The Key Employee Initiative

The Key Employee Initiative

The newly-introduced Key Employee Initiative is a fast-tracked employment and residence process for highly-specialised Non-EU nationals who would like to work and live in Malta.

Eligible applicants:

The Key Employee Initiative is aimed at managerial or highly-technical posts requiring particular qualifications or adequate experience. Innovators involved in start-up projects endorsed by Malta Enterprise may also apply for the Key Employee Initiative. The following conditions are to be fulfilled:

  • An annual gross salary of at least €30,000;
  • Certified copies of the relevant qualifications, warrants or the necessary work experience;
  • A declaration by the employer stating that the applicant has the necessary credentials to perform the duties being assigned.

Submission of applications

Applications under the Key Employee Initiative may be submitted while the applicant is in Malta or even while he/she is still abroad.


Work/residence permits under this initiative will be issued to successful applicants within five working days from the date of submission of the application.


The work/residence permit issued under the Key Employee Initiative will be valid for a year and may be renewed for a maximum period of three years, subject to complying with the requirements in place.

Our services

EMD is in a position to assist in applying for the Key Employee Initiative. For further information, kindly send an email on or call on +356 22030000.