Work visas & permits

Applications and requirements

Regardless of your nationality, you are required to have a working permit in order to be employed in Malta (though there are exceptions for short-term employment of EU citizens). The law is strictly applied, so make sure you meet all the requirements.

Work permits are difficult to obtain and will be issued to employers in Malta who wish to employ foreigners for a specific purpose and time period. This is only if they can prove no Maltese citizen is suitable for the job. If you plan to set up an independent business you are required to produce a letter of recommendation from a person who you will have commercial relationships with.

EU citizens

EU and EEA citizens can work in Malta for up to three months without a work permit. New EU members (e.g. Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) enjoy the same rights as other pre-2004 members. After three months, EU citizens have to apply for a work permit.

If you are a resident of a country that is not a member of the EU, you must apply and obtain a work permit before going to Malta. Note that it is not possible to apply for a work permit from within the country.

How to apply for a work permit

A work permit is issued by the Director of Labour based on the above conditions and only upon the request of your potential employer.

Documentation Required

During the application process, the following documents are required:

  1. A valid and up-to-date passport.
  2. A certificate of good conduct.
  3. A letter from your prospective employer detailing the job description and employment details.

Renewal of work permits

Work permits are usually valid for one year from the date of issue. Three year permits are also available, but can only be obtained on the request of your potential employer. It is possible to renew your work permit after it has expired.

For further information on work permits, please visit Euromalta .

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