All about the new student visa process for Malta


Updated April 2, 2024

From 05/01/2024 the student visa application process for Malta will change and Egali has prepared a complete blog about all the procedures you need to be aware of to carry out carefully and guarantee your program in Malta.

Here you will find the reason for this new process, how it will help exchange students and future travelers to further explore Malta as an exchange destination. Furthermore, we will talk about the detailed process for you to carry out it in accordance with what the Maltese government requests.

Find out everything about the student visa in Malta below.

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Why did the Maltese government change the visa process and what was it like before?

The Maltese government has made changes to the student visa process with the aim of making the country more competitive in the educational scenario European Union and facilitate the entry of exchange students. The changes include allowing foreign students to work part-time while studying courses lasting from 13 weeks. This measure aims to attract more exchange studentsoffering them the opportunity to combine study and work, which can be a great incentive to choose Malta as your destination.

Furthermore, the new rules were created to be more affordableespecially for those who are not native speakers of English, allowing them to even obtain a residence visa for longer stays.

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Who should apply for a student visa for Malta?

Exchange students who wish to study from 13 weeks onwards. They must apply for a student visa before travellingstill in the country of origin.

IMPORTANT: Exchange students who wish to go to Malta to study for up to 12 weeks can travel as tourists and there is no necessity to apply for a visa, as they already do.

What documents do I need to apply for a student visa in Malta?

To obtain a student visa in Malta, you must gather the following documents:

  • Visa application form, duly completed and signed by the exchange student
  • Passport
  • 1 Digital photo, passport size and standard, white background
  • Letter of acceptance from the school where you will study
  • Proof of payment for the course in full and
  • Proof of payment for the first 2 weeks of accommodation
  • Proof of payment of the visa fee
  • Bank statement equivalent balance: 26 Euros per day if you have private accommodation / 18 Euros per day if you have accommodation booked with the school.
  • Bank statement for the last 3 months (no requirement to be in English, as long as the amount is converted to EUR).
  • If the student has a sponsorthe following documents must be presented: Bank statement from the last 3 months, signed and notarized sponsorship letter in English, copy of the sponsor's passport or ID.
  • Credit Card Statement serves as proof of funds, as long as students can prove the balance/amount available in EUR
  • International Medical Insurance (coverage of at least EUR 30,000 and repatriation in case of death), policy in English
  • Full copy of passport (all pages stamped)
  • Airline ticket (round trip for students up to 23 weeks). For students aged 24 weeks or more, only the arrival flight is sufficient. E-tickets must be in English.
  • Proof of accommodation reservation (for at least the first 14 nights)

*Information and list of documents subject to change.

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How does the student visa process to study and work in Malta work?

Once all documents have been gathered, you must send them directly to your school, where the Visa Officer will load all documents into official VFS system – we will explain below what VFS is – and will schedule the interview at the VFS center in the country of origin and on behalf of the student.

Once the interview has been confirmed, you must personally go to the VFS official center carrying a valid passport and will be notified by the VFS when you can collect/receive your passport with the visa.

If you have a different address than the VFS city, you can request that the passport be sent to your address (a Courier fee additional payment must be paid to VFS by the exchange student and payment must be made only by credit card).

What is VFS Global?

VFS Global is a company that provides assistance services in the visa application and passport issuance process for governments around the world.

In the context of applying for a student visa for Malta, the VFS Global can help visa applicants navigate the application process, ensuring all required documents are correct and complete to increase the chances of visa approval.

IMPORTANT: Although VFS Global can facilitate the process, the final decision regarding the granting of the visa is always taken by the Maltese consular authorities.

Additional Process Considerations

Only schools will be able to make appointments in the VFS for students, this process cannot be released to agencies, that is, Egali will not be linked to this process. Schools will ask for documents approximately 70 to 80 days before your departure. Stay tuned!

During the first two months, which will be May and June, authorities will be more flexible if exchange students travel without a visa and choose to extend it in the country.

Vacations are always optional. The school will include the number of weeks of vacation you are entitled to in your enrollment letter.

Find out more about the exchange program in Malta

Should I apply for my visa before traveling to Malta?

Remember that if you are Brazilian, you can enter Malta as a tourist without the need for Schengen visa. However, if you plan to study 13 weeks or more in the country, you must apply for the visa in advance of your departure.

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Can I work in Malta on a student visa?

Yes, it is possible to work while studying in Malta on a student visa. Here are the important details about the early Malta student visa re-application:

  • Duration of the course: To be able to work, the course must last more than 12 weeks.
  • Work permission: You can apply for a work permit from your first day in Malta, as long as you have a Job Offer by a registered company.
  • Work hours: With the work permit, you are allowed to work legally until 20 hours per week.
  • Minimum wage: The minimum wage for workers in part-time is approximately EUR 7.00 per hour.
  • Multiple entries: The student visa has the possibility of multiple entries into Malta, which allows several trips to Europe and other countries without having to go through this process again.
  • Return ticket: If you are an exchange student who will undertake more than a 24-week program to study and work in Malta, you will not be required to show your return ticket.

Remember that you must first find a job and then apply for a work permit.

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What are the advantages of the new student visa process in Malta?

  • If you travel on a student visa to Malta, you can work part time while studying from day one in Malta, as long as they have the Job Offer.
  • You will be able to travel within the Schengen area from the first day, that is, it is a multiple entry visa within the study period.
  • If you complete 24 or more weeks of the course, it is not mandatory to present a return flight.
  • The process is more simplified than other countries that allow the I study and work.

How early should I start the student visa application process for Malta?

Up to 100 days before your course start date – We recommend that you do it more than 100 days in advance, which is the minimum. In addition to the entire process with the VFS, there are procedures that last 45 days at the embassy before the departure date.

How much is the visa fee?

The student visa fee in Malta is EUR 150 – Schools charge around EUR 20 for processing and application.

Who will be responsible for the application process?

The person responsible for applying for the student visa in Malta is the Visa Officer – Schools in Malta will be responsible for the entire initial application process. You must present yourself, together with your original and valid passport, to the VFS Global unit in your country for the final process.

Do you have any questions?

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  • Luiz Santana

    By Luiz Santana
    Luiz has 4 years of experience writing blogs and creating content for the internet. He has traveled to more than 4 different countries and is an exchange specialist. Passionate about writing and having the whole experience of being an exchange student in the most famous cities in the world.

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