The legislation empowering foreign citizens to take employment in Malta is the Immigration Act. Citizens of non-EU/EFTA (European Free Trade Association) countries are required to apply for a work permit in order to be allowed to work in Malta. Starting with 2005, Maltese employment licenses are issued by the Employment and Training Corporation. It must also be taken into consideration that the employer must apply for the work license on behalf of the foreign citizen. Starting with 2014, when the Legal Notice 160 was issued, the authorization for third country is done through the issuance of a single permit application which enables a foreign citizen to both work and live in Malta. The new document is called an e-residence card.
Foreign citizens intending to work in Malta for a period longer than three months are required to apply for a Maltese employment license or e-residence card. The validity of the work visa depends on the type of application submitted with the Employment and Training Corporation. The new Maltese work permit application forms are:
The additional documents required when applying for a work permit in Malta are:
The future employee may also be required to submit a clean criminal record and to obtain medical clearance. For a detailed list with all the supporting documents when applying for an employment license, you may ask our lawyers in Malta.
Foreign country citizens may be allowed to work as sole traders in Malta only in exceptional cases. These cases are:
For complete information about applying for an employment license, please contact our Maltese law firm.
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