Work permits in Malta are officially known as Single Permits and are 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 Maltese work permits can only be applied for by a registered employer. Maltese employment licences are valid for a maximum of one year and must be renewed each year.

Work permit applications for Malta

The work permit application process for non-EU citizens involves the employer submitting an application along with supporting documents supplied by the prospective employee. 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 are able to apply from 90 days before the old one expires. Proof of insurance and having made income tax payments must be submitted.

*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.