Understanding Visas at Queen Mary, Malta

Let’s delve into the world of Maltese visas

Navigating the visa process is an important aspect of preparing to study at Queen Mary, Malta. The good news is that not all nationalities require a visa for studying in Malta. The list is long, and includes the UK, EU, Hong Kong, Canada and the USA. However, for international students, we’re here to help. From tackling the application form to submitting documents, we’ve got you covered.

Important note: this information was accurate at the time of publishing. However, regulations may change, so be sure to double-check or reach out to us if you have any doubts.

1 Navigating the student visa process

Visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. To check your individual requirements, visit Identità, the public body that manages matters relating to passports, visas, identity documents, and work and residence documents. A Malta D visa (also known as a national visa) is issued for non-EU citizens who want to move to study in Malta.

Should you require a student visa, we will contact you as soon as you receive an offer from us. We will ask that you send us a copy of your passport so that we can begin working on the visa process.

A Visa application form
A student looking at departures board with her luggage

Student visa application process

While you are responsible for getting your visa, the university must apply on your behalf, so please reach out to the Admissions Team to begin the process. Once we have your information, an appointment and payment link will be sent to you.

3 Requirements and documentation for a student visa

In 2024, prospective students will need to provide the following documents:

  • Application form: To be signed and completed by the applicant.
  • Queen Mary’s letter of invitation: This includes the details of the study course, duration of the course, start date and end date of the course, and receipt of deposit.
  • Bank Statement: The last three months of the applicant’s bank details. In the case of a sponsor, please send the appropriate letter and a copy of the sponsor’s identification card (front & back).
  • Copy of bank card: You must supply a copy of the bank card linked to your bank statements. The card must be internationally enabled.
  • Travel Insurance: Valid for the Schengen area, has a minimum medical coverage of €30,000, and covers the visa date.
  • Flight ticket: Dated 6 to 8 weeks from the day the visa application was submitted.
  • Passport: Scan of the original applicant’s passport, which must have a validity of a minimum of three months.
  • Proof of Accommodation: Accommodation must be in the applicant’s name, with a minimum of a fifteen-day lease agreement, amount paid, and a copy of the identity card (front and back).
  • GDPR Form: Must be dated with the applicant’s details and signature.


4 Getting a Maltese residency card

Once students obtain their visa and arrive in Malta, they must apply for a residency card. Residency allows them to stay in Malta for more than 90 days and is renewed every year. With residency, students get a lot of offers, such as free public transport, and are free to take up any part-time work opportunities.

5 How does Queen Mary, Malta support international students?

The Admissions Team will act as a liaison between Identità and the applicant; therefore, all queries must come through the Admissions Team for further support. We work closely with Identità to ensure a smooth process for all applicants.

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6 Advice for Malta education visa applications

We do encourage students to go through the list of documents and double-check that they have all the paperwork in order and that the requirements set by Identità are met. Also, students can be randomly chosen to attend a visa interview. We, therefore, recommend that students monitor their emails regularly and that they prepare for the visa interview as they would for any other interview.