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MALTA CITIZENSHIP

CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT

Minimum Investment

€1,150,000+

Benefit

Visa free travel to 186 countries

Processing Time

1 to 3 years

About Malta

An attractive country with a friendly climate, the Republic of Malta is situated at the centre of the Mediterranean just 80 km off the southern cost of Sicily, Italy. The Republic of Malta has a population over 500,000 inhabitants who speak English and Maltese as the official languages (Italian is also widely spoken). The country is advanced in terms of economy and innovation-driven which makes it a great place for investors, they also use Euro as their currency.

Maltese Citizenship By Naturalization

According to the Maltese Citizenship Act, foreign individuals and their families can obtain Maltese citizenship by naturalization for exceptional services by direct investment. An investor can become a Maltese citizen only 1 year (by exception) or 3 years after obtaining a residency permit. Each application is subject to strict Due diligence and fulfilment of conditions stipulated by the law. 

Benefits of Maltese Citizenship

A Maltese passport comes with some prime benefits:

  • Visa free or visa on arrival to 186 countries: The list includes the Schengen countries, the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Hong kong and Singapore
  • EU Rights: A Maltese passport holders has a right and freedom to live, study and work in any of the 27 European Union’s countries.
  • International Business: Maltese citizens have access to a transparent and reputable financial system, and they can open a company in any EU countries.
  • Quality Healthcare system: Maltese citizens have access to many great medical services under the health insurance. The services include hospitalization, prescriptions, pregnancy, childbirth, specialist’s treatments and free examinations. 
  • Live in any Schengen countries: Maltese citizens can reside in countries like Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein , and others which are not part of the EU.
  • Dual citizenship: Investors can still benefit from their current citizenship status when they become Maltese citizens. This depends on the origin country laws of the investor.

Requirements for Maltese Citizenship by Naturalization

To qualify for a Maltese citizenship, an applicant must:

  • Have a minimum age of 18 years old 
  • Have legal income and no criminal records, sanctions and visa denials in countries that have a visa-free regime with Malta.
  • Reside in Malta for 1 year, 3 years or 5 years before applying for citizenship. The time length depends on the investment type.
  • Contribute to the National Development and Social Fund at least €600,000 for a minimum residence period of 3 years or €750,000 for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Purchase a residential property in Malta of at least  €700,000, which must be held for five years. An investor may also lease the property for a minimum annual rent of at least EUR 16,000 for 5 years. In both cases, the property cannot be subleased. 
  • Donate €10,000 to a registered philanthropic, cultural, sport, scientific, animal welfare or artistic non-governmental organization or society, as approved by the Community Malta Agency.
  • Spouses and children must contribute  €25,000 each.
  • Unmarried children between 18 and 25 and dependent parents must contribute €55,000 each.

Note: Investors must fulfil the following mandatory investment conditions: contribute to the National Development and Social Fund (NDSF), donate to a non-governmental organization, and buy or rent a residential real estate. A contribution sum determines when the investor can apply for citizenship.

Requirements for Malta Residence Permanent Program

To qualify for a Maltese residence, an applicants must:

  • Have a minimum age of 18 years old
  • Provide an affidavit declaring that they have in their possession capital of no less than €500,000 (€150,000 of which should be in financial asset), from the day of the application.
  • Donate €2,000 to a local philanthropic, cultural, scientific, artistic, sport or animal welfare NGO registered with the Commissioner of Voluntary Organizations
  • Purchase a property of €350,000 (€300,000 in South Malta or Gozo), or a property lease of €12,000 per annum (€10,000 in South Malta or Gozo)
  • Contribute €28,000 to an approved government fund if the residential property is purchased, or €58,000 if the property is leased. In both cases, the property cannot be subleased.
  • Pay a non-refundable administration fee of EUR 40,000
  • Pay an additional fee of €7,500 for each adult dependant

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