Malta Football Association
Identity Malta service at MFA offices well received
Jan 26, 2017
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Identity Malta officials at MFA offices
Identity Malta officials at MFA offices

The joint efforts of the Malta Football Association (MFA) and Identity Malta to facilitate the process for the application of work permits for non-EU players are yielding the desired results.

The newly-adopted practice whereby representatives of Identity Malta visit the MFA offices once a week to handle work-permit applications has made this erstwhile time-consuming process a lot quicker and more efficient.


Dr Angelo Chetcuti, the MFA General Secretary, conveyed the Association’s gratitude and appreciation for the co-operation and assistance of Identity Malta, adding that their understanding of the specific needs of football clubs and players when applying for a work permit has played a crucial role in this positive development which has been well received by all.


The new service provided by Identity Malta personnel at the MFA offices in the Millennium Stand of the National Stadium was introduced earlier this month and will continue until the end of the January transfer window.


Dr Chetcuti said the feedback from all the relevant parties, especially the clubs and players, has been very encouraging.


“On behalf of the MFA and the entire footballing family, I would like to publicly thank Identity Malta for their co-operation and valuable assistance,” Dr Chetcuti said at today's MFA Council meeting at the Centenary Hall.




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