Students who do not qualify under the provisions of Subsidiary Legislation 217.09, and are following courses which exceed 90 days, may take up employment in Malta. Access to employment may be granted subject to conditions imposed by Jobsplus, including those sectors where these students would be allowed to work. Students will only be allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours per week after their first three months of study in Malta. These provisions are subject to change from time to time according to the discretion of the Ministry responsible for Jobsplus. TCNs pursuing a full-time course leading to a higher education qualification recognised by NCFHE may take up employment for a maximum period of 20 hours per week, starting from their first year of study. In such instances, the student may apply for a work permit upon the issuance of a residence permit, which will include specific reference to S.L. 217.09. It must also be noted that an application for a work permit will be considered more favourably if the employment offer is related to the student’s chosen area of studies.
Starting a career
Third-country nationals who obtain a higher-education qualification in Malta recognised by NCFHE may extend their stay in Malta by six months. The extension of stay is subject to the presentation of a valid full-refund medical health insurance and sufficient means of subsistence. A non-renewable residence permit will be issued to these graduates allowing them to work for a maximum period of 20 hours per week. The purpose of this extended authorisation to stay in Malta is aimed at helping graduates start a career in Malta. Beneficiaries of this incentive may apply for a single permit within the six-month period as soon as they find an employment offer which is: (i) related to their area of specialization, and (ii) involves a gross monthly income which is equivalent to 1.5 the national minimum wage. The privileges afforded to non-European graduates may vary according to restrictions imposed by Jobsplus related to the availability of employment.