Malta Residence Permit for EU Citizens: Changes in 2020

Contributed by Zugimpex, 24 July, 2020

EU nationals willing to relocate to Malta can do so enjoying the freedom of movement and equal treatment with the Maltese citizens. The same regime applies to EEA and Swiss expats.

Staying in Malta for less than three months does not require any kind of registration. Otherwise, it is obligatory to apply for a Malta residence permit for EU citizens.

Types of Malta Residence for EU Nationals

Currently, Maltese authorities accept four types of residence applications from EU/EEA/Swiss citizens:

  1. Employment/self-employment. EU/EEA/Swiss can engage in a working relationship straight away without having to undergo a labour market test. Dependent workers will need to register for the social security number and submit an employment engagement form to Jobsplus. In the case of self-employed persons, there are a bit more registrations, including the VAT number and a trading license (where applicable).
  2. Self-sufficiency. To prove financial independence, an EU/EEA/Swiss citizen must present comprehensive health insurance and proof of EUR 14,000 in capital or an active income of EUR 92.72 per week. The reason is simple: Malta cannot afford accommodating individuals who will rely on its public funds.
  3. Studies. This type of Malta residence for EU citizens requires the acceptance letter from an educational institution, health insurance, and the proof of sufficient means of subsistence (like the Self-Sufficiency scheme).
  4. Family. Malta residence card for EU citizens seeking to reunite with their family is possible in the following cases:
    • Spouse or partner (2+ years of proven relationship)
    • Underaged children (less than 21 years old)
    • Dependent family members (children above 21 - e.g. college students, parents, grandparents)

Although it is not explicitly mentioned in the respective forms, it is highly recommended to also submit a rental agreement to back up the application.

How to Obtain Malta Residence Permit for EU Citizens

First, you will need to decide on the most relevant type of application and collect the supporting documents. Malta Residence for EU Citizens: Simple Guide provides access to all required forms.

Once all papers are in place, you can send them as attachments to eu.ima[at] Due to COVID-19 changes in procedures, applications for Malta residence for EU citizens must be submitted by email.

As soon as you receive a confirmation email, your long-term stay is deemed legal. However long it will take to process your application, take the biometrics, and issue the plastic card, you are covered by then.

What if I Don't Apply for Malta Residence Card for EU Citizens?

Although citizens of the European Union can move freely between the states, longer stays in Malta require registration. Otherwise, there may be a penalty of nearly 300 euro or even a criminal case.

Obtaining Malta residence for EU nationals is a simple and straightforward process that grants peace of mind and benefits such as:

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