Legislation establishing immigration status for UK nationals residing in Malta at the time of the UK`s withdrawal from the EU is also repealed by this subsidiary legislation. The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement establishes preferential regimes in areas such as trade in goods and services, digital trade, intellectual property, public procurement, aviation and road transport, energy, fisheries, social security coordination, law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, thematic cooperation and participation in Union programmes. It is based on rules that ensure a level playing field and respect for fundamental rights. It will in no way correspond to the level of economic integration that existed in the United Kingdom. As an EU Member State, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement goes beyond traditional free trade agreements and provides a solid basis for maintaining the long-standing friendship and cooperation between the two sides. In 2020, the Agency, as the competent authority for residence cards in Malta, approached all potential beneficiaries who already had a valid residence document due to their stay in Malta before the Brexit withdrawal date to encourage them to change their status for that 10-year period, which reflects the conditions set out in the Withdrawal Agreement. On the other hand, as already mentioned, British nationals who have settled in Malta during the transition period must submit the application „Residence status of British nationals“ to the Agency. The Nuclear Cooperation Agreement provides for full cooperation in the safe and peaceful uses of nuclear energy, underpinned by commitments by both Euratom and the United Kingdom. Compliance with international non-proliferation obligations and a high level of nuclear safety standards.

On 24 December 2020, the EU and the UK reached an agreement on their future relationship. This agreement applies to people travelling between the EU and the UK after 1 January 2021. With regard to S.L. 217.25 (the `residence status of British nationals and their family members under the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the EU and the EU Atomic Energy Regulation`), residence cards of British nationals who were already in possession of a residence permit based on the right to free movement before the date of withdrawal and who would now be considered as beneficiaries to the beneficiaries meaning of the Withdrawal Agreement, remain valid until a new residence document is issued, conferring their rights under the Agreement and replacing their original residence card. In addition to the new agreements, it is also worth mentioning that the Withdrawal Agreement continues to apply. In particular, this agreement contains a number of important provisions that protect the rights of citizens falling within its scope. In this context, it is of the utmost importance that citizens who have already lived in their respective countries take all necessary measures to protect their rights until the end of the transition period. While the Government of Malta welcomes these agreements and looks forward to their full implementation, it also recognizes that this does not mean that the status quo will be maintained.

Several changes were inevitable as the UK is no longer part of the EU – and with it its single market and customs union. The effects of this separation are being felt in virtually all sectors. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, all UK nationals who lived in Malta before 1 January 2021 and who applied for a residence card before 30 June 2021 are protected by the Agreement. The agreement protects your rights pending a decision on your residency application. Fortunately, the Maltese government is doing its best to reach an agreement with the UK so that all EU citizens who settle in Malta – and Maltese citizens who settle in the UK – can live and work in EU countries as they were before Brexit. When applying for this residence card, you will need to present supporting documents as proof of residence in Malta. Specific documents such as leases, bank statements proving local transactions, boarding passes and any other documents proving invoicing in Malta are required….