Malta is a beautiful country located in the Mediterranean Sea, known for its warm weather, stunning beaches, and rich history. It’s also a great place to work and start a career, with a thriving economy and many job opportunities.

Are you an immigrant interested in working in Malta? If so, you may need a work permit to do so legally. This page provides an overview of the Malta work permit process and requirements for immigrants.

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Who needs a work permit?

If you are a non-EU/EEA citizen, you will need a work permit to work in Malta. If you are an EU/EEA citizen, you do not need a work permit, but you will need to obtain a registration certificate.

Types of Work Permits in Malta

There are several types of work permits available in Malta, depending on your circumstances. Some of the most common types of work permits include:

1. Highly Qualified Persons Permit: This permit is for individuals who earn at least €30,000 per year and work in a qualifying profession. Qualifying professions include accountants, architects, engineers, and more.
2. Key Employee Initiative Permit: This permit is for individuals who earn at least €30,000 per year and are employed in a senior management position. The employer must also demonstrate that they cannot find a suitable candidate in Malta or the EU.
3. Single Permit: This permit is for non-EU nationals who will be employed in Malta for more than 90 days. It combines both the work permit and residence permit application process.
4. Seasonal Work Permit: This permit is for individuals who will be employed in Malta on a temporary basis, such as for seasonal work in the tourism industry.
5. Self-Employed Work Permit: This permit is for individuals who wish to work in Malta as self-employed persons.

How to apply for a work permit

To apply for a work permit, you will need to follow these steps:

1. Find a job: The first step is to find a job in Malta. You can search for jobs on various job portals or contact employers directly.
2. Employer applies for work permit: Once you have secured a job offer, your employer will need to apply for a work permit on your behalf. The employer will need to provide information about the job, the salary, and your qualifications.
3. Submit supporting documents: You will need to provide supporting documents, such as your passport, CV, and qualifications.
4. Wait for approval: The processing time for a work permit application is around six weeks. Once your work permit is approved, you can start working in Malta.
5. Renew your permit: Work permits are usually valid for one year and can be renewed annually.

What are the requirements for a work permit?

To be eligible for a work permit in Malta, you must meet certain requirements. These requirements may vary depending on the type of work permit you are applying for, but some of the general requirements include:

• Have a valid job offer from a Maltese employer (Identity Malta approval letter)
• Meet the minimum salary requirements (currently €20,000 per year) Work Contract
• Have the necessary qualifications and experience for the job
• Have a clean criminal record
• Valid travel documents
• Adequate health insurance coverage
• No criminal record

• Proof of financial means to support yourself in Malta
• Compliance with any other relevant immigration laws and regulations.
• Company invitation letter
• Lease Agreement
• Partly Filled Visa Application form
• Air ticket reservation (Additional service)
• Appointment Scheduling in VFS Global (Additional service)


What are the benefits of working in Malta?

Working in Malta has many benefits, including:


• Competitive salaries
• Low taxes
• Good work-life balance
• Excellent healthcare and education systems
• Beautiful weather and scenery

If you are an immigrant interested in working in Malta, obtaining a work permit may be necessary. Be sure to research the different types of permits available and the requirements for each one. With the right documentation and preparation, you can successfully apply for a work permit and start your new job in Malta.