Parents’ earnings are not enough – children from Serbia are being BANISHED from Malta
In the last couple of days, the Identity Malta Agency (Government’s agency in charge of citizenship and residence) has sent rejection letters to families originating from third world countries, whose parents earn less than legally stipulated minimum wage. The State of Malta is refusing further residence for 22 children, originating from non-EU countries, among which majority of kinds are from Serbia. According to letters, since the day they received it children are residing on Malta illegally, the Times of Malta newspaper reports and RTS published. According to state agency, the reason for denying the residence permit is that parents of children do not have enough income, which is stipulated by the law. Families originating from third world countries, outside the EU, must earn at least EUR19,000 a year, plus EUR 3,800 for each child. This amount does not include bonuses or overtime. Previously there were exceptions to this policy, and exemption decision could have been made by the director of a government agency, provided that both parents were employed yet they did not earn the stipulated amount. Prior to this year, exemptions often occurred in cases of third world families when parents worked in low-paying jobs. However, the Times of Malta wrote back in September that the policy had been tightened thus many families had not been granted their requests because their income was less than what the law stipulates. Responding to a reporter’s query as to whether the Agency’s employees could refuse the applicant’s request, a spokesman for the Agency said that this could happen if the application was incomplete or inadmissible.