Malta hires 40 more staff to expedite visas for Indians and other Asian workers

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Faced with a major impasse in visa processing at the Malta High Commission in India, authorities will enlist 40 staff to ease the pressure.

Identity Malta CEO Mark Mallia has confirmed to TVM that these 40 staff will be assigned to this task over the next week, reviewing visa applications from Indians, Nepalese, Sri Lankans and Maldivians.

The High Commission of India usually also processes applications from Bangladeshi nationals, but these have recently been suspended, without any official reason.

“It will be a parallel process to that of the Indian High Commission and we will maximize the outcome as much as possible to reduce the backlog,” Mallia said.

Many of these applicants are people looking to move to Malta for work who have already found employment and obtained a work permit from Identity Malta.

However, they are often forced to wait months for a visa, even when paying extra to have their applications expedited, and some have even been denied a visa for spurious reasons.

The Maltese High Commission in New Delhi, India (Photo: Reuben Gauci)

This impasse is putting a strain on many Maltese companies, the Chamber of SMEs Attention several companies are short of staff and the Maltese economy is losing “several million”.

Celebrity chef Sean Gravina also recently urged authorities to speed up the transfer process for third-country nationals, warning that few Maltese want to work in the restaurant industry due to the industry’s working hours, despite the “very good” wages. “.

Maltese unemployment is virtually non-existent and many businesses struggle to attract workers from the EU, with the island’s extremely high rents and relatively low average wages often cited as deterrents.

Meanwhile, Mallia warned that some employers are abusing the system by applying for more workers than they actually need, presumably to improve their chances of filling the job as quickly as possible.

“For example, if someone needs ten workers, they will not just apply for ten workers, but will go to five recruitment agencies and apply for ten workers with each,” he said. “At the end of the day, this means we will have to process 50 applications instead of 10 and carry out due diligence on each of these 50 workers. As a result, the system gets clogged and the process experiences delays. »

Cover photo: Left: Mark Mallia, CEO of Identity Malta, Right: Bangladeshi nationals gather at VFS offices in New Delhi after their visa applications were suspended

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