Residency & Housing

Settling in

EU nationals can work in Malta without an employment licence. It is relatively easy to obtain everything you need to begin work as an EU national; social security numbers can now be obtained online. The social security number together with a promise of employment letter from your prospective employer are needed to apply for a tax number. After being issued a tax number, the employee needs to have an employment contract in original or copy, an engagement form from JobsPlus (the national employment agency), and a passport to apply for an eResidence card. A short trip to Floriana will guarantee you have your tax number within one to two weeks. A second trip to Valletta will be enough to obtain the engagement form, and then apply for a residence card during the same day. The residence card application needs to be submitted at the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs in Valletta.

Third-country nationals require work permits. Permits will be given on a temporary basis and have to be renewed every one to three years. The applicant must possess a professional qualification or a high degree of skill or experience.

 

Visas & Embassies

Visa obligations for foreign nationals reflect EU regulations and obligations. The country is part of the Schengen zone and EU nationals are free to live in Malta. Third-country nationals who are family members of EU nationals living in Malta can accompany them. Non-EU citizens can find details about visa-exempt countries and visa application procedures on the website of Identity Malta (www.indentitymalta.com). The full list of foreign representations can also be accessed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs www.foreign.gov.mt.

 

Housing

The island offers a wide range of housing from contemporary high-rise apartments to traditional country houses and villas with a pool, furnished and unfurnished, all at competitive prices – in city, urban or more rural environments, according to lifestyle preferences. Popular villa areas are Santa Maria Estate in Mellieha, as well as Madliena and High Ridge in the vicinity of St Julians/Sliema. A number of five-star developments have recently been built on the island, including Portomaso and Tigné Point, which offer luxury apartments surrounded by commercial, health, fitness and leisure facilities and command the highest prices and rents. Rent is paid monthly in advance. Utility costs are not included in rental charges and are charged depending on usage. Alternatives to renting a flat are hotel-style serviced apartments. Malta’s small size and excellent public transport facilities mean short commutes to work, no matter where you live.

 

Average rent prices in Malta

(ranging from one bedroom flats to detached houses)

 

Sliema, St. Julian’s, Gzira, Valletta (Central)                                       €700 – €2,700

Mellieha, St Paul’s Bay, Qawra, Bugibba (North)                             €400 – €2,100

Vittoriosa, Senglea, Cospicua, Marsaskala (South)                          €380 – €1,800

 

Removal / Shipping

There is no shortage of shipping and relocation companies to meet the demands of people intending to relocate to Malta. Sometimes the employer will have an in-house or preferred user who aims to make the move as smooth as possible. Relocation companies also offer assistance with every aspect of the move, ranging from furniture transportation to the sourcing of schools.

 

Utilities

Energy and water supplies are stable. Tariffs differ between domestic and residential, with residential being the lower rate. Energy and water requirements are catered for by Enemalta and the Water Services Corporation respectively. Bottled gas is used in most households and can be purchased from delivery vans (in most areas once a week) or from special distribution centres. The electricity is 240 volts AC, 50 Hz, and sockets accept the three-pronged British plug model.

 

Home Help

Domestic help is relatively common in Malta. Many expatriates find they can afford domestic help that they could not have afforded at home. Most choose to employ a helper for cleaning, cooking, general household chores and child minding.

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