Residency Permit

Become an expat living in Malta in just a short amount of time

Time to understand the Maltese residency permit

Persons who move to Malta may do so according to the regulations that are most appropriate for them. Non-EU/EEA nationals can become residents if they apply through the Global Residence Programme. Those who are EU citizens can choose whether they want to become residents under the Malta Ordinary Residence System or they can opt for The Residence Programme Rules.

Maltese tax law will deem an individual as a non-domiciled resident of Malta either based on spending more than 183 days in Malta, evidence which demonstrates an intention to reside accordingly, or both.


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As soon as you give the word, we will begin the process of your D3 Visa application, keeping you informed every step of the way

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have to spend in Malta in a year?

With the Maltese residency permit, you will need to spend a minimum of 183-days in Malta throughout a 12-month period. If you do not spend this amount of time in the country, you may not be able to renew your permit, and may be asked to leave the country.

How long does it take to become a resident in Malta?

Timelines on Maltese visas can vary case by case however, RHJ Law typically aim to complete your visa application within 2-3 months of applying.  If you’re ready to get started with your visa process then why not complete our quick and easy form above or contact us to learn more.

What countries are in the Schengen area?

There are currently 26 countries in the Schengen area, they are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

How do I open a Maltese bank account?

Opening a Maltese bank account has never been easier than with RHJ Law. Head to our bank accounts page to get started with your Maltese bank account.

Can I read more?

We have so much information for you on Malta and the visas available. Download our free brochure to learn more about moving to Malta, and check out our articles on Malta!

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Whether you're setting up your business, finding your dream home, opening a bank account or securing citizenship for your family; RHJ Law are here to help you. Whatever it is, talk to us today about your move to Malta, Portugal, the UAE, UK or the USA.


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