BREXIT News Update
16 April 2019
Changes to the immigration status of British citizens residing in Malta
Legal Notice 63 of 2019, published on the 9th April 2019, provides guidance on changes to the immigration status of British citizens who have taken up residence in Malta upon the United Kingdom ceasing to be a member state of the European Union. Maltese residents, who are British nationals, may continue to reside in Malta and enjoy the right of freedom of movement to and from Malta as long as they have taken up residence in Malta prior to the date on which the United Kingdom ceases to form part of the European Union. Family members of such individuals shall be able to take up residence in Malta notwithstanding that they did not hold the residence status at the time of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.
UK nationals who are currently holding valid residence permits shall continue to hold a Maltese immigration status in terms of the new regulations, provided that they satisfy a number of conditions to qualify in terms of the regulations and submit an application within 2 years from withdrawal date. The residence documentation currently held shall continue to be valid until the new residence permit is issued. The new residence permit will be valid for a period of 10 years, be issued free of charge and will be renewable upon expiry.
A beneficiary in terms of the new immigration regulations will be entitled to employment and self-employment without the requirement of the issuance of an employment licence in Malta, access to healthcare, education and shall enjoy being treated equally to a Maltese national. The new immigration status will cease if a beneficiary is absent from Malta for a continued period of two years, or where the status is contrary to the public interest of Malta, subject to conditions imposed by the Regulations.
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