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Children’s Allowance and Child Birth or Adoption Bonus

Annual Income exceeds Threshold

Overview

Children’s Allowance is awarded to married couples, civil union couples, cohabiting couples, single parents, separated parents or returned migrants, having the care and custody of their children under 16 years of age and whose total annual income of relevant year (income backdated by 2 years from the date of entitlement) from employment / social security exceeds €25,409.

For information regarding cross-border situations please click here.

What you’ll get

Upon registration of the child’s birth with Malta’s Public Registry, the process for the payment of a Children’s Allowance is automatically initiated by the Department of Social Security. The beneficiaries are automatically awarded a Children’s Allowance based on the minimum rate. In addition, a notification letter is sent to the parents requesting any missing details necessary for the award of a Children’s Allowance should this be the case.

The payment for this allowance is issued every 13 weeks in advance.

A one-time bonus of €400 is paid to the mother of a new born child or adoptive parent. Should the mother give birth or adopt more than one child at the same instance, the bonus is also paid for each new born or adopted child (read more).

Please click here for a Schedule of Benefits Rates.

You may make use of the online Calculator to calculate the potential Children’s Allowance.

Eligibility

General eligibility criteria:

  • One of the parents should be a citizen of Malta or married to a Maltese citizen, or in Civil Union with a Maltese citizen or is a citizen of a European Union Member State (Cross-Border), or a citizen of a member country of the European Social Charter, or has a refugee status and ordinarily resides in Malta or Gozo.
    In case of EU Nationals where:
    • One of the parents is legally employed in Malta and the other parent is living and is unemployed in a foreign country, then the Department of Social Security is bound to pay Children’s Allowance.
    • One of the parents is legally employed in Malta and the other parent is living and is on unpaid leave in a foreign country, then the Department of Social Security is bound to pay Children’s Allowance.
    • One of the parents is legally employed in Malta and the other parent is living and is employed in a foreign country, then that foreign country is bound to pay Children’s Allowance if the child is living with the parent in the foreign country. If the child is living with the parent being employed in Malta, then the Department of Social Security will pay the Children’s Allowance, even though the other parent is employed abroad. The parent employed in a foreign country is to produce official proof that no Children’s Allowance is being paid from the foreign country.

    In case of Third Country Nationals where:

    • Claimants and children are both living in Malta.
    • both parents have valid residential permits.
    • One or both parents is/are in employment. Entitlement is according to Permit. If holding a Residence or Work permit, claimant will be entitled for Children’s Allowance with effect from the 6th month of employment.
    • If claimant has a Blue Card / International Protection / Subsidiary Protection / Humanitarian Protection permit (including Temporary Permits), claimant will be entitled for Children’s Allowance from start of employment.
    • If claimant is holding a Long-Term Residence Permit, claimant is entitled from date of permit, whereas holders of Intra Corporate Transfer Permit will be entitled from the 9th month of employment.
    • Seasonal Worker Status and/or Student 3rd country Nationals are not entitled for Children’s Allowance if not holding any other permit mentioned above.
    • Children’s Allowance is awarded from the date as indicated above if minor is born before employment date, however it is awarded from date of birth if minor is born after entitlement date explained above.
  • Children’s Allowance may be awarded to claimants working on board Maltese Registered Vessels, under the same working conditions that apply to EU nationals.
  • The applicants should be residents of Malta for at least 3 months before the date of application.
  • In the case of every child born, it is the duty of the father and the mother, and in default of both, of the physician, surgeon, midwife, or any other person in attendance at the birth, or in whose house the birth has taken place, to give, within 15 days of such birth, notice thereof to the Public Registry. The persons transmitting such a notice, are to present their Identity Card, and any documentation provided to them by the hospital.
  • The applicants are bound to notify the Department of Social Security (not later than 6 months from occurrence) of any change in circumstances such as death, separation, marriage/co-habitation, change in custody, change of address, change in Bank Account number or termination / start of employment.

Documentation required

General documentation:

Maltese Nationals / EU Nationals / European Social Charter / Refugees (Minor/s born in Malta).

  • Copies of ID Cards of parent/s or adoptive parent/s.
  • Date of Cohabitation / Marriage / Civil Union.
  • Updated JobsPlus history sheet.
  • Care and custody document (including with whom minor/s is/are living and amount of maintenance, signed by both parents).
  • Declaration or affidavit ( in case one of the parents refuses to sign care and custody) stating with whom minor/s is/are living and from which date.
  • Separation contract / court decree (depending on case) in case of single parents.
  • IBAN number for deposit of the benefit entitlement which should be a local savings or current account, but not a loan account. The indicated account should be in the name of the mother of the child/children unless the child/children are in the care and custody of the father or there is joint custody, in which case their relative respective IBAN number is to be presented.

EU Nationals / European Social Charter (Minor/s NOT born in Malta).

  • Copies of ID Cards of parent/s or adoptive parent/s.
  • Copy of boarding passes / tickets / passports of all family members.
  • Copy of birth certificate of minor/s.
  • Date of cohabitation / Marriage Certificate / Civil Union Certificate.
  • Official declaration from the respective country indicating up to which date child benefit was received.
  • Copy of official documents showing income earned in the last two years locally and abroad (tax returns / signed FS3s / Profit and Loss.
  • IBAN number for deposit of the benefit entitlement which should be a local savings or current account, but not a loan account. The indicated account should be in the name of the mother of the child/children unless the child/ren are in the care and custody of the father or there is joint custody, in which case their relative respective IBAN number is to be presented.

Third Country Nationals and any other national ((Minor/s born in Malta).

  • Copy of ID Cards of parent/s or adoptive parent/s.
  • Copy of residence permits.
  • Date of Cohabitation / Marriage certificate / Civil Union certificate.
  • IBAN number for deposit of the benefit entitlement which should be a local savings or current account, but not a loan account. The indicated account should be in the name of the mother of the child/children unless the child/children are in the care and custody of the father or there is joint custody, in which case their relative respective IBAN number is to be presented.

Third Country Nationals and any other national ((Minor/s NOT born in Malta thus not registered in Malta).

  • Copy of ID Cards of parent/s or adoptive parent/s.
  • Copy of boarding passes / tickets / passports of all family members.
  • Copy of birth certificate of minor/s.
  • Date of cohabitation / Marriage Certificate / Civil Union Certificate.
  • Copy of residence permits.
  • Official declaration from the respective country indicating up to which date child benefit was received.
  • Copy of official documents showing income earned in the last two years locally and abroad (tax returns / signed FS3s / Profit and Loss.
  • Updated JobsPlus history sheet and / or document showing that applicant is employed in Malta.
  • Letter from school confirming regular school attendance of minor/s (in particular cases).
  • Declaration or affidavit ( in case one of the parents refuses to sign care and custody) stating with whom minor/s is / are living and from which date.
  • Separation contract / court decree (depending on case) in case of single parents.
  • IBAN number for deposit of the benefit entitlement which should be a local savings or current account, but not a loan account. The indicated account should be in the name of the mother of the child/children unless the child/children are in the care and custody of the father or there is joint custody, in which case their relative respective IBAN number is to be presented.

How to apply

Upon registration of the child’s birth or adoption of a minor with Malta’s Public Registry, the process for the payment of Children’s Allowance is automatically initiated by the Department of Social Security in line with the eligibility criteria.

Nevertheless, there may be instances when an application cannot be automatically processed upon registration of minor with the Public Registry when:

  • The parents do not have the same address.
  • A parent is single, in which case the care and custody documents must be submitted with the application.
  • The child was not born in Malta.
  • Foreign parents.

Thus if the Children’s Allowance payment is not received within 4 months from date of birth, one must  submit an application within 6 months from date of birth of minor as stipulated by the Social Security Act (Cap. 318.). The Children’s Allowance, or part of it, may be forfeited if the application is submitted late.

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