Government committed to efficient issuance of entry Visas
The Maltese Government has recently opened a Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey, with the scope of facilitating as much as possible visa issuance to Turkish nationals.
At present, applicants who present complete visa applications receive a reply after approximately 48 hours.
In a reply to BusinessToday over comments made in last weeks’ edition by FELTOM President Andrew Mangion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has clarified on the matter of Visa issuance to non-EU nationals.
According to the Foreign Office, 1,200 visa applications have been processed to-date and over one third of these applications came from students who wanted to attend language courses.
The Ministry stressed the importance that visas are issued free of charge to all students attending a language course in Malta.
Meanwhile, the Embassy of Malta to the Russian Federation processes Visa applications not only from Russia but also for the regions occupied by the former U.S.S.R.
After Russia, the greatest number of Visa applications received, come from the Ukraine, this year the Embassy of Malta recieved 1,376 Ukrainian applicants.
To assist all applicants, information on Visas with the procedures and documents necessary to apply to the Embassy of Malta can be found on a purposely built website, both in English and Russian languages ( www.maltavac-ru.com ).
Also, following the EU-Ukraine Visa Facilitation agreement, Students who wish to study in Malta have their consular fees waived and the Visa fee for all other applicants reduced to the equivalent of €35. The Embassy of Malta processes the Visa applications within 72 hrs and in most times these are processed faster.