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Contributory social benefits for TCNs

 
​The contributory benefits for which TCNs are eligible to apply fall under the Contributory Section (National Insurance) of the Social Security Act of Malta. In order to qualify for these benefits, an insured person needs to be contributing to social security either as an employed or as a self-occupied/self-employed person and meet the contribution requirements for each benefit.  Benefits are paid to both employed and self-employed/self-occupied workers. Depending on the residence permit in possession by the Third Country National, they are entitled to certain benefits.
 
Sickness Benefits
 
Sickness benefits are designed so as to replace the loss of earnings of an employee or a self-employed person during a temporary inability to work due to sickness or injury.
 
In this case, the inability to work as a result of a medical condition will be temporary and that the employee will be expected to return to work. If the medical condition is permanent, and a return to work is therefore unlikely, then the claimant will usually be transferred to an invalidity or permanent incapacity benefit.
 
Family members of third-country nationals will only be eligible for sickness cash benefits if they are in employment.
 
More information on eligibility, contributions received and procedures to access benefits can be found on the following link
 
Injury Benefits
 
A person, who suffers personal injury caused by accident arising out of or in the course of his/her employment or self-occupation, or has developed a disease, may be entitled to Injury Benefit/Industrial Disease.
 
More information on eligibility, contributions received and procedures to access benefits can be found on the following link​
 
Maternity Benefits
 
Malta offers cash benefits in the form of a Maternity benefit. Women take leave from work in the event of childbirth or adoption of a child. This is payable to women who do not seek maternity leave from their employers.
 
In Malta, only limited categories of third-country nationals can access maternity benefits. It is paid to
  • Spouses of Maltese citizens who are insured under the social security system and ordinarily resident in Malta
  • Those who are nationals of countries under the European Social Charter
  • Long-term residents
  • EU Blue Card Holders
  • Researchers under Council Directive 2005/71/EC

More information on eligibility, contributions received and procedures to access benefits can be found on the following link

Invalidity Pension

Invalidity pension is paid to any insured person (who was employed or self-employed immediately before the claim was submitted) who is certified by the Department of Social Security’s medical panel as suffering either incapacity for suitable full-time or regular part-time employment or self- occupation as a result of a serious disease or bodily or mental impairment or incapacity which is considered to be of a permanent nature or, if its permanency cannot be conclusively established, is considered as prohibiting such person from suitable full-time or regular part-time employment or self-occupation.

More information on eligibility, contributions received and procedures to access benefits can be found on the following link

 
Retirement Pension
 
Persons attaining their retirement age may be entitled to a Retirement Pension.
 
More information on eligibility, contributions received and procedures to access benefits can be found on the following link
 
Widow's Benefit
 
A widow/widower, whose spouse satisfies the relevant contribution conditions on his/her death, is entitled to a Widow/Widower's Pension or to a Survivor's Pension, whichever is the most beneficial. Widow’s Pension or Survivor’s Pension is awarded to those persons whose spouse was already in receipt of a Retirement Pension or Two-Thirds Pension. Early Survivor’s Pension is awarded to those persons whose spouse was still under retirement age on the date of his/her demise. The deceased must have satisfied the relevant contribution conditions.
 
More information on eligibility, contributions received and procedures to access benefits can be found on the following link
 
Unemployment Benefit
 
Employed persons, who paid Class 1 contributions, may be entitled to receive Unemployment Benefit provided they are registering for employment under the Part I register kept by the Employment and Training Corporation.

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Last updated in June 2014.​