New requirements for Malta e-Residence Card

MEDIA ROOM

New requirements for all those residing in Malta who are not Maltese citizens currently hold a Maltese ID card have been issued. For those holding a Maltese ID card ending in A – the cards will expire by end of March 2013 . Any such persons are now therefore required to apply for an e-Residence card.

Should persons seeking residence in Malta have arrived in the country after the 1st January 2013, they would need to apply for an e-Residence card. Applications have been open since the 15th of January 2013.

Requirements for the Malta e-Residence card

Such requirements depend on the type of residence application (EU citizen, EEA Citizen, Non-EU citizen).

CSB Group can assist you with the submission of the e-Residence Card application forms for differing categories of non-Maltese persons.

The benefits of the e-Residence card are as follows:

  1. Discount on Public Transport tickets
  2. Facility to open a Maltese bank account
  3. Entitled to identical treatment to that accorded to Maltese nationals in respect of the above
  4. Those interested would then be entitled to apply to enrol on the EU Parliament Electoral Register under the same conditions as Maltese Citizens. Such application forms will then be passed on to be processed by the Electoral Office.

Duration of the process

A Maltese national is required to personally attend the Identity Card Office only once to apply for an identity card which is issued to him on the same day.

Consequently, EU law stipulates that as regards non-national EU Citizens, ‘…the relevant national authority should issue you with a registration certificate – known as an e-Residence Card in Malta – stating your name and address and the date of registration, immediately upon presentation of the required documents.’