If you are like us, you may have a spouse who is not from Europe and want to bring them with you to Malta. Malta in general is pretty closed off with it’s visas and employment market, as they always want to protect their own citizens. Many of them remember when job preference was given to English people, rather than the native Malti people. So, because of this it can be difficult to get visas in general… Unless you’re the spouse of an EU national.
If you are the spouse of an EU national, you are able to apply for a Schengen visa as the family member of an EU national, this is also known as a C visa.
“C” category stands for a Short-term visa which allows its holder to reside in a Schengen Country for a certain period of time depending on the visa validity. This particular category, according to the holder’s purpose of the travel can be obtained in a form of a multiple entry visa that allows its holder to go in and out of the Schengen country (in this case Malta) as they please. These visas are only valid for 90 days, so during the 90 days you must apply for your residence card, which has a duration of 5 years from issuance. There will be a further post in regards to the residence card in this blog.
You will need to apply for the C visa from outside of Malta if you are a visa required national, this can be done by going to any Schengen country’s consulate in your own country, though obviously choose your host country’s if you can find one in your country. These visas are free for people who are the family member of an EU national, so if you are asked to pay a fee, please refer to the Freedom of Movement directive, as there is no charge. These visas must be issued quickly, 15 days is the average and anything longer is considered to be in breach of the directive.
You will need to provide:
Itinerary (flight and hotel/accomodation, though these can be tentative)
You may be asked to provide an invitation letter from your family member
Proof of relationship to the EU national
If you happen to be from a non-visa national country (list below of visa required countries), you can apply at port for a tourist visa with the presentation of proof of your relationship to the EU national. In the case of spouses, this would be a valid marriage certificate. If you are a child, a birth certificate would suffice, same with dependent relatives like mothers, fathers, etc. This can be done by stating that you are moving to Malta to live and work under the Freedom of Movement Directive.
List of Visa National Countries:
Central African Republic
People’s Republic of China
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sao Tome e Principe
United Arab Emirates