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Work Permit Malta
Employees who want to work in Malta but who do not originate from the EU or from Switzerland or Norway must possess a Maltese residence permit and a Maltese work permit.
In this regard, obtaining a residence permit is a mere formality once the work permit has been issued. The responsible agency is called the “ETC”. The application and approval process is manifold and involves a significant amount of paperwork. Therefore, one should be accordingly well prepared. The agency must be able to ensure that the applicant will not be taking away a job opportunity from a Maltese or EU citizen. As regards the application, this leads to two results. First, the applicant generally will not have good chances in regard to a non-specialized job (e.g., customer service, general administration, etc.) because there is usually already sufficient supply in the Maltese employment market. Second, an application must clearly highlight the applicant’s “USP’s” (“unique selling points”). For example, these can include special university or professional qualifications, industry certification or licenses and international experience or exceptional individual qualities. All in all, a package with the right combination of professional experience, academic background and personal qualities can be arranged so that there are no comparable candidates in the local market.
Dr. Werner & Partner have years of experience in accompanying clients through the complete application process and the issuance of a Maltese work permit. We are proud of our 100% success rate.
The process can take up to 6 months, and employees should not travel to Malta before the work permit is issued (for example using a tourist visa).
HOW LONG IS THE WORK PERMIT GOOD FOR?
Generally, for one year. After that, it needs to be officially renewed.
DO I NEED A MEDICAL CHECK-UP IN MALTA?
Yes, under certain circumstances. For applicants from countries with a high prevalence of certain illnesses, such as for example tuberculosis, medical screening by an officially authorized doctor must take place immediately after entry.
DO I NEED TO APPLY FOR A SEPARATE RESIDENCY PERMIT?
Yes, but the residency permit application is strictly a formality.
CAN I TRAVEL TO MALTA BEFORE THE WORK PERMIT IS ISSUED?
Yes, with a tourist visa, but we advise against it. On the one hand, the application process may take longer than the tourist visa’s validity. In that case, the applicant must leave the Schengen-area for at least 90 days before entering again. On the other hand, for applicants already in Malta with their current visas still showing at least 60 days of validity, the application…
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO APPLY FOR A WORK PERMIT?
Usually 3 months.
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