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List of the long stay visa types for Malta

A Malta D visa (also known as a national visa) is issued for non-EU citizens who want to work, live, invest and study in Malta. The national visa is a long-stay visa, which allows you to stay for a maximum of 365 days (one year) in Malta. This visa also allows you to apply for a residence permit, if you want to stay in Malta for longer than one year. 

Who Needs a Type D (National) Visa for Malta?

Everyone who is not from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland and wants to stay in Malta for longer than three months needs a national (D) visa. This visa will allow you to stay in Malta for 365 days.

If you are a citizen of EU/EEA/Swiss, you are exempted from applying for a visa, but you need to notify the authorities if you plan to stay in Malta for longer than three months.  

Difference Between a Malta National Visa and Schengen Visa

The difference between a D Visa and a Schengen Visa is as follows:

D Visa Schengen Visa
Allows you to stay in Malta for 365 days.  It is a visa that allows you to stay in Malta for 90 days within six months.
It is issued for working, studying, family reunification, and other long-term stays.   This visa is issued for tourism, family visit, business, and other short-term stays

Malta Type D Visas

You can apply for one of the following Malta national visas, depending on the reason for your travel:

  • Malta Work Visa. If you want to work in Malta, you must apply for a work visa. A Malta work visa  allows you to work and live in Malta for longer than three months, and is renewable for as long as you have your work contract. 
  • Malta Student Visa. If you want to study in Malta, you can apply for a Malta student visa. This type of visa is issued for one year, and it can be extended for as long as your study courses last. You usually can not work under a student visa; however, you may be allowed to work part-time in campus jobs. Make sure to contact your university to see the work guidelines for international students. 
  • Malta Family Visa. If you want to reunite with your family members, children, or your spouse/partner in Malta, you can apply for a Malta family visa. After entering Malta, you can apply for a temporary residence permit. The temporary residence permit allows you to live in Malta for the same duration as your family member. 
  • Malta Retirement Visa. A retirement visa is issued for citizens who don’t work anymore and want to retire in Malta. However, to qualify for a retirement visa in Malta, you must meet some additional criteria.
  • Malta Digital Nomad Visa. If you want to work remotely for a different country while staying in Malta, you can apply for a Malta nomad visa, which will allow you to work in Malta for one year. You must meet the some qualifyign criteria to apply for a Malta nomad visa.
  • Malta Investment Visa. You can get a Maltese residency and citizenship if you make an invetment in Malta, through what is known as the Malta golden visa scheme.

Requirements for a National D Visa for Malta 

Submit these documents when applying for a type D visa for Malta:

  • Valid passport. A passport must be valid at least three months after the return date and not older than ten years. 
  • Passport sizes photos. Two photos in a passport format following the Schengen photo requirements. 
  • Application form. Fully complete and sign the application form. You can fill out the application form in person at the embassy or download it online, depending on which country you’re applying from. 
  • Health insurance. Insurances must cover at least €30,000 in case of any medical problem during the initial period of your stay in Malta. If you plan to stay in Malta long-term, you will have to obtain a more comprehensive health insurance plan or register for state-provided healthcare after you arrive.
  • Proof of accommodation. Document proof that you have a place to stay in Malta. It can be a letter of invitation, rent agreement, hotel reservation, etc. 
  • Bank statements. Submit your bank statements from the last six months. This document is needed to prove that you can finance yourself while staying in Malta. 
  • Additional documents depending on the type of visa you apply for (e.g. work contract, letter of acceptance in university, etc.)

How to Apply for a Malta National (D) Visa?

Follow the steps below to apply for a long-stay visa for Malta:

  1. Find the nearest Malta embassy or consulate. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Malta in your country to apply for the visa. Make sure you submit the required document along with the application form. 
  2. Book an appointment. Contact the nearest embassy of Malta to book an appointment to submit the visa application. 
  3. Fill out the visa application form. Fill out the application form with all the requested information. You can fill out the application in person or download it online and print it before submitting to the embassy or consulate. 
  4. Pay for the fee. Pay the application form fee and attach the receipt of the payment with the required documents. You can make the payment in the embassy when submitting the documents for a visa. 
  5. Submit the required documents. On the date of your appointment, make sure to arrive on time, and submit all the requested documents. You may also be asked to enter an interview. 
  6. Wait for a response. The embassy will respond to your long-stay visa application within 15 days via text or email. 

How Long Can I Stay in Malta With a Long Stay Visa?

A Malta national visa is issued for a maximum of one year (365 days). Within this time, you can work or study in Malta, depending on the conditions of your visa. To extend your stay, you may apply for a temporary residence permit after your arrival.

Going From a National Visa to a Residence Permit in Malta

You must apply for a temporary residence after entering Malta with a national (D) visa. The application for a temporary residence permit must be submitted at one of the nearest offices of the Identity Malta Agency. The temporary residence permit is issued for one to five years and is renewable. To apply for a Malta residence permit, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have a clean criminal record.
  • You must have insurance coverage.
  • You must be financially stable. 

What If My Visa Application Is Rejected?

If your Malta national visa is rejected, you can appeal the decision. The embassy must notify you of the reason for your rejection by email or text message. After you receive a response with the reason for your denial, you can write an appeal letter to the embassy about why your visa shouldn’t have been rejected and why your visa should be approved. 

The immigration appeal will reconsider your appeal letter and notify you of further information regarding your visa. 

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