My partner is an EU national and I am Australian. I have a job offer to move to Malta and want to know about the process of obtaining residence and our ability to travel whilst it is processing. We have been advised to have my wife apply for EU economic self sufficiency residence and I apply as her spouse the same time (she does not work due to disability but receives payments). In order to do this I understand we need to go to Malta and get a lease and apply for residence. Once the application is in we would like to travel back to Australia to pack up and sell up and send some stuff over to Malta. Does anyone know if we free to travel whilst the residence is processing without affecting it?