Work permits for healthcare workers will be renewed

Queue Identity Malta
Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Healthcare workers will have their residency and work permits renewed automatically for three months, the Parliamentary Secretariat for Citizenship announced on Thursday.

Third country nationals who work in the healthcare sector working with the elderly and differently-abled individuals will not have to worry about renewing the necessary documents to remain in Malta.

In a statement on Thursday the Secretariat responsible for the renewal of such documents said that the decision was taken in the context of the ongoing situation with the novel coronavirus. This means that those individuals whose work and residency permits are about to expire in the coming days will see their documents automatically renewed.

Affected residents are being urged to send an email on medical.ima@gov.mt for their permit to be renewed automatically. Further, the renewal will be completely free. The government also said that an exemption will be made in cases concerning change of employment.

Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship Alex Muscat said that the government acknowledges the work carried out by these individuals and understands that certain issues should be treated with urgency. He added that the government remains committed to making people’s health its top-most priority.

Changes in Identity Malta operations

The Secretariat also announced a number of changes in Identity Malta office operations which affect the Expatriates Unit and the Visa Unit. Identity Malta will only be accepting new applications in cases where the individuals are highly-skilled third country nationals.

The measures which will be adopted by the Expatriate Office are:

  • Renewal of residency and work permits or change in employment for those who do not have access to the online system. Online renewals can be made at www.singlepermit.gov.mt
  • New applications for highly-skilled applications are to be submitted online
  • Applicants who need to renew a temporary permit (blue paper) should email eresidence.ima@gov.mt and ask for a confirmation
  • The Expatriates’ customer care desk shall not engage in direct contact with the public and those who will still turn up in person will not be assisted. However, the Expatriates’ customer care service will not suspended and the public can forward their queries to eresidence.ima@gov.mt or call +356 2590 4800.

Third-country nationals who intend to apply for a visa or residence permit for purposes other than work and enter/ed the Schengen territory between 1 and 31 March should not visit Identity Malta’s premises before the 1st April 2020 or before 14 days from the date of entry in Malta [third-country nationals arriving in Malta on the 31st March should not visit Identity Malta’s premises before the 15th April 2020].

Third-country nationals who are/were authorised to stay in Malta at any point in time during March 2020 will be allowed to submit an application for a visa or residence permit after 1st April 2020.

Requests for visas will only be accepted in exceptional cases such as cases concerning family of EU citizens and those submitted by healthcare professionals and workers.

European Union nationals and their family members do not require to be in possession of a residence card for a period of three months from the date of entry in Malta. Only those EU nationals and their family members who plan to reside in Malta for a period exceeding three months are expected to apply for a residence document.

Those EU nationals and their family members who enter/ed Malta from abroad between 1 and 31 March should not visit Identity Malta’s premises before 1 April or before 14 days from the date of entry in Malta.

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