Identity Malta to offer new service at its Gozo office
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As from next Monday in Gozo, Identity Malta, will start offering a new service issuing single release permits from its office in Victoria.
These permits are required for workers who are not from the European Union, in order to work and live in Malta.
The new service was announced in a joint statement by the Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana and Parliamentary Secretary Julia Farrugia Portelli.
The Parliamentary Secretary said that at the end of 2016 there were more than 8,600 third-country nationals with a valid residence permit for work purposes.
2% of these, or around 172, live and work in Gozo, she said. “Therefore creating the need to offer them a proper service from the Identity Malta office in Victoria.”
Parliamentary Secretary Farrugia Portelli went on to say that the Government is expecting that the demand for these permits will continue to increase due to several major projects in Gozo, such as the Bart’s Medical school and investment by Vitals Global Healthcare in the medical sector.
The Minister for Gozo said that following meetings with the Gozitan business community, it emerged that a key challenge facing the business sector in Gozo is that of labour shortages.
“This is leading to a number of businesses have to employ workers that are not members of the European Union, a process which involved a documentation procedure that could only be carried out in Malta,” she said.
Gozitan workers in the Identity Malta Office in Victoria, have been trained in the implementation of this new service, said Dr Caruana. “The start of the new service on Monday will mean less paperwork and less time loss for Gozitan businesses.”