‘The Key Employee Initiative’ (KEI) has been introduced by Identity Malta with the aim of facilitating the issuing of single permits, which incorporate the work and residence permits, to highly-specialised third-country nationals who seek employment in Malta.
The KEI is applicable to those who apply for a managerial or a highly-technical post which requires relevant qualifications or adequate experience related to the job being applied for.
Individuals applying under the KEI must satisfy the following eligibility conditions:
- Annual gross salary of at least €30,000 per annum;
- Certified copies of the relevant qualifications, warrants or the necessary work experience; and
- Declaration by the employer stating that the applicant have the necessary credentials to perform the duties being assigned.
This KEI is also open to innovators involved in start-up projects which are specifically approved by the Malta Enterprise.
Applicants interested in the KEI may submit their application while physically in Malta or abroad. Once the application is approved, the applicant will be issued with a permit valid for a period of one year. The said permit may be renewed for a maximum period of three years, subject to the presentation of (i) a valid definite or indefinite contract, and (ii) the original annual tax declaration form stamped by the Inland Revenue Department.
Single permit applications based on the KEI are processed on a fast-track basis to ensure that third country nationals applying for managerial or highly technical posts with Maltese companies may commence their employment at the soonest possible time.