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Long term residence permit

 
 

​In terms of Legal Notice No. 278 of 2006 entitled: the Status of Long-Term Residents (Third country nationals) Regulations 2006, as amended by Legal Notice No 370 of 2010 and Legal Notice 197 of 2014 a residence permit may be issued to persons who are legally residing in Malta and who qualify for such status, valid for a period of five (5) years but automatically renewable upon application.

 

The said Legal Notice is transposing Directive 2003/109. This Directive has been amended by Directive 2011/51/EU in order that persons granted international protection may qualify, if they satisfy the relative conditions, for Long Term Resident Status. The amended national Regulation incorporates the provisions of these Directives.


  
Conditions

1.  Five years of continuous legal residence. However, there are exceptions towards this. Temporary absence is accepted as long as periods of absence are:

 
Shorter than six consecutive months
  • Do not exceed total of ten months in a 5 year period

A longer period of absence may be considered for:

  • Health reasons
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  • Secondment by the employer of the third country national
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  • Business travel
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  • Education or training purpose
 

In this connection s/he must present a list in chronological order of the dates of his/her arrivals in and departures from Malta during the said period of 5 years. The list should be drawn up by eliciting the relative information from the endorsements (date-stamps) contained in the passport/s for the period in question.


2.  Attesting that s/he has (and has had for the last 2 years) stable and regular resources which are (were) sufficient to maintain himself/herself and the members of his/her family, which resources should be equivalent to the minimum wage in Malta with an addition of another 20% income or resources for each member of the family); 
 
3.  To show that s/he has accommodation, regarded as normal for a comparable family in Malta and which meets the general health and safety standards in force in Malta. ​
 
4.  Sickness insurance in respect of all risks normally covered for Maltese nationals for himself/herself and the members of his/her family.
 
5.  Showing also that s/he has complied with the following integration conditions:
  •  Twelve months prior to the application s/he has attended a course organized by NCFHE about the social, economic, cultural and demographic history and environment of Malta. S/he must provide evidence that s/he has attended lessons for at least 100 hours and must achieve an examination pass mark of at least 75%.
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  • Obtain a pass mark of at least 75% after being assessed for the equivalent of Malta Qualifications Framework Level 2 in English.
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  • Provide evidence that the fees charged for the above-mentioned courses, examinations and certificates have been paid.

 

6.  Required to submit a letter giving their history since they first arrived in Malta. This letter should include information on the grounds on which they came to and remained in Malta, their employment history since then, the current and previous premises occupied by them, family members, if they are living with them in Malta, and any other information which could be useful in the consideration of their request for long-term resident status.
 

Long term resident permit is valid for 5 years and shall be automatically renewable upon application.


Residence in Malta of third country nationals granted long-term resident status in another member state 

A third country national who has been granted long-term resident status by another Member State may reside in Malta for a period exceeding 3 months as long as:

  • s/he would be exercising an economic activity in an employed or self-employed capacity
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  • s/he would be pursuing studies or vocational training
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  • s/he would be in Malta for some other purpose
 

The third country national concerned has to submit an application in writing in order to be admitted in Malta on the strength of the provisions of Legal Notice No. 278 of 2006 entitled: the Status of Long-Term Residents (Third country nationals) Regulations 2006, as amended by Legal Notice No 370 of 2010 and provide the documentation shown hereunder.

This application should be made not later than 3 months after entering Malta. Moreover, the conditions mentioned above as regards accommodation and sickness insurance shall also apply in this case. 

Furthermore, the said applicant:

  • Has to produce evidence that s/he has stable and regular resources for himself/herself and his/her family which would be equivalent to the average gross wage
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  • Shall submit the evidence required by the integration conditions mentioned for Long Term Residents. If he has complied with integration measures in the first Member State he shall submit evidence accordingly as well as evidence of  proficiency in Maltese as required in the integration conditions mentioned
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  • Has to produce his/her long-term resident residence permit issued to him/her in the other Member State
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  • Has to produce documentary evidence as necessary as regards employment, study, vocational training or the purpose of his/her residence
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  • Has to show that s/he has accommodation, regarded as normal for a comparable family in Malta and which meets the general health and safety standards in force in Malta.  
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  • Has to show that s/he has sickness insurance in respect of all risks normally covered for Maltese nationals for himself/herself and the members of his/her family


Standards for Accomodation

​With reference to regulation 5(2)(b) of the Status of Long-term Residents (Third Country Nationals) Regulations, 2010 the standards for the appropriate accommodation referred to therein shall be the following:

 
 
Structure and repairs:

(a) The property must be structurally stable and free from serious disrepair. It must have adequate provision for lighting, heating and ventilation and an adequate piped supply of water.

Bedrooms 

(b) The property must have one bedroom per adult couple. Children of both sexes may share a bedroom until age five. From the age of six onwards, only children of the same sex can share a bedroom.
 
(c) Single bedrooms must be at least 6.5 square metres, and double bedrooms must be at least 10.5 square metres. An additional 4.5 square metres per person, applies in the case of three or more persons sharing a bedroom.
 
(d) Every bedroom should be capable of accommodating a bed, wardrobe and a chest of drawers.
  
(e) Every bedroom should be located so that it is not necessary to pass through another bedroom in order to reach a bathroom, toilet, or an area such as a hallway.

Facilities

(f) The property is to have a communal living area. The size of this area depends on the number of persons residing in the property as follows:

  • 3 – 6 persons 11.0 sq metres.
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  • 7 – 10 persons 16.5 sq metres.
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  • Over 11 persons 19.5 sq metres.

(g) The property is to have a kitchen. The kitchen must have a sink with an integral drainer; a cooker, adequate food storage and work surfaces.

  
(h) The property is to have one toilet, and one bath or shower, for every six people. There is to be a washbasin adjacent to each toilet.​



Last updated in June 2014.​

Conditions: Last updated in August 2016.