Foreign Nationals Seeking Employment in Malta

The Employment and Training Corporation is at present the entity that processes applications for the issue of employment licences (previously known as work permits) with regards to foreign nationals to be employed in Malta. ETC was delegated this responsibility in August 2005.


If you are not a citizen of an EU country, you need an employment licence in order to be able to work in Malta. EU nationals [except citizens of Croatia], EEA and Swiss nationals do not require an employment licence to work in Malta.

EU/EEA Nationals
If you are an EU National that would like to work in Malta, whilst not requiring an employment licence, we would recommend that you contact the EURES advisors in order to discuss with them any requirements that there might be. You can either send an email on: or call the free-phone number 8007 6505. You can also chat to Maltese advisors online via the EURES portal –
Non EU Nationals
Employment licences must be applied for by the employer and not by the jobseeker.
We have compiled the following guidelines for your perusal. Should you however require any clarifications, please contact us on: These guidelines are intended to act as a guide to applicants and to foreign nationals wishing to work in Malta. They are subject to regular updates and thus, it is important that applications must comply with the guidelines applicable at the date of application.