If you intend to reside in Malta for longer than three months, you’re required to get a Maltese ID. To be more specific, foreigners apply for an e-Residence card that is issued by Identity Malta in Valletta. Having an e-residence card will make life in Malta more convenient, as you don’t need to prove your residence in different situations by lease agreements, work contracts and other documents – just show our e-residence card, and you’re good to go.
Please note that getting an apartment, Social Security number, and a Tax number are the most urgent tasks before this step, so do not stress about your ID before everything else is sorted. If you haven’t fixed those priorities yet, check our Living in Malta guide, which covers all the necessary things to organise when moving to Malta.
Once you’ve ticked everything off of our previous list, you’re ready to jump into this ID process. This one needs a little bit more time and preparation than the previous paperwork you’ve done, since you’ll have to submit the application and all the attachments in person. But don’t worry, we wrote the process down to guide you through this jungle of paperwork. Just follow these steps and you’ll be fine!
- Find and print out the forms you need to fill out. All the forms can be found on this list, and yes, there are many. So let’s narrow the list down a bit.
- If you’re an EU national and you’ve moved to Malta to work and live, the forms that you’ll most probably need are Form A and Form ID1A. Be prepared that once you’re at the office, they might ask you to fill out some other forms as well. As you can see from the forms, in addition to your personal details, you’ll need information about your employer. Ask your supervisor/HR department to give you the details that are required.
- If you’re confused, do not worry (we all are). One way to make sure which are exactly the right forms for you is to visit Evans Building in Valletta and get the right papers from the office. It just means that you’ll probably need to pay there a visit more than once. Luckily Valletta is a beautiful city to explore, so keep your eyes open while handling your paperwork!
- Prepare at least the following attachments in addition to the forms that you’ve printed and filled out. Make sure to grab both the original document AND a photocopy of each paper. Read your forms carefully, as there might be some additional attachments that are required but not listed below. If you have a birth certificate from your home country registry office, it is certainly a good thing to get it with you.
- Lease agreement
- Work contract or ETC engagement form issued by Employment & Training Corporation ( You will get this paper from Job Vacancy Centre in Valletta. )
Take a morning off. When you’ve got the forms all filled out and the attachments are more than ready, clear your calendar for one morning and pay a visit at Evans Building in Valletta. Depending on where you live, you can take a bus to Valletta and walk from the bus station to the office, or take a ferry from Sliema to Valletta, and walk from the ferry. The reception desk for residence applications is usually open from Monday to Friday between 7:30 and 12:30. Check the detailed schedule and contact details on their website. If there’s a queue, make sure you’re standing in the right one; more than one expat has been standing in line for an hour only to notice that it wasn’t even the right one. Boldly asking for advice is thus recommended. If there are any missing documents or details, you’ll get further advice at the reception desk.
With these steps, you should get your e-residence card within a couple of weeks. Usually it takes to 4-6 weeks. We wish you good luck with the paperwork – and don’t forget to stop by at one of the many cafeterias in Valletta while you’re there!
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