Student Visa

Procedure for third-country students seeking employment in Malta

Non-EU citizens who are following (i) English-language courses at education establishments licensed by the ELT Council, and (ii) level-rated courses approved by MQRIC at MQF levels 1-4, may take up employment in Malta for a maximum period of 20 hours per week.

Only students whose course exceeds a minimum duration of 90 days may apply for request a work permit from Jobsplus. Eligible students must have their visa renewed in Malta prior to applying for the work permit. Non-visa nationals must apply for a national visa before the expiry of their initial 90-day authorisation to stay in Malta. Students may lodge an application for a visa extension after 21 days from the date of arrival in Malta.

Once the visa extension will have been granted, students may proceed to apply for a work permit at Jobsplus. The requirements related to the application for a work permit are published by the Employment Licences Unit. By means of this work permit, students may work for a maximum period of 20 hours per week until the expiry of the visa.

Notes to students

To maintain your eligibility to hold a student visa, you are required to attend all lessons as well as make satisfactory progress in the course you are enrolled in. Absences have to be justified by genuine reasons. If you are sick or unable to attend classes, you must inform your school and provide the relevant certification. Any justified absences from class (e.g. travel) must be approved beforehand by the school. The latter must be provided with the exact dates when you are going to be absent from class.

Identity Malta may decide not to issue, or renew, a visa if the student fails to attend a minimum of 75% of the lessons. It is the student’s responsibility to comply with the conditions of a student visa. Failure to comply with the aforementioned conditions may result in the revocation of the visa and such decision may affect any future visa applications in Malta.

Download Visa Policy – Students


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