Jun 7, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

In addition to Malta's streamlined visa processes for international students, there's more good news for graduate students. 

Under a new Maltese plan, students studying for the master's or doctoral degrees will no longer have to pay taxes when they enter the workforce. Master's students won't have to pay taxes for the first year they work, and PhD students will avoid taxes for two years of work.

The government also said that students in programs with a level 7 or 8 qualifications--or postgraduate study--also qualify.

All applicants need to be under the age of 40 and not receive assistance under any other plans. 

In an article in the Independent, Minister Evarist Bartolo said, Our objective is to ensure that these schemes reach the maximum amount of people who wish to further their studies."

Minister Edward Scicluna said that he hopes these measures will sustain the workforce and support the economy. He said, "We currently have 1,600 people working within research and development, but we would like to have 4,500. Over the next four years the demand for professionals and management roles is going to increase by 40,000."

Learn more about studying in Malta. 

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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