Foreigners in Malta are to change ID Card for E-Residence Card
Maltese ID cards ending in A will expire by the end of March 2013 and one would have to apply for an E-Residence card. Those who arrived in Malta after January 1st 2013 would have to apply too.
Update (April): Here’s our updated guide to how to receive the new ID card.
Applications are open as from March 15 from:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
The Department for Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs,
New e-Residence Card Application Forms
All applicants would need to access the e-Residence Card application forms for differing categories of non-Maltese persons. One can access this link for more information.
Applicants would have to select the correct form in order to complete the relevant documents – any other documents required will be listed within.
Documents required depend on the type of residence application (EU citizen, EEA Citizen, Non-EU citizen).
Benefits of the e-Residence Card Application
1. Discount on Public Transport Tickets
2. To open a Maltese Bank Account
3. To be entitled to identical treatment to that accorded to Maltese nationals in respect of the above.
4. To be entitled to enrol on the EU Parliament Electoral Register under the same conditions as Maltese Citizens. Such application forms will then be passed on to be processed by the Electoral Office.
A Maltese national is required to personally attend the Identity Card Office only once to apply for an identity card which is issued on the same day.
EU law stipulates that as regards non-national EU Citizens, “…the relevant national authority should issue you with a registration certificate – known as an e-Residence Card in Malta – stating your name and address and the date of registration, immediately after presentation of the required documents.”
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