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Workers - residence rights – Malta

Affected by Brexit?

Questions and Answers – the rights of EU and UK citizens, as outlined in the Withdrawal Agreement

On 1 January 2021, the rules for EU citizens living in or moving to the UK will change. The same applies to UK nationals living in or moving to an EU country.

I have permanent residence in the UK/EU or will acquire it during the transition period

In principle, you and your family members will continue to have permanent residence in your host country. This includes non‑EU family members. In the UK, you must however apply to the EU settlement scheme to be granted a new residence status. In the EU, check with your host country’s authorities as soon as possible if it is mandatory to apply for a new residence status.

I reside in the UK/EU but am not yet entitled to permanent residence

In principle, you and your family members will continue to keep your current residence in your host country. This includes non‑EU family members. In the UK, you must however apply to the EU settlement scheme to be granted a new residence status. In the EU, check with your host country’s authorities as soon as possible if it is mandatory to apply for a new residence status.

I want to move to the UK/EU

You and your family members may move to the UK or to an EU country under the current EU rules until 31 December 2020. This includes non‑EU family members. In the UK, you must then apply to the EU settlement scheme. In the EU, check with your host country’s authorities whether you have to register and if it is mandatory to apply for a new residence status.

I want to go to the UK/EU for a short stay

Current rules on reporting presence, registering your residence abroad, registering your EU family, registering your non-EU family continue to apply until at least 31 December 2020.

I need help

If you think that your rights under EU law are not being respected, contact our assistance services.

Detailed information on the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement and citizen’s rights

Carrying an ID or passport

There is no obligation for EU nationals or members of their families to carry a passport or a valid ID at all times.

However according to the national law in Malta (Article 17(3) of the Identity cards and Other Identity Documents Act), the police may require you to show your identity document (an identity card, a residence document or an identification document issued under the Act) within 24 hours after the demand has been made. The same applies when you are asked to show your registration certificate.

If you don't show the required documents within 24 hours, you may need to pay a fine of €232.94 and an additional fine of €11.65 for every day you fail to do so.

Reporting your presence

You need to report your presence in Malta within one month after arrival.

To report your presence, you need to go to the Police Headquarters in Floriana

If you fail to report your presence, you may need to pay a fine between €23.29 and €232.94

Registering your residence

If you intend to reside in Malta for more than 3 months, you need to register your residence here. If you are a jobseeker, you can do so after 6 months.

You can register in the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs:
Evans Building
St Elmo's Square
Valletta

If you are an inactive citizen (a pensioner or a self-sufficient person), you will need to provide proof (for example, bank statements, entitlement certificates, etc.) that you are receiving income or have sufficient resources.

Registering your EU family

When registering your family, you need to submit the following documents:

Husband/wife

Children/grandchildren

Parents/grandparents

Extended family members (uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc.)

Non-registered partners

Registered partners

Dependent family members

There is no minimum income threshold in Malta.

Registering your non-EU family

When registering your non-EU family, you need to submit the following documents:

Husband/wife

Children/grandchildren

Parents/grandparents

Extended family members (uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc.)

Non-registered partners

Registered partners

Dependent family members

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