Immigrants involved in scuffles outside Citizenship Offices
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Scuffles broke out in front of the Department of Citizenship and Immigration in Valletta this morning as immigrants tried to jump the queue to get inside for identity cards and residence permits. There were no reports of any injuries.
Policemen who were on site calmed the situation in a bid to restore order. Immigrants had told others there that they had spent the night queuing outside to try and ensure that they were seen, but there was a mad dash as soon as the doors opened. Fridays are reserved only for persons enjoying national/international protection.
All non-Maltese citizens resident in Malta are now required to apply for an electronic document containing biometric data which they have to apply for. Appointments can be made, but have to be done so by email.
The e-Residence Card, which will be issued, will serve the purpose for both the identity and residency permit.
On Wednesday the Department is closed to the Public and EU nationals are seen on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Although it a requirement for an appointment with the department to be set by e-mail, many immigrants were just turning up.