. Applicants have to pay an application fee of €280.50 and payments are only accepted by means of cash or cheque (payable to Identity Malta Agency). 

Step 2 – Processing of an Application 

Once the documents are submitted to Identity Malta Agency and the applicants’ bio-metric data is captured, applicants will be issued with an Interim Receipt. 

The Interim Receipt permits applicants to legally reside in Malta until a decision is taken on their application, however, it does not allow applicants to take up employment. Furthermore, should the holder of Interim Receipt leave Malta, the document is not valid for his/her re-entry into Malta. 

The provisions of Legal Notice 160 of 2014 allows a period of four (4) months for the processing of applications.  

After vetting one’s application and consulting with the other relevant stakeholders (mainly Jobsplus and the Immigration Police), successful applicants will be issued with a single permit.

Step 3 – Card Collection and the Commencement of Employment

Once the documents are vetted and the single permit application is approved, Identity Malta Agency will send a collection letter to the applicant.

Upon collection, the card holder may immediately commence with employment and the employer is legally bound to submit an Engagement Form to Jobsplus on the same day. 

Notes

  • Identity Malta Agency accepts only complete applications and will retain certified copies of originals whenever it is not possible to retain the original documents. 
  • If deemed necessary, Identity Malta Agency and other related stakeholders reserve the right to request further information. 
  • Requests for update on the application process may only be done by the employer or the applicants themselves.  
  • Identity Malta Agency reserves the right to exclude applicants and employers on the basis of false or misleading information.

Still Abroad Application

If the applicant is not yet in Malta, the employer may submit a new single permit application on his/her behalf.

Step 1 – Application Stage

Employers would need to fill in CEA Form C and submit the necessary documents (as outlined in the checklist). 

The Expatriates Unit receives applications from Monday to Friday between 07:30AM and 11:30AM. Applicants have to pay an application fee of €280.50 and payments are only accepted by means of cash or cheque (payable to Identity Malta Agency).

Step 2 – Processing of an Application 

If the application is successfully approved, Identity Malta will send an official invitation letter. Within 60 days of the dated letter, applicants who require a visa to enter Schengen territory would need to present this letter alongside their visa application and other supporting documents to the Maltese Consulate or the Maltese Embassy. The invitation letter will include instructions and conditions on how the applicant can proceed to Malta to complete the single permit application.

Step 3 – Finalizing application

Once all necessary verifications and assessments are carried out, successful still abroad applicants may proceed to Malta provided that they have the necessary authorization to enter Schengen territory. 

Upon their arrival, they would need to finalize their application locally and are provided with a Temporary Authorization to Work until the residence permit (in a card format) is issued. 

The Temporary Authorization to Work is granted on the provision that the original employer, who originally endorsed the application, shall submit an engagement form to Jobsplus on the same day. 

The Temporary Authorization to Work is not a substitute to the single permit. The document is not fit for travel and failure to comply with the conditions stipulated will result in the revocation of the permit.

The single permit is renewed annually and applicants are required to proceed within 90 days from the date of expiry. Renewal of applications may only be submitted while their current permit is still valid.

If the permit holder applies at a very late stage, the 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 will allow the applicant to keep on working but is not a travel document. Applicants are advised not to make any travel arrangements before their residency permit is issued.

Residence Card holders who have changed their residential address need to register their new address within one (1) week and present the following documents:

  1. Application for change of address, Lost, Stolen, Damaged card or Other

Applicants would need to pay an application fee of €27.50.

The single permit’s validity depends on the conditions laid when the permit was originally issued, including the specific employment undertaken. Consequently, the permit will no longer be valid should the applicant change employment.   

In the eventuality of a job termination, the employer must submit a Termination Form to Jobsplus within four (4) days of the termination date (as per Legal Notice 426/12) and inform Identity Malta Agency on worktermination.ima@gov.mt

Key Employee Initiative

The Key Employee Initiative (KEI) provides a fast-tracked service
to highly-specialized Third-Country Nationals who are employed in
Malta. The scheme will facilitate the issuing of work/residence permits
to prospective key employees, which under normal circumstances should
not exceed 5 working days from the application’s submission date

Applications for a single permit under the KEI may be submitted while the applicant is physically in Malta or still abroad. The checklist for single permit applications submitted under the KEI may be downloaded from this website.

The scheme is applicable to managerial or highly-technical posts which require the relevant qualifications or adequate experience related to the job being offered. Applicants have to provide information to the Expatriates Unit within Identity Malta to confirm the following eligibility conditions:

  1. Annual gross salary of at least €30,000 per annum.
  2. Certified copies of the relevant qualifications, warrants or the necessary work experience.
  3. Declaration by the employer stating that the applicant have the necessary credentials to perform the duties being assigned.

The KEI is also extended to innovators involved in start-up projects which are specifically endorsed by the Malta Enterprise.

Approved applicants will be issued with a residence permit which will be valid for a period of one year in its initial year. Subsequently, this may be renewed for a longer period (up to three years), provided that the applicant presents (i) a valid definite or indefinite contract, together with (ii) the original annual tax declaration form stamped by the Inland Revenue Department.

Form C2 KEI – Single Work Permit Key Employee Initiative New Application

Form C1 KEI – Single Work Permit Renewal Application for Key Employment Initiative

Form C5 KEI – Single Work Permit Key Employee Initiative Still Abroad Application

Form C3 KEI – Single Work Permit Key Employee Initiative Change in Employer Application

Form C4 KEI – Single Work Permit Key Employee Initiative Change in Employer Following Termination

Identity Malta retains certified copies of documents where original documentation would not be possible to retain.

Applicants whose application will be submitted while still abroad must present the original documentation once their application is approved in principle.

Identity Malta may request additional clarifications on applications. Where it is found to be impossible to conclude the application process within five working days, the applicant and the employer will be informed with the reasons of the delay affecting the application process.

The Agency reserves the right to exclude applicants and employers from the KEI if it is confirmed that applications submitted under the scheme contained false or misleading information.

Right to Equal Treatment

All third-country nationals, who are legally residing and working in a Member State, shall enjoy a common set of rights on the basis of equal treatment with the nationals of the host Member States.

The right to equal treatment is not only granted to those third-country nationals who have been admitted to a Member State on the basis of employment but also to those who have been admitted for other purposes and have been given access to the labour market of that Member State. 

Third-country nationals shall enjoy the right to equal treatment when it comes to:

  1. Working conditions, including pay, dismissal and health and safety at the place of work;
  2. Freedom of association, affiliation and membership of an organisation representing either workers, employers or any organisation whose members are engaged in a specific occupation; 
  3. Educational and vocational training;
    • Such equal treatment shall apply only to those third-country nationals who are in employment or were in employment and are registered unemployed in Malta;
    • This shall not include:
      • Study and maintenance grants;
      • Loans and other grants; 
    • Educational and vocational training shall be given to third-country nationals who have been admitted to Malta in accordance with Subsidiary Legislation 217.22. 
  1. Recognition of diplomas, certification and other professional qualifications in accordance with Maltese legislation; 
  2. Branches of social security (as defined in Regulation (EC) No. 883/2004); 
  3. Tax benefits (if the worker is deemed to be a resident for tax purpose in the Member State concerned); 
  4. Access and supply to goods and services made available to the public, excluding housing accommodation; 
  5. Advice services provided by employment offices;

The right to equal treatment shall not prejudice the right of the Member State to withdraw or to refuse to renew the residence permit issued.

Frequently Asked Questions

The single permit grants an authorization to a third-country national to legally reside and work in Malta for a period beyond six (6) months. It incorporates an employment licence and a residence permit. The authorization is issued in the format of a residence permit and makes reference to the employment licence number and place of work of its holder.

Third-country nationals may apply to be admitted to Malta for the purpose of work by means of the single permit process. Third-country national who have been granted international or humanitarian protection in Malta or in a Member State of the European Union are not entitled to apply for such permit.

In the case of European Union, European Economic Area and Swiss citizens and their family members, who are third country nationals, the process shall not apply in their respect in view of their right to work.

Third-country nationals cannot submit an application for a single permit without having an employment offer in Malta. Applications have to be endorsed by a local employer.

Third-country nationals, who are in possession of a residence permit issued by another Member State, are still required to apply for a single permit in order to work in Malta.

Third-country nationals who are either engaged in employment or non-voluntary activities in Malta needs to be in possession of a single permit unless they are Posted Workers.

Employers may submit an application on behalf of their foreign prospective employee while the latter is still abroad. The applicant would be authorized to proceed to Malta in order to take up employment as soon as the application would be approved in principle.

Applicants may download the relevant checklists for new applications, renewals and still-abroad applications from this site.

The Key Employee Initiative is the fast-tracking of an application process for single-work permits for highly specialised professions earning a minimum gross annual salary of €30,000.

Employers are required to ensure that third-country nationals are in possession of the necessary authorization prior to their employment commencement. Employers are advised to refer to Jobsplus’ Employment Guidelines (https://jobsplus.gov.mt/resources/fileprovider.aspx?fileId=3593).

Those applying for a single permit need to follow the requirements stipulated in the checklist corresponding to the type of employment. However, applicants originating from a country of high-risk of tuberculosis must undergo a health screening at a private health centre. The employer will guide the applicant as instructed by the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit (IDPCU).

Applicants changing their address need to immediately inform Identity Malta Agency. Failure to do so may entail the revocation of the applicant’s residence card.

If the permit holder does not intend to continue to work and reside in Malta, he/she would need to return the card to Identity Malta Agency.    Employers are required to submit a Termination Form to Jobsplus within four days from the termination of the employment. Identity Malta should also be informed via email on worktermination.ima@gov.mt

In the case that the applicant wishes to change employer he should submit a change in employer application without any further delay.

Applicants submitting a single permit application are given an interim receipt which permits them to legally reside in Malta until a decision is taken on their application. Unless indicated otherwise, the interim receipt does not allow applicants to take up employment. Furthermore, should the interim receipt holder leave Malta, the document is not valid for his/her re-entry into Malta.

Permit holders may apply for another prospective employment whilst they are still in employment.

The employer would need to notify Jobsplus of the transfer and communicate the decision to Identity Malta Agency.

A third-country national may only start working once he/she collects his/her residence permit from Identity Malta. The employer must then submit the Declaration of Commencement of Employment to Jobsplus.

Applicants may submit an appeal to the Immigration Appeals Board within three (3) days of Identity Malta’s decision.

Forms

ALL APPLICANTS

Electronic Identity Registration – Form ID 1A
Registration of applicant details and the type of application form

Image Capture Application Form – Form ID2
Registration of details of applicants whose live biometric image cannot be taken at the Department

Exempt Persons Status (Spouse of a Maltese National) – CEA Form E
Application for a residence permit submitted by all nationals for the purpose of Exempt Person Status in accordance to Article 4 of the Immigration Act – Chapter 217 Laws of Malta

Permanent Residence Scheme (Certificate by the Commissioner for Inland Revenue) – CEA Form S
Application for a residence permit submitted by applicants who are residing in Malta and are in possession of a certificate issued under the Residence Scheme Regulations (Legal Notice 428 of 2008)

EU NATIONALS

Electoral Form
Application Form to be registered in the European Union Electoral Register as a voter for the Election of Members of the European Parliament [only applicable for first-time applicants]

Economic Self Sufficiency – CEA Form J
Application for a residence permit submitted by EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who are residing in Malta on the bases of Economic Self-Sufficiency in accordance to the Free Movement of EU nationals and their Family Members Order (Legal Notice 191 of 2007) and/or Immigration Regulations (Legal Notice 205 of 2004)

Employment/Self Employment – CEA Form A
Application for a residence permit submitted by an EU/EEA/Swiss National on the basis Employment/ Self Employment as laid down by the provisions of Free Movement of EU nationals and their Family Members Order (Legal Notice 191 of 2007) and/or Immigration Regulations (Legal Notice 205 of 2004).

Family Members – CEA Form F
Application for a residence permit submitted by an EU/EEA/Swiss National on the basis of Family Members as laid down by the provisions of Free Movement of EU nationals and their Family Members Order (Legal Notice 191 of 2007) and/or Immigration Regulations (Legal Notice 205 of 2004).

Permanent Residence – CEA Form P
Application for a residence permit submitted by EU/EEA nationals and their family members on the bases of the provisions of Free movement of EU Nationals and their Family Members Order (Legal Notice 191 of 2007) and/or Immigration Regulations (Legal Notice 205 of 2004).

Study – CEA Form M
Application for a residence permit submitted by an EU/EEA/Swiss National on the basis of study as laid down by the provisions of Free Movement of EU nationals and their Family Members Order (Legal Notice 191 of 2007) and/or Immigration Regulations (Legal Notice 205 of 2004)

NON-EU NATIONALS

Blue Card – CEA Form B
Application for a residence permit submitted by a non-EU National under the conditions of entry and residence of Third country nationals for the purpose of Highly Qualified Employment (Blue Card)

Economic Self Sufficiency – CEA Form K
Application for a residence permit submitted by a non-EU national on the basis Economic Self-sufficiency – [Checklist]

Employment/Self Employment – CEA Form C
Application for a residence permit submitted by a non-EU national on the basis Employment/self-employment

Family Members – CEA Form G
Application for a residence permit submitted by Family members of non-EU nationals

International Protection – CEA Form I
Application for a residence permit submitted by non-EU National who are residing in Malta under International/Humanitarian protection

Long Term Residents – CEA Form L
Application for a residence permit submitted by a non-EU national on the basis of the Long Term Residence (LN 278 of 2006) Third Country Nationals Regulations – [Checklist]

Students – CEA Form N
Application for a residence permit submitted by a non-EU national on the basis of Study – [Checklist]

Temporary – CEA Form O
Application for a residence permit submitted by non-EU nationals who may fall under one of the following categories: Partners; Health Purposes; Pensioners; Religious Purposes; Working Holiday; Posted Workers; Humanitarian Grounds.

Specific Residence Authorisation – Form H 
application for former holders of a temporary Humanitarian Protection status and other applicants who satisfy the criteria as listed in the SRA Policy. Downloadable forms required for SRA applications namely SRA Form H, GDPR form, ID1A, Rental declaration maybe downloaded from the Application Forms section at the bottom of the page. [SRA Policy & Checklist].

Application forms

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Identity Malta Agency

Opening Hours

Identity Malta officials will be attending to the needs of all those queuing during:

Unit’s Sections Day Opening Time
Still Abroad Applicants* Mon–Fri 07:30am – 11:30am
New Application/Change Employer Mon–Thurs 07:30am – 11:30am
Renewals Mon–Thurs 07:30am– 11:30am
Non-EU family Members Mon–Fri 07:30am – 11:30am
EU Section Mon–Fri 07:30am – 12:30pm
Customer Care Unit Mon–Fri 07:30am – 11.30am

*A single employer may submit up to 15 still-abroad applications on a Friday, and a total of 25 applications in a week.

Expatriates Malta - EU, Single Permit, Non-EU, Collections & Customer Care

Expatriates Hal Far

  • Address: Identity Malta, International Humanitarian Protection and SRA Office, Hal Far Hanger, Hal Far, BBG3000
  • Telephone: (+356) 2590 4841
  • Email: expatriates.ima@gov.mt

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