EU Citizens e-residency process & Health Care info.

Please try to avoid making irrelevant comments or going off topic as this is intended for information, rather than discussion.
Anything irrelevant clutters the thread and the purpose is lost.
I am happy to answer any questions or go into more detail.
Thank You.


I hope this helps. Any incorrect information please feel free to advise. I believe this to be correct at time of last amendment. 27.05.14

This advice is applicable to EU citizens ONLY.

If you are an EU citizen you have a right to reside and work on the Maltese islands but you are required to inform the authorities within 90 days of arrival If seeking to reside beyond this time. (Job seeking exceptions apply when you may have up to 6 months). The method of informing the authorities is to complete their e-residence procedure and apply for the issue of an e-residence card. NB. This is NOT an ID card 'per se' but can also serve as such.
NB. A Malta ID card is for Maltese citizens and contains biometric information and may be used as a travel document within the Schengen area.
A Malta EResidence card is for those other than Maltese citizens. It is a registration document and does not contain biometric information and is not a valid travel document..



Under what category are you going to apply?

See this page for latest information:

https://identitymalta.com/citizenships-expatriates/

There are several categories, each requiring a different application form.
They are explained and available from the site linked above.

EU nationals

     Economic Self Sufficiency- CEA Form J
     Study- CEA Form M
     Employment/Self Employment- CEA Form A
     Family Members - CEA Form F
     Permanent Residence- CEA Form P

You must also complete and apply for/on the following forms also:

Form ID 1A - Electronic Identity Registration Form for non-Maltese Nationals
Form ID 2 - Image Capture Application Form
Electoral Form - For EU nationals only who are applying for an e-residence card for the first time.

If applying under 'Economic Self Sufficiency'.

This status requires that applicants show that they are able to provide for themselves and for their accompanying dependants by being financially stable and not being in need of any financial support from the Maltese government. The current thresholds for EU/EEA nationals are set at a minimum capital of  14,000 or a weekly income of  92.32 for single persons, and at a capital of at least  23,300 or a weekly income of  108.63 for married couples. Moreover, an extra  8.15 is required per any added dependent. (27.05.14. Check for current rates.)

However, one cannot apply until one can prove sufficient Health Insurance or entitlement. (Self sufficiency only.)
(If employed/self employed, then Social Security Payments grant entitlement to health care for self and immediate family.)

That has to be done at the Entitlement Office located at:

Entitlement Unit
Ground Floor
St Luke's Hospital
G'Mangia

Malta & UK have a Reciprocal Healthcare Agreement (RHA).

The RHA application form is downloadable from here,

https://ehealth.gov.mt/download.aspx?id=10380

Persons registered with the Entitlement Unit under this scheme will be issued with an entitlement card hereinafter referred to as RHA Entitlement Card.

Persons issued with the RHA Entitlement Card will be entitled for free healthcare services in local public healthcare institutions on an in-patient and out-patient basis as well as other specialist services provided for Maltese nationals.
RHA Entitlement Card holders will not be entitled for:

1. treatment abroad including the UK
2. the European Health Insurance Card
3. long-term care and other things and services provided for under the Social Security Act and other legislation.

RHA Entitlement Card holders will not be entitled for the entitlement to Schedule V card otherwise known as the 'yellow card' which permits the holder access to free medication for some chronic conditions.

Alternatively and only if a UK citizen receiving UK State Pension you can present an S1 Certificate obtainable from DWP, Overseas Healthcare Team, Durham House, Washington, Tyne & Wear NE38 7SF UK.
Telephone 0191 2181999.
This will entitle the person full access to all medical treatment and Schedule V 'yellow card' for free medication for some chronic conditions.

Whether you are entitled to Schedule V (five) medication (Yellow card)  will depend upon your residential status, and entitlement to health care here.
It can be a complicated process.
You will only get this if you have a permanent Certificate of Entitlement (COE).  An RHA card is not acceptable.
Also you will have to have an assessment (and subsequent reviews) by a doctor at one of the hospitals.

(After issue of Schedule V card (yellow card you will then have to nominate a Pharmacist of your choice, get a green form from them, get a doctor to complete the medication detail of that and return it to the pharmacist. You will then later receive a card of payment codes which the pharmacist will then enter on their system in lieu of payment each time you are issued with your Schedule V listed medication.)

Be prepared for the Schedule V process to take some time and not all medication that you may have previously been prescribed is available by this process.

Advice. If you have a pre-existing medical condition for which you are receiving medication before moving to Malta ensure you have a maximum supply of that medication. I also strongly advise you to bring copies of medical records, copies of prescriptions or a letter confirming your conditions and medication. These may prove invaluable for when seeking medication here, either by attending a free clinic or doctor privately and/or during Schedule V assessment.

Notifying the authorities of residency (All types.)

Living on Malta?

When you have all the necessary documents relevant to your type of application originals and copies and photographs required (details on the appropriate application form) you have to attend the ID Card Office at Evans Building, St Elmos Place, Valletta. Applications for Maltese Citizenship and Residence documentation are to be submitted at the said building between. Monday to Thursday from 8.30am till 3.30pm between 1st October to 15th June and between 8.00 am till noon between 16th June and 30th September.
Check opening times though before you go, they may change. Be prepared to queue.

Living on Gozo?

When you have all the necessary documents relevant to your type of application, originals and copies and photographs required (details on the appropriate application form) you have to attend the E-ID Card Office which is off St Francis Square, Rabat (Victoria) to the left of the Government Offices. (Face the Government building and to your left is an entrance to an alley way/court yard entrance. Go into there and then at the end, about 6 metres turn left and the office is to the immediate left.)
Mon  Fri 9.30am  12 noon. (Again check details.)
I have found the process to be quick and efficient if applying from Gozo. There are far fewer numbers of applicants than on Malta.

EU Citizens may apply by post but all documents and photographs MUST be certified by an appropriate professional. E.g. a Priest, Police Officer, Government Official or anyone else of the same professional status.

NB. If attending in person, ensure you have all the necessary copies and photographs .
The clerk will verify them against your original documents.

Registration for Income Tax.

Everyone is required to register for Income Tax if you are resident on Malta.  In general, individuals are considered to be resident in Malta if they spend more than 183 days in a calendar year in Malta. (Whether you are liable to pay any tax will depend upon your circumstances.)

Quote:
An individual, who is either resident in Malta or domiciled in Malta, but not both, is subject to tax on income arising in Malta, on income arising abroad but received in Malta, and on capital gains arising in Malta. Individuals who are neither resident in Malta nor domiciled in Malta (temporary residents) are subject to tax only on income and capital gains arising in Malta.
This includes the use of Credit/Debit cards connected with any bank outside Malta.

Transfer of savings does not (usually) attract tax.

Registration may be done by attending either of the two offices in Floriana, Malta or Rabat (Victoria) Gozo.

Malta:    Block 4, Vincenzo Dimech Street, Floriana.

Gozo:    Enrico Mizzi Street, Victoria.

See here for detailed information:

http://www.ird.gov.mt/default.aspx


Tip.

It is my experience that the best way to deal with Malta's bureaucracy is to be polite, passively assertive and ask lots of questions of the staff rather than insist on making a point.
Also, please feel free to Private Message me with any questions.

The usual caveat applies; to check the contact details and opening times. Details correct on 10.02.15.

Hi Redmik,

Your topic is now a sticky one !  :one

Thank you for posting these information here, it will help lots of members.  :idontagree:
However, it would be best if people can communicate directly with you on the forum, as this topic may serve as a reference to the other members.

Have a nice day,

Priscilla :)

"Everyone is required to register for Income Tax if you are resident on Malta for more than 183 days in any 12 month period. (Whether you are liable to pay any tax will depend upon your circumstances.)"


- its actually in a calendar year (which is the tax year), not in any 12 month period,

That was an official quote but I will amend it.

yep, I've seen that on an official site as well, but its definitely wrong :-)

Hi guys! I may possibly have a job in Malta come September. I am an EU citizen, but my husband is not! Is it possible for me to bring him with me under the EEA family permit and would this allow him to work. Thanks!

Hi Victoria,

is your non-EU ( Albania) husband already with you in the UK ?

If not he will need a visa to enter the UK as you are a British citizen.

To enter Malta he will also need a visa ( Schengen visa) but then you can register for residency and apply for your husband's residency as a non-EU family member. Once granted he will have the same Rights as an EU - citizen and can work or be self-employed.

Cheers
Ricky

Hi Ricky, Thanks for the reply. Actually we live in Albania at the moment. Don't get me started on British visa regulations ;) Actually, Albania is part of the Schengen agreement just not in the EU, so I guess he would be okay?

Thanks

Hi Victoria,

ok, thanks for the clarification.

Yes, Albania has an agreement with the Schengen area that allows visa free travel for Albanian citizens.

So all you need to do is to apply for your husband's residency as family member with your own registration here in Malta after you arrive.

Cheers
Ricky

Thanks a lot Ricky, I thought that was the case, but I wanted to double check. I tried asking for advice from British embassy who were no help. Cheers.

Hi Victoria,

make sure that you have the relevant documents in English ( marriage certificate,birth certificate , job related cerificates) and that you have adequate health coverage for both ( especially your husband) and that you can show the necessary income requirements.

Cheers
Ricky

Thanks for the info. Sorry to bombard you with questions, but I guess I can just take out international health insurance and also do you have any idea as to what the financial requirements are. Thanks again!

Btw, just to let you know, the office is now open from 8am until 11.30am only. They haven't updated the summertime opening hours on the official website yet, so I went all the way to Valetta to find out they will not serve me as they are about to close. Eh ;)

Hi Victoria,

you are really considering taking up a job in Malta without any idea of Malta and the requirements ? That should be part of your homework before even considering a job  offer. Just to avoid dissapointment and frustration.

Well, here is a link. Check out what applies to your situation.

http://mhas.gov.mt/en/MHAS-Information/ … 014%29.pdf

Finanicial requirements are actually much,much lower than that what a foreigner can really exist on but they have to be the same as for Maltese who can have a very different lifestyle  ( very high income and wealth or very low ). In my opinion they quoted figures have nothing to do with the reallity.

You don't need international health insurance but just an insurance that covers you in the EU and Malta. If you work in Malta you will probably be paying National Insurance contributions that will cover you but for the residency registration you need to show coverage for yourself and your husband.

There is a lot of information here on the forum.

Cheers
Ricky

Hi Ricky, there is no way that I would ever move to a country without knowing the requirements. Which is why I am here on this site. I have read official websites, but from my past experiences of dealing with various visas I wanted to ask people who are in the same situation as me and could clarify things.

Thanks for your help.

Hi Victoria,

that is exactly the feedback you can get from our website. Info's on your personal questions ( if someone has the knowledge or experience to answer)

Feel free to ask any specific questions on your planned relocation to Malta.

Cheers
Ricky

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thank you for your help x

Just returned to Gozo.  Are we right in thinking that the Reciprocal Health Agreement for UK citizens is an either/or deal? That is, if you sign up for the RHA you relinquish your rights to NHS treatment in UK?  We initially thought it was in addition to NHS entitlement, but we're now not so sure. (We're both British citizens).

If you sign up for RHA and/or apply for a eResidence card in Malta, you are declaring yourself resident in Malta. NHS is based on residency in the UK, so you cant have both. If you are Uk resident you can use your UK issued EHIC in Malta.

Hi George, We've had this conversation before about Catch 22.  I'm told by Newcastle that EHIC now lasts for 6 months, which is fine, but according to the information at the top of this thread, you're supposed to apply for residency if you're going to be here for more than 90 days.  A quandary!

Not really a catch 22
You can apply for RHA as soon as you consider yourself resident, ie before you actually apply for your eResidence card. You then use that, not the EHIC.

Many thanks for your advice.  That makes things clearer.  We are continuing to settle in well.

A quick update considering my experience with the Tax number:

in case you are married and you haven't obtained the eID card, yet.. God knows when... (though my husband obtained it), you have to submit a handwritten letter/ declaration addressed to the Inland Rev. Authority, confirming  that you are living together with the husband, at the same address, signed by both of you.....

or maybe you will be luckier.. :D

And continuing my nightmare... does anyone know another email address  (ideally of a person) for the e-residence card (except eresidence[at]gov.mt) or a phone number where they actually answer? :D
oor, a procedure to  speed up obtaining the blue paper, at least?

my future employer needs the maltese ID... :(((
thank you!

Now we have a problem as I cannot edit this sticky to reflect the changes in links to sites.
Link to change is the first which should be http://homeaffairs.gov.mt/en/MHAS-Infor … dence.aspx
ADMINS!!!!!!

Help am I confused or what ?!!

I have read the excellent answers here and tried to look through the link that 'Red Mick' posted regarding the e residency process etc.

Things are becoming clearer but our situation is this. We are moving to Malta in January 15 and have bought an apartment for this purpose( I know what others have advised on this site, but you don't know my wife !!) We will be looking to settle in to our new life and apartment and would want to do some part time work pretty quick. Would be have to apply on the form 'Employed/self employed' even though we wouldn't have a job but would be in the process of looking ? If not then how would we present ourselves and what form would be needed.

I am sure the answer has been patiently explained somewhere in the forum, but as we say in Yorkshire,' We make them thick in Yorkshire !!'

Any help gratefully accepted with both hands

Carl

Given that you have at least 90 days in which to inform the authorities I would not be too worried about this.
Apply as your status will be at the 90 day mark.
If after 90 days you are not employed/self employed then apply under Self Sufficiency.
If your status changes later then it will make little or no difference.

Thanks Mick, Am I correct in assuming that the e residence card should be applied for ASAP when we get to Malta irrespective of self sufficiency / employment ? Do you need the card to apply for work , if so then I suppose you must wait for the card before you can commence employment ?

We are in the process of setting up bank accounts and have read the forum re pitfalls/ advice in doing so.

Thanks again

Carl

Hi Carl, the short answer to the first question is no, you have 90 days but it would make things a little easier if then you need to register at a hospital etc.
I was able to do everything I wanted to for the first few months using my passport but had to inform bank, hospital etc after I received my I/D Number. As for work, I cannot answer with 100% confidence as I am retired and have no wish to work. Someone else may answer but I would say no it is not strictly necessary.Others, I am sure, will advise on this.
Try not to be 'fazed' by all this procedure, once here it falls into place, even if frustrating at times.

Thanks Mick, advice much appreciated.

See you soon !

Carl

Thinking on Carl, if looking for work, I am informed you could well have up to 180 days to apply for e-residence though you may wish to consider registering with the Entitlement Office asap after arrival for Health Entitlement, though your EHIC will be valid as long as you area 'tourist' until E-residence completed.Good luck.

Hi,

I am moving over next month and will be self employed. I'm not intending on working straight away and even when I do start up my business it will take some time with marketing and building up a client base before I am working and earning an income.

With regards to having 6 months allowed if you are seeking employment before applying for residency does anyone know if this would apply to someone in my situation?

Thanks,

Andrew

Hi Drew

I arrived and registered as self employed and then applied for my residence cards. Depending on how quick they process each stage - social insurance, income tax, VAT, trading licence and ETC registration, you could register for your residence card within a month of arriving but then have to wait upto 8 weeks for the application to be processed.

I can let you know how to do it as I have done it recently

Hi Drew, you have read the article which explains the full process in detail?
https://www.expat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=370643
To answer your question, (or perhaps not) I don't know as I have not experienced this but don't get so hung up over the eResidence process. You won't get deported etc. (You have a right to be here and work here and you are only informing the authorities that you are exercising that right without being a burden upon them.)
When you get here you could enquire directly from Evans building but to keep it simple I would suggest you first apply as 'self sufficient' then it can be changed later. no worries. Many others have done that.

stbealeh :

Hi Drew

I arrived and registered as self employed and then applied for my residence cards. Depending on how quick they process each stage - social insurance, income tax, VAT, trading licence and ETC registration, you could register for your residence card within a month of arriving but then have to wait upto 8 weeks for the application to be processed.

I can let you know how to do it as I have done it recently

Hi,

Thanks for your help, much appreciated!

redmik :

Hi Drew, you have read the article which explains the full process in detail?
https://www.expat.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=370643
To answer your question, (or perhaps not) I don't know as I have not experienced this but don't get so hung up over the eResidence process. You won't get deported etc. (You have a right to be here and work here and you are only informing the authorities that you are exercising that right without being a burden upon them.)
When you get here you could enquire directly from Evans building but to keep it simple I would suggest you first apply as 'self sufficient' then it can be changed later. no worries. Many others have done that.

Hi,

You're right, I am over thinking it a bit. I'll probably just wait a few months when I'm there and see what my situation is then. Thanks for your help, much appreciated!

worth noting this update particular The one about lease agreements and a copy of the id card of your landlord :

1.​All application forms must be signed and dated by applicant;
2. Copies of all pages in passport need to be presented. Where passports are not in English language, all must be presented in English language tanslation.  This applies also to any other document requested by the Department to be attached to the application form;
3. Any translation into English has to be from a recognised and regulated Translation Agency.  Any page translated is to be on agency's letterhead and each page signed/endorsed by agency translator.
4. Both the original and copies of the Insurance Cover certificates need to be presented.  English translation required in case of Insurance policies that are not in the English language.
5. Both the original and copy of Bank (Foreign) Statements need to be presented.  These must also be on Bank's official document, signed and stamped by bank officials.
6. When applicant has no local bank account, evidence must be presented of money being received by same, such as by Swift Transfer etc.  English translation required in case of documents that are not in the English language.
7. Employment Contracts or Letters of Employment must be on employer's official letterhead, duly signed and dated by employer or his representative.  Clear dates for term of employment have to be included.
8. Lease Agreement confirming applicant's residency must be presented as well as the copy of the ID card of the Lessor. When the least agreement is not available, a letter of undertaking signed by the owner of the property must be presented together with a copy of the ID card of the owner.
9. Payslips, where required, must be on companies official document and the most recent ones presented.  Where required, P3 or / and FS3 are to be presented, such as when applying for extension of current permit.
10. Should a person be applying for an extension of current permit, this must be done at least thirty (30) days before his present permit expires or an application will not be accepted.

Obviously not all the above points will be information needed from all individuals  but point number 8 which i have highlighted in bold is going to affect a huge amount of people .

When was this updated please. I have not seen this previously and perhaps my article needs to be updated?
Doe sit apply in all cases as I have only gone into details regarding EU citizens and self sufficiency.
Is this TCN only?
Can you provide a link to the update notice please?

this was updated a few months ago

http://homeaffairs.gov.mt/en/MHAS-Infor … dence.aspx

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