In view of the ongoing developments related to COVID-19, Identity Malta Agency is taking additional measures, in order to further facilitate the services being provided.

Parliamentary Secretary Alex Muscat said that Identity Malta is taking the necessary measures in the interest of public health and to safeguard the employees’ wellbeing, whilst ensuring that the general public is serviced in the best possible manner. “In view of the current circumstances, we are looking into an immediate solution with the development of an online platform, in order to facilitate access to Identity Malta’s services, and implement further simplification measures,” explained the Parliamentary Secretary.

1. Birth Registration

As from Monday 6th April 2020, parents can register their new-born’s birth by post, without having to visit Identity Malta’s offices. In the case of birth registrations, one of the parents, or both in the case of a child who was born out of wedlock, should notify the birth of that child.

Parents are advised to first contact the Public Registry Unit on localnotifications.pubreg@gov.mt and then send the following documents by registered mail to The Public Registry Office, Local Notifications Section, Evans Building, Merchant’s Street, Valletta.

  • Filled in Declaration for Notification of Birth Form;
  • The original Certificate of Birth issued by the Hospital and signed by the midwife;
  • A copy of the parents’ Identity Cards as applicable;
  • A cheque or money order made payable to Identity Malta Agency for €2.60. Payment can also be made via bank transfer on:
    • Bank Account:   40010408403
    • IBAN Number:   MT70VALL22013000000040010408403
    • SWIFT Code:      VALLMTMT
  • Any other additional documentation as specified by our officials, where applicable.
  • Bank Receipt copy or payment confirmation should be sent when payments are made by bank transfers.

Upon receipt of the documents, the Public Registry Office will issue and send the Act of Birth for the parents’ verification. By signing the Act of Birth, the parents confirm and approve the content in the Act. Once signed, the parents are required to send the document by registered mail addressed to the Public Registry Office.

The Act of Birth will then be registered and the parents will be notified by either SMS or email that they can order their new-born’s Certificate of Birth on www.certifikati.gov.mt.

This is a temporary measure, and Identity Malta Agency is working on the development of a new Public Registry software which would allow for online birth registrations.

2. Death Registration

As from Monday 6th April 2020, the death registration of a deceased person can also be done by post, without having the need to visit Identity Malta’s office.

The individual registering the death of a deceased person should first contact the Public Registry Unit on localnotifications.pubreg@gov.mt and then send the following documents by registered mail to The Public Registry Office, Local Notifications Section, Evans Building, Merchant’s Street, Valletta.

  • Filled in Declaration for Notification of Death Form;
  • DH35 Certificate of Death & Cause Thereof issued by the medical doctor certifying the death;
  • The deceased persons’ Identity Card;
  • A copy of your Identity Card; and
  • Any other additional documentation as specified by our officials, where applicable.

The death notification will be complete once the Public Registry Office receives the requested documentation. Once complete, the individual registering the death will be notified by either SMS or email that s/he can order the Certificate of Death on www.certifikati.gov.mt.

2. Expatriates’ Ħal Far Office Temporarily Closed

The Expatriates’ Ħal Far will be temporarily closed from Monday 6th April 2020 until further notice. Extension requests for residence permit submitted by beneficiaries of Refugee and Subsidiary Protection, Temporary Humanitarian Protection, 14+ and 18+ will only be accepted by means of electronic mail. Applicants should send their duly filled-in form (which can be downloaded from Identity Malta’s website) and supporting documents to intl.protection.ima@gov.mt. Upon approval, applicants will be notified by means of an electronic mail that their permit has been further extended for a period of three (3) months, commencing from the application’s date of approval. Furthermore, the provision of service in relation to the Specific Residence Authorisation (SRA) is also being temporarily suspended. Any further enquiries which concern the Expatriates’ office in Ħal Far should be sent to intl.protection.ima@gov.mt.

4. Expatriates Unit

In addition to the measures already announced in the past week, the following are also included:

  • EU, EEA and Swiss nationals, as well as their family memebrs, who have either been in Malta for (3) three months and have not yet registered their residence or whose residence document has expired, should send an email to eu.ima@gov.mt. Applicants will receive a confirmation email as proof of their registration.
  • Family members of third-country nationals and applicants for Temporary Residence Permit can submit a new or renewal application request to noneu.ima@gov.mt.
  • Interviews of couples confirming whether the foreign spouse enjoys freedom of movement rights, are temporarily being suspended.

For the time being, Identity Malta Agency is only accepting new single permit applications for highly skilled workers (Key Employee Initiative) and workers in the health sector and social care for the elderly and the disabled. New applications for highly skilled workers and medical professionals, as well as renewals and change in employment should be submitted to   https://singlepermit.gov.mt/, after the employer sends a registration email to onlinesinglepermit.ima@gov.mt.

5. Central Visa Unit by Appointment

As from next Monday 6th April 2020, the Central Visa Unit will open to the public from 08:00am to 11:00am and customers will only be seen by appointment. To book an appointment, please send an email to visa.ima@gov.mt

6. Foreign students in Malta

Third country nationals studying English in Malta in an institution recognised by the ELT Council may apply for a national visa on visa.ima@gov.mt in order to regulate their stay up until the end of their course.  This also applies to third country national students who are currently in Malta and are studying an online course in MQF levels 1 to 4.

Students in higher education and whose residence permit validity is about to expire should send an email to noneu.ima@gov.mt in order to extend their permit.

7. Interviews of foreign spouses for Maltese citizenship by marriage are being suspended

Interviews in relation to applications for Maltese citizenship based on marriage by a foreign spouse of a Maltese citizen are being temporarily suspended.