Work While Studying in Malta
Find out how to apply for an employment licence to work whilst studying in Malta!
Students from Non-EU countries (Third Country Nationals – TCN) can now apply for an employment licence and work whilst studying in Malta
Third Country Nationals (TCN) students who are studying in Malta for longer than 90 days can apply for an employment licence allowing them to work in Malta.
- Students cannot work in their first 90 days in Malta whilst attending a course
- They may only apply for an employment licence* after they have obtained a study visa for the period beyond the first 90 day study visa
- Students need a job offer and to complete the application form together with their employer
- They must continue to attend their classes – minimum of 15 hours a week
- Students can only work a maximum of 20 hours per week
- They cannot stop studying and only work using their employment licence
- If changing jobs/employer students will need to apply for a new licence* with their new employer
Steps to apply
To study in Malta for longer than 90 days students must extend their visa once in Malta. Visa waiver students should apply for a visa before the end of their visa free 90 days.
- Students must apply for their study visa first and wait for it to be approved before applying for an employment licence*.
- Find a job in Malta
- Receive a formal job offer from employer
- Submit employment application to Jobsplus (the employer will need to complete a form as part of the application with details of the job offer)
- Pay application fee – €230**
** For up-to-date information students should visit: www.jobsplus.gov.mt
The employment licence takes approximately 4 – 6 weeks to be granted, after which the student can begin working providing they have been studying in Malta for a minimum of 90 days.
Obtaining student visa extension
Students can apply for their visa extension after 21 days in Malta. Students should apply at the Central Visa Unit in Floriana.
- tel: +356 2590 4558
- e-mail: email@example.com
Once the visa extension has been granted students can then apply for their employment licence*.
Students can look for work on the official Maltese government jobseekers website – Jobsplus:
They can start their search before their arrival to Malta but cannot commence work until their 91st day in Malta and only with a valid work permit/licence.