Malta, a small Mediterranean island country has become a destination of choice for people looking to work abroad. It offers a package deal; Mediterranean lifestyle, a vibrant social scene, idyllic weather, a buoyant employment market and lucrative prosper.
In this respect, anyone who wishes to work on the Maltese islands and is not an EU citizen, i.e. is a third-country national, is required to be in possession of a valid employment licence (Work Permit) to work in Malta.
All the EU member states follow a single procedure when it comes to the Malta work permit applications and residence permits. They are also mandatorily required to review the procedures regarding the issuance of work and residence permits to third-country nationals. Once it is done, a document needs to be issued to empower the holder to work and reside in a member state. In Malta, such a document is referred to as ‘’Maltese e-Residence Card’’ which enables the individual to both work and reside in Malta.
The entire processes related to work permits have been harmonized by means of the EU Directive concerned. All the EU member states are required to grant a set of rights laid down by the EU directives to all the third-country citizens working in their jurisdiction.
To be eligible, your employer must apply for a work permit on your behalf. The process usually takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the permit required.
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A Schengen Visa is the document issued by the appropriate authorities to the interested party for visiting/travelling to and within the Schengen Area.
The Schengen Area is comprised of 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. Of the 26 countries bound by the Schengen agreement, 22 are part of the European Union (EU), and the other 4 are part of the European Free Trade Area (EFTA).
EU: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
EFTA: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
If you are a non-EU, EEA or Swiss national in possession of a residence permit of one of the Schengen Countries (e.g., Malta), you do not need a Schengen visa to allow you to travel to another Schengen area country for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180 day period.
All the visa applications should be in writing. It should also state all the details required on the Visa Application Form.
The Visa Application Form must be signed by the applicant, and should include:
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In most cases, applications are reviewed within seven (7) to fifteen (15) days. In certain individual cases, the review period can be extended up to thirty (30) days and in exceptional cases, even up to sixty (60) days.