Case Study: Malta Entry Ban Appeal

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Few months ago, Sciberras Advocates has helped a student on a genuine case with the Principal Immigration Officer (PIO) to overturn an entry ban into Malta. Our client had invested in over €10,000 in study fees for his medical degree, as well as he was renting an apartment since was living in Malta for a long time.


Our client left from Malta to the UK and was issued with a re-entry ban because he had overstayed in Malta. The client is a UK citizen in possession of a Maltese residency card and has been in Malta since starting a medical degree in 2017. He had, however, spent a year in the UK as part of his degree requirements. He eventually returned to Malta. He was not in Malta during the period when UK nationals in Malta had to exchange their residency cards due to Brexit, and he mistakenly believed that his current residency card would remain valid until it expires in November 2022. This was not the case, so the client was issued with a ban that stated an overstay of 343 days.


Thanks to our intervention with the PIO, we managed to overturn the ban by firstly getting approval for our client to apply for a visa at our High Commission in London. When this was granted, we dealt with the PIO to remove the re-entry ban by giving enough reasons in justifying his return also his oversight regarding his residency documents following BREXIT.

This was another success story for Sciberras Advocates, assisting our client to remove an entry ban with an appeal.  Sciberras Advocates can assist with appeals at the Immigration Appeals Board or written requests to Principal Immigration Officer to appeal, overturn bans and challenge removal orders.

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This article is for information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice.

Article written by Ms Charlene Sciberras, B.A. (Hons), guest writer, is a marketing and business administration specialist with a special focus on corporate, accounting, and legal matters.

Sciberras Advocates founded by Dr Adrian Sciberras, is a law firm based in Malta. The firm prides itself to be multi-disciplinary, innovative and flexible in order to meet the changing times and any challenges in the local and international legal scenario. No matter what private or corporate complex demands are called for, Sciberras Advocates offers practical and cost-effective legal solutions to achieve your desired results. You may reach Sciberras Advocates by phone on +35627795222 or via email on [email protected].

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