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Overview

A person who marries and who fulfils the criteria set out by the Social Security Act will be eligible to a Marriage Grant of €542.08 per couple upon legal marriage.


Eligibility

1. Maltese Nationals having contributed at least 26 SSCs prior to date of marriage;
2. EU Nationals with permanent Maltese residence;
3. Application for Marriage Grant reaching the Department of Social Security within six months from date of marriage.


Procedure

In order to apply for the Marriage Grant, the person must fill in the prescribed application form, which can be obtained either from the Department of Social Security or from your local District Social Security Office or downloaded from directly further down below. Once completed, the form must be returned to the same office.


Documents Required

Normally, when applying for the Marriage Grant, there is no need to present a marriage certificate, provided that the marriage was registered in Malta. However, when a marriage cannot be verified with official records, the marriage certificate will be required.


Back Office Process

Once a claim is received, it is registered. An assessment of the contributions paid is made, and the other eligibility criteria are verified. The claimant is then informed about whether his/her claim was accepted or rejected. In the case of the former, payment is then effected.


Payment Dates

To check when is your next payment please click here.


How to apply?

You can call at any Social Security Office (view list here) and apply there.

Alternatively, you can download the application as indicated below:
Click here to apply through the Online Form.
Click here to print application in Maltese.
Click here to print application in English.


Once you complete the application and you have all the required documents, you can send it by post to:

Department of Social Security
Short Term Benefits Section
38, Ordnance Street,
Valletta VLT 2000

Alternatively, you can also drop it at your nearest Social Security Office (view list here).


F.A.Q.s

1. Is the Marriage Grant given to the couple or to the individual spouses?

Both husband and wife are entitled to the Marriage Grant, provided that they both fulfill the eligibility criteria for such benefit.

2. What happens if a person remarries?

A person who legally contracts marriage on more than one occasion shall be entitled to a Marriage Grant in respect of each marriage on condition that between one marriage and another s/he was employed/self-employed/self-occupied for a at least six months and was paying the contributions for that same period.

3. Can a claim for Marriage Grant be rejected?

Yes a claim can be rejected. In this case, the claimant is informed by writing. S/he may appeal against the Director of Social Security’s decision before the Social security Umpire. However, appeals may be lodged only on particular articles of law or important principles emerging from the Director’s decision to reject the claim. The appeal must be lodged in writing within 30 days from the date of the notice by which the claimant is informed that the claim is rejected. The written appeal has to be presented to the Secretary to the Umpire, Department of Social Security, 19, Triq Dun Mikiel Anton Vassalli, Valletta, CMR 02.

4. What is the rate of the Marriage Grant?

As of October 2014, current marriage grant payment is €271.04 per person.


For further information, feel free to contact:
Department of Social Security

Short Term Benefits Section
38, Ordnance Street,
Valletta VLT 2000

Telephone: (+356) 25903000 OR 159 (not a free phone)


Email: Click here
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