WORK PERMITS IN MALTA
Conditions for issue
Validity & Renewal
All foreign nationals require work permit to
work in Malta. In respect of foreigners, the Government
maintains a very restrictive policy and employment licences are granted only in
Such work permits are issued to employers
wishing to engage foreigners for a determined period and for a specific purpose,
ONLY after it has been ascertained that every effort has been made to engage a
suitable Maltese citizen.
Conditions for the Issue of a Licence
a) Applicants for an employment licence must first secure an offer of employment from an employer in Malta;
b) Applicants must possesses a specialist skill or qualification of which there is
a shortage in Malta;
c) There must exist a significant demand in a particular field e.g.
qualified nurses, tourist guides with particular language skills, construction
A work permit is issued by the Director of Labour
subject to the above prerequisites and upon the request of a potential employer.
The following documentation should accompany your
application for an employment licence:
Employment licences are normally issued valid
for one year. Licenses valid for up
to three years may also be applied for at the express request of the employer
and provided sufficient justification is given. Licences may be renewed thereafter where a request to
that effect is justified.
A residence permit is automatically granted
with the approval of a work permit for the applicant and his/her spouse.
However, this does not entitle the spouse to work or automatically
qualify for an employment licence unless demand for work is felt in the
Where a foreign national is an investor in
the manufacturing or financial services sector and holds substantial
shareholding (40%) in the enterprise, the relative licence may be issued indefinitely.
We do not offer job search services or
employee recruitment assistance. We will only be able to assist you if you
have a job offer from an employer in Malta. Our service also includes
your behalf for visas to visit Malta.