Any employers out there will tell you that employing here in Malta has become very difficult. It is difficult to employ locally, and difficult to employ Third Country Nationals (TCNs) who are still abroad. Employers know well that this is a headache especially if a company or set up does not have a dedicated HR or admin team to reply on.

Anyone who is not a Maltese or an EU citizen must apply for a Single Work Permit in Malta to be able to start working here. If you are an employer, this post today shows the process of how it is done.

Once you have found the right candidate for the job vacancy and it has been accepted and agreed upon, you will need to create a structured job description and a contract between yourself, as the employer, and the new employee. Various application forms must be filled up, together with copies of full passport, certificates and reference letter and a CV. Once these are all in hand one can apply for the Single Work Permit in Malta through an online portal.

When the application is processed and everything is correct and confirmed, the applicant will receive an approval in principal letter by which one can then apply to obtain a travel visa to Malta. The applicant must apply for a visa from the nearest Embassy/Consulate for Malta in his/her home country where they will be required to present certain documentation as a proof for why they are requesting a visa. The required documentation varies from one Embassy/Consulate to another. In addition, very often the applicant will also need to attend an interview.

Once the applicant is granted the visa they are then allowed to travel to Malta, and once here one will need to apply for the Maltese residence card prior to commence work. To apply for this, one will need to show a valid visa, a lease agreement for residence and a declaration form, a health insurance, medical tests and a signed health form and a Jobsplus engagement form.

We know too well that all these processes can be quite lengthy, overwhelming and time consuming, as it involves a lot of paperwork, chasing, organising and applying with different entities. If you need assistance with such paperwork for Single Work Permits for TCNs, our team can assist you and handle the full employment and residency process on your behalf. Read more about topic on our web page here.

Fairwinds Management Limited is a MFSA licensed firm offering Business Solutions in Malta. As part of our services, we offer Accounting, Administration, Corporate and Legal solutions.  Fairwinds Management also manages the brand Accounting Services. More information about us and our key services please visit our website. You may reach Fairwinds Management on +356 2704 0903 or info@fairwindsmanagement.net.

Article written by Ms Charlene Sciberras, B.A. (Hons), guest writer, a marketing and business administration specialist with a special focus on corporate, accounting, and legal matters.