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Who is allowed to work in Malta?

In Malta, the minimum age for employment is 16 years old. Anyone above this age is allowed to work in the country, subject to certain requirements and conditions.


Malta is a member of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA), which includes Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.


Nationals of these countries are allowed to live and work in Malta without a work permit, as they enjoy the freedom of movement within the EU and EEA.


In addition, nationals of the Swiss Federation are also permitted to live and work in Malta, as Switzerland has a bilateral agreement with the EU on the free movement of persons.


However, for Third Country Nationals (TCNs) - people who are not citizens of EU, EEA or Switzerland - there are certain requirements that both the potential employer and the TCN must follow.


For an employer to hire a TCN, they must first demonstrate that they have attempted to recruit from within the EU and EEA but have been unable to find suitable candidates. The employer must also obtain a work permit for the TCN from the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs.


For the TCN, they must have a valid work permit and residence permit to work in Malta. They must also comply with Maltese immigration laws, including registering with the Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs and renewing their permits as required.


It is important for both the employer and the TCN to follow these requirements to ensure that they are legally allowed to work in Malta. Failure to do so can result in fines, penalties, and even deportation.


While EU, EEA, and Swiss nationals enjoy the freedom to live and work in Malta, TCNs must follow certain requirements and conditions to legally work in the country. It is important for both the employer and the TCN to comply with Maltese immigration laws to avoid legal repercussions.

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