Malta

Malta Citizenship for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment

From 720,000 EUR

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Requirements:

  • Main Applicant €750,000 contribution (1 year residency) or €600,000 (3 years residency)
  • Dependents’ contribution €50,000 each
  • Purchase a property for at least €700,000or rent for at least €16,000 a. for five years
  • Philanthropic donation €10,000
  • Good health
  • Due diligence process

Government fees for the Malta residence permit, citizenship eligibility due diligence and citizenship (eligibility) administration, legal fees apply. The quote depends on the family structure of the client. Please contact us to receive the full payment outline.

Citizenship in Malta might be obtained through investment route, which has been designed for High Net Worth Individuals. Malta allows dual citizenship, hence applicant is not required to revoke his/her citizenship. In terms of citizenship by investment programs Worldwide, Malta has been a leader in its thorough due diligence processes. Although regulations of Malta citizenship by residency (requirement of 1 or 3 years residency in Malta) do not state minimum physical stay requirement, we strongly encourage our clients to spend as much in the country as they can. Maltese passport provides you with the freedom to travel visa free to 184 destinations Worldwide, live, work, study and do business. To apply for Malta citizenship please contact our Advisors.

Application

Attorneys are ready to provide you with the most comprehensive advice on the most suitable regulations for your specific case. Your application will be processed under the license number AKM-ACCA-21 under the Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services Regulations (S.L. 188.06). Please contact us now to schedule your call appointment.

Benefits of Malta Citizenship

Malta has been a member of the EU since 2004 and of the Schengen Area since 2007. The citizenship can be granted under an amendment passed in 2020 to the Maltese Citizenship Act by virtue of Legal Notice 437 of 2020 (Granting of Citizenship for Exceptional Services Regulations). Becoming a Maltese citizen enables one to live, work, study, invest and do business in Malta. Another great advantage is that the regulations allow this citizenship to be passed on by descent.

Visa Free Travel

The applicants may enjoy the residency status in Malta, which is granted for 36 months, whilst they wait for their residence period to pass in order to be eligible to apply for the citizenship. Maltese residence cards allow applicants to travel visa free within Schengen Zone for up to three months within six months period. Malta citizenship will allow you to travel visa free to 184 destinations worldwide.

High Quality Life

Malta is well known for its high quality healthcare and education. Maltese citizens enjoy free healthcare system. States schools are also free from tuition fees. Education system is based on the British structure.

Malta enjoys a low crime rate and low cost of living index. Malta is a famous destination due to sunny and warm climate all year round.

Eligibility

Both EU and non-EU nationals are welcome to apply. Citizens of Russia, Belarus, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen are countries that are not eligible to apply. This also refers to citizens of countries that are on the US travel ban or if a potential applicant has significant ties with the mentioned countries, he/she is also not allowed to apply.

The main applicant must be over 18 years of age. Dependents are considered spouse, unmarried financially dependent children under 29 years of age and parents/grandparents over the age of 55 years who are financially dependent from the Main Applicant.  

Considerations

The total number of Naturalisation Certificates to be issued is 400 a year. Although regulations do not state the minimum days required to reside in Malta, we recommend spending a substantial amount of time whilst waiting for the application to be processed. It is of significant importance for the Applicants to create genuine links with the country.

Timeline

In order to submit a Citizenship Application, the Applicants first need to prove the residency in Malta of at least 12 or 36 months (depending on the route chosen). There is no obligation to reside in Malta whilst waiting for the residency term to pass, however, it is strongly recommended to spend as much as one can. Please contact us to discuss the detailed steps of the process and the timeline.

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FAQ for Malta Citizenship Regulations is for informational purposes only. To get the most recent update on the program, please speak to our Advisors.

The main applicant is required to contribute 750,000 EUR after completing 1 year of residency or 600,000 EUR after completing 3 years of residency. Dependents are required to contribute 50,000 EUR each.
Yes. The main applicant only needs to donate 10,000 EUR philanthropic donation.

Applicants are required to either purchase the property valued at minimum 700,000 EUR or rent a property valued at least 16,000 EUR/year for at least five years.

  1. Initial due diligence.
  2. Engagement documents and payment outline signed.
  3. Preparation of Residency Application.
  4. Main applicant and all adult dependents visit Malta to submit biometrics for residency cards.
  5. Residency application is submitted.
  6. Citizenship eligibility application submission.
  7. Community Malta Agency reviews application, source of funds, conducts background checks.
  8. Letter of approval for eligibility.
  9. Submission of Citizenship Application.
  10. Due diligence is updated.
  11. In-principle approval is received.
  12. Investments to be made.
  13. Oath of Allegiance.
  14. Certificate of Naturalisation issued.
Citizenship application can only be submitted once residency period is completed, hence estimated time to citizenship starts from 14 months.
Visa free travel to 184 countries worldwide, retirement in a safe country, British system based education, warm climate, citizenship is passed on by descent, relatively low real estate price, and favorable tax environment.
Not only your citizenship will not expire, but also it is passed on by descent.
Yes, we are able to provide you with the 360 degree service in terms of the property investments. We will be able to give impartial property advice, send the property profiles by email and organize comprehensive viewings on your first visit.
Property can be sold after 5 years exempt from tax if it was used as a sole and ordinary residence for at least three years.
Yes. Due to visa waiver agreement you may stay in US for up to 90 days visa free.
There is no interview per se as part of the requirements, however, Agency reserves the right to conduct it on the case by case basis.
The due diligence search will be performed by the accredited agent and also by the Government of Malta ensuring only deserving and reputable applicants are allowed to proceed. Applicants must demonstrate a clean criminal record, verified with the International Criminal Court, INTERPOL and other authorities.
Applicants must show they do not suffer from a health condition that could become a burden on the Maltese heath system as well as he/she doesn’t suffer from a contagious disease.
A spouse, dependent unmarried children up to the age of 28, dependent parents and grandparents over the age of 55.
Due diligence fees are applicable to persons who are over the age of 12 years.
Applicants who are nationals of or have close ties to the following listed countries shall not be eligible to apply. These countries are: Russia, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.
The cut-off date at which point dependents are considered as eligible under the Regulations is the date when the eligibility application is submitted at the Agency.
The starting date for the residence period shall be the issuance date of the residence card. If more than one person is applying within the same application, the start date will be of the person last issued with the residence permit. All adult dependents who wish to apply for citizenship under the Regulations must hold a residence permit for the required periods.
The applicant should declare if they intend to go for the 3-year route or less when applying for the residence permit.
The Oath of Allegiance has to be taken by all adults and has to be performed in person in Malta.
Prospective applicants are required to be physically in Malta and build connecting factors during the residence period. These requirements shall be satisfied by providing documented proof. It is required that the applicant presents to the Agency his proposal on how he intends to create these connecting factors when presenting the eligibility application.
Requests for payment must always be done in one transaction and not split into multiple transactions. Payments for the residence permit shall be done by the Agent, whilst for the eligibility and the citizenship applications shall be done by the applicant through his personal bank account.
Residence cards will be renewed only once after the first three-year period.
Citizenship applications can be submitted after the stipulated residence period by all members within the application has been completed.