Malta Visa Requirements
Malta is a member of the Schengen Area, but students from within the EU, EEA or Switzerland require a visa to study in Malta for more than three months. Students from elsewhere require a visa irrespective of the duration of their stay. After arrival and registration at the university, all international students who stay for more than three months (i.e. 90 days) should apply for a residence document. At the time of first arrival, students should be in possession of a return air ticket to their country of origin, or its value in cash/bank draft, together with a bank statement indicating that they have sufficient funds to cover at least one year's tuition fees plus approximately €48 euro per day (€17,520 a year), which is calculated to be sufficient for one academic year's accommodation and living expenses.
The eligibility requirements for student visas are relatively straightforward, but there is a long list of pieces of documentation required in order to receive a visa. Some of these are:
- An original passport recognized by the government of Malta.
- A copy of specific data or informational pages.
- A passport photo.
- One signed student visa application form.
- An invitation or official course confirmation letter from the school the student plans to attend.
- Proof of payment of coursework planned.
- An official declaration from the school or college in favor of the student applying.
- Verification of current address.
Because of the large amount of detailed documentation required by the Immigration Department in Malta, it is important that students gather all of this information several weeks or months prior to planning to attend, so that nothing will be missing that could hold up the process. As long as the paperwork is in order, a student visa is usually granted without further delay.
Upon arrival, all international students are required to obtain a residence permit and this is often done with the assistance of university international students office, however, students are also encouraged to contact the RocApply team is they require assistance.