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Complete guide to obtaining a visa to study in Malta, the required documents, the application steps, and FAQs

If you want to study in Malta, the chances are that you must apply for a Malta student visa. The student visa allows you to live, study and work (part-time) while finishing your studies in a fantastic place like Malta.

Do I Need a Visa to Study in Malta? 

Everyone who is not from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, needs a visa to study in Malta. If you are exempt from a Schengen visa, then you may be able to pursue a short study course (max. three months) without a visa. However, for full-time degree courses like BA and MA (which are longer than three months) every non-EU/EEA/Swiss national needs a Malta student visa.

Note: EU/EEA/Swiss citizens can study and live in Malta without a visa for any duration of time. 

Malta Student Visa Application Process

To apply for a Malta student visa, you must contact the Maltese embassy, consulate, or a visa application office in your country. Then, you must:

  • Schedule an appointment for the submission of a visa application.
  • Collect all the required documents for a Malta student visa. See “Supporting Documents for Malta Student Visa Application” below.
  • On the day of your appointment, submit the application form, fee payment, and other requested documents. Make sure you fill out the application form completely and sign it at the end.    

Within four weeks, you will receive a text message or an email from the embassy with the response to your visa application process. 

After Entering Malta with a Student Visa

After you enter Malta with a student visa, you must apply for a Maltese residence permit within the first three months. To apply for a student residence permit in Malta, you must submit a request through the Identity Malta Online Application site. The residence permit will allow you to stay in Malta for longer than one year. 

Citizens of the EU/EEA/Switzerland only need to obtain a registration certificate within three months of entering Malta.  

Supporting Documents for Malta Student Visa Application

To apply for a student visa in Malta, submit these documents:

  • Valid passport. The passport must be valid when applying with at least two blank pages. 
  • Application form. Fully completed and signed application form. For further information on how the application should go, click here. 
  • Two passport-size photos. Photos must be passport-sized with colour and a bright background.  
  • Letter of acceptance from the university. A letter proof that you have been accepted at the university that you have applied to, including the start and end time of the study year.  
  • Proof of financial requirements. As an international student in Malta, you must prove you have enough income to support yourself for each month of your studies. The requirement for international students is 75% of the minimum wage in Malta. In 2022, the minimum monthly wage in Malta was €792.3, which means as an international student you should have at least €594/month.
  • Health insurance. Your health insurance must be valid within the whole Schengen Area and must cover at least €30,000 if you face any medical problem.
  • Language test. Document proof that you have passed the language test for Malta.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Malta Student Visa

The processing time for a Maltese student visa is four weeks.  Depending on the case and the time you apply, the processing time can be even longer, 8-9 weeks. The processing time starts from the day you submit your application form to the embassy or consulate. You will receive a message from the embassy with the response to your visa. 

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

A Malta student visa is issued for a maximum of 365 days. If your study course will take longer than one year, then you must apply for a residence permit after you enter Malta. The residence permit can be renewed for the entire duration of you studies.

How Can I Stay in Malta After I Graduate? 

You can stay in Malta after your graduation if you find a job. However, after being employed, you have to apply for a Malta work permit so you can be a legal resident. 

If you don’t have a job yet, you can extend your student visa for six months while looking for a job in Malta. 

Can I Work in Malta With a Student Visa?

Yes, you can work in Mata with a student visa. You can apply for an employment license and work while studying. However, you will not be able to work more than 15 hours per week. Since your main priority is to study in Malta, you must fulfill that purpose.

Can My Family Come With Me?

If you receive a residence permit, your family members can apply for a Malta family visa for the purpose of the reunion and can stay in Malta for as long as you stay there. Eligible family members include only your spouse and minor children. You must be able to financially support your family members as well.

How To Get PR (Permanent Residence) In Malta After Student Visa? 

You can not get permanent residence in Malta with a student visa. If you want to receive permanent residence, you must change your student visa to a work visa. After staying in Malta for five years with a work visa, you can apply for a permanent residence permit. 

Health Insurance for Students in Malta

If you are an international student from a non-EU/EEA country, you must have valid international health insurance covering the entire period of your stay in Malta. You are entitled to free healthcare services only in emergencies. 

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