Reports have suggested that Identity Malta, the state’s passport, ID, and resident permit processing arm, is enforcing a 2007 rule for third-country nationals which deals with the amount one needs to earn per dependent family member should they wish to be granted a residence permit.
The Times of Malta reports on a Serbian family who had been told that they are not earning enough money for all three children to remain residing in Malta together with their parents.
The 2007 rule stipulates that non-EU nationals applying for a residence permit in Malta must earn at least €19,000 per year, as well as 20 per cent of that wage for each family member of the applicant.
A figurehead in the Siberian community, Slobodan Rangelov, was quoted by the Times as reporting that he has received some 50 distressed calls by Serbian nationals who have been impacted by this change in rule enforcement.
He is quoted as having said that: “Many Serbians and other non-EU workers living here generally earn the minimum wage. Identity Malta used to accept a bank statement showing they had enough money to maintain their children or they could get a friend to act as a sponsor for the child. But now they won’t even accept that.”