After several years of uncertainty, the United Kingdom has finally left the European Union. In line with this recent development, the Maltese government has published new rules that will apply to UK nationals and their family members who are either residing in Malta or plan to reside there in the near future.
These new regulations entered into force on 1 February and will remain applicable for the duration of the transition period which ends of 31 December 2020 unless a decision is taken to extend. British citizens are now considered third-country nationals in terms of Maltese law.
UK Nationals that are already residing in Malta and are in possession of a Residence Document are required to re-submit an application to Identity Malta before 30 June 2021, unless the transition period of 31 December is extended. Identity Malta said it will contact all of those who have a valid residence document, to inform them of the steps they need to take.
UK Nationals that will start to reside in Malta during the transition period can only submit a request for a residence document three months after their arrival. This application must also be submitted before 30 June 2021, unless the transition period is extended.
The document that will be issued to UK Nationals and their family members residing in Malta will be valid for a period of 10 years. This document can be renewed when it expires as long as they fulfil the applicable conditions and requirements.
UK Nationals who possess the residence permit but who have family members not residing in Malta will still be able to be joined by their family members as long as certain conditions are satisfied.
Those UK Nationals that are residing in Malta under the Resident Programme rules, or High Net Worth Individuals Rules must take certain steps to adhere to the Global Residence Programme requirements.
As for those who want to apply for residence after the end of the transition period, this will depend on any deals that are made between the UK and the EU, or UK and the Maltese authorities.
BDO Malta has a specialist Citizenship and Residence Services advisory where a team of dedicated professionals are on hand to assist with applications, advice, and other matters that must be considered when coming to reside in Malta. Tax, corporate services, bank accounts, and other legal implications can all be dealt with by one department. BDO Malta is also an Approved Agent and as such, is authorised by the Maltese authorities to handle various residence programme applications.
If you are unsure if and how Brexit can affect you, or you want advice on how to reside in Malta under the new rules, contact us today.
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