Sciberras Advocates launches TCN Malta

TCN Malta

Sciberras Advocates has launched a new Facebook page: TCN Malta. Through this setup, the law firm focused on immigration and employment law, amongst others, wants to create a support group for all Third Country Nationals (TCNs) residing and working in Malta with the aim to raise awareness on common immigration and employment issues in Malta, and assist and support on any immigration and employment matters. 

Third Country Nationals in Malta are individuals who are citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland. TCNs who wish to work, reside or study in Malta must obtain the necessary permits and visas before entering the country.

In Malta, Identity Malta Agency (IMA), established in 2013, and which falls under the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security, is responsible for processing TCN applications for residence and work permits.

TCNs who wish to work in Malta must obtain a Single Permit (employment and residence permit), which is issued by Jobsplus, a public employment service agency. The work permit is issued for a specific job with a specific employer and is valid for the duration of the employment contract but needs to be renewed on a yearly basis with IMA. TCNs who wish to change jobs must obtain a new work permit.

TCNs who wish to study in Malta must obtain a student visa, which is issued by the Maltese embassy or consulate in their home country. The visa is usually issued for the duration of the course of study and can be renewed upon application.

It is important to note that TCNs may also be subject to immigration control and enforcement measures, such as deportation or removal, if they are found to be in breach of their permit conditions or Maltese immigration laws.

The Maltese are generally welcoming to foreigners, however TCNs face a range of difficulties and challenges, particularly when it comes to housing, legal and administrative procedures, language, and other services in Malta.

Overall, as TCNs in Malta face many challenges in obtaining the necessary permits and visas to reside, work or study in this country, and maintain a healthy and decent life in Malta, with proper knowledge, planning and preparation, it is possible to navigate the system successfully, and this is what TCN Malta aims to provide thanks to Sciberras Advocates and associates.

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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