The United Kingdom’s referendum has resulted in the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. In preparation this eventual withdrawal, the Maltese Government has issued regulations under the Malta Immigration Act, to safeguard the rights of British citizens who may currently call Malta home.
The new regulations, entitled the Immigration Status of British Citizens Resident in Malta on the Withdrawal Date of the United Kingdom from The European Union Regulations, shall come into force once the United Kingdom has effectively left the European Union (EU).
Once in force, British citizens who are resident in Malta shall continue to enjoy several rights, as outlined below:
British citizens who have been a resident in Malta before the withdrawal is finalised, shall continue to enjoy the right to reside in Malta. In other words, they may maintain residence in Malta, as well as enjoy the right of free movement within the Schengen Area post-Brexit.
Furthermore, their family members shall also benefit from the right to reside in Malta, even if such family members do not currently reside in Malta and decide to relocate after the United Kingdom has left the EU.
This residence status shall be granted British citizens for a period of ten years from the withdrawal date and will be issued free of charge.
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The right to be employed or self-employed in Malta, without the need for an employment license for that purpose.
Access to healthcare in the same way as before the withdrawal date if such person is employed, a student or a family member of a British citizen resident in Malta.
Access to education in the same way as EU nationals, together with the maintenance of recognition of diplomas, certificates and professional qualifications.
British citizens shall also benefit from other rights, such as access goods and services made available to the public, access to social benefits including housing benefits in the same way as EU nationals, as well as the possibility of obtaining a Maltese driving license based on their British one.
The full version of the regulations may be accessed here.
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