After the UK’s departure from the European Union, known as BREXIT, UK citizens and their families who were residing in Malta could continue to do so, provided they met the conditions outlined in the Withdrawal Agreement and national laws set by the Maltese government through a legal notice. The transition period ended on the 31st December 2020, but due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the application period was extended until the 30th June 2021.
UK nationals who had been residing in Malta based on their status as EU nationals had the right to continue living in Malta and traveling in and out of the country after the transition period ended. The Withdrawal Agreement also extended these rights to family members, subject to certain conditions.
UK nationals who are eligible for beneficiary status under the Withdrawal Agreement and national legislation have been issued a residence document valid for ten years, which can be renewed automatically on application, provided that they continue to meet the necessary conditions.
However, we still see too many issues with British nationals who used to live in Malta prior to BREXIT and did not yet regularise their position or have been slapped with bans due to overstay when they travelled out of Malta. If this is the case for you, Sciberras Advocates can assist with regularising your position in Malta to continue residing here through legal advice, applications and travel ban appeals in Malta.
It’s good to know that for those UK nationals who were not residing in Malta before the end of the transition period, they can still apply for residence permits available to non-EU nationals. Depending on the circumstances, they may be able to obtain a residence permit for up to ten years. Each application is reviewed on its own merits, and applicants are responsible for providing the necessary documentation to support their claim. Sciberras Advocates can assist with such residence permits in Malta.
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].