Visa and e-residence permit

We recommend that you familiarise yourself well with the Visa and e-Residence permit requirements and procedures that you will need to follow in order to arrive and stay in Malta.

A Visa is the official permission, which temporarily authorises individuals to travel to a foreign country so you need to check whether you are required to apply for a visa in order to travel to Malta. Further information is available below.  

An e-Residence Permit on the other hand is the document that you will require to be able to remain in Malta for the duration of your studies. Following arrival and registration at the University, all international students who are planning to stay for more than 3 months (ie: 90days) should apply for an e-Residence Permit. This permit will also be used as an ID card and will allow you to travel within the Schengen Area, together with a valid passport. 
Further information is available below. 

Although you might not need a visa to enter Malta most students still need to apply for a Residence permit so it is best to familiarise yourself with the information below. 

If you do need to apply for a visa we strongly recommend that you do so at the earliest possible since applications during the summer months may take longer to be processed. In some cases students might also need to physically travel to another country to submit a visa application. It is also important to familiarise yourself with the residence permit requirements before your departure since you will need to prepare and bring with you certain original documents which might be difficult to obtain after your departure (eg Bank statements).  

The information below applies to prospective and current students of the UM. 
 

Information for non-EU/EEA students (also referred to as Third Country Nationals - TCN):

You may find out whether you need to a visa to travel to Malta by visiting the website of the Identity Malta Agency 

To apply for an entry visa you may contact the Maltese Embassy, High Commission, Consulate or other Representative Office in your country. A full list is available through the website of the Central Visa Unit. In certain cases you may be referred back to the International office or the Central Visa Unit for specific arrangements to be made. You can reach us by email and it is very useful to include your student application ID in your correspondence.  

Applicants requiring a Visa Support Letter are to complete this form.

Maltese Embassies, High Commissions or other representative offices issue D-type student visas which would be valid for limited or longer duration. The Austrian, Italian, Spanish representatives issue short-term visas valid up to 90 days

Following arrival you shall be guided and assisted by the International Office to apply for a residence permit (please refer to section 'e-Residence Permit for non-EU/EEA nationals') which would be valid for a period of one year of study and is renewed every year. 

You are advised to visit the section on pre-arrival information to make sure you have packed in your hand luggage documents that you might be requested to present before you board your flight to Malta or by immigration authorities in the transit country or upon arrival in Malta. Most airlines will require you to present a return ticket to your home country and an insurance policy of a certain duration (you should ask about these when applying for the visa and when booking the flight ticket). 

For further information or assistance, please contact the International Office.


If you are an EU/EEA student who will be studying at the UM for at least two semesters we highly recommend that you apply for a residence permit within the first 3 months (90 days) of your arrival in Malta. The renewal procedure is identical to a first time submission. All documents should be in English.

You need to prepare the following documents which will be presented to the Expatriates Unit at Identity Malta:

Application Form for Residence Documentation  

Form ID 1A -  Electronic Identity Registration Form (Non-Maltese Nationals)  

• Original and copy of passport or Foreign ID card (Bio data page only). 

• Proof of sufficient financial means of subsistence: 

A bank statement or money transfer receipts of the previous three months showing the equivalent of a minimum of 750 Euro for each month of stay in Malta. Foreign and original bank statements must be signed, stamped and dated by the bank manager. However, when foreign bank statements are presented, the applicant must provide at least a withdrawal chit to show that the bank account is actually accessible. A copy of the credit/debit card showing the corresponding bank account on the bank statement, is also required. In the case of local bank statements only original copies are accepted. Bank statements are accepted in Euro. If the bank account is held in another currency, the applicant must show the equivalent amount in Euro. (An Internet currency conversion in English will do).  

• The endorsement letter issued by the International Office.

To apply for an endorsement letter please fill out one of the following forms: 

Erasmus, Exchange or Transfer visiting students

Full time students

The International Office will guide you on the submission of documents to Identity Malta as this will depend on the arrangements that will be in place for the specific academic year. You can also visit the Student section on the Identity Malta website.  

In accordance with Covid-19 Health Authorities Guidelines, Identity Malta will only accept submissions via email on eu.ima@gov.mt. 

For further information, please contact the International Office

   


If you are an non-EU/EEA student who will be studying at the UM for at least two semesters we recommend that you apply for a residence permit within the first 3 months (90 days) of your arrival in Malta. The renewal procedure is identical to a first time submission. All documents should be in English.   

You need to prepare the following documents and present them to the Expatriates Unit at Identity Malta

Application Form for Residence Documentation   

Form ID 1A -Electronic Identity Registration Form (Non-Maltese Nationals)  

• Original and copy of passport (All passport pages are to be photocopied).

• Proof of date of arrival in Malta (e-ticket, in the absence of the Malta Police Immigration Stamp on the passport) 

• A copy of your current Maltese residence permit (applicable only for returning students).

• Proof of sufficient financial means of subsistence:

A bank statement or money transfer receipts of the previous three months showing the equivalent of a minimum of 750 Euro for each month of stay in Malta. Foreign and original bank statements must be signed, stamped and dated by the bank manager. However, when foreign bank statements are presented, the applicant must provide at least a withdrawal chit to show that the bank account is actually accessible. A copy of the credit/debit card showing the corresponding bank account on the bank statement, is also required. In the case of local bank statements only original copies are accepted. Bank statements are accepted in Euro. If the bank account is held in another currency, the applicant must show the equivalent amount in Euro. (An Internet currency conversion in English will do).   

• Original and copy of the rental agreement, showing the name of the applicant, date of expiry and a copy of the Rental Declaration Form   completed by the applicant and the owner of the property. In cases where students are renting property from non-Maltese nationals, a document proving ownership (of the leased property) is required. This document has to be provided by the tenant.   

• Original and copy of comprehensive health insurance (the policy should cover in-patient and day care hospital expenses, and also medical evacuation and repatriation) showing name and surname of policy holder and coverage period.

• Application Fee € 27.50. 

Chest X-Ray Report – This test is to be conducted in Malta on arrival.

• The endorsement letter issued by the International Office 

To apply for an endorsement letter please fill out one of the following forms: 

Erasmus, Exchange or Transfer visiting students

Full time students

The International Office will guide you on the submission of documents to Identity Malta during the orientation session as this will depend on the arrangements that will be in place for the specific academic year.  You can also visit the Student section on the Identity Malta website.         

In accordance with Covid-19 Health Authorities Guidelines, Identity Malta will accept submissions only via email on noneu.ima@gov.mt.

E-residence permit applications for part-time courses will not be considered if the tuition hours are less than 15 hours per week. 

For further information, please contact the International Office.



https://www.um.edu.mt/international/students/visas