The launch of a new student visa policy aims to make Malta more competitive as an education jurisdiction while maintaining the strong reputation of the local education sector.
Students coming from non-EU countries may require a visa in order to come to Malta for educational purposes. Such visas may be extended by a national visa or residence permit in accordance with the length of the course.
The new policy will bring about significant changes in terms of;
- Managing admittance of English language students, by means of national visa instead of residence permit. Residence permits will have to be applied for if students’ stay in Malta exceeds 1 year of duration.
- Reaching out to jurisdictions where Malta is not represented by consular mission or a visa office.
- Ensuring that only bona fide students are issued with a visa in order to travel to Malta.
- Giving all non-EU students in Malta access to the labour market and encouraging them to start a career locally. Third-country nationals pursuing a full-time course (exceeding 90 calendar days) leading to a higher education qualification recognised by MQRIC may take up employment for a maximum period of 20 hours per week starting from their first year of studies.
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