- Dependents included:
- Dependent children up to 28 years old
- Dependent parents or grandparents over 55 years old
- Member of the European Union and Schengen Area
- Dual citizenship is permitted
- Citizenship for life, applicable for future generations
- The applicant can live, travel, work, study and buy land or property anywhere in the 28 EU countries and Switzerland
- Visa-free travel/entry to over 180 countries including the UK, EU, Canada and USA (eTA)
- Low-cost and tax-efficient jurisdiction
- Free access to public education and healthcare system
- No language requirement
- No education or management experience required
The applicant must fulfil 3 investment requirements:
- Make a property investment in one of the followings:
- Purchase a real estate property of at least EUR 700,000 to be held for at least 5 years; or
- Leasing a property with a minimum annual rental of at least EUR 16,000 for at least 5 years
- Make a contribution of EUR 600,000 (36-month Residency) or EUR 750,000 (12-Month Residency) to the Malta Government. Plus, an additional EUR 50,000 for each qualifying dependent
- Donate at least EUR 10,000 to a registered philanthropic, cultural, sport, scientific, animal welfare or artistic non-governmental organisation or society
- Be over 18 years of age and non-EU citizen
- Make qualifying investment and contribution in Malta
- Hold the property investment for a minimum of 5 years from the issuance of the certificate of citizenship
- Have a clean criminal record
- Subscribe to a health insurance coverage for all family member
- Be in good health and of good reputation
- Evidence the investment’s source of funds
- Provide proof of residence in Malta
- Hold resident status in Malta for at least 12 or 36 months prior to acquiring citizenship
Process (16-40 months – variable)
- Prepare applications and sign Power of Attorney
- Apply for Residency Permit in Malta and conduction of Tier 1 due diligence
- Visit Malta and submit biometric data
- Upon receipt of the Residency Card, submit the citizenship eligibility application through a government-approved firm
- Review of the application by Maltese authorities and conduction of Tiers 2, 3 and 4 due diligence, and receive of the decision on the eligibility
- After 12 or 36 months, submit the citizenship application
- Review of the application and update of the due diligence
- Upon receipt of the citizenship application approval, fulfil the investment and donation requirements
- Take Oath of Allegiance in Malta and issuance of Certificate of Naturalization
What is the MALTA Citizenship by Naturalization for Exceptional Services by Direct Investment ?
The Malta Individual Investor Program (“MIIP”) offers eligible individuals and their families the opportunity to obtain full legal citizenship and passports upon making qualifying investments and non-refundable contribution in Malta.
The applicant must invest in 3 areas
- A non-refundable contribution of at least EUR 650,000 to the National Development and Social Fund (NDSF).
- A property investment in one of the following:
- investment of at least EUR 350,000 in a real estate property (to be held at least 5 years); or
- leasing a property with a minimum annual rental of at least EUR 16,000 (for a minimum of 5 years).
- An investment in government approved financial products of at least EUR 150,000 (to be maintained for a minimum of 5 years).
Who is eligible to apply for citizenship?
To qualify for citizenship, the main applicant must:
- Be aged 18 years and above;
- Be in excellent health;
- Have no criminal record;
- Provide evidence of the source of funds used for the investment;
- Must meet all the investment requirements;
- Have a proof of residence in Malta;
- Hold resident status in Malta for at least 12 months prior to acquiring citizenship;
- Acquire global health insurance coverage of at least EUR 50,000.
Additional requirements apply to dependents.
Who qualifies as a Dependent on the application?
Applications may also include any of the following dependents:
- the spouse of the main applicant through a monogamous marriage, or a person with whom a relationship is held through a status which is the same as or similar to marriage;
- a child, including an adopted child, of the main applicant, or of the spouse of the main applicant, who is less than 18 years of age;
- a child of the main applicant, or of the spouse of the main applicant, who is between 18 and 26 years of age, who is not married, and who proves that he/she is wholly maintained or supported by the main applicant;
- a parent or grandparent of the main applicant, or of the spouse of the main applicant, who is over 55 years of age, who proves that he/she is wholly maintained or supported by the main applicant, and forms part of the household of the main applicant;
- a child of the main applicant, or of the spouse of the main applicant, who is at least 18 years of age, is physically or mentally challenged, and who is living with and is fully supported by the main applicant.
What are the benefits of citizenship in MALTA?
Malta’s passport allows visa-free travel to over 180 countries including the European Union, Canada (eTA), United States (eTA), and Singapore. Live, work, study, and travel anywhere in the EU.
Dual citizenship is permitted. Citizenship is valid for a lifetime and can be passed to future generations by descent.
What is the usual processing time?
The processing time is approximately 13-18 months in total.
Do I need to travel or reside in MALTA as part of the citizenship application process?
Yes. The applicant does not need to move to Malta or live in the country for a full year to satisfy the one-year residency requirement. Instead, an applicant can meet the requirement by proving a genuine link with Malta as evidenced by, for example, a minimum of two visits within the year, or showing water and electricity bills, or having a club membership, engaging in any business activity in Malta, or similar. We will assist the applicant to be in full compliance with Maltese regulations.
WHAT IS A "GENUINE LINK"?
The Maltese Citizenship Program as approved by the European Commission is based on establishing a ‘genuine link’ between the applicant and Malta.
Applicants do not need to move to Malta or live in the country for a full year to establish a genuine link. Acceptable criteria to establish a genuine connection with Malta include having a local mobile phone, donations to charity, membership of a local club or professional body, business activity, as well as any involvement in philanthropy.
A written approval from the Maltese government will be obtained in advance to ensure the applicant’s proposed genuine link with Malta is accepted.
WHO IS SUBJECT TO THE RESIDENCY OR “GENUINE LINK” REQUIREMENT?
The main applicant only.
DO I NEED TO SHOW THE SOURCE OF FUNDS FOR MY INVESTMENT?
Yes, applicants are required to show that they have enough funds to make the investment. The type of documents required will vary depending on the source of the investment funds.
MUST THE APPLICANT KNOW MALTESE AND WILL THE APPLICANT HAVE TO TAKE A CITIZENSHIP TEST DURING THE PROCESS?
The Maltese language is not a requirement for Naturalization, and no citizenship tests will be carried out at this time.
The present document is intended for guidance and general information only and does not constitute or purport to provide you with legal advice. Such information is subject to changes without notice. Each case is unique and depends on the facts and circumstances of the individual and due consideration should be taken if applying the general information to your personal situation. For an evaluation of your personal circumstances one of our legal team would be happy to assist.