Malta

Summary

About Malta

Malta is a popular tourist destination and known for its warm climate and breath-taking landscapes that serve as locations for major film productions and is home to some of the oldest temples in the world, such as the Megalithic Temples of Malta. 

Malta is a member of major international organisations including the Council of Europe, Europe’s Schengen Area, the European Union, the Eurozone, and the International Monetary Fund. Malta boasts an advanced and innovation-driven economy with an English-speaking workforce and excellent international trade relations, making Malta an attractive place for businesspersons in the Mediterranean.

Malta is an archipelago country in Europe, located in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast.

Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment:

Malta’s Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services Regulations allow applicants to obtain citizenship of Malta, but only after first residing in Malta.

Applicants must hold residency status in Malta for at least 12 months and pass an eligibility assessment to submit an application for citizenship.

General Requirements:

The application for Malta Citizenship by Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment is thoroughly checked and assessed and undergoes a four-tier due diligence process.

To qualify, the following requirements must be fulfilled:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Residence requirement of at least 12 months
  • Potential interview requirement at the residency stage
  • Pass an eligibility assessment
  • No English language requirement

The following dependants may be included in an application under the Regulations:

  • The spouse of the main applicant in a monogamous marriage, or a person with an equivalent relationship such as a civil union or another relationship with similar status.
  • Biological/adopted children of the main applicant or spouse/equivalent, who:
    • (1) at the time of application submission and approval in principle are:
      • aged under 18;
      • aged 18-28, unmarried, and wholly maintained or otherwise largely supported by the main applicant; or
    • (2) at the time of application submission, are at least 18 and with a disability as defined in the Equal Opportunities (Persons with Disability) Act
  • Parents/grandparents of the main applicant or spouse/equivalent aged at least 55, who, at the time of application submission and approval in principle, are wholly maintained or otherwise largely supported by the main applicant.

Nationals of, or people with close ties to, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Russia and Belarus are barred from making an application.

Benefits:

Citizenship of Malta comes with a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Ability to pass on citizenship to future generations
  • Citizenship for life, with the right to live, work, and possess property in Malta
  • Right to hold dual citizenship
  • Visa-free/visa-on-arrival travel to 187 countries
  • Access to EU education and healthcare

Under the Regulations, applicants may obtain citizenship of Malta upon the completion of a three-stage process, consisting of:

  • The Residency Stage
  • The Eligibility Stage
  • The Citizenship Stage

The Residency Stage

Applicants must first apply to the Community Malta Agency (through licenced Agent) for residency in Malta. Residency status:

  • Is issued for 36 months (not renewable unless an eligibility application has been submitted)
  • Must be held for at least 12 months to submit an application for citizenship
  • Comes with a biometrics appointment and, potentially, an interview

It is expected that the timeframe from submission of a residency application to the issuance of the relevant e-residency card is 15 working days.

At the residency stage, the following costs apply:

Part payment of non-refundable investment deposit:

  • Main applicant €10,000

Residence permit:

  • Main applicant €5,000
  • Each dependant €1,000

The following minor fees also apply:

  • Residency card fees
  • Expired card renewal fees (if applicable)
  • Change of address fees (if applicable)

Eligibility Stage

Before completing the residence requirement, and in general within 12 months of the issuance of the residence card, the main applicant must apply through the same licenced Agent for an eligibility assessment with the Community Malta Agency.

If the main applicant passes the eligibility assessment and completes the residence requirement (12-36 months or 36+ months), then he/she can apply for citizenship.

At the eligibility stage, the following fees apply:

Due diligence fee:

  • Main applicant: €15,000
  • Each dependant (aged 12 or over): €10,000
  • Benefactor: €15,000

Administrative fee:

  • Per applicant: €1,000

Citizenship Stage

At this stage, the applicant must make the relevant investment, the total cost of which differs according to how long the applicant resided in Malta under the residency stage. Upon completion of this stage, the main applicant/dependants receive citizenship of Malta evidenced by a Certificate of Naturalisation for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment.

  • Exceptional Direct Investment
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Donation

Exceptional Direct Investment:

The applicant must fulfil all the following requirements:

  • Main applicant (36+ months residency): €590,000

OR

  • Main applicant (12-36 months residency): €740,000
  • Each dependant: €50,000

Real Estate Investment:

(to be held for five years from the grant of citizenship)

Purchase an immovable residential property in Malta that is fit for the main applicant and dependants to live in, having a minimum value of €700,000.

OR

Take on a lease of a residential immovable property in Malta for a minimum annual rent of €16,000.

Donation:

A €10,000 donation to a registered philanthropic, cultural, sport, scientific, animal welfare or artistic non-governmental organisation or society, or as otherwise approved by the Community Malta Agency.

Administrative fee:

Each applicant: €500

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