Malta is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the word because it boasts a perfect climate and a warm sea. However, people go to Malta not only on holidays: many take English courses, others find jobs in the country, and still others undergo medical treatment in Malta. Those who would like to stay in the country for an extended period have to obtain a long-term (D Cat) visa.
If you would like to pass through Malta on your way somewhere else, you have to obtain a transit visa (A and B Cat). If you would like to spend some time in the country, you have to apply for a short-term Schengen visa (C Cat). However, if you would like to stay in Malta for more than 90 days, you need a D Cat visa.
A D Cat visa will remain valid for one year and it can be extended afterwards. In some cases, foreign nationals living in Malta on certain kinds of visas for a long time can qualify for citizenship of the country.
D Cat visa to Malta: What application documents are required?
When applying for a D Cat visa to Malta, you need to submit a few more document than in case of applying for a Schengen visa. The immigration officer will have to clearly see why exactly you need a long-term visa.
Let us first list the documents that are required in all cases and then we will mention the additional documents that you have to submit depending on the goal of your visit to Malta.
Basic application documents include the following ones:
- Application form completed in English without any errors and corrections.
- Your foreign passport; it has to remain valid for at least half a year after your visit to Malta is over. Besides, the passport shall have at least two blank pages in it.
- Copies of all pages of your domestic passport that carry any marks.
- Two color photographs 35 х 45 mm showing your face against a white background.
- Medical insurance policy with at least a 30,000-euro coverage that is valid in the Schengen zone.
All the application documents have to be written in English or translated into the language by a sworn translator.
Student visa to Malta
Malta was a British colony until 1964 and the level of education services found in the country is quite comparable to the level of education in the UK. The main difference is that Great Britain is often foggy and chilly while Malta is warm and sunny.
What is more, education services are 30% less expensive in Malta than they are in most other English-speaking countries. Besides, Maltese students spend time in a museum country with multiple old castles, fortresses, and other breathtaking sights to see. The crime rates are extremely low in Malta too so this is a safe country to live and study.
University of Malta was founded in 1592 and it ranks rather high in various lists of Universities. Those who get bachelor degrees there can easily enter graduate courses in Great Britain or elsewhere.
Malta is famous throughout the world for one more education opportunity that it provides. Namely, there you can find a wide choice of English language courses designed for different audiences. The efficiency of the language courses is as high as it is in the UK while their price is considerably lower.
In addition to the basic application document package, you have to submit a few more documents if you are going to Malta to study. First, you have to supply an enrollment certificate from the university or the language school. You need a D Cat visa to Malta if your language courses are going to last for more than three month. Otherwise, a Schengen visa will be okay.
Besides, you will have to bring a confirmation of your solvency. It can be a bank statement or a sponsorship letter in case the parents guarantee financial sustainability of their child enrolling in the university or a language school. The sponsor needs to supply a copy of his/ her passport and a confirmation of solvency.
If the student is below 18 years of age and he/ she is traveling to Malta with one parent, a letter of consent from the other parent is also required. If the student is accompanied by someone else, a letter of consent from both parents is required.
D Cat visa to Malta for medical purposes
The level of medical services in Malta meets or even exceeds the highest international standards. The prices, however, are considerably lower than those in Europe or North America.
In Malta, you can combine medical treatment with recreation. You can visit the beaches, go sightseeing, or join various excursions. The mild Mediterranean climate alone is going to have a positive impact on your health.
The following additional documents are required if you would like to obtain a D Cat visa to Malta for medical purposes:
- Confirmation of solvency (a bank statement or a letter of sponsorship);
- An invitation from a Maltese medical clinic;
- Medical certificates that justify applying for medical treatment in Malta.
Work visa to Malta
Working in Malta is beneficial for many reasons: it is an EU member state and the living standards are very high in the countries as well as salaries. A comfortable climate is an additional bonus for those who relocate to Malta.
If you would like to obtain a work visa to Malta, you will have to have an official invitation from a Maltese employer. This is an essential requirement. Therefore, you have to find a job in Malta first and request a job contract to submit to the immigration authorities. In addition to the job contract, you will have to supply a document confirming that you have sufficient funds to travel to Malta and to sustain yourself there for some time.
Alternatively, you can use the Nomad residence permit scheme that is aimed at people working from home and wishing to live in Malta. No job contract is required in this case but you will have to meet a few other requirements anyway.
In some cases, you will also have to prove that you are qualified for the job. For example, you may have to submit your university diploma or other education certificates to the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC).
Please note that any foreigner wishing to work in Malta has to meet the following additional requirements:
- Have a clean police record and have no outstanding fiscal obligations;
- Have a recognizable education certificate;
- Have no severe medical conditions;
- Have no violations of migration regulations in the past.
D Cat visa to Malta: How to make a successful application
It would be a very good idea to use professional assistance when applying for a long-term visa to Malta. You have to submit a large number of documents and even a small unintentional mistake in any of them may cause rejection of your application for a Maltese visa.
For example, if your application for a work visa to Malta has been rejected, you can file a new application only in a year. This is why you should take the matter seriously and submit a flawless application document package.
Every particular application for a D Cat visa to Malta is considered individually and some unique documents may be required in a particular case. International Wealth experts are aware of all the requirements and preferences that the Maltese immigration authorities have. With our assistance, your application for a Maltese visa will be approved in all likelihood.
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