Residence & Citizenship


The Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment

Malta Start-up Programme

Malta Permanent Residence Programme

Malta Global Residence Programme

Malta Residence Programme

The Malta Retirement Programme

Malta Key Employee Initiative

The Malta Highly Qualified Persons Programme

Malta: The Qualifying Employment in Innovation & Creativity Scheme

The Malta Digital Nomad Residence Permit

  • Benefits
  • Financial/Other Obligations
  • Additional Criteria

Malta Key Employee Initiative

Available to Non-EU Passport Holders.

The Malta ‘Key Employee Initiative’ is applicable to managerial and/or highly-technical professionals with relevant qualifications or adequate experience relating to a specific job.

Successful applicants receive a fast track work/residence permit within five working days from the date of application, valid for one year. This can be renewed for a maximum period of three years.

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Malta Key Employee Initiative

Applicants must provide proof and the following information to the ‘Expatriates Unit’ within ‘Identity Malta’:

  • Annual gross salary of at least €30,000 per annum
  • Certified copies of relevant qualifications, warrants or proof of appropriate work experience
  • Declaration by the employer stating that the applicant has the necessary credentials to perform the required duties.

The ‘Key Employee Initiative’ is also extended to innovators involved in start-up projects, which have been endorsed by ‘Malta Enterprise’.

Malta Key Employee Initiative

Applicants are required to have Private Health Insurance.

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