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Residence and Work Permits in Malta: Navigating the Options for Non-EU Nationals

Malta, a vibrant Mediterranean island nation and European Union member state, offers an attractive lifestyle and business environment. If you’re a non-EU national seeking to live and work in Malta, there are several residence and work permit pathways to explore. Understanding the requirements and processes for each type of permit is crucial for successful relocation.

Contact Advisory Services Ltd., your experienced Malta Company Services Provider, is here to guide you through the process of obtaining the necessary residence and work permits for a smooth and efficient transition to Malta.

Types of Residence Permits in Malta
Several residence programs cater to various circumstances and profiles of non-EU nationals:

  • Ordinary Residence Permit: Allows non-EU nationals to reside in Malta if they demonstrate sufficient financial resources to support themselves without becoming a burden on the country’s social systems.
  • Permanent Residence Permit: A longer-term residency option requiring five years of legal residence in Malta, financial stability, and a clean criminal record.
  • The Malta Global Residence Programme (GRP): Offers a special tax status for qualifying high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs). GRP holders benefit from a flat tax rate of 15% on income remitted to Malta.
  • Highly Qualified Persons Scheme: Attracts professionals with significant experience in specific sectors that are deemed in demand (finance, gaming,aviation, etc.). Successful applicants enjoy advantageous tax rates.
  • Malta Nomad Residence Permit: Designed for location-independent workers and digital nomads who can work remotely with non-Maltese clients or employers.


Malta Work Permits
Non-EU nationals intending to engage in employment in Malta must obtain a work permit alongside their residency status. Malta operates a system where an employer must typically demonstrate that the vacant position could not be filled by a Maltese or EU national before applying for a work permit on behalf of a third-country national.

Types of Work Permits

  • Single Permit: A combined residence and work permit simplifying the application process for certain categories of workers.
  • Specific Work Permits: Tailored for different employment scenarios such as highly skilled individuals, seasonal workers, intra-corporate transferees, etc.


The Application Process
Applying for Maltese residence and work permits typically involves the following steps:

  1. Eligibility Review: Consult with immigration professionals like Contact Advisory Services Ltd. to determine the most suitable program based on your individual profile and objectives.
  2. Preparation of Documentation: Thoroughly assemble and prepare the required documents, which may include proof of financial means, employment contracts,health insurance, criminal background checks, etc.
  3. Submission of Application: Submit the application package to the relevant Maltese authorities for evaluation.
  4. Processing and Decision: Monitor the application progress and await a decision, which will vary depending on the program complexity.


Key Considerations for Navigating the Application Process

  • Early Planning: Initiate consultations with legal or immigration advisors well in advance for a clear understanding of requirements and a streamlined process.
  • Document Accuracy: Ensure complete and accurate documentation to avoid delays or rejections.
  • Professional Support: Leverage the expertise of professionals like Contact Advisory Services Ltd. to ensure a smooth and successful application.


Unlocking New Horizons with Contact Advisory Services Ltd.
At Contact Advisory Services Ltd., we offer comprehensive assistance, simplifying the path to Maltese residence and work permits for non-EU nationals. Our seasoned experts provide:

  • Personalized Guidance: We evaluate your circumstances to identify the most suitable residence and work permit program.
  • Application Support: We assist throughout the application process, addressing potential queries and complexities.
  • Post-Permit Assistance: We support you upon arrival in Malta with post-permit formalities and settling-in services.

Let Us Guide Your Maltese Journey

Contact Advisory Services Ltd. is your trusted partner for achieving your personal and professional aspirations in Malta. Contact us today and embark on your seamless transition to island living and business success.

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