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A Third Country National willing to start a business either through a regulated and recognized profession or business must follow certain criteria. Starting a self-employed activity generally involves the following steps:
  1. Obtaining a Self-Employment Licence  from Jobsplus.
  2. Register with the Employment and Training Corporation by sending the engagement form for the employer. These forms can be obtained from the ETC offices or here (Self-Engagement Form) .
  3. Registering with the Social Security Department  to obtain a Social Security Number
  4. Registering with the Inland Revenue Department as self-employed through its customer office or through its website
  5. Register with the Value Added Tax Department personally or through its website.
  6. Apply for a Trade Licence with the Trade Department. If the business involves import or export, an Import or Export licence is required as well.
  7. Registration of a Legal form of Business from the Malta Financial Services Authority 

The list above might not be exhaustive and you might need to register for additional permits not listed above. There are also instances where you might not need to register for certain permits depending on your type of business.
Business First is a one-stop-shop business centre under Malta Enterprise offering a number of services aimed at facilitating the establishment of local businesses whilst also providing the necessary support for business growth and expansion. Business First provides a number of services related to business establishment in Malta. Such services cover the registration of a company or a self employed person, registration with the VAT and Inland Revenue Departments as may be applicable, registration for employment purposes, registration for the necessary licences and so forth.

Last updated in August 2016.

Obtaining Self-Employment License

 Contact Name
Malta Enterprise Corporation
Malta Industrial Parks Ltd
Gwardamangia Hill
Pieta MEC 0001

+356 2542 0000