Central Visa Unit
- In all cases where the course exceeds 90 days, except for higher-education courses recognised by MQRIC at Malta Qualifications Framework Level 5 or higher, the further authorisation to stay in Malta shall be extended by a national D-visa for a maximum period of 365 days counting from the initial date of entry into the Schengen area.
- Students who would require a further authorisation to stay in Malta are required to contact the CVU not before 30 days, and by not later than 21 days, before the expiry of their visa, and present all the required documents including proof of satisfactory performance and attendance.
- If the duration of the course exceeds 365 days and the student would have already exhausted the validity of the national visa, or his/her stay in the Schengen area already exceeded 365 days, the student must apply for a residence permit to extend his/her stay in Malta. Applicants will be required to contact the IMA Expatriates Unit not before 30 days and by not later than 21 days before the expiry of his/her visa and present all the required documents including proof of satisfactory performance and attendance.
- Students (as defined in Subsidiary Legislation 217.22) following a higher-education course which exceeds 90 days must apply for a residence permit before the expiry of their initial authorisation to stay.