Officially classified as Single Permits, work permits in Malta are processed and issued by the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC). Foreign workers from the EU don’t need a work permit for Malta, while expats from elsewhere do.
Expats will need a job offer from an employer in Malta to start the process, since only registered employers can apply for Maltese work permits. Maltese employment licences are valid for a maximum of one year and are renewable annually.
Work permit applications for Malta
Employers must submit an application form with supporting documents supplied by the prospective employee to apply for a work permit for non-EU nationals. The ETC then processes the application and grants or denies the work permit. The Single Permit functions as both a work and residence permit.
To renew their Single Permit, expats can apply from 90 days before the old one expires. They must also submit proof of insurance and income tax payments.
*Visa and work permit regulations may change at short notice, and expats should contact their nearest Maltese consulate or the Maltese Employment and Training Corporation for the latest information.
►See Working in Malta for more on doing business in the country
"Getting a visa is just a formality for EU nationals, just a registration which the workplace does. You do it yourself if you're self-employed."
Find out more the expat experience in Malta in our interview with Hungarian expat Marianna.
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