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EU citizen moving to Malta Q&A

Permanent Residency, Ordinary Residency or Temporary Residency? It depends on your financial circumstances, not on how much time you will spend in Malta. Getting it wrong could cost you dearly!

EU citizen moving to Malta Q&A

Postby gozomark » Sat 3 Jan 2009 07:45 GMT

Last update 3/5/2014

WHAT FOLLOWS APPLIES TO EU CITIZENS
(OR TO SPOUSES OF EU CITIZENS - SOME ALSO APPLIES TO EEA/SWISS CITIZENS)

This is not intended to answer to all your residency and immigration issues, but to answer some of the most common questions - if any of the links below are broken, please post which one(s) (on a new topic), and I'll correct them.


There is a similar thread for non-EU citizens
http://britishexpat.com/expatforum/malt ... hp?t=21121

1. An EU citizens legal rights - residency, working, students
2. what sort of residency is available ?
3. what do I need to apply for if I want to reside in Malta ?
4. do I need to apply for residency before coming to live in Malta ?
5. do I need an accountant to apply for residency card ?
6. do I need health insurance ?
6.1 Do I qualify for public health cover, and if I do, what cover do I have ? Are prescriptions free ?
7. can I work in Malta ?
7.1 How much is income tax ?
7.2 How much are social security contributions ?
8. where do I apply for my residency card ?
9. where can I get the residency application forms ?
10. where do I apply for my ID card ? - EDIT no longer applicable as ID cards no longer issued to foreigners
11. what documents do I need to apply for residency card ?
12. can I vote in Malta ?
13.1 buying a property FAQ
13.2 selling a property FAQ
14. renting a property FAQ
15. Importing a vehicle FAQ
16. What's the procedure for importing/exporting a pet ?
17. Can I use my driving licence in Malta ?
17.1 Applying for driving licence
18. Long term residency certificate
19. EHIC
20. electricity/water bills - domestic v residential

1. An EU citizens legal rights - residency, working, students

The following link should be the first thing you read

http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... hp?t=21120
this links to the official notice published by the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs, and covers issues such as

rights of EU members
rights and definition of family members
rights to take up employment and self employment
Economically self-sufficient persons
Students
Registration certificates, Residence cards
Permanent Residence (this is not the same as permanent residency)


2. what sort of residency is available ?
Permanent residency (PR) - there is a separate sticky on PR
http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... hp?t=20586
but its not suitable for most EU citizens due to the minimum tax and not being allowed to work - PR is more a tax status than a true form of residency [edit 15/9/2001 - PR has now been replaced by "High Net Worth Individuals" scheme - on the positive side, you can now work, but it's otherwise much less attractive
http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... 4365#62312 ] [edit May 2013 - new govt has announced will amend the HNWI scheme to make it more attractive] [edit Jun 2103 - new scheme announced -
New global residence programme - http://britishexpat.com/expatforum/malt ... 4065#72306 ]

Ordinary residency (OR) - the option most sensible for most EU citizens - there are various types - working, self sufficiency, student


3. what do I need to apply for if I want to reside in Malta under OR ?
eResidency document - working/economically self sufficient/student
ID card [edit - ID cards no longer issued to foreigners]
register with ETC (if intending to work)
http://www.etc.gov.mt/NewsDetails.aspx?NewsID=45
You will also need to contact the Inland Revenue Department and register at the Expatriates section for a Tax number,
http://www.ird.gov.mt/downloads/other/e ... s_form.pdf
and if you are working, contact the Social Security Department in order to be given an social security number.
http://www.servicecharters.gov.mt/depts ... ndex_e.asp

4. do I need to apply for residency card before coming to live in Malta ?
no, you arrive as a tourist, and can spend the next 3 months sorting things out. If you are looking for work, and have registered as such, you have 6 months.

5. do I need an accountant to apply for residency card ?
For most people no - the process of taking up residency is fairly painless now Malta is in the EU. However it can be quite time consuming, so if you are time poor, it's worth considering. An accountant can also advise you what you are entitled to - unless you know the right questions to ask, you may make non-optimal choices.
An accountant can also advise you how to time your move tax wise. The timing of applying for residency may be dictated equally by timing of ceding residency elsewhere as obtaining it here – if uncertain then seek independent financial advice on split year taxation.
There is an accountant listed on the "recommended suppliers" forum who is used by several members. To access the forum costs £25 pa, 50% of which goes to Gozo SPCA

6. do I need health insurance ?
You need some form of health cover to be able to apply for residency. If you are not paying social security contributions, one option is to take out private health insurance. There are a number of companies offering health insurance in Malta, and a plethora of different coverage packages. You may also be covered by the country you are currently living in - eg E106, E121 [edit : all the E forms have been replaced by S1 form] - more info on the "health and medical" forum.
http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... .php?f=812

There is also a reciprocal agreement between Malta and the UK - see 11.

6.1 If I qualify for public health cover, what cover do I have ?
How do I qualify ?
Are prescriptions free ?

http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... hp?t=21511

7. can I work in Malta ?
this is covered in the "working in Malta" forum
http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... .php?f=808
In general as an EU citizen : yes

7.1 How much is income tax ?
http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... hp?t=20622

7.2 How much are social security contributions ?
rates - click on SSC Rates
http://www.ird.gov.mt/services/ssc/class1rates2012.aspx
calculator - click on SSC Calculator
http://www.gov.mt/frame.asp?l=2&url=htt ... ird.gov.mt
new age-dependent rate for 2011 for employed
http://ird.gov.mt/services/ssc/class1rates.aspx
new age-dependent rate for 2011 for self occupied (what is normally called self employed)
http://ird.gov.mt/services/ssc/class2rates.aspx


8. where do I apply for my residency card ?
As from 2013, the old ID card and residency documents are being combined into one document, called e-Residence card. FAQ on this page
http://britishexpat.com/expatforum/malt ... 3726#71955

9. where can I get the eResidency application form ?

http://mhas.gov.mt/en/MHAS-Information/ ... dence.aspx or can be collected directly from the
Department for Citizenship and Expatriates Affairs,
3 Castille Place,
Valletta,
Malta.


10. where do I apply for my ID card ?
ID cards no longer issued to foreigners

11. what documents do I need to apply for residency card ?
* proof that you will be able to support yourselves during your extended stay - bank statements, pay slips, proof of pension payments or similar;
* passports for each applicant;
* birth and marriage certificates for each applicant;
* 2 recent passport photos of each applicant
* proof of medical insurance UNLESS you are UK citizens in which case the reciprocal arrangement is sufficient . If you use the reciprocal agreement as proof, you need to go to the Health Entitlement Unit in Valletta to get a letter/certificate of entitlement - same applies if you use an E121 or E106 [edit all the E forms have been replaced by S1 form]

12. can I vote in Malta ?
you are allowed to vote in local council elections, and EU elections, but not general elections in Malta. To vote you need to register
registration forms

13.1 buying a property FAQ
http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... 1935#49515
1. What property can I buy ?
2. what additional costs are there ?
3. what is the procedure ?
4. should I use a lawyer as well as a notary ?
5. Can I rent out my property ?

13.2 selling a property FAQ
http://britishexpat.com/expatforum/malt ... 1662#69849

14. renting a property FAQ
http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... hp?t=21803
1. What property can I rent ?
2. what additional costs are there ?


15. Importing a vehicle FAQ
see this thread
http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... hp?t=21877
covers
1. What is the legislation covering the import of vehicles ?
2. Can I import a vehicle into Malta ?
3. How much does it cost to register an imported vehicle ?
4. What is the proceedure for registering a vehicle ?
5. Is anyone exempt from paying the registration tax ?
6. What documents are required to register a vehicle ?
7. Where can I get the registration forms ?
8. Do I need to convert my driving licence to a Maltese one ?
9. Where can the Registration Value (RV) of vehicles be obtained from?
10. Car Registration Process—Unofficial Users Manual
11. Is the registration tax for 2nd hand cars going to be replaced later this year with a higher road tax ?


16. What's the procedure for importing/exporting a pet ?

Government website - covers Pet Travel Scheme
http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... 8231#55960
Air Malta's website is fairly comprehensive on this
http://www.airmalta.com/pets
Please also see the following thread
http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... hp?t=20122
and this one
Importing a dog from the UK
http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... 4925#52562
Exporting a pet to the UK
http://www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/
http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... highlight=


17. Can I use my driving licence in Malta ?

http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... hp?t=21441
covers
Can I drive in Malta on a non-Maltese driving licence ?
How do I exchange a non-Maltese EU driving licence for a Maltese EU driving licence ?

17.1 Applying for driving licence
This is for applying for a new licence, or for adding new categories to an existing Maltese licence
http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... 3478#61361

18. Long term residency permit

http://www.britishexpat.com/expatforum/ ... 8140#55866
This is not about permanent residency permits (PR), but about what can happen after you live here for 5 years

19. EHIC

You cannot use an EHIC issued by another country in Malta once you are resident as an EHIC is only to be used by tourists. If you are paying social security contributions in Malta you can apply for a Malta issued EHIC. If you are of retirement age, you apply for an EHIC from your home country, which can't be used in Malta, but in every other EU country, including your home country.
applying for a Malta EHIC
http://www.sahha.gov.mt/pages.aspx?page=245[url][/url]

20. electricity/water bills - domestic v residential

Its important to get on the correct one
http://britishexpat.com/expatforum/malt ... 3908#72144
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