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How long does it take to process a work permit application in Malta

Obtaining a single work permit in Malta can take as little as four weeks after government reforms have been made in order to facilitate the process.

If your skill set fits the Key Employment Initiative, applications can be fast tracked to within one working week.

Malta’s economy is booming and there is a shortage of workers in a number of sectors. The system was changed in 2018, with Identity Malta issuing temporary work permits, which can then be upgraded to full work permits. This allows third country nationals to take up temporary jobs while seeking permanent employment.

The process used to take up to five months, but Identity Malta has streamlined the process and made it much quicker, provided you have skills in demand and have all the relevant documentation which you need.

EU citizens do not need a work permit, but they do need a residency card, which is easily obtained from Identity Malta.

If you are a non-resident, you can kickstart the process by logging into the Identity Malta website and filling out the relevant application forms. If you are already in Malta, you should go personally to Identity Malta which is housed at Evans Building in Valletta.

Paperwork you need to process your work permit application

If you are not a European Union citizen, you will need to fill out all the forms provided by Identity Malta. If applying in Malta, you will also need a covering letter, evidence of your skills and qualifications, a certified copy of your passport, a market labour test (if required), an employment contract, health insurance, a copy of your Curriculum Vitae, proof of a property rental agreement or ownership and any health tests which may be required.

You will also need to provide biometrics and passport photos. If you are applying from outside the country, you do not need to supply health insurance, health screening or proof of property rental or ownership.

The screening process involves Identity Malta, JobsPlus and the Immigration Police Department, all of which vet the application and the documents submitted before making a recommendation.

If you are applying from overseas or in Malta, you will be notified of the outcome by email, on the email address which you will be asked to provide during the application process. Once your application is approved, you will receive a formal letter.

A Maltese work permit is valid for one year, after which it must be renewed.

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