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Are you a non-EU citizen wishing to carry out research in Malta? You can find information below on the conditions to fulfil and procedures to follow, as well as the rights you can enjoy during your stay.

To carry out research in Malta, you must:
  • sign a hosting agreement with an accredited research organisation;
  • obtain a residence permit;
  • obtain a visa, if necessary.


Where and how to apply

Hosting agreement

You must sign a hosting agreement with a research organisation which is accredited with the Malta Council for Science and Technology. The research organisation needs to obtain the approval of the Council to host a researcher. The hosting agreement will lapse if you are not admitted into Malta or when your legal relationship with the organisation ends. 

Residence permit

You must apply for a residence permit with the Department for Citizenship and Expatriates Affairs.


If subject to a visa requirement, you must obtain a visa at the Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin or residence, prior to your intended arrival in Malta. 

Researchers who are already admitted to research in the EU

If you have already been admitted to research in another EU country you can come to Malta to carry out part of your research:

  • for less than three months if you have sufficient funds, on the basis of the hosting agreement with the original EU country;
  • for more than six months if you conclude a separate hosting agreement with a research organisation in Malta, as outlined above.
Documents required To obtain a residence permit you must show:
  • a valid travel document (valid for at least the duration of the residence period);
  • a hosting agreement on an approved project (including the funding);
  • adequate qualifications to carry out the research;
  • financial resources (at least the national minimum wage plus an additional 20% for each family member);
  • health insurance.
Duration of validity of permits Your residence permit will be valid for one year and is renewable.
Appeals If your application is rejected, you can appeal to the Immigration Appeals board.



If you are admitted to carry out research in Malta, you will be able to teach and have your qualifications recognised.

You will have the same rights as Maltese citizens regarding conditions of work, pay and dismissal, tax benefits and access to goods and services.

You will also be able to bring your spouse and unmarried minor children (and those of your spouse) with you to Malta. They will need to apply for a residence permit. Your spouse will generally be allowed to work.


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