from the etc website
New Procedures for Work and Residence Permits
Are you a Third-Country National requesting or extending a work or residence permit in Malta?
The Employment and Training Corporation (ETC) and Identity Malta wish to announce the establishment of a one-stop-shop application service for the majority of Third-Country Nationals (TCNs) wishing to reside in Malta for the purpose of work. This service will commence on the 21st July 2014.
A single simplified procedure, for TCNs, excluding those who fall within the categories listed below, will require the submission by the individual of only one application to the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs at Evans Building, St Elmo Place, Valletta.
This means that employers do not need to submit any applications for their prospective TCN employees. Applications need to be submitted by the prospective employees themselves. However, employers must previously endorse the application.
Does this procedure apply to all TCNs?
The single application procedure will be available to all TCNs other than those who fall within the following categories:
TCNs who are awaiting or have been granted temporary protection and beneficiaries of either international or national protection.
TCNs who have long-term resident status.
TCNs who are self-employed workers.
TCNs who are students recognized under the Students Regulations (Legal Notice 29 of 2008).
TCNs working in Malta for up to 6 months only.
TCNs working in Malta on the basis of a visa.
Posted TCN workers and intra-corporate transferees.
The above will continue to require the two separate procedures at ETC and Citizenship, as per current regulations.
Procedures applicable to individual cases are available on www.mhas.gov.mt (MHAS Services Residence) or by contacting the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs on 2590 4800 or by email on citizenship[at]gov.mt.