Malta, being a member of the European Union, has a high employment rate in its many industries, which is an appealing aspect for international job seekers. To work here, those from outside the EU or EEA must apply for a work permit.
Overseas job searchers who intend to work in the United States must have their work permits sponsored by their employers, as required by their home country’s immigration regulations. Non-EU workers must first obtain a visa in order to enter Malta, and then apply for a work permit after they have arrived.
The employer, not the job seeker, must apply for an employment license.
Work permit for non-EU citizens
Non-EU citizens can apply for a Single Permit Application, which is processed by their employer and grants them the ability to work and live in Malta. The following documents must be included in a Single Permit application:
- A copy of a legitimate contract of employment.
- A private medical insurance policy that covers you for a year.
- A cover letter from prospective employer.
- Job description signed by the employer.
- A signed CV demonstrating at least three years of work experience.
Individuals with a single permit, commonly known as an e-residence card, have the right to live and work in Malta, but they must have a valid visa to do so.
In most cases, a single permit takes two to three months to process. The license is good for a year. The employer whose work contract was submitted in the application is linked to the residency card. If the employee no longer works for that company, the card will become invalid.
The application can be submitted on behalf of the employee by the company. If the application is approved, the employer will receive an authorization letter allowing the candidate to work in Malta. Applicants can apply for a visa to enter Malta based on the letter at this point, and then complete the single permit process once they are in Malta.
Renewal of single permit: Single permits can be renewed by filing a renewal application, which must be supported by evidence proving that income tax and national insurance contributions have been paid in full for the previous 12 months.
Key employment initiative (KEI)
The KEI is a relatively recent scheme created by the Maltese government that offers non-EU people with highly specialized talents who seek to work in Malta a fast-track work permit application service.
Prospective employees can acquire their single permits within five working days of submitting their application under this method. This option is available to those who are qualified for managerial or highly technical positions that need certain skills or experience.
The following conditions must be met by applicants for this program:
- They must earn at least 30,000 pounds per year in gross income.
- Certified documents demonstrating applicable qualifications and at least three years of work experience are required.
- The employer certifies that they have the requisite qualifications to do the job.
- The KEI scheme is also open to innovators who want to launch new businesses in Malta. Permits that have been approved will be valid for one year and can be renewed for up to three years.
EU Blue Card
Individuals with the EU Blue Card from non-EU countries can apply for a work permit that is valid for one year and can be renewed. EU Blue Card holders will be given special consideration if they are highly qualified and hired for a job that pays 1.5 times more than the average annual gross salary in Malta.
Qualifying Employment in Innovation and Creativity
Another option is Qualifying Employment in Innovation and Creativity, which is open to inhabitants of EU member nations, Switzerland, and third-world countries.
To be eligible, one must earn more than 52,000 Euros each year. Individuals must possess a qualifying qualification or three (3) years of professional experience in a function comparable to that of the Eligible Office.
A recipient must additionally meet the following conditions in addition to the minimum yearly income requirement:
- Must not be a domicile in Malta.
- Work conducted in Malta, as well as any time spent outside Malta in conjunction with such work or responsibilities, is not taxable employment income.
- As an employee, you are protected under Maltese law.
- Demonstrate to the satisfaction of the appropriate authority that they have professional qualifications.
- Must be able to rely on steady and reliable resources to maintain themselves and their family (without recourse to the social assistance system in Malta).
- Reside in accommodation that is suitable for a similar family in Malta and complies with Malta’s general health and safety laws.
- A valid travel document is required.
- Must have health insurance.
Jobsplus is the government agency in charge of issuing work permits, which are normally good for one year from the date of issuance. Employment licence applications must be submitted by the prospective employer and are subject to labor market considerations.
If you want to work in Malta, there are several options for obtaining a work permit. You can choose the right option based on your circumstances.